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What would a Mormon White House look like?
If Mitt Romney is elected president, the White House will likely see some new traditions.
November 2nd, 2012
11:00 PM ET

What would a Mormon White House look like?

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Should Mitt Romney win the presidency next Tuesday, it will mark an historic first: a Mormon couple moving into the White House.

What would this mean and look like?

Would there be “dry” state dinners, since faithful Mormons don’t do alcohol? Would Secret Service tag along to sacred ceremonies only open to worthy church members? What book would a President Mitt Romney use to take his oath of office?

We can’t be absolutely sure about all the answers. But if the practices and homes of devout Mormons like the Romneys – not to mention his history as governor of Massachusetts – are any indication, we can begin to paint a picture of what a Romney-inhabited White House might look like.

First things first: About that oath

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe the Bible is the word of God. But they also believe this about the Book of Mormon, which is subtitled “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.”

Given the importance of the Book of Mormon, this question seemed worth asking: Any chance Romney would place his hand on a Book of Mormon at his swearing-in ceremony?

“No, no way Romney would do that,” Jana Riess, a religion scholar, co-author of “Mormonism for Dummies,” and blogger for Religion News Service, wrote in an e-mail message. “I’m not aware of any Mormon who has sworn on the Book of Mormon instead of the Bible for national office. (I’m not aware of any local officials who have done this either.)”

Most likely, Romney would go back to the Bible he used in 2003 when he was sworn in as governor of Massachusetts – the same one his father, George Romney, reportedly used when he was sworn in as Michigan’s governor in the 1960s.

Beyond paint and fabric swatches

Having never been invited over for a meal, we can’t pretend to know anything about the Romney aesthetic when it comes to home decoration. But we wondered and asked about specific items that tend to hang in Mormon households.

Randall Balmer, an award-winning historian, author and chair of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College, speculated that the Romneys – like plenty of Mormons – might display artwork featuring a depiction of Jesus and a photograph of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, considered a “prophet, seer and revelator” by members of the church.

Another possibility, said Riess, would be a photo of the Salt Lake Temple where Mitt and Ann Romney were married and “sealed” for eternity in a sacred ceremony in 1969.

Then there’s something commonly known as the “Proclamation on the Family,” which is often framed and displayed in homes – though rarely in upper-class households, said Joanna Brooks, author of “The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith.”

The proclamation features words set forth by LDS Church leadership in 1995, highlighting family and gender responsibilities. Among the points made: Marriage is between a man and woman; the primary responsibility of fathers is to oversee and provide for families; and mothers must first and foremost care for the children.

All of these items could show up in the White House, said Grant Bennett, an old Romney friend who spoke at the Republican National Convention and has known the Romney family since they met through church in 1978.

But he said, “the most quintessential Mormon item would be pictures of their family,” including those of ancestors, because “families are forever” and bound for eternity in the Mormon view.

Ann and Mitt Romney are surrounded by family before the October 22 presidential debate at Lynn University.

Bennett also suggested that a verse or two of Scripture that is particularly meaningful to the Romneys might be framed and on display.

If any of these things would hang in the White House, they would likely appear in the private quarters where first families are free to do what they please.

That doesn’t mean Romney wouldn’t be allowed to honor his faith in some way in the Oval Office, but decorative decisions in public rooms – the spaces visited on tours – are subject to committee discussions and advisers on historic preservation, explained Melissa Naulin, assistant curator in the Curator's Office of the White House Museum.

Can I get a cup of coffee? How about something stronger?

In accordance with a revelation received in 1833 by LDS Church founder Joseph Smith, something known as the “Word of Wisdom,” faithful Latter-day Saints abstain from coffee, tea and alcohol.

Does this mean a return to the days of “Lemonade Lucy,” the posthumous nickname given to the wife of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th U.S. president, who banned alcohol from the White House?

No, said Cabinet members from Romney’s gubernatorial era and a current top aide. They said this health-related observance is not one the Romneys would impose on or expect of others.

“As governor, when Mitt Romney entertained at official functions in the evening, alcohol was served along with soft beverages,” said a senior aide who asked not to be identified in stories about religion.

“There was always a healthy cup of coffee for anyone who wanted it,” said Renee Fry, a former Cabinet member.

“Cabinet dinner gatherings were not dry,” wrote Douglas Foy, who also served in Governor Romney’s Cabinet. “Although the governor and his wife did not partake – which the governor often joked about, since he sponsored the gatherings and paid for the wine!”

