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November 2nd, 2012
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American Quest in Utah

(CNN)–CNN International's Richard Quest recently visited the campus of BYU and talks with Mormon students who share Mitt Romney's faith.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Mitt Romney • Politics

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  1. Atheism is great for everyone. Pets too!

    November 5, 2012 at 9:21 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    November 5, 2012 at 6:32 am |
    • TrollAlert

      TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
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      "fred" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 5, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      November 5, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      November 5, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • marijuanaken

      http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.chamberland

      November 13, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    November 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm |

    • Really? Now you sound like you're pleading.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • nope

      @ ...
      nope

      November 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      November 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • camd

      It has been extremely healthy for me since I was 8 in 1949.

      November 4, 2012 at 7:04 am |
    • truth be told

      If you are talking about atheism you are wrong but then it is the first rule of atheism to lie.

      November 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • TrollAlert

      TrollAlert

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      "tina" degenerates to:
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      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "fred" degenerates to:
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      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 5, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  4. Heather

    As a mormon that went to school in Provo I can say that this story interested me. However, I would like to fix two things which were wrong in the report. The church is called The church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints (the journalist omitted the very crucial 'Jesus Christ' part.) If you're gonna do an article about a church, you might wanna get their name right. Also, in the honor code that all students sign while in school, they say they won't drink coffee or tea–not caffeine in general. On several occasions I drank a coke in class...I liked that the journalist showed that not all Mormons are voting or Romney. There are lots of Mormon democrats out there.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Heather,

      but Utah's electoral college votes will be for Mitt Rmoney nonetheless.

      November 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  5. Carlin Said It Best

    This is better than the junk Desciple posted:
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPOfurmrjxo&w=640&h=390]

    November 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  6. Deciple of Christ

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yXylS9ujxc&w=640&h=390]

    November 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  7. Rummy Pirate Times-Dispatch

    "In Greed We Trust"

    In 1994, Bain invested $27 million as part of a deal with other firms to acquire Dade International, a medical-diagnostics-equipment firm, from its parent company, Baxter International. Bain ultimately made nearly 10 times its money, getting back $230 million. But Dade wound up laying off more than 1,600 people and filed for bankruptcy protection in 2002, amid crushing debt and rising interest rates. The company, with Bain in charge, had borrowed heavily to do acquisitions, accumulating $1.6 billion in debt by 2000. The company cut benefits for some workers at the acquired firms and laid off others. When it merged with Behring Diagnostics, a German company, Dade shut down three U.S. plants. At the same time, Dade paid out $421 million to Bain Capital’s investors and investing partners.

    For 15 years, Romney had been in the business of creative destruction and wealth creation. But what about his claims of job creation? Though Bain Capital surely helped expand some companies that had created jobs, the layoffs and closures at other firms would lead Romney’s political opponents to say that he had amassed a fortune in part by putting people out of work. The lucrative deals that made Romney wealthy could exact a cost. Maximizing financial return to investors could mean slashing jobs, closing plants, and moving production overseas. It could also mean clashing with union workers, serving on the board of a company that ran afoul of federal laws, and loading up already struggling companies with debt.

    Marc Wolpow, a former Bain partner who worked with Romney on many deals, said the discussion at buyout companies typically does not focus on whether jobs will be created. “It’s the opposite—what jobs we can cut,” Wolpow said. “Because you had to document how you were going to create value. Eliminating redundancy, or the elimination of people, is a very valid way."

    Bain closed GST Steel plant in 2001 laying off 750 workers.

    Controlling share owner Bain Capital closes BRP plant (Southern Illinois) so the 340 jobs there could be outsourced to Mexico.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/mitt-romney-implicated-perjury-and-stock-fraud-made-millions-process

    November 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  8. Reality

    Putting the kibosh on all of this discussion in less than 10 seconds. Tis mind-boggling how easy this is.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    November 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  9. Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Gone with the wind, hindu's, deniers of truth absolute, out to hind, absurd every one in following of hindu Lucifer, criminal atheist, denier of truth absolute, PROVE YOUR hINDUISM, DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD IN PUBLIC, OR VANISH FOR GOOD, HUMANITY TO LIVE IN PEACE, ISLAM.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • camd

      Crazy talk.

      November 4, 2012 at 7:07 am |
  10. Utah is Mormonstan

    Google "rape in Utah" to discover the happy Mormon wondernews that Utah leads the country! Yes, apparently keeping people sexually oppressed causes eensy-weensy problems like rape (who'd a thunk it after the peodpriest shindig?). Leads the country in not reporting it too, because it's a major stigma on Mormon women, and they won't tell on the Mormon men doing it.

    Leads the country in porn consumption and anti-depressant use.

    Oh happy-happy-joy-joy Utah!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Bill Fitzgerald

      And expected perfection. You will be disappointed to learn that we are not perfect. What made you think we were?

