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.
Here is the complete Mormon Temple Ceremony that was filmed secretly by undercover video in the famous Salt Lake Temple in Utah, earlier this year.
If you look closely enough, near the end of the film, you may see Mitt Romney and his wife, bedecked in their white Temple robes, standing at the altar of the Temple and chanting with raised hands to their Mormon God. Their faces have been obscured to maintain their "dignity".
Have a look for yourselves:-
I find your videos inappropriate for this forum.
? it is a video of the truth
I guess since the Great White Horse lost, Mormons have left the blog
It is like the Mormon bloggers fell off a cliff since their Great White Horse left in shame.????
Ah Romney lost so our fellow Mormon bloggers disappear like c ck roaches along with the stupid I am Mormon ads..lol bye bye
Mormons believe that one of their own has to become President in order to facilitate the second coming of Christ. Why not just live your life the best you can for its own sake, instead of always putting yourself ahead of everything and everyone else?
No, we don't believe that.
Thank God the Christian right lined up behind Romney to affirm Mormonism, as this article clearly shows. It shows that the religious right would vote for a nonChristian over a Black Christian. It reminds us how hypocritical the religious right is in America. They would rather sell their soul to a false god than vote for a progressive. I will never forget this. Never.
Exactly. It's pathetic Time to expose the frauds at every opportunity.
In the process of accusing the Christian Right of racial bigotry, you revealed yourself to be a religious bigot. The irony is beautiful.
You may spin this as you desire. But it doesn't take away from the truth. As a deeply religious person myself, I know full well the duplicity of these so-called Christian fundamentalists.
Ed, I wouldn't call Mormon bashing ironic for these people. I'd call it twisted, disgusting and perverse.
I find Speak the Truth videos in this forum very tasteless and I wish I could report it. No, I am not a Mormon. I am not a Christian. I am an Obama supporter who disapproves of bigotry in all forms.
Speak the Truth, I suggest you start surgically removing that plank in your eye.
Apologies to 'Speak The Truth, I got you confused with that person who put up all the videos.
I did agree with much of what you wrote and I don't see you as a bigot ... though I see others here as such.
I investigated 17 "so called major Christian religions". After this extensive study I came away with the conclusion that when you look at the Mormon faith with an open mind instead of bigotry, you come away with the conclusion that the Mormon faith is in fact the MOST Christian religion on Earth. It actually practices Christianity instead of just talk about it. Contrary to many ignorant people, Mormons believe in Jesus Christ as the ONLY Savior of the world. The Mormon faith will continue to grow at an alarming rate despite any one individual or incident because it has been doing so steadily for over 180 years, just like it was prophesied it would. My search took place over 35 years ago and I've never been sorry for joining. Despite my freedom to leave anytime I want to, I love being a Mormon!!!!! Check it out for YOURSELF, don't just believe what idiots say about it.
The Mormon Church has kept its Temple Ceremonies and Rituals well hidden for over 170 years, up until now that is.
Take a long hard look at what fanatic Mitt Romney, his power crazed wife Ann, and all other obedient Temple Endowed Mormons are intensely focussed on, when, dressed in their white robes, they kneel with raised hands at altars, swearing Oaths of strict obedience to the Mormon Church and its hidden and ultimate desire for a Mormon Theocratic Government on earth.
Very disturbingly, in my opinion, even Mormon children as young as 12 years old are ushered into the Temples in large groups, to be used in the Temple Baptismal Rituals for the Dead. The children each take their turn to be baptised for deceased non-mormons, which can total as many as 20-30 dead baptisms per child.
The children must sit in rows quietly and patiently, for anything up to 3-4 hours before they are summoned to complete their quota of baptisms.
Many of the children, especially young females, dislike and feel distinctly uncomfortable about taking part in these Temple baptisms for the dead, but feel they have no choice in the matter, being compelled to attend by their over-zealous Mormon parents.
Have a look for the very first time genuine Mormon Temple Ceremonies filmed secretly in a Mormon Temple In Utah, earlier this year:
I think Billy Graham is slated to get one soon. probably by the top living apostle, minutes after his last breath. It is all biz there, and Billy delivered. His son will get a lot of points on the commission for brokering the deal.
Where are the zealot Mormon posters????????????????????
I guess since the Great White Horse lost, Mormons have left the blog.
It is like the Mormon bloggers fell off a cliff since their Great White Horse left in shame.???
Ah Romney lost so our fellow Mormon bloggers disappear like c ck roaches along with the stupid I am Mormon ads..lol bye bye.