Storing – and refraining from – food

The LDS Church advises its members to store enough food to feed a family for a year.

Food storage is viewed as a practical measure, one that can come in handy during, say, a crippling superstorm, massive power outages or unforeseen financial hardships.

The practice is rooted in Mormon history. The church’s early pioneers, on their trek westward to what is now Utah, experienced great suffering and starvation. They also endured their share of persecution and couldn’t rely on the help of others. So having resources squirreled away became a collective comfort.

Any chance that the Romneys would institute White House food storage?

Not because they would need it for themselves or likely anyone else at the White House, but Riess said in these uncertain times, it could be a good lesson in preparedness to showcase to the nation.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see that,” she said.

Mitt Romney gathers donations in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Even if a family storing it doesn’t need the food, by having it available that family is poised to help others. Serving those less fortunate or in crisis is big in the LDS Church, and it is a part of another practice that may find its way into the White House if the Romneys move in.

The first Sunday of every month is Fast Sunday, when committed Mormons who are able forgo food and drink for about 24 hours. Coupled with prayer, it has spiritual meaning. It also serves to instill compassion for those who are in need, and to that end Mormons are encouraged to minimally donate what they would have spent on food to the church’s welfare fund.

Fast Sunday, or calls to fast at other times, can also bind Mormons together when they pray and fast for a common cause.

A Utah woman created buzz earlier this fall when an e-mail she sent out to friends and family, suggesting they fast to help Romney before the debates, began making the rounds in Mormon circles across the country. A new website, romneyfast.org, also the brainchild of private citizens – and not a church-sanctioned effort – asks people to fast and pray for Romney and his wife Ann this Sunday before America goes to the polls.

When he was governor of Massachusetts, and in general, Mitt and Ann Romney observed Fast Sunday and “always contributed very generously to the fast offering fund,” said Bennett, who held church leadership roles with Romney in the Boston area.

What’s more, Bennett said that when Romney served as their congregation's bishop – the equivalent of an unpaid pastor – it wasn’t uncommon for the two friends to fast more than once a month. At the time, Bennett was one of Romney's two counselors, or advisers.

“Occasionally he would invite me and the other counselor to join him in fasting on a weekday for a specific purpose,” Bennett wrote in an e-mail. “For example, one purpose would be to seek inspiration regarding an important decision, another purpose would be to express love, support and solidarity to someone who was ill or going through very difficult times.”

Whether Romney would maintain this observance from the nation’s highest office, we can’t know. But it looks like the White House kitchen staff may be in for a little downtime each month, if they’re lucky.

Honoring the Sabbath, going to church and other Mormon observances

Sunday is a holy day for active LDS Church members. It’s a time when Mormons attend their local congregation - it's known as a ward, which in Catholic-speak would be comparable to a parish - and worship with their families and community.

The ward closest to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and likely the one the Romneys would be assigned to, is the Washington D.C. 3rd Ward, which gathers in what Mormons call a “meetinghouse” or chapel on 16th Street NW. The Washington Post described this ward as consisting of mostly Democrats, half who are nonwhite (including plenty of Spanish speakers), and having openly gay members in its leadership.

Riess said while ward assignments are almost always determined geographically, sometimes there are exceptions. And the truth is there just isn’t any precedent for how this would be handled for a U.S. president.

With or without Romney, D.C. a surprising Mormon stronghold

How much of his Sundays a President Romney could set aside for his faith is obviously uncertain. We already know he’s been hard at work on the campaign trail, Sundays included – though the senior aide we spoke to said he makes efforts to get to church when he can.

One need only look at President Jimmy Carter, who went so far as to teach Sunday school at his local Baptist church, to see how a sitting president can make room for faith, said Balmer of Dartmouth, who counts among his many books “God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush.”

Romney faithfully showed up at church on Sundays while he was governor, unless an official function got in the way, Bennett said. And when Romney ran for U.S. Senate in 1994 against Ted Kennedy, Bennett – then the ward’s bishop – assigned Romney to teach the weekly adult Sunday school class.

“He was in church virtually every Sunday teaching this class throughout the campaign, only occasionally arranging for a substitute teacher,” his friend said.

Beyond church, Riess speculated about other observances Romney would uphold.

Mormons reserve Monday evenings for “family home evening,” a time when families pray, study and sing together.

