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January 12th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

Survey: U.S. Mormons feel discrimination, hope

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) – Nearly half of American Mormons say they face a lot of discrimination in the United States, though most also say that acceptance of their religion is on the rise, according to a major survey released Thursday.

The survey also found that a large majority of American Mormons think their countrymen are uninformed about their religion and don’t see Mormons as part of mainstream society, even as most Mormons also say the country is ready for a Mormon president.

“The survey creates a mixed picture for how Mormons see themselves,” said Greg Smith, senior researcher with the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, which conducted the study. “On the one hand, many tell us they’re misunderstood and often discriminated against, recognizing the challenges of acceptance.

“But Mormons also seem to think that things are changing, that more Americans are coming to see Mormonism as mainstream,” he said.

The survey comes amid what has been called a “Mormon moment.”

Two of the Republican presidential candidates – Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman – attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The religion has also cropped up in big ways in popular culture, from the hit Broadway play “Book of Mormon” to the recent HBO series “Big Love,” about a fundamentalist Mormon family.

Mormons constitute about 2% of the American population.

The Pew survey found that 46% of American Mormons say they face a lot of discrimination in the U.S. today, while six in 10 say their fellow Americans as a whole are uninformed about the LDS Church.

Two-thirds of Mormons say their fellow citizens do not view Mormonism as part of mainstream American society.

At the same time, 63% of Mormons say Americans are “becoming more likely to see Mormonism as part of mainstream society,” in the words of the survey report, while 56% say the country is ready for a Mormon president.

There are some surprising parallels between how Mormons feel about their place in American society and how Muslims do, according to an earlier Pew survey.

"We do see a remarkable degree of similarity about what it's like to be a minority in society," Smith said. "They are under no illusions" about how the broader public currently feels about them, and know their religions are not widely understood, but they remain optimistic at heart, he said.

They recognize the challenges, "but both groups are relentlessly positive about their future in the United States," said Luis Lugo, the director of the Pew Forum.

As Romney’s and Huntsman’s ability to win evangelical votes in the approaching South Carolina presidential primary has become a major question in the presidential campaign, the Pew survey finds that half of Mormons believe that evangelical Christians are unfriendly toward them.

In fact, Mormon and evangelical political opinions match closely on almost everything except immigration, the survey found. (Mormons are much more likely than evangelicals or the U.S. population overall to see immigrants as making a positive contribution to society, said David Campbell of the University of Notre Dame, who helped advise the Pew Forum on the survey.)

Mormons also subscribe to key tenets of mainstream Christianity, despite the sense many evangelicals have that Mormons are not Christians. Previous Pew surveys show that about half of white evangelicals say Mormonism is not a Christian faith.

"Nearly all Mormons say they believe Jesus rose from the dead and that Mormonism is a Christian religion," Smith said.

But the Mormon-evangelical divide is not simply one of theology, a leading evangelical said.

"Evangelicals are - famously or infamously, depending on your perspective - very evangelistic," said Richard Land  of the Southern Baptist Convention. "And so Mormons are out there going door-to-door trying to convince folks  to become Mormons, and evangelicals are out there going door-to-door trying to convince people to become evangelicals."

By comparison, most Mormons said that Americans who are not religious are either neutral or friendly toward them.

Mormons and evangelicals are politically similar, the survey found, with three-quarters of Mormons saying they identify with or lean toward the Republican Party.

And the survey showed that Mormons are more devout in their faith than evangelicals, who are more devout that the public at large.

Three-quarters of Mormons report attending religious services at least weekly, while eight in 10 pray daily and give 10% of their income to their church.

The Pew Forum says the nationwide survey, conducted in October and November, constitutes the biggest survey of American Mormons conducted by an organization that’s not connected to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Pew surveyed 1,019 self-identified Mormons for the project.

CNN's Richard Allen Greene and Emma Lacey-Bordeaux contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. knobe

    Most Mormons are not evil , just clueless about theology . They want to be called Christian because that is what most of the population is BUT their polytheistic god theology ( Mormons : god was once a man somewhere else and good Mormons here can become a god later ) is in direct contradiction to Judeo Christian theology which believes there is only One god in all of time and space .
    Being a Buddhist I am Not taking sides but clarifying Why Mormons are Not Christians . One must believe in the standard Christian god to qualify for that group .
    Mormons are mostly good people , just Not the brightest bulbs in the basket when it comes to heady things like theology .
    Actually Mormons are more akin to Hindus who also believe in Jesus & are polytheistic . Hindu gods just differ in time from the Mormons .