The excessive kookiness of mormonism simply points out how kooky all religious beliefs are. Grow up everyone, you might as well still believe in santa clause and the tooth fairy.
I tried to babtize my dead kitten but it broke.
Interesting..where are allt he Mormons that post on this forum??????????????? Silence???????????
Come out come out wherever you are..
I guess since the Great White Horse lost, Mormons have left the blog....as I said before...co k roaches...scramble in the darkness where it is safe...cast light on them...the truth....they scatter
It is like the Mormon bloggers fell off a cliff since their Great White Horse left in shame.??
Ah Romney lost so our fellow Mormon bloggers disappear like c ck roaches along with the stupid I am Mormon ads..lol bye bye...
There is only one way, the way of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Keep following the lies of the Talmud and chase your tail right to hell's gate. When I clean my fingernails I use toothpaste to kill two birds with one stone. If you are not a practicing Christian that shows your love for Jesus, then you automatically belong to satan's team.
So it's Jesus's team or satan's team? No other possibilities? Nice simple-minded approach to life.
Savior? Really if he could'nt save his butt. Don't give the BS that he did it for our sins, because nobody dies for others sins otherwise it isn't fair.
Cultists will do anything to brand themselves as your friend or even better, label themselves as – "one of you".
the mormon "religion" is not gaining acceptance with me. I still consider it a cult; I know too much about how the church treats it's members, and how they treat (in business specifically) those not mormon. Thank goodness Romeny didn't get elected or we'd have a White House full of 'em.
Mormons are like co k roaches...hiding in the shadows...pests
Exactly . .
There are a LOT of Mormons in government already . .
Newsflash, Harry Ried is Morman
And yet there are so many people telling others how peace loving the Muslim's are. Go Figure ...........
It's always interesting to see all the posts from the self righteous Obama supporters who, while claiming to be the party of equality and charity, in the same breath prove what BIGOTS they are by attacking Mormons. Your comments about Romney, magic underwear, Joseph Smith are hily offensive. They are almost identical to the biggoted comments the Clan made against African Americans in the 20th Century. Remember Birmingham, Mississippi.....none of you are any different then they are....u r all Hypocrits, liars, and Pigs.
Your comments about Romney, magic underwear, Joseph Smith are hily offensive. They are almost identical to the biggoted comments the Clan made against African Americans in the 20th Century. Remember Birmingham, Mississippi.....none of you are any different then they are....u r all Hypocrits, liars, and Pigs.
Now you compare yourself to African Americans which yoru church used to view as unequal. AMAZING! Also, are you denying the criminal history of Joseph Smith??????????
Note I didnt vote for Obama
Indeed, have a look at a complete Mormon Temple Endowment Ceremony that was filmed secretly by undercover video in the Salt Lake Temple in Utah, this year.
Look out for Mitt Romney and his wife standing in the temple prayer circle, clothed in their white robes and hats, raising their hands and chanting to their Mormon God.
The Mormon Church is furious that their highly secretive Temple Ceremonies have been filmed and made public. Look and see the hidden truth of Mormonism for yourselves.
Did you ever wonder why Mitt Romney was so reluctant to talk about his Mormon faith? You do now:-
dezep – YOUR COWARD
Ahhh a Mormon repsonds with.............................you are a coward...video is what it is...no posts from the Mormon freaks denying this???????????????????
The silence from our Mormon posters is amazing??????????????????????????
I guess since the Great White Horse lost, Mormons have left the blog....as I said before...co k roaches...scramble in the darkness where it is safe...cast light on them...the truth....they scatter..
It is like the Mormon bloggers fell off a cliff since their Great White Horse left in shame.?
Ah Romney lost so our fellow Mormon bloggers disappear like c ck roaches along with the stupid I am Mormon ads..lol bye bye.....
I dont understand how naive ppl are when it comes to mormons.... and just plain uneducated about their history.
Just because they are polite and clean cut looking doesnt make them less of a threat. The greatest swindles and crimes against humanity were accomplished under the same fake guise. Personally, Id rather have an f.u. to my face than have someone politely explain my rights away; and thats exactly what the mormon church is trying to accomplish constantly. Dont be so impressed by a books cover... these were the ppl who tried to block abolitionists, contributed over $40,000,000 against gay marriage in cali, and would gladly establish a gv't that cracks open the bible to determine secular laws. I know theyre not the only relig group to do that, but they certainly are the most aggressive & willing to breach the divide btwn church and state. Thats not a little thing. I dont mind anyones personal religious beliefs, but when they raise countless billions of untaxable dollars, they shouldnt be able to buy government policy. Thats not freedom of religion; thats the end of it. And Im shocked it wasnt more of an issue.... but we dogged a bullet.