Someone serving in church leadership, who didn’t want to be named because of the sensitivity of the subject matter, said he doubted the Romneys would observe family home evening since their kids are grown and gone. But Riess suspected that Romney and his wife, especially given the size of their brood – five sons; 18 grandchildren – and the likelihood that family would be passing through, would honor the Monday tradition in some way, even if it was just the two of them.

There’s also a practice in LDS Church wards in which men who hold the priesthood – which means the authority, for example, to perform baptisms and offer sacramental blessings – are partnered up to visit other congregation members, ideally once a month, as home teachers.

The LDS Church does not have paid clergy, and this is one way that volunteer ward pastors, or the bishops, can make sure members get personal attention and lessons as needed.

So could home teachers come knocking on the White House doors?

It’s possible, said Riess, though obviously there’d be background checks and no unannounced knockings.

But a U.S. president couldn’t possibly be expected to regularly home teach others, right?

Probably not. But Romney did step up as governor, Bennett said.

“He both had home teachers, and he was assigned as a home teacher, when he was governor,” Bennett said. “He and Ann would ensure they were available for their home teachers to visit, and he was faithful in doing his home teaching.”

And then there’s the big question: What about the temple?

Many non-Mormons falsely assume the large and often magnificent white LDS temples they see in their cities are where Latter-day Saints go for church. But Mormons gather for Sunday services in meetinghouses or chapels, which are usually plain, unimpressive structures.

The Washington D.C. Temple, not too far from the White House, is considered by Mormons to be a house of the Lord.

The 140 temples currently in operation across the globe are actually closed on Sundays. Mormons view their temples as houses of the Lord, as Riess explained in her book, and they are not places for run-of-the-mill worship. Temples, instead, are reserved for the most sacred rituals – the details of which are not to be discussed outside temple walls.

The temples are so sacred that the doors are not even open for all Mormons; only those deemed sufficiently worthy by local church leadership are granted a “temple recommend” or an entry card.

While sacred ceremonies or “ordinances” for the living – such as weddings, during which couples are “sealed” for eternity – happen inside, there are also rituals performed by living substitutes or proxies for those who have died. These rituals include baptisms, which have been at times a subject of controversy for the LDS Church.

Romney, who long served in church leadership, surely has a temple recommend. But does that mean he’d actually go to the Washington D.C. Temple, which sits about 10 miles north of the White House in Kensington, Maryland?

“If I were him, I’d probably just not go while I was president, if only out of courtesy to other patrons,” said our source in church leadership who didn’t want to be named. “It’s not like it’s some kind of ‘go often or you’ll go to hell’ thing. It’s just a standard part of being a committed Mormon, which you do if you can find the time.”

And a President Romney couldn’t go there, let alone anywhere else, without Secret Service. So if he wanted to go, would he be able to? Even Secret Service agents would be turned away from the temple without the right access card.

Not a problem, speculated Balmer of Dartmouth. He said finding qualified agents, if Romney hasn’t found them already, would be easy.

It’s well-known that the CIA, FBI and, by extension, he said he assumes, the Secret Service recruit at LDS Church-run Brigham Young University. All these agencies, Balmer said, are “looking for people who are good, loyal, patriotic Americans,” and many Latter-day Saints, who believe in the divinity of the U.S. Constitution, fit that bill.

So if it would be important for Romney and the first lady to go to the temple, it should be possible.

And Riess said, given Romney's level of faith and church involvement over the years, she can’t imagine that he wouldn’t want to go. Minimally, she pointed out, there’s bound to be a family member’s wedding or “temple sealing” he’d want to attend.

“It would be a logistical problem,” she said. “But I’m pretty sure they’d find a way.”

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: 2012 Election • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • DC • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (2,237 Responses)
  1. rene

    vote wisely....." Wherefore , Honest men and Wise men should be sought for diligently, and Good men and Wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil " (D&C 98:5-10)

    November 3, 2012 at 3:53 am |
    • Charlotte

      Who cares, all religion is wack anyway. It's about jobs this time around, not about who gets to pay $7/mo for my birth control. Romney 2012.

      November 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  2. Carolyn

    The Book of Mormons says liars go to HELL.

    November 3, 2012 at 3:24 am |
    • LinCA

      Where does it say adults who still believe in fairy tales go?

      November 3, 2012 at 3:32 am |
    • Joanne Pezzu

      I cannot even imagine four years ago seeing an article "IF AFRICAN AMERICANS MOVE INTO THE WHITE HOUSE' Are you serious?

