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Mitt Romney announcing his presidential candidacy in New Hampshire on Thursday.
June 2nd, 2011
03:04 PM ET

Is America ready for a Mormon president?

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Mitt Romney’s campaign team knows that his Mormon faith scared off Republican voters the last time he ran for president.

But they believe a lot has changed in the last four years.

For starters, Romney is now much better known. The former Massachusetts governor campaigned hard in the 2008 primaries – even addressing his Mormonism head-on in a major speech — and has stayed in the public eye since, popping up on late-night talk shows and on cable news channels.

Romney’s Mormonism, the thinking goes, is less exotic than it was four years ago because the candidate is more familiar.

Plus, unlike in 2008, there’s a Democrat in the White House for Republican voters to unite against. The Romney camp hopes the Obama factor will boost support for a battle-tested candidate who’s shown he can raise the hundreds of millions of dollars White House bids require, regardless of the candidate’s religious affiliation.

And unlike the 2008 Republican primaries, when George W. Bush was in the White House and debate over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan loomed large, next year’s elections are poised to hang on the economy. Not a bad time, maybe, for a guy with a Harvard MBA and a career spent turning around financially troubled companies and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“The country’s really in a tough situation — the economy’s in a bad place and so people suddenly think that a guy with Mitt Romney’s capacity and experience looks a lot more attractive than he did four years ago,” says Mark DeMoss, a senior adviser to Romney’s campaign, which launched Thursday.

“That makes his faith much less of an issue than it was four years ago,” says DeMoss, who is tasked with helping Romney woo evangelical voters, a huge chunk of the GOP base and a constituency that’s historically been wary of Mormonism.

Whether DeMoss is right may make the difference in whether Romney, the current Republican frontrunner based on polls and fundraising, can actually win the Republican nomination and, ultimately, the White House.

But Romney may not be the only Mormon running for president. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is seriously flirting with a presidential bid.

Huntsman, Obama’s former ambassador to China, recently took a five-day swing through New Hampshire, site of the first-in-the-nation Republican primary, and has hired staff in South Carolina, another key primary state.

The prospect of a Huntsman campaign means the nation could see an unprecedented test of whether the GOP — and, perhaps, the rest of the country — is ready for a Mormon president in an era when candidates’ religious beliefs have become weighty campaign issues.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Mormon Church is officially known, certainly seems eager for Mormonism to be less an issue in the presidential race than it was for Romney in 2008

“Recent media coverage seems to lean toward the conclusion that among many Americans, faith will be less of an issue in this election than it was in 2008,” church spokesman Michael Purdy said in a statement to CNN. “But it’s really for others to speculate on this.”

Public opinion polls suggest a lingering bias against Mormon candidates. A survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center found that a quarter of American adults admit to being less likely to vote for a Mormon candidate for president.

The survey found that resistance to Mormon candidates was even higher among two groups: liberal Democrats and evangelicals, who overwhelmingly vote Republican. One in three white evangelicals said they were less likely to support a Mormon candidate.

That creates a stiff headwind for Romney and Huntsman, given evangelicals’ primary power. In 2008, evangelicals accounted for 60 percent of Republican voters in Iowa, home to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, and in South Carolina, whose primaries come hard on the heels of New Hampshire’s.

In 2008, Romney’s Mormonism “was a real factor in Iowa and South Carolina that predisposed many potential voters to never to consider Romney or hear his message,” said Gary Marx, who directed conservative outreach for Romney the last time he ran.

That year, Romney placed second in Iowa and fourth in South Carolina behind then-frontrunner Mike Huckabee – a Baptist preacher who won major evangelical support.

Though Mormons consider themselves to be Christians, many evangelicals consider the Latter-day Saints to be a cult.

Evangelicals object to the Mormon belief that the Book of Mormon is the revealed word of God and to such Mormon practices as proxy baptisms for the dead. Evangelicals and Mormons also compete for converts.

Many evangelical leaders have discouraged their followers from translating such differences into opposition to Mormon candidates. But that message isn’t always heeded.

“I don’t think it’s much of an issue among the leadership in evangelical circles,” Michael Farris, an influential evangelical activist, says of Mormon candidates. “But I don’t know if that is always true at the grassroots level.”

Richard Land, who directs public policy for the Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest evangelical denomination, says evangelicals could coalesce around Romney but that the conditions would have to be just right.

“If Southern Baptists have a choice between an evangelical candidate, a Catholic and a Mormon and all three appear to be equally conservative and equally likely to beat Barack Obama, they’ll vote for the evangelical,” says Land, who has informally advised Romney on how to deal with his faith on the campaign trail.

“If there’s no such evangelical [in the] race, they’ll vote for the Catholic,” he says, “But if there’s no other candidate who’s likely to beat Obama, they’ll vote for the Mormon.”