I thank God mormons arent able to taut 1 of their own in the W.H.
I just wanted to thank you, horror, for enlightening me about my wife and in-laws. I had no idea they were so dangerous!
Looks like I'm in big trouble, being a Catholic Democrat married into a Mormon family! They're killing me with kindness! Especially all the beautiful little nieces and nephews!
As noted previously. (scroll down the page to 4:14 PM)
"During the U.S. military draft for the Vietnam War, Romney sought and received two 2-S student deferments, then a 4-D ministerial deferment while living in France as a Mormon missionary. He later sought and received two additional student deferments. When those ran out, the result of the December 1969 draft lottery ensured he would not be selected. "
Bill Clinton also lucked out with a high draft number.
And did any of the Kennedy kids join the military?
Oh for God's sake, here is the real Mormon Church for you, the hidden side that is a closely guarded secret. The American voting public were not allowed to be privy to his dark and dangerous temple side.
Here it is, a Mormon Temple Ceremony filmed secretly by undercover video in the Mormon Salt Lake Temple, earlier this year:-
Mitt Romney and his wife Ann dress in these white temple robes, green aprons, sashes every time they attend the Mormon temples. They swear strict Oaths of Allegiance and Obedience to the Mormon Church, even to sacrificing their own lives if necessary to the establishment of a Mormon theocratical government.
America, thank the Lord himself, that fanatic Mitt Romney and his crazy wife Ann, didn't get their celestial knickers into the White House! Look at this and breathe a sigh of relief:-
Bingo.....seen videos like this as well as know former Mormons.
It will be interesting what Mormons have to say about this. They never seem to respond.,,,if they do it is "We have good family values" sidestepping the obvious.
Oh my gosh the silence of our Mormon friends on these videos showing truth.....amazing lol
That is so strange...all those posts from Mormons and nothing....zero on real videos of the wierdness??????????????
I guess since the Great White Horse lost, Mormons have left the blog....as I said before...co k roaches...scramble in the darkness where it is safe...cast light on them...the truth....they scatter.......
It is like the Mormon bloggers fell off a cliff since their Great White Horse left in shame.
Ah Romney lost so our fellow Mormon bloggers disappear like c ck roaches along with the stupid I am Mormon ads..lol bye bye.........
Can you hear that??????? Silence from the Mormons.
One creepy thing about Mormons is that they use many of the same PR lines used by the Scientologists. Both lie and justify the lying to themselves, not even thinking of it as lying.
"Mormon moments" and "Bowel Movements" are pretty much the same thing.
Spot on.........wow did they disappear from here or what LOL
HAHAHAHAHA AT THE DISGRUNTLED FACES OF ALL YOU RACIST CHRISTIANS HAHAHAHAHA
YOUR STUPID LIAR BUDDY JESUS IS DEAD, HE'S BEEN DEAD, HE CANT HEAR YOU!
GET IT THRU YOUR STUPID SKULLS!!!
HAHAHAHA ANOTHER FOUR YEARS!!!
HAHAHAHA I HOPE THE STRESS OF LOOKING AT A BLACK MAN
IN THE WHITE HOUSE FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS GIVES YOU ALL HEART ATTACKS!!
HAHAHAHA I HOPE YOU GET ULCERS AND DIE, RACIST JESUS LOVERS!!!!
HAHAHAHA FOUR MORE YEARS, BABY!
FOUR MORE YEARS!
RIGHT IN YOUR FACES!!!!!!!!!!!
Hahaha i'm happy too, Romney the liar was giving money out to people to buy votes.....White House is not for sale
HAHAHAHA THE BLACK MAN WON AGAIN!!!
What white racists? Most of the people who voted for President Obama are white. You sound like a Muslim-Islamists follower of child molester Mohammed. The rites and beliefs of the Mormons are as stupid and worthless as those of the Islamists.
You sound like
All of you Obama loving ideots are going to regret voting for him. We could have had great government for a change, but you are all too stoopid and ignerent to see that.
Speaking of stoopid, the last Republican president left us losing over a half million jobs each month, a doubled national debt, a plummeting stock market, and started a $3 trillion for false reasons.
WOW he's so tricky and sly!
His trolling is never third rate and obvious!
Get a life, you witless turd!
YOU FAIL AT THE INTERNET.
"started a $3 trillion WAR".
Get a job Frank.
But at least we can spell.
If I may, this election has been...good. I feel, the best man, won. That makes me, I don't know...happy.
If Opiates can be listed as class one narcotics they should list Religion too.
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