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Romney’s loss closes out ‘Mormon moment’
Mitt Romney attending church on Sunday earlier this year.
November 8th, 2012
03:20 PM ET

Romney’s loss closes out ‘Mormon moment’

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney’s defeat appears to close out a years-long “Mormon moment,” a period of national fascination with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It has also provoked Mormon disappointment; Romney would have been first Latter-day Saint in the White House, culminating a decades-long process of growing Mormon acceptance and influence.

But prominent Mormons and religion experts say Mormons should be heartened that Romney’s candidacy appeared to help mainstream the relatively young faith, which was founded in 1830 in upstate New York.

“Part of the Mormon moment was curiosity and much of that curiosity has been satisfied,” said John Green, professor of political science at the University of Akron.

“There will always be people who disagree with them,” Green said, “but the sense is that this community is part of the broad middle of American society.”

As stories about the LDS Church graced the covers of magazines and front pages of newspapers, the church’s press office was working overtime to answer questions from around the globe. A church that prefers to keep private became very public.

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“Without question there has been an increase in interest in the Church over the past several years,” church spokesman Michael Purdy told CNN. “Although there have been exceptions, this attention has given people the opportunity to know who we are and what we believe.”

It also meant more publicity for aspects of the church that many Mormons would prefer not dwell on, like the church’s onetime practice of polygamy (the church banned the practice more than 100 years ago) and its denial of the priesthood to black members until the late 1970s.

But even the uncomfortable questions were good for the church, said Richard Bushman, a Mormon scholar who has served as a local Mormon leader.

“So long as those objections and criticisms were kept under wraps, they just sort of festered there,” Bushman said. “Getting them out in the open where people could speak candidly, that in a way clears the atmosphere.”

Coverage of Mormonism also led to some level of misinformation. One example: On the TV show “The View,” on October 18, 2012, Whoopi Goldberg asked Ann Romney, Mitt Romney’s wife, about how she would relate to soldiers.

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“As first lady, if you get the job, it’s going to entail a lot of things, and one of those things is going to be talking to the mothers whose children are coming home in bags, you know, from wars,” Goldberg said. “Now, I know - I believe that your religion doesn’t allow you to go fight.”

Goldberg was wrong. Mormons are actually known to enlist in the military at higher levels than others. “No, that's not correct,” Ann Romney told Goldberg. “We have many, many members of our faith that are serving in armed services.”

Purdy, the church spokesman, says such exchanges were ultimately beneficial.

“A good deal of misinformation has been replaced with a more accurate picture of the Church, its doctrines, and its members across the world,” Purdy said. “That is a good thing for all involved and we look forward to these opportunities continuing.”

But with Romney’s loss, interest in Mormonism is expected to dwindle. Joanna Brooks, a well known Mormon blogger and author says it’s only a matter of time until that interest returns.

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“There have been many Mormon moments, and there will be many more to come,” she said. “Mormonism remains a vibrant and distinctive force on the American religious landscape, and as a young religion with a new global reach, the Mormon story is still unfolding.”

The last Mormon moment, she said, was a good one: “This is a moment in which the nation proved that it was capable of having a discussion about candidates and platforms without openly subjecting either candidate to a religious test.”

Though Romney’s faith garnered plenty of coverage - from Time’s cover story “The Mormon Identity,” to New York Magazine’s “Where is the Mormonism in Mitt Romney?,” - neither the campaigns nor outside groups made much, if any, mention of it.

Romney’s bid seemed to improve relations between Mormons and evangelical Christians, many of whom have long seen the LDS Church as a cult. In May, Romney spoke at Liberty University, founded by Jerry Falwell.

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Weeks before the election, too, the Rev. Billy Graham met with Romney for the first time and removed “Mormonism” from a section of his website devoted to cults.

“The Billy Graham business, for me that was symbolic that evangelicals instead of just dismissing Mormonism, (they) now need to talk a little more about what they mean,” Bushman said.

According to exit polls on Tuesday, 79% of white evangelical Christians voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. That’s an even higher share of the white evangelical vote than John McCain got in 2008, when he was the Republican presidential nominee.

“From the point of view of religious tolerance and acceptance, there were some really positive trends,” Green said. “It does suggest that the path towards greater religious tolerance has continued.”

Green raised the subject with his students after Tuesday’s election. At the end of the conversation, Green said one non-Mormon student’s comment encapsulated the strides Mormonism made in the last year.

“They aren’t any stranger,” the student joked, “than anyone else.”

– CNN’s Allison Brennan contributed to this report.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (1,823 Responses)
  1. Toolateweallloose

    Most of these comments remind me of "The Walking Dead"-suffling around chewing on and spouting off Dem. talking points. I'd rather have a Mormon in the White House than a closet Muslim-any day of the week. Now you haters can hate on THAT for a while.