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, an evangelical, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Catholic, are running for the GOP nomination.

Beyond theological challenges, conservative activists like Land and Farris say Romney faces skepticism among religious conservatives because he once supported abortion rights and signed a healthcare law in Massachusetts that critics say represented a dramatic government overreach.

But those close to Romney argue that Huckabee’s decision not to enter the 2012 race creates an opportunity for Romney to pick up more evangelical support. Or, they say, it could wind up splitting evangelical voters among multiple primary candidates, making evangelicals a less potent force.

DeMoss, a Christian public relations executive who also helped Romney with evangelical outreach in 2008, says one of the victories from the last campaign was that no big-name evangelical came out against Romney over his Mormonism. This time, DeMoss is working to get some evangelical leaders to go a step further and publicly support Romney.

After Romney’s 2008 defeat, one nationally known evangelical leader privately told DeMoss that he’d voted for Romney in the primaries.

“I remember thinking, it would have been nice if somebody else knew that,” says DeMoss, who believes such revelations would have made more evangelicals comfortable supporting a Mormon candidate.

Huntsman’s entry into the presidential race could make Mormonism less of an issue if it has a mainstreaming effect. But the two candidates’ religious affiliations could play out quite differently.

Romney has long been active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), having occupied Mormon leadership positions like bishop (the rough equivalent of a lay pastor) and stake president (someone who oversees groups of Mormon congregations).

“I believe in my Mormon faith and I endeavor to live by it,” Romney said in a December 2007 speech in which he addressed his Mormonism. “My faith is the faith of my fathers — I will be true to them and to my beliefs.”

Huntsman, like Romney, spent two years abroad as a Mormon missionary but has kept some distance from the LDS church. As governor of Utah, he loosened liquor laws that had been inspired by Mormon orthodoxy and broke with his church in signing a law allowing civil unions for gay couples.

In a recent television interview, Huntsman affirmed his Mormon faith but added that Mormonism is “a very diverse and heterogeneous cross-section of people. ... I probably add to that diversity somewhat.”

A Huntsman adviser who often deals with the media declined to respond to requests for comment.

Matthew Bowman, an editor at a Mormon studies journal called Dialogue, says Huntsman hails from a slightly younger generation of Mormons who are less defensive about their Mormonism.

“Huntsman is a Mormon who thinks of his faith not as something that separates him from American culture or as something he has to defend or explain away, which is what Romney did,” says Bowman. “Romney is always hyperaware of his Mormonism.”

That means Huntsman may face fewer questions about his Mormonism should he run.

The LDS church, for its part, says its policy is to steer clear of electoral politics. Some church observers say the controversy the church generated by supporting California’s 2008 gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, exacerbated its political reticence.

At the same time, the church has capitalized on increased attention paid to Mormonism - provoked by everything from Romney’s 2008 campaign to the current hit Broadway musical, “Book of Mormon” - with a succession of public awareness campaigns.

The church website Mormon.org, for example, was recently revamped with an eye toward educating non-Mormons about the religion. The site features video profiles of Mormons from different walks of life.

“The message of these ads is that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are your friends and neighbors,” says Purdy, the church spokesman. “We are professionals and tradespeople, artists and teachers and everything in between.”

Put another way, the message is that Mormons are normal, everyday Americans.

With the Republican primary race finally starting in earnest, the nation is about get a major glimpse into whether GOP voters agree.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (3,046 Responses)
  1. Satan

    Satan wears a wicked-colored banana hammock

    June 3, 2011 at 1:46 am |
  2. Separation of Church and State

    Remember this statement from your Civics textbook? A president's religion or that of a candidate is not supposed to affect politics. CNN should be ashamed for even posing such a question. As for the readers, go back and relearn about the ideals that America was founded upon.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • Jon

      Awesome. thanks for this.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • You

      Ya, that's naive.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • me

      Thank You!!! You have taken my words! There is still a separation of church and state?? Funny how people only use it when it matters to them

      June 3, 2011 at 2:16 am |
    • TBR

      Your comment is completely ignorant. Separation of church and state has to do with policy, administration and practice. And what does CNN have to do with this anyway? They are not church OR state so they can combine any talking points they want. They are not violating the principle of separation by talking about a candidate's religion. Much of a candidate's decision making framework is shaped by what they believe about God and humanity. It is only fair that we should know what they think about God.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:59 am |
  3. TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

    Guess what? I'm an atheist. And I could care less if he's a Mormon. I want to know what he plans to do if elected. If it includes proselytizing, then I've got a serious problem with him. But since I suspect he isn't making that part of his plan, I'm not going to worry about where he goes to church.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:43 am |
    • Lee M

      Mitt Romney was a mormon missionary for 2 years (albeit in Europe, a "cushy