      November 3, 2012 at 3:52 am |
    • diane

      Two mormon boys came to my door the other day, and I asked them how they could base a religion on what the snake told Eve in the garden...that *God knows that if you eat this fruit, you won't die, but be as gods yourselves.* Mormons are not Christians, and the more I find out, the scarier Romney is. I asked the boys at my door *you mean the devil isn't a liar, but when he tells the truth he tells it to Mormons?* They looked at me llike deer in headlights. If a religion needs to add books to the Bible, it is not an Abrahaimic religion. I may not like his leadership, but at least Obama is sane.

      November 3, 2012 at 3:53 am |
    • Joseph Smith's Religion Scam

      So Joseph Smith is in hell, is he? Well, if you come up with a Book of Lies about horses and steel in the preColumbian Americas, I guess he might deserve it. He was one king-hell liar. Then again, all con men are liars.

      ThSmith's bank pyramid scams really should have put him in prison.

      November 3, 2012 at 4:01 am |
    • SPIN DOCTOR HUNTER

      Joanne Pezzu is just another spin doctor playing the race card. Shame, shame, shame, lammo.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:06 am |
    • Joanne Pezzu

      SPIN DOCTOR HUNTER

      Joanne Pezzu is just another spin doctor playing the race card. Shame, shame, shame, lammo.
      ---------–
      Are you serious? Whoever wrote this should be fired. They certainly would have been if they had dared wrote it on an African American family moving into the White House.. It's not about race. I'm sure the Romeny family is just as nice as the Obama family, it shouldn't be about race and it shouldn't be about religion. This is crazy

      November 3, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Sophie J

      Diane the left is made up of way too many uninformed nuts like you! Do your homework on Obama. Once you inform yourself about HIS beliefs, that oh by the way, strongly favor communism, then you can talk about Mitt's religion, which is totally irrelevant. Remember, you lefties want to be sure there is a separation of church and state, but oh wait a minute, that only applies to the Republican candidates. My son is currently working in China and he would be happy to share with you what a communist country would look like if you are interested. You like so many Americans are clueless about what you are pushing for with Obama, and I pray for all our sake you never get the chance to know!

      November 3, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • nodat1

      They go to Clovis, NM ?

      November 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Ben Rast

    It seems obvious to me, just from these comments, why this article was written. The amount of ignorance about Mormons and their faith in this country is staggering. While this article does come off a bit patronizing, its still worth mentioning some of the unique scenarios a Mormon president would present.
    As a general rule, the Mormons I know have been good and happy people. Of course, I've also known Mormons who had failing marriages and kids straying into substance abuse. In that respect, Mormons are no different from any other people of faith. As to the missionary side of the faith, I find it deeply hypocritical of Christians to find fault with others pushing their religion. As an athiest, I find myself accosted by pushy Christians far more often than Mormons. Perhaps evangelicals ought to find out what that word means before accusing others of pushy evangelism

    November 3, 2012 at 1:52 am |
    • Worried Realist

      Our ignorance is a product of their secrecy. Just like scientologists, they understand that if their true belief system was publicized people would think they were nuts. I don't think the angst is against coexisting, but driven by the refusal to be governed by those with such a radical belief system. I mean, seriously..... seer stones and secret handshakes into heaven?

      November 3, 2012 at 2:53 am |
    • Mr. Friend

      i think that its easy to say you find "Pushy Christians" , to be more offensive then mormons because christians( TRUE CHRISTIANS, not the christians who say there it but not), acutally fight for what they believe so to speak. A guy the other day, told me he speaks with god each day. So i say "Does god appreciate your coversation more then your deeds that you do for him"? i'll say action speaks louder then words. And by reading the bible or it could be any religion, action is more important.

      November 3, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • mathewsp

      Thank you for your comment. Yes I am Mormon and I can tell you that Mormon's come from all walks of life. I am what people would call liberal and I think Romney would make a terrible president, but that has nothing to do with his religion. I am tired also of the "Christians" who judge others because they don't worship exactly the way they do. That is a big problem with this country. I can tell you that Mormons are at least respectful of everyones right to worship or not worship as they choose. I am thankful for your comment and hope that others can see as clearly as you do.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • MCR

      @worried, all the information on the Mormon Church has been freely available online for years. If someone didn't know about Kolob or the underwear or the magic passwords before now, they were just too lazy to look.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Charlotte

      Totally agree. Mormons willingly, if not eagerly share, but i've never felt like one I talked to was "pushy".