    November 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Observer

      You have ZERO proof that Obama is a Muslim, but facts apparently aren't important to you.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • skarphace

      Yes, I realize that many of you 'Tea Party' freaks would have rather elected a man who made it clear his policies would have brought us back into a recession than reelect a minority. Well, too friggin bad. Move to Canada, if they will take you.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Joe Pesci

      I just savor these festering spite and resentment posts by conservatives! They are what really makes Obama's victory so much fun!

      November 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • Toolateweallloose

      You crazy liberals are just like carp....throw something into the water and they all come to try and get a bite...or maybe like the zombies on "The Walking Dead" when they smell a live one...so predictable. And facts? Facts are apparently not a big issue with you either, or the Black Jimmy Carter would never have won a second term. Enjoy your brief moment, because sooner than later this house of cards will come down, especially when the people who make this country work decide they want all that free stuff, too! By the way-how's your mom's basement working out for you?

      November 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • Observer

      Toolateweallloose,

      Thanks for verifying you had NO FACTS. Next time, maybe try to make comments based on facts and logic.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Joe Pesci

      Burn, baby, burn!

      November 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Toolateweallloose

      You "useful idiots" of the Demorats (not a mispell) could care less about FACTS-if you did, you would have never re-elected this empty suit. But, hey, you still get all that FREE stuff, so it's all good! More time for your video games, right? And such vitriol AFTER you won? Wow! You truly are scary people! Hope the country can survive your idiocracy....

      November 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • Observer

      Toolateweallloose,

      Yep. Not one fact to support the ridiculous Muslim claim.

      Do some research and thinking next time.

      November 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Toolate, you're a moron. I don't get any "free stuff," you azz. I hope you'll try to learn how to spell "lose." You're going to be a "loser" all your life.

      November 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • ACT III: 2013-TeaBag Suicide March to the Fiscal Cliff

      Toolateweallloose while you have been waiting for your silly wish, YOUR VISA got cancelled, or ran out, or did not get the votes needed to stay; you figure it out... Which makes you an illegal.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • ACT III: 2013-TeaBag Suicide March to the Fiscal Cliff

      So get back on your lame, blind horse, and take that one-way trip to the bottom of the ocean, to the land Salty Tea Bags call heaven, Republistan.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • ACT III: 2013-TeaBag Suicide March to the Fiscal Cliff

      The place were legitimate #### is legal, climate change is prevented by a contract between GOD and Noah, three year olds play with fully automatic weapons, and science is a lie that has been made illegal. BYE BYE.

      November 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • ACT III: 2013-TeaBag Suicide March to the Fiscal Cliff

      Toolateweallloose:

      Don't forget, you are allowed to import two home nukes without paying custom taxes.
      If you have children, three.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  2. Christopher Walken

    Well...I think the trinity, is a good, idea. You see, getting not one, but three, manifestations, of, you know, God is good. At least, I think so.

    November 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Christopher Walken,

      Trilineal modulations of angular undulations are circ.umvented based upon bilateral oscillations does truly make chaos seem tame!

      November 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Christopher Walken

      Well, God's Oldest Dreamer, if that is your real name. I don't think you are wrong but, you know, you could be, so potato, pototto I guess.

      November 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  3. Inquiring minds

    Wow, the Mormon moment really sucked.

    How did they ever get off their reservation in Utah anyway?

    November 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • Tarmac

      They were kicked out of western New York state. Read the book Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer to see how much of a farce this cult is.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  4. Martin

    I guess the Mormon prayers didn't work. Why didn't they use their magic underwear to win the election?

    November 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • sick of christian phonies

      Fox news never saw what was coming- they probably had those undies pulled up over their faces.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Inquiring minds

      I had Fox on for election night, just to savor the bitter resentments that would be brewing amongst them, and I was not disappointed. I love the way Karl Rove freaked when FOX announced Obama won, anbd tried to bully them into retracting it . . . as if that would somehow change the inevitable.

      Good times.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • skarphace

      sick: Fox News breathed a sigh of relief when Obama won. This is the only way they can continue to spew their vitrol for another 4 years. If Romney was elected, then who would they criticise? The one they helped get elected? Their popularity would have fallen like a rock. This way, they are guaranteed to stay #1 for another 4 years.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • ryaspa

      you are utterly pathetic.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  5. Cheryl

    I know a lot of Mormons, I have a very close relative who is one. Very nice people. But Mormons, particularly those who grew up in large Mormon populations, have ideas that are woefully out of step with the modern world. Romney was doubly out of touch because of not only his faith but his uber-privileged background. He would not have been a good president for the average American.