    January 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • longshot

      and you are not a true buddhist with those comments.

      christians claiming mormons aren't true christians are like school kids arguing over whether or not batman could defeat spiderman. it's all make-believe!

      January 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • longshot

      right speech...

      January 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  2. PizzaWolf

    but to actually comment on the topic of the article. the article seem to reflect accuratly what i have seen in my experience. its also kindof ironic that evangelicals and mormons seem so similar in these statistics.

    like i said earlier as a kid and growing up, i was afraid to let everyone know i was a Latter Day Saint. Even through High School, i was afraid of what everyone else would think of me. And once i started getting over that fear it was confirmed...if i had a nickel for everyone who's made a comment about having multipul wives...or people who "met the missionaries once" which makes them die experten on mormons....yeahhhhh...

    yep...you're right...i'm in the market for a few wives, but i dont want to spend too much...where can i buy them in bulk?

    yup...i have my goat sacrifices on wendsdays...ummm...evenings, its less traditional, but more convenient.

    why yes, i must have been mistaken about my believing in christ as my savior. you're research has unveiled to me that i actually dont believe in christ, my mistake.

    and i die a little inside when someone says "you know that show...Big Love?"

    sorry for the cynicism, i am lucky today that i am not being killed for my personal beliefs today, as we were 180 years ago.

    BUT there is a flip side to the coin...as JJ pointed out there are alot of non-mormons in Utah and The Mormon Belt...that feel discriminated against. and they are. the church's social support and groups are very much centered around church activities...and non-mormons out there tend to be looked down on for not holding to "social norms"
    i wonder what the statistics are in that regaurd.

    January 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • longshot

      it requires a suspension of logic and critical thinking on some basic issues, there are other ways to improve one's morality without resorting to fairy tales

      January 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • PizzaWolf

      @longshot
      that has nothing to do with what i said. any reflections on my comment?

      January 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • What?!?!

      I am not replying to the previous post, but to the article itself.

      Mormons feel bigotry and discrimination? The truth is that Mormons are the biggest PERPETRATORS of bigotry and discrimination. I am a non Mormon living in Utah. I am friendly and accepting of ANYONE , regardless of race or creed. It is amazing how me and my family are shunned in our own neighborhood because the local "members" do not see us in their church on Sundays. Anyone who says this does not exist is a LIAR. Here in Utah it is almost like a mob mentality...you are either in or out. If you are out, you are not worthy and are lower than the "membership".

      I can go on and on with examples just from my own experiences of bigotry and ignorance shown by mormons against others, but I'll just end this with one more observance. The Mormon church is based in Utah because they were forced out of Illinois by bigotry and hatred, and the early pioneers found a place to settle here. Forced out by bigotry and hatred...yet a majority of their membership here in Utah continues to carry on these feelings against others who do not share their religious beliefs. Sad, and very hypocritical.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  3. Dave

    While I don't believe in the validity of the Mormon doctrine, I don't believe that Mormons are any different than any other American. As long as they aren't knocking on my door trying to convert me, I don't have any problems with them. Religions aren't normally discussed at work and really isn't important whether someone is Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or Mormon.

    January 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • ThroughForce

      I agree Dave.
      My dad fought in Korea and ended up fighting with several men from the Utah national guard – most of which he saw die for their country. He was an officer and felt very strong that those serving under him should be shown respect regardless of their religious background. He had a lot of respect for those men of Mormon faith who he saw loose their life.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • knobe

      Mormons are mostly good people and probably like other Americans . The issue of difference is really about theology and I suspect many Christians do Not know much about the theological aspects of Christianity either .
      Although some people have Catholic school ed in theology , I suspect it is the Islamic and Jewish religions that actually study the theology the most and Know what their churches dogma is .
      Mormans and modern day protestants , Not so much .

      January 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  4. JDJ

    Anyone is free to join whatever religion they desire. However, the freedom of religion does not guarantee freedom from critique.

    January 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  5. bostontola

    I knew nothing about the Mormon religion until a co-worker explained it to me some years ago. This person is an engineer of supreme logic and capability. I thought he was kidding when he went through their belief system with specific duties, scorecard, and afterlife rewards based on the life score. I checked it on the web, it was true.

    The problem with Mormon is, the more people learn, the less they will think it is mainstream.

    January 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  6. Flashdog2

    I find all religions to be a little bit creepy, but I use to work with a mormon lady who told me that as a child she was taught that black people had tails and were sub human. That pretty much did it for me...