      November 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • MCR

      @Charlotte, Not only will they stop the pitch when you say you aren't interested, but they then offer to help out if you want. If you need that heavy piece of furniture taken out, wait for the Mormons to come by. Yes, I object to the way they want to limit gay rights, and I have some bones to pick on Mormon anthropology and metaphysics. But most mormons are pretty nice on a personal level.

      November 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • CP in FL

      Ben – If you are a fellow atheist, at least learn how to spell it.

      November 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  4. Worried Realist

    I still can't believe a person as educated as Mitt can believe this delusional mythology. I like to think that most polticians claim allegiance to a religon as not to scare off the believers, with some exceptions. The rest of the civilized world is in the middle of the next enlightenment, that is, realizing we are on our own and all we need is each other. No god is going to help you get a job or whatever it is you pray for,only you can empower you. That being said, what are we as a nation when our leader believes in Heavenly planets and magic underwear?

    November 3, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      You, as a nation, will be truly fucked!

      November 3, 2012 at 1:21 am |
    • standright

      I like to think that most polticians claim allegiance to a religon as not to scare off the believers
      ************
      Really? You enjoy thinking that what a politician claims to believe wholeheartedly is just making it up for political reasons? I don't think you realize what you have just said – I want people who represent me to lie about their beliefs.

      Excuse me, but we're looking for honest and trustworthy men and women to stand and guide our nation. You figure out, over time, when people are fake. And that – should not be refreshing to anyone.

      November 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Are you still wet behind the ears? Politicians aren't especially honest, in case it's escaped your attention.

      November 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
  5. Ramiro A!

    I am Mormon. We have coffee and booze in our home, not for us, but for the family and friends who come over our house to partake in normal, common things that Americans do, like have dinner together and enjoying each others company. And in response to SandRich, I think the problem with Mormons is quite the opposite, I think that they are TOO helpful to both Mormons and especially non-Mormons. They give and give so much of themselves till it hurts. They do that because our Prophet counsels us to do that. I converted to the church because they are THAT NICE and because they are respectful and non-judgmental of other religions, which is more than I can say for you SandRich. I am a convert so I know that 99.9% of Mormons would just turn the other cheek but it's a little hard for me to let your misinformation just go unanswered. You should really meet some Mormons and really get to know them, like REALLY get to know them. You will find that they are the embodiment of the teachings of Jesus Christ. I will pray for you and for the spirit of Christ to truly enter your life.

    November 3, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      You may think they are nice but that does not explain or justify their (not unique) wacky beliefs in unfounded supernatural beings. And I have personally witnessed their missionaries trying to trick even nicerJapanese people into converting to their cult by initially offering English lessons. They are no better, and probably no worse, than any other delusional, deceitful, brainwashing cult.

      November 3, 2012 at 1:19 am |
    • Knuckles22

      I don't have a problem with a Mormon in the White House, since I've yet to meet a Mormon that was a rotten person. As much of a mystery Mormonism is to the vast majority, do to the secret nature of the religion, I don't see much difference in Mormonism and the Freemasons. The White House has had many Freemasons and that secret society is shrouded in more mystery than I care to investigate.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • difoderit

      oh spare me – yeah that's why Mo Mo kids are not allowed to play with kids of "non-faith" – Go lie to the lord some more – I know you mo mo's think its "your time" whatever that means...

      November 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Equivoco

      Hey Ramiro, do you really believe that Jesus came to preach to the native americans like the book of mormon says? No proof of that in the historical or archeological record. That the indians are one of the lost tribes of Israel? Brother you belong to a cult, pure and simple.

      November 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  6. LeftLeaningIndependent

    Interesting article I guess. It does seem to stereotype mormons though and it makes me a little uncomfortable. Though I don't agree with the Republicans much of the time I do wish I could get some good unbiased, straight up reporting free media and it seems to be nowhere to find. I don't know of any unbiased media anymore. Seems you can get an idea of which side a website leans based on the comments of those that post. And from what I read I see a lot of hate on these comments, mostly from the left. When I look at fox the hateful comments are mostly from the right.

    Also, as a Christian, I am ashamed that so much hate is directed at Mormons for their beliefs. Everytime I read an article about Mitt's Mormonism I see sooo many hateful comments from Christians and non-believers alike. Their religion is peaceful and helps them be better, why do we as Christians attack them for it? It certainly isn't very Christian of us and again it makes me uncomfortable.

    I look forward to the hateful comments that are coming my way now.