    November 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • sick of christian phonies

      "Woefully out of touch with the modern world" may not be such a bad thing. I wish I was more out of touch with it. But in a romantic Amish way- plowing with oxen, shoo-fly pie, thigh-duster beard, that sort of thing- rather than a Mormon way.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  6. LinSea

    'Dreamer', your understanding of LDS doctrine is incorrect. It is unfair to condemn people based on falsehoods.

    November 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  7. HeavenSense

    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. I am sick and tired of these band wagon Christians jumping on the Mormon coat tails. Get you own religion free-loaders!

    November 8, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • skarphace

      LOL.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  8. sick of christian phonies

    Okay, okay, America has accepted a member of a phony, recently made-up religion as a possible president, when they have always preferred a member of a phony, anciently made-up religion for the office (except, of course, NO JEWS ALLOWED!). But what will they do when {GASP} the FIRST SCIENTOLOGIST CANDIDATE for president appears?!!?!

    November 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • skarphace

      Tom Cruise 2016!

      November 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Barbara Bachmann

      "I just take the Bible for what it is, I guess, and recognize that I am not a scientist, not trained to be a scientist. I'm not a deep thinker on all of this. I wish I was. I wish I was more knowledgeable, but I'm not a scientist."

      November 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  9. ROCKWOOD

    Sorry, most of the Mormons I've run across have been extremely judgmental of anyone else who thinks differently than they do. They don't 'play well' with others.

    November 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • sick of christian phonies

      Gee, I'm an atheist, and I found just the opposite. My daughter's best friend when she was in grammar school (before she moved) was a mormon l. I had a lot of interaction with the family, and some of their friends, and they were kind, lovely people. I actually was envious (!) of the loving family life they had. The girls are still in touch 15 years later, and she remains a great person, wacky beliefs aside.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • skarphace

      I hate to break it to you, but the most judgemental people I have ever met or heard were Tea Party Evangelicals. By far.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  10. Joseph Smith Vi

    Now the facts:
    1. Mormons do NOT believe in the trinity
    2. Mormons believe that a submarine filled with Jews landed in Central America..and was greeted by Jesus.
    3. Mormons believe that the Jews are genetically linked to the Native Americans (proven false by science/DNA)
    4. Mormons believe that God lives on his own planet called "Kolob" – yet to be discovered by science
    5. Mormons believe they will "restore" Christianity in America....also Romney's campaign theme.
    6. Joseph Smith, my great, great, great, great, grandfather was a crook, and married too many wives

    November 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • skarphace

      Actually, you only needed the first point. I have discussed the fact that Mormons do not believe in the Trinity with Mormons and every time they argue against the principle of the Trinity, seemingly oblivious to the fact that they are arguing against Christianity itself as the Trinity is the very foundation of Christianity.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      skarphace,

      Hate to burst your bubbles but "Trinity" is nowhere to be found in the KJVB and most likely nowhere in any other gospels. Nice try though.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • skarphace

      G.O.D.: "The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit." This is the Trinity and does indeed appear in the Bible (I don't care what version you cite). Christians believe that these three are one and the same being. Mormons (and some other Christian offshoots such as Jehovah's Witnesses) beleve that they are three separate beings.

      All you need to do to determine if you are a Christian is ask yourself a single question: is Jesus God?

      If your answer is 'no', then you are not a Christian. Period.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • LinSea

      Do I beleve that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are somehow three beings compiled into one? No. But I absolutely do believe in God the Father; that Jesus Christ is His Son and the Savior of the world and that it is only through Christ that salvation is possible; and in the Holy Ghost.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • skarphace

      LinSea: I am sorry, but that was my point. I am sure you are a fine person, and don't get me wrong: I did not vote for Obama because Romney was a Mormon. I would have voted for Huntsman if he would have won the nomination. However, my point was that if you do not believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one and the same being, then you are not a Christian as the Trinity is the very foundation of Christianity.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      skarphace,

      God the holy spirit being the sea of absolute Nothingness brought about the Gods which are the immeasurable elements. Christ Jesus came about thru the Gods, these immeasurable elements of infinitesimal finiteness. The trinity is but a false embolism and the dichotomy or splitting in two is how the innerspace gave birth to outerspace.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Joseph Smith Vi

      I even voted for Romney because I was voting against Barack Hussein Obama – holy cow – this guy was groomed by Jeremiah Wright and the only reason the media did not investigate this is because it would have opened up Romney's Mormon past – that may have been more of a liability to Mitt than Jeremiah's "hate America" preaching.