    January 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • DJ in AZ

      As a child she was taught that? I suspect someone was pulling a prank on her when she was young and naive, and not that she was truly taught that.

      As a young boy, I had heard that some people believe that Mormons have horns and tails like the devil. Nobody I've met has actually asked me if I had horns. There's lots of crazy stories that you hear...don't believe them all. And if you really want to know, go check them out yourself.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • A Mormon

      I apologize for that, but that is not a Mormon belief. She must have had a freakin messed up family member or something. Some Mormons can be messed up idiots too.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  7. ooops!

    Magic underwear indeed......nothing but a Cult ! They've been trying to elect a POTUS of their ilk for awhile.... it will never happen, too many Christians do not recognize them. Joseph Smith confidence man extraordinaire........

    January 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Doug

      News flash! Underwear irrelent to topic of running world's largest economy!

      January 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • DJ in AZ

      May God bless us all...Mormons, other Christians, those of non-Christian faiths, and those without any faith.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  8. Reasonably

    News flash – cultists feel oppressed for their views!

    January 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  9. Paul

    CUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLT!

    Maybe more people would like them if they didnt teach that if you're a good mormon and you have as many kids as possible and if you don't ask questions,when you die you will be the jesus of your own planet!!

    January 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Devon

      You realize that the word cult applies to all Christianity and Islam by definition?

      January 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • lewtwo

      "You realize that the word cult applies to all Christianity and Islam by definition?"

      One hundred percent correct ....
      Now are there any difference between them ?

      January 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  10. Theo in Wisconsin

    I am not sure that the 40% or so of Americans who don't agree with this religion should be classified as bigots or as displaying animosity, but more like skepticism. It is easier for us to believe the origins of Christianity and the like because it was so long ago. When people hear that an American man in the late 1800's says he found golden tablets with a new religion it is much harder to believe because we can relate to that man so much easier. I'm not saying I believe it or that I don't, just my honest opinion on why people may be skeptical.

    January 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • c

      It's not bigotry to question the validity of the claims of any particular religion. especially if that person wants to be President. Barack Obama got hammered by the Republican because of his association with his whack preacher; why not Romney. These people (the Mormans) have all but taken over the state of Utah (which is a part of the US) to "reflect Morman belief. Something is wrong with this. In 1999, former Mormon President Gordon Hinckley told the LDS in the Salt Lake Temple that "the almighty judge of the nations, the living God, determined that the times of which the prophets had spoken had arrived. He didn't say exactly when. Daniel (Hinkley says) had forseen a stone, which was cut out of the mountain without hands and which became a great mountain and filled the Earth." This is Mormon prophecy from "Daniel's Prophecy of the Rise of the Kingdom of God in the Latter-Days".This is not in the Christian Bible; read it for your self. The Mormans have a tendency to plagarize stuff. Maybe that stone was one of those peep stones J Smith used see into the future; as he claimed he could do. Somebody ought to ask Romney about this stuff. I want to know if he is this stupid.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • LDSinSC

      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints started in 1830. Not sure what you consider "late" 1800's.
      And C, your post should have started with "Once apon a time..." fiction is more interesting than reality isn't it?

      January 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  11. James

    The LGBT population in CA finds the frustration with bigotry that Mormons are experiencing a bit ironic given events in the last few years.

    January 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • dudleythesharpei

      Amen James. As an LGBT member living in Utah and a former Southern Baptist, I find it very frustrating to accept Mormons for their beliefs given the way they have treated gays and lesbians over the past couple of years. It's karma.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Jonesey

      Can you say Prop 8? Yep.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Doug

      Just remember that most Mormons have never been to California and have no idea what you are talking about.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • David

      I couldn't agree more. Since Mormons were the financiers of California's Proposition 8 and were instrumental in false advertising campaigns which resulted in gays and lesbians here losing the right to marry, I have no sympathy with their claims of being persecuted. As for voting for a Mormon for President after what they have done to gay Americans, good luck!

      January 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  12. Doug

    I think the bigotry has been confirmed by the comment forum here. As long as people are willing to hate Mormons despite their relative good standing in their communities and the fact that the last time you were mugged or burglarized it probably wasn't by a faithful Mormon, the country will continue to sink to new lows of incivility. That's all on display here. If Mormon's weren't around, hateful people would find something new to hate. That's the sad fact of the matter. Mormons don't believe in certain things that other do believe in and vice versa. Differing beliefs make this country great. People want Mormons to give up their faith if they want to be treated better. History shows that's not going to happen. I'm just glad that the majority of Americans still believe in civility and don't sink to the kind of filth on display in the comments here.