    November 3, 2012 at 12:55 am |
    • matt

      I see your point, but i was unaware that fox even allowed comments

      November 3, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • standright

      Well said – open mind – respectful of others.

      November 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • Tripod1

      Fox news typically doesn't allow comments.

      November 4, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • Sherry

      I am a Mormon and I also attend a Christian church with my gay daughter often. If what we believe is so wrong and so bad, God will hold us accountable. We strive to serve, to love, to be good people. So the witch hunt mentality that has followed us since the beginning is illogical to me. Unlike a cult we aren't stealing children from their families, we reinforce the family, making it priority. So we have quirky beliefs. It isn't hurting anyone. Why are people so afraid. Romney proved as Governor he could lead without plaguing his state with Mormonism. He did a lot of good. His record show success. What Record did Obama have. Hmmm none. He was pretty much a no body. This is going to be a great election whether Romney wins or not. Because if he doesn't Obama is going to have to step it up to save face.

      November 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  7. Celeste Byrom

    Your next article should be if Africam AMERICANS MOVE OUT OF THE wHITE house, shouldn't there be an inventory of the silverware and linen?
    See how that works

    November 3, 2012 at 12:55 am |
    • Don Duvall

      Heh... That one put a smile on my face. Was this really supposed to be a piece of journalism?? What cracks me up is that the author is Jewish. Nothing strange about that religion! :)

      November 3, 2012 at 3:29 am |
  8. 18mc

    Mormons are asked to donate "generously" to the welfare program, the money that they would have spent on the meal they fasted. This article says "minimally" instead of generously. Quite a difference there.

    November 3, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • Hi41

      FYI minimally = at least, no less than, generously

      November 3, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  9. SandRich

    As a Christian who worked for and with many Mormons during my career as an engineer, I can only say that if Romney wins, GOD HELP US. As a group, the Mormons are self-centered and focused only on spreading their brand of religion to others. Romney would be unable to ignore the years of cult-like brain-washing he has been exposed to by his elders; he would act instinctively in times of crisis to protect fellow Mormons, and turn his back on the rest of us non-Mormons. Again, GOD HELP US if Romney's elected; life as we know it will cease to exist in America, and we'll all be to blame in that event.

    November 3, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • LOL

      What a bunch of Malarchy. That's Irish you know. It is hard to take you seriously. Funny enough I too am an Engineer and am surrounded by Mormons at work and though I think their religious beliefs are strange I think they are the kindest people on earth! I even moved from my apartment to a house recently and I had a dozen or so mormons help me move and none of them tried to convert me. I was reading about how much they donated in time and money to hurricane katrina, 2 of my co-workers actually took 2 weeks off work to go over there and help with the clean-up effort. I was too selfish to do that but they weren't. Did you go over there and help? Morons are good people, just like most of you out there so stop acting like a hateful twit.

      November 3, 2012 at 1:04 am |
  10. cdt 1260

    What is the purpose of this opinion piece?
    Written back in June, this might have been an interesting effort, but its timing now is just poor editorial taste.
    CNN, to its credit, followed up on the Lybia debacle when the other press did not, but this is just a cheap, prejudiced shot ahead of an election.

    November 3, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • Sophie J

      Amen!

      November 3, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  11. Chris Berry

    You people DISGUST me. Did CNN write the equivalent article about a black couple moving into the white house four years ago, along with all of the innuendo implied or otherwise, when the Obama's moved in? If not why why? Political correctness from the left is a one way street. How does this "author", and I use that term loosely, have a job?

    November 3, 2012 at 12:35 am |
    • JustinTrevor

      Obama is not a member of a cult. Mormons are evil; they act in secrecy and you are one of them. You want to brainwash Americas to this evil cult.

      November 3, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Chris Berry

      Hmmm... I think you might consider the differences between *race/ethnicity* vs. a particular arguably cultish *religion.*

      There is a difference, ya' know. I was curious as to some of the ways Romney might change the WH to his liking.

      It's a fair question... although, I would agree, I'm guessing they were reaching for some material when Ms. Ravitz wrote this one IMHO.

      Peace...

      November 3, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • Sophie J

      BINGO!

      November 3, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  12. Mark Batchelder

    A video has just surfaced showing Romney stating that he believes the 2nd Coming of Christ is going to kill all the Jews!

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxMD02zU9SE&w=640&h=390]

    That should change the dynamics of the whole race - but so far it has not been publicized!
    Could you publish the text, write an article on it, and/or forward it to whoever might be able to publish it and/or publicize it?
    Thank you!