      America has been duped by a fraud for another 4 years.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • sick of christian phonies

      That whole "trinity" booshwit was a left-over from the earlier multi-god religions. Supposedly the Abrahamic religions' great leap forward was emphasizing ONE GOD, instead of a pantheon (big f'ing deal!) But they couldn't easily let go of the old ways. It lives on today in the way certain peoples (very big in Italy) venerate certain saints and call on them for assistance, rather than "god" himself.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  11. Mike

    Based upon Mormon history and the tenets of their faith-like the Order of Enoch, Mormons should all be left-wing Democrats.
    Perhaps they would be more successful in politics if they were.

    November 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  12. Bronco John

    As if evangelicals aren't a cult also

    November 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Which word came first? Culture? Cultivation? Or cult?

      November 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • PS

      Thank you! I'm the daughter in law of Evangelicals and I've been saying this for years. Their belief system is most definitely cultish and dangerous. My husband left that belief system over 20 years ago and is still working through the damage they and their "church" caused him.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  13. David

    The best critique I have ever seen of Mormonism, is from none other than the show "South Park" itself. Their episode on Mormonism was done perfectly, and accurately to depict the fraud Joseph Smith really was. We all must be thankful to Lucy Harris for revealing Joseph Smith as being a complete and total fraud. (The wife of the scribe of Joseph Smith). Also you must admit that it is rather interesting that Mitt Romney's cousin, Park Romney, who is an ex-Mormon, has come out and asserted that Mormonism is indeed a fraud. The evidence out there that Mormonism is a fraud is just overwhelming.

    November 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • skarphace

      I hate to tell you, but that is a very slippery slope. It wouldn't be very hard to show that religion itself is a fraud.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      David,

      The Mormon (cult as some do declare) religion may well have originated from this verse.John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world".Ya think? But to proclaim that somewhere out in the celestial heaven there is a planet where God resides is shear blasphemy and does not adhere to the KJVB. I cite this reasoning based upon this, Luke 17:21 "The kingdom of God is inside you." Keeping with the scripture how then can the kingdoms of God be anywhere else but inside us and not somewhere out there in outerspace? They are clearly a delusional sect or yes 'cult'.Dumb Futz's are the many who read and cannot ascertain what they see written

      November 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      skarphace, "It wouldn't be very hard to show that religion itself is a fraud."

      Well then,,, show us how easy religion(s) are fraudulent.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • skarphace

      G.O.D.: easy. Two words: scientific method. There has never been a shred of proof that a higher power exists. Therefore, it does not exist. If and when there is proof, then my theory will be disproven. Until then, it holds.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      skarphace,

      What just really do you know about scientific methodologies? Do you know the sustainment principles of quantum physics? Do you know anything about Fractal Cosmologies and its self-similar cosmological paradigms? Do you know whether or not there truly are two paradigms of cosmologic symmetries each one sustaining the other? nuff said and asked.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Mittology

      Dreamer. So what. That does not prove a god nor disprove a god. But there is no evidence for a god this side of the Big Bang at least. So the foundation for any religion is shaky at best. Many religions are purely profit centers. Catholic church, crystal cathedral are examples of great wealth not always put to good as defined by jesus.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  14. Romney_is_PowerMad

    Romeny is NOTHING but a two-timing, lying POS who is power-hungry and will do ANYTHINg to get it.He wants to be president because he just wants POWER.

    TELL ME,how does deleting medicaid,foodstamps and a host of other programs to 'trim the budget' and 'lower the defecit' help middle-class americans in anyway????

    whats so great about this 'budget' thing.How will lowering it help me?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • skarphace

      Calm down. He already lost. Focus on what matters now, like convincing the Republicans to work across the aisle this season instead of trying to sabatoge our economy in order to make Obama look bad.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Planet Playtex

      Chill, bud. In a year, people will say "Mitt who?"

      He is in his "Michael Dukakis (who?) years now, doomed ot be nothing more than a question for the next edition of Trivial Pursuit, the question noboby but angry old Unce Ed knows.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • Schadenfreude

      Relax. Think of Big Bird

      November 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • Planet Playtex

      Romney could be Big Bird. Wouldn't be a bad job for him now that he is out the big job.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  15. Tom Sawyer

    A lot of evangelical types held their noses and voted for Romney despite their misgivings about his religion, perhaps even convincing themselves that Mormons must be Christians after all in order to allow themselves to cast the vote. Well, now that Romney lost I think a lot of them will be kicking themselves for their moment of weakness and I predict we will soon be seeing some gult-driven hate directed at the Mormon church.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • skarphace

      The good thing is that if Democrats ever nominate a Mormon, the Republicans will not be able to use his religion as an excuse to criticise him, having nominated one themselves.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • bryes

      What do you mean "we'll soon be seeing some guilt driven hate"? Just look at this board now.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Tom Sawyer

      @bryes – Yeah, you're right–I hadn't checked the other comments before, but now I can see it's already started.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  16. MormonChristian

    Sadly, I think some people just prefer ignorance. Just reading some of the blogs here proves my point. I'm more worried about how we take care of this planet and its people than about having my own. I teach my kids to respect others and listen to their needs and views no matter how different. It's more important how you act than what you believe.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Even a 'baphoon' knows how to act! Dumb Futz's are all alike! Baphoons will cost you!