    January 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Sue

      "Differing beliefs make this country great.", well, no. Not the beliefs, but the freedom makes us great.

      Freedom does make us great, and capitalism brings us wealth. Now if we could just get healthcare sorted out, obesity under control, and the economy onto a more solid track, and ...

      January 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  13. Pan3

    Boo-hoo – they feel discriminated against! Ask them about Prop 8hate! They gave tons of $ to California to stop the equal marriage law.
    HEADS UP CHRISTIANS OF ALL DENOMINATIONS If you wear your religion on your sleeve, and judge others by it, there's going to be a back lash!

    January 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • DJ in AZ

      Ummm...Mormons, Catholics, Evangelicals, and every other Christian church were against the gay marriage proposition because it goes against issues, principles, and doctrines that they believe very strongly in, namely the sacredness of the covenant of marriage, and the negative implications on the family. There is no hate in standing up for good, decent, time-honored, God-given principles and doctrine. It actually takes more courage to stand up for what is right in the face of worldly opposition than it does to go with prevailing worldly currents and trends.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • PatriotVet76

      Good argument!

      If you don't want to be hated, don't use tax-free church finances to sway political processes, and discriminate against LGBTs.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @DJ
      That's just what the Southern Baptists said when it came to racial integration.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • PizzaWolf

      so glad that you have expressed your views without being a bigot...or belittling other people's points of view...you are indeed a open minded and accepting individual

      January 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Pan3

      DJ – Thanks, you just proved my point! If one doesn't "believe" in gay marriage, then don't marry a gay person.
      Please believe in all your sanctimonious blah, blah all you want, but keep it out of everyone else's life and especially in government.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      DJ, you may well be correct except for your use of the terms good and decent. Your religion does not own those terms even though it attempts to define them. However your religion's definition of "good" and "decent" fall far short of mine. In the real world your religion is an opinion not a fact. I would think you would be against any marriage that does not result in children or that you would be at least equally if not more against divorce than gay marriage since that clearly has a very negative impact on the inst.itution and family.
      Your religion does not own the insti.tution of marriage. In our society marriage is secular first, especially when it comes to the rights afforded to married couples. Any religious aspect is purely a personal matter.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • DJ in AZ

      @PatriotVet76 – Church funds can't be used in political activities. Any money that was used came from individuals, not from the LDS church.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  14. ThroughForce

    In my opinion everyone has the right to believe what they wish – as long as they don't try to physically force it on someone else. Unfortunately mainstream "Christianity" and Islam have both killed thousands of people historically doing just that. You may dislike what Mormon's believe, but they have never killed people to force their religion on them.

    January 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • fedz77

      Look up mountain meadow massacre

      January 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • momoya

      Mountain Meadows Massacre?

      January 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • ThroughForce

      no – wrong..
      Yes they murdered people they thought were a threat to themselves – correct or otherwise.
      But when have they killed to spread their gospel?

      January 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Marty

      Ever heard of the "Mountain Meadows Massacre"? Ever heard of "Porter Rockwell"? Google those subjects and then reconsider your response.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • lewtwo

      You need to review your history. Try looking up "Baker–Fancher emigrant wagon train" or "Mountain meadows".

      January 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • lewtwo

      regards conversion byt force ...

      "It was the largest Indian massacre in the history of the United States, and the militia group had been led to their camp by a local Mormon. Still, after the massacre, Indian legend has it that the spirit of the Nefites, wandering apostles immortalized in the Book of Mormon, visited the devastated tribe and told them to get baptized. Whether it was Mormon spirits or the very real threat of being sent to the reservations, all of the members of the tribe except one man were baptized within a few weeks in 1873."

      January 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • ThroughForce

      You miss my point lewtwo..
      Yes they murdered people there like in the meadow massacre, etc. and you have to remember that they were almost at war with the USA at that time – as it was even legal in some states to kill Mormons.

      My point is about killing to spread a belief. Something which most mainstream religions have done – especially Christianity and Islam.

      My point solely is – you have not seen large efforts by the Mormon religion to murder people to spread their religion. Of which many other religions have.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  15. harrison

    As a scientologist I think Mormons are nuts!