    November 3, 2012 at 12:30 am |
    • Moby Schtick

      No, it does not. Why are you lying?

      November 3, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • 24HCC

      Yes it does! That is awsome, Mitt is INSANE!!

      November 3, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Mark Batchelder

      DISCLAIMER: Didn't listen to the video/audio very carefully. With that said... I actually didn't hear him say what you are claiming exactly.

      However... love the part where he confirms that "after the mount of olives is split in 2" Jesus will reign from Jerusalem and ...*Missouri* 8O

      Any Mormons care to explain the Missouri thing ?

      Peace...

      November 3, 2012 at 1:09 am |
    • JustinTrevor

      They are suppressing this info. If they did Romney would be finished. This is treason against the USA. The media is complicit in the Mormon conspiracy to infiltrate our government.

      November 3, 2012 at 1:22 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      @JustinTrevor

      " They are suppressing this info. "

      How do you know ?

      " This is treason against the USA. The media is complicit in the Mormon conspiracy to infiltrate our government. "

      Which "media" specifically ?

      Peace...

      November 3, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • mitten

      This is hilarious, I used to listen to this Jan Mikkelson when I lived in Iowa, he works for WHO in Des Moines, and is exactly as abrasive as he sounds in this. He is a libertarian, or at least leans that way, definitely not a Democrat. I don't know how they ever got Mitt Romney to go in there. He must have had some dope in the campaign allow him to go in there, and Mitt went, like a sheep to the slaughter. Wow! I agree with the guy that he doesn't say all the Jews get slaughtered, he says, the Jews are about to get slaughtered and Jesus comes back. The part about Missouri is hilarious. I know how the Mormans get these ideas, from Ezekiel in the Old Testament. Anyway, it is an explosive video, and very very funny.

      November 3, 2012 at 1:57 am |
    • Hi41

      That is a bunch of crock. Please refrain from posting more dribble.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • standright

      I listened to the full 20 minutes – there is a 1.5 second statement about the 2nd coming relating to the Jews – and that IS NOT what he said, sorry. He described the coming of Christ as stopping the war where Jews were being killed – that is in line with the Biblical account, and very different from the hate that you're trying to spew. Be honest with people – especially when there's enough of a record to call you on your mischief.

      November 4, 2012 at 12:49 am |
  13. Hindu Mithra Ism etc.

    Pickle juice is just another name for cuc.u.mber pickle-ism, dill weed ism, sour tart of back yard garden, old cuc.u.mbers with another pickled lid mason jar, feed humanity based on how many jars-ism of pri.ckly beef steak ism 180 tomatoes, okra, tomatoes too absolute american dill pickles in support of American bar food ism.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
  14. Debbie

    Since Mormons believe that when Jesus returns he will rule from Jerusalem AND Missouri I'm surprised the Romney's will not move the White House to Missouri.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • Mormon Mom

      Christians are not Mormons. They believe that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one separate god. They are monotheists who do not believe in three separate gods. They do not believe that the Father, God, is an exalted man and has a physical body. They believe that the Bible is inerrant, and that salvation comes through faith alone.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Debbie

      LOL ! :D

      Peace...

      November 3, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Debbie, you and your kind get satisfaction from making funny jokes about Jesus' truth. Don't you realize that you are breaking our Lord's heart? I want to get a new couch, but the FBI will not allow it. Follow the Bible, it is all you need to be saved.

      Amen.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      @HeavenSent

      " I want to get a new couch, but the FBI will not allow it. "

      LOL !!! :D ... what the fvck ?!?!

      Peace...

      November 3, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • CS

      Hey bud, that one's for you.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      That one made me LMAO... and I didn't even understand what the fvck you were talking about on that one !

      I think someone pulled that one out of Hindu Filthy Hinduims brain !! :D

      Peace...

      November 3, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      I'm guessing now... *It's a 'crime scene'" is that why the FBI ? :D

      Peace...

      November 3, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • HeavenSent

      @peacetoalll

      Just call me baby. Just call me.

      November 3, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • John

      Well here is another one for everyone... Acccording to the prophecies of Mormanism, when a Morman is elected President of the United States, the government will fall... shortly after, the 100.000 faithful will set out and kill all non-believers. In other words, if you don't belong to the church, you will be executed. This, ladies and gentlemen, comes from the doctrine directly from the church itself. Pretty amazing "cult" mentality, no?

