Our story this week about whether the Republican Party and the rest of the country are ready for a Mormon president has attracted nearly 3,000 comments and counting. The story was provoked by Mitt Romney officially launching his presidential campaign on Thursday, while another Mormon, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, weighs a White House bid.
Comments ranged from those questioning the rationale for an article about candidates' faith to those challenging Mormon beliefs. Here's a sampling:
Even though America is founded on freedom of religion, or *no religion,* an atheist or an agnostic has almost no chance of being elected president. Atheists and agnostics face the most discrimination out of anyone in the faith aspect of life. They have to lie in order to get anywhere. I want an atheist as president!
I have a few friends who are Mormon. They are honest, hard-working people!
When was the last time the topic "Is there a God" ever affected the policies of our Govt? I don't recall Obama or Bush directing tax dollars to this topic. I think you are making a big deal over nothing.
I could never vote for a Mormon! Mr. Romney has and is back-pedaling about his health reform in Mass. Just what we need, another president that invents, changes truth at his whim. Besides, Mormonism is not Christian as Mr. Romney states. Look at their doctrine and history.
I am a Mormon. I voted for Obama in 2008, and will probably do so again in 2012 unless there is a better candidate. I do, however, think it is sad that some people dismiss Romney simply because he is a Mormon. I think there are a lot of misunderstandings about this religion. For example, my husband would not try to dictate my actions - nor would I allow him to simply tell me what to do. Also, I have always been taught to respect and love all people. I have a brother-in-law born in Brazil, a sister-in-law born in Korea, and another sister-in-law of Polynesian descent. I love this about my extended family. There are Mormons who are kind and those who are unkind, just like any other people. I hope that people make decisions about Romney based on his political views andor personal attributes, rather than assumptions about Mormonism in general.
C from Iowa
What a shame that a person's religion is even being considered part of the qualification for the presidency. Those who refuse to vote for someone because of their religion are no better than those who refuse to vote for someone because of their skin color.
Mormons are NOT Christians
Mitt is a flip-flopper and he will be doomed by his Romneycare health insurance program. I'm a conservative and I'm seriously bummed about the upcoming Republican prospects. I may throw my vote away and vote for Ron Paul.
I think it's ridiculous that the media is pointing out Mitt Romney's faith. It shouldn't even be an issue. I've known several LDS people in my life and all of them have been great individuals. While they are dedicated to their faith, that doesn't mean that they don't live in their secular world as well. It's time to wake up and realize that in reality the LDS church is not going to influence Mitt Romney if he ends up in the White House. The church teaches their members to be honest, virtuous and charitable. Why would anyone be against a person like that? That's hard to find these days.
Joe from CT, not Lieberman
America was ready for a MormonpPresident back in '64 and '68 when Romney's father was a contender. But that was before the Religious Right took over the Republican Party.