      November 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  17. skarphace

    A Mormon will not be elected as a Republican because you just won't motivate evangelicals to vote for a Mormon for POTUS. The only way a Mormon will be elected to POTUS is as a Democrat.

    Come on over to the Democrats, Huntsman. We need you in 2016. The Republicans turned their backs on you. Give us a chance.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • MormonChristian

      Mitt won 80% of the Evangelical vote. Check it out...

      November 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • skarphace

      So you are saying that 80% of evangelicals that voted did so for Romney.

      That is not what I am saying. I am saying that many evangelicals chose not to vote at all rather than have to choose between a Mormon and Obama.

      Look at the numbers. There were much fewer white votes this election season than in 2008. I am willing to bet that this was due to the fact that they didn't want to vote for either candidate.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • skarphace

      In addition, are you absolutely sure they voted FOR Romney? I hate to tell you, but most of them voted against Obama. Remember ABO (Anybody But Obama)? That is what made Romney's religious beliefs less significant.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • ACT III: 2013-TeaBag Suicide March to the Fiscal Cliff

      Mitt also might have won 80% of the 1%.
      But he did not win the hearts and minds of the majority of voting citizens.

      The good news is Billy Graham got a call from God, and Mormonism is now de-culted.
      Evangelical consciences are clear voting for a Mormon Bishop for POTUS.
      Most sane people would say that is a no-no.
      But since the evangelicals see science as a satanic lie that must be illegal,
      I just do not know what they are going to do about the word conscience.

      Regardless, Billy is going to get a righteous-conservative Baptism-of-the-Dead, sometime soon.
      And one of the twelve living apostles, if not all, are going to do the honors at the old temple.
      Twelve baptisms for him in one day would be sweet, I am sure his son will be happy.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  18. Kurt

    I find that, in my faith I want not. Why burdon yourselves with all the education and "fact" finding that you think is so relevent. When we die, God will be your judge. Not facts and science. Stop being sheep flocking to the class room and instead find God. When it is over, it is only beginning!

    November 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • skarphace

      I would hate to get to a point in my life where I didn't want anything. How completely dull.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • bob

      Which god ? there are so many ? Zeus, Spagetti Monster, something else ?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Then,,, Ummm,,, You found God? Really? Good golly miss molly!

      November 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Are you actually saying that people should not strive to become more educated, Kurt? You are kidding, aren't you? This country is far more in need of better educated people than it is of fundies who don't know their azzes from a hole in the ground.
      Your post is laughable. And dreadfully sad.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • Planet Playtex

      We were already well aware that you are unburdened by education and facts.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's painfully obvious Kurt never got within a mile of a diploma.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  19. thilver

    It is curious to me how all of these mormonism, cultish, misogynistic facts appear AFTER Willard lost. Curious. Very curious. Some, like me, lived and worked in Utah, and were in the freakish minority. Female, never married, no children. GASP! And I was the ripe old age of 35! Incomprehensible to the MEN that I worked with. Even more incomprehensible to the MEN who reported to me. No nation needs a president who believes that their god only talks directly to men. NONE.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • MormonChristian

      Thilver,

      It's sad you lived in Utah and came away thinking that Mormons believe God only talks to them or to men. I am truly sorry if anyone left you that impression which is so far from what the church teaches.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  20. bryes

    There sure is a lot of hate on this site. Does it make you happy?

    November 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • skarphace

      It makes me happy that Obama whipped Romney's sorry butt.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      The Mormon (cult as you declare) religion may well have originated from this verse.John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world".Ya think? But to proclaim that somewhere out in the celestial heaven there is a planet where God resides is shear blasphemy and does not adhere to the KJVB. I cite this reasoning based upon this, Luke 17:21 "The kingdom of God is inside you." Keeping with the scripture how then can the kingdoms of God be anywhere else but inside us and not somewhere out there in outerspace? They are clearly a delusional sect or yes 'cult'.Dumb Futz's are the many who read and cannot ascertain what they see written.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.