      November 3, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, sure. I'll be hanging on every word of some bozo who can't even spell "Mormon" correctly. I'm sure you know ALL about it.

      November 3, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
    • John

      If you have time, read the book "No Man Knows My History" written by Joseph Smith's daughter.

      November 4, 2012 at 12:22 am |
  15. Where is your God now?

    You are at the Museum of Modern Art with a date. You have high hopes for this relationship. She is smart, pretty and a great cook. You just critiqued a group of Kevin Appel paintings when you felt a sudden urge to relieve your bowels. But where is the bathroom? Too late. And it is loose. You drag your smelly self to the elevator; she is behind you but gagging...

    November 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • 24HCC

      That same shit happened to me one time. Only it was at the school fair and I was being dunked in the dunk tank. No wet suit. That is the day I renounced God.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:05 am |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      standing in line to fill his gas tank.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • Where is your God now?

      @Mohammad A Dar

      "standing in line to fill his gas tank."

      Huh?

      November 3, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  16. The Bottom Line

    This is the religio-political version of fantasy baseball. Romney's 15th minute is up on Tuesday night. The Tea Party has lost the Senate for the conservatives due to their deluded stances on rape, and basically everything stays the same.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • 24HCC

      If the Dems take the House, maybe this country can move forward. The Republicans should be prosecuted for what they have done the last four years.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • End Religion

      As much as Dems may not have liked it, the government has been working exactly as it was intended. The checks and balances of the Senate and Congress have worked as intended, frustrating as it may be for some.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:08 am |
  17. Chris Mahoney

    One assumes that in 2008 you ran the story "If Blacks Move Into The White House..." I can only imagine how many similar stereotypes appeared in that article.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • 24HCC

      @Chris Mahoney

      You are actually comfortable admitting that you do not know the difference between genetics and religious practices. Fascinating. And yes we all no you are K E. I already pointed out that you are a racist. Let me just add stupid and uneducated to that.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  18. Mohammad A Dar

    If Mormons move into the White House...Iran=Wal Mart Parking lot, Jerusalem= capital of Israel, unemployment in double digits, and Wall Street back to 5000 mark.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
    • 24HCC

      @M A D

      Are you sure? I might have to vote for Romney then. Iran = Parking lot sounds good to me.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • Don McMaster

      A Mormon in the White House is bad ? What about the Senate then...ever hear of Harry Reid and CNN is a joke.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      I never liked Harry Reid or John Boehner or CNN or Fox

      November 3, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • Ran

      I had the "pleasure" of running into a polygamist commune in Arizona traveling back to Cali. Every house was a McMansion, every driveway had the same SUV. I only saw one very obese man and dozens of women and children. So I reported it. The Mormons found the mother-load and built their main "temple" right on it. They are the DeBeers of gold. And a cult.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:30 am |
    • standright

      An intellectual exercise based in facts I'm sure :) lol

      Wall Street at 5000? What is that? You mean the DOW or the Nasdaq, or what? Maybe you're talking about the Nasdaq going to 5000, that would be a 300% increase. Sounds like a reason to vote for him!

      Take the high road – Vote Romney.

      November 4, 2012 at 12:57 am |
  19. featherknife

    This is not going to happen. Obama will win without a doubt. Maybe the Romneys can come knock on the door as missionaries. And KE......you have serious problems. President Obama is Not a muslim, he is NOT a communist, or marxist, he is a native born American, and has been an excellent president, and appears to be ready for an even better, more productive second term. You, however, seem to be wrapped a bit too tight. There is probably ecellent medications for that.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • 24HCC

      @featherknife

      KY is not concerned about the president being a muslim, he is a classic republican racist scum bag.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
  20. K E

    This is an idiot bigot article, I don't ever remember seeing an article on Muslim in the white house, and don't be morons, Obama is a Muslim, his claims to be Christian are a pure lie. He has on numerous occasions blurted out about his Muslim faith.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • 24HCC

      @KY

      Your post does not make sense. If the president is Muslim, he does not say so. He says he is a Christian. Therefore there is no story.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      I'm pretty sure that if Obama claimed he was a muslim, as Romney claims to be a mormon, there'd have been an article like this one. You see how that works?

      November 2, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • JustinTrevor

      He said the Latter-day Saints are "a bit bruised" by reaction to the presidential campaign of Republican Mitt Romney, a Mormon. National polls in 2009 found that many Americans were uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon president.

      slowly indoctrinate the masses

      November 3, 2012 at 2:30 am |
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