    January 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • mish

      🙂

      January 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  16. Arizona

    And you know, for mormons its church first....always with no exception. So if we get a mormon in the white house, who do you think his first allegiance is to??? The church, first and foremost. So if the mormon church comes to him and says hey brother, we need this and this and this, what do you think his answer is going to be.....

    January 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • harrison

      and the difference between mormons and the mormon church and Santorum and the catholic church is?

      January 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • ThroughForce

      This is funny – because it is hypothetical (what if the mormon church asks Romney to do something).

      In the case of the pope, it is not hypothetical. It has happened many times in the past – and rulers and kings went to war, tortured and slaughtered for it.

      I'm sorry 'Arizona' – your argument here is pretty pathetic.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • lewtwo

      "and the difference between mormons and the mormon church and Santorum and the catholic church is"
      ... spelling of the name of the church.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • tucsonarizona

      I think most religious Americans would say God first, that is after all why our forefathers left England.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  17. dave

    All the haters....I hope you will step back and have some more civility. From this side you sound like some of the extremist Muslims who call Christians the emotionally charged words like "crusader" and wonderfully negative ". Example: Cult. Either all religions are cults under the definition of cults OR the negative connotation of cults developed in the 1970s is being implied. That of brainwashing, mind control, waco like! Using the pejorative definition from the 70s ...there is no evidence the lds faith is a cult. Stop calling it that! It is disengeous! It is knowingly wrong and pejorative. I know that threatened evangelical leaders have tried to define it thus to avoid run off in their congregations but it is false and an dishonest.

    January 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • harrison

      After 8 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and continuing issues with Iran what makes you think we aren't crusaders?

      January 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  18. DJ in AZ

    Interesting article. Being a Mormon isn't always easy...sometimes I think it would be easier being in a different Christian religion. I'd just go to church on an "as needed" basis, watch more football, would have less children, would not give as much time or money to the church. Oh, and church services would not be 3 hours each Sunday – can't forget that one! The problem is, I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. So, I soldier on, trying to be a faithful Latter Day Saint. It ain't easy, but I expect the rewards will be worth it in the end.

    January 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • harrison

      How many virgins do you get when you pass on?

      January 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • lewtwo

      "How many virgins do you get when you pass on?"

      Ask Warren Jeffs ...

      January 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • DJ in AZ

      At the rate I'm going, I'll be happy just to get to heaven. Any virgins after that would just be frosting on the cake! 🙂

      January 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  19. Bwin1

    Mormons themselves are bigots. They don't like people of color for instance.

    January 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Jack Be Humble

      They have granted the ability for Black men to become Priesthood holders within the last 40 years, so they show the capacity for change. A lot of religious faiths are locked into an unchanging viewpoint.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Uncle Lindy

      There are Mormons "of color" than there are "white" Mormons...but the myths and lack of information about the Church continue.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • bry55

      Not true! We love people of color – any color.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • lewtwo

      "Not true! We love people of color – any color" or age ... Warren Jeffs.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @jack be humble
      Indeed they can change easier than other sects.
      Their leaders can have a divine revelation whenever they want.
      It usually happens are very convenient times.
      When the US Gov't came a knockin' to arrest them all for polygamy – BAM! God says no more polygamy.

      When they were about the open their first Temple in a land full of dark skinned, "cursed" people in the late 70's, BAM! Coloured folk are allowed to be clergy.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  20. The Dude in Colorado

    My best friend, whom I've known for 30 years, used to get chased home everyday in Salt Lake City for NOT being Mormon. One day his pursuers caught him... the super-glued his eyes shut! True story.

    I also faced bigotry and small-minded bs while living with these "American Saints" and frankly, they're barking up the wrong tree here for sympathy.

    Let me finish by saying I still know and work with Mormons, I don't hate them. But if they as a group want to be accepted, they should first start by accepting others.

    January 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • St.Alamo

      They do accept other religions and races. They are just not a worldly or soulful equals in the scheme of godmanship.
      – Yes, I am a Morman from SL, UT. I can speak for those who whould glue soeones eyes shut, but they must have brought it upon themselves some how. We are a peaceful religious body.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • harrison

      The mormons in Salt Lake are way different then they are in other parts of the country. I have worked with mormons and generally they are decent people. Salt Lake is a different story as they consider that "their" town and want the laws to reflect their beliefs.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • mish

      @ St. Alamo...If you are a "Morman" please do youself some justice by spelling it correctly.

      January 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @St. Alamo
      "they must have brought it upon themselves some how. We are a peaceful religious body."
      That's just what the Inquisitors used to say.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
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