      November 4, 2012 at 1:05 am |
  11. dock your dong with dudes

    Spray pant some turds gold then place them on a lawn, watch how many people mush poop between there hands. Funny. Or blow up a picture of your butt hole and staple it to phone poles with your enemys phone number on enemy's. Worship Satan!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  12. Bootyfunk

    ALL religions are cults. christianity is a cult. mormonism is just a splinter group of christianity. cults are not healthy. cults teach you to turn off your brain.

    unclasp your hands. get up off your knees. go outside and put those hands to use helping people.

    congratulations - you're now a better person.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • as always

      footybunk is wrong again.
      Have you considered some form of remedial education footybunk?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "as always", but Bootyfunk is in fact correct.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • nope

      @hal/ boo...
      nope

      November 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • snopes confirms

      nope is false

      November 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Bill Fitzgerald

      Be a better person? You cannot den religion and then say be a better person! You just admitted that there are better persons and not so better persons! Admitting that there must be right and wrong. Otherwise how could one be a better person? See you in church. thanks. You could begin your own in fact because you just covered the first lesson. Right vs. wrong.

      November 4, 2012 at 1:41 am |
  13. Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Mor Mann ism = self center ism= atheism= Judaism= pig ism= Lucifer ism= secular ism, way of hindu, ignorant followers of hindu Moran ism. BOTTOM LINE DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD, hidden agenda of hinduism, denial of truth absolute God, tool of hinduism, corruption of truth called religions. Word hindu is based on Latin word hindered, negative, Han, great, Hun, to be in greatness, hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity. To learn hinduism, corruption of truth absolute by hindu's, crooks visit limitisthetruth.com.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • camd

      More crazy talk.

      November 4, 2012 at 7:10 am |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      actions cause change; prayer wastes valuable time.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • and as always

      footybunk is wrong

      November 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • and as always

      footybunk is wrong !

      November 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      November 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "Salvatore" degenerates to:
      "Douglas" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "and as always" degenerates to:
      "Thinker23" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "another repentant sinner" degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "Atheist Hunter" degenerates to:
      "Anybody know how to read? " degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "ImLook'nUp" degenerates to:
      "Kindness" degenerates to:
      "Chad" degenerates to
      "Bob" degenerates to
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "fred" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" degenerates to;

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • bob

      I not sure which side this guy is on but he hurts both sides and just comes across as a luny person

      November 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • camd

      Since I recognized myself as atheist at age 8 in 1949, I have pondered the question of belief in the supernatural. In my observations in the practice of psychiatry for the past 34 years, it has become clear to me that belief in the supernatural or its absence has absolutely nothing to do with intelligence, character or virtue. I have come to the view that it is determined by the setting of a "switch" in the brain and is purely involuntary.

      November 4, 2012 at 7:15 am |
  15. Cal

    So, these students just want somebody "of faith" to be president. I'm guessing that's bad news for us atheists, but would a non-Christian qualify? A Hindu, Jewish, or Muslim president? How about a Wiccan? They have a faith too, right?

    November 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Reasonably

      An atheist has faith there is no need for religion, right? But I do think that's the question that really needs answering. American is a melting pot with folks from many different religions and we're supposed to be tolerant of them. But what happens when the elephant in the room suddenly manifests as real? Will the exclusionary nature of the various religions come to play? Or will we grow out of our need to have religion drive our politics?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  16. Reasonably

    Hey...I wonder if Tyy was one of the students we saw?

    November 2, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  17. Reasonably

    So many students. Good thing Hubble showed us there are so many galaxies out there with planets for them to populate when theses devout and good mormon students die!

    November 2, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  18. Jesus Christ

    Jesus Christ! CNN, you must be run by Mormons, you're practically painting the inside walls of the White House for the Romney family with the amount of PRO-CULT articles for months now. Enough. By, CNN. Hello ABCnews and BBCnews they are actually NON-Biased. That's what we call real journalism.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  19. Doc Vestibule

    It is astounding that a man as hateful and bigoted as Brigham Young is honoured with a University named after him.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • captain america

      At least he was an American whereas you are not so it is really none of your F'n business . There's your sign

      November 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Always a good day when we get to be entertained by the inane ramblings of cap'n perv.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • captain america

      Do you have any loyalty to America ass hole or are you a foreigner butting in as well. canuk doing ALL your thinking for you again. There's your sign

      November 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Calm down, Sgt Major Dickerson.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • christopher hitchens

      Looks like captain america gave a pretty accurate description of the midwest.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • captain sayin is not healthy for Christianity and other thiests

      You canadians can suck salvation from my stiffy. there's your sign.

      ::Ha Ha, that will convert people to Christ for sure. I bet Jesus gives me 3 gold stars for this post.:::

      November 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Cap'n
      What do China, Italy, Greece, the Philippines, South Korea, Albania, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Indonesia, Vietnam, Guyana, Cambodia, Zaire, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Chile, East Timor, Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Libya, El Salvador and Haiti have in common?

      I'll give you a hint: They've all sufferred from America's inability to mind it's own f'n business.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • == o ==

      The only kind of "trickle-down" that actually works:

      "christopher hitchens" degenerates to:
      "Douglas" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" degenerates to:
      "Taskmaster" degenerates to:
      "Ronald Regonzo" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      and many other names, but of course I prefer to refer to this extreme homophobe as
      the disgruntled Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. writer boot camp flunkie.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Oh Canada! Happy Land of Mooses! A Moose Once Bit My Sister!

      We don't allow psychotic religious nutjobs like Brigham Young to have their own freaking province here in lovely Canada. We have more sense than that. All you end up with are looneys trying to become Prime Minister.

      We save that stuff for you Yanks.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • captain america

      Yes you do and we don't allow nut jobs like butt in know nothing canadians do our thinking for US. There's your sign

      November 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  20. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Yawn.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:21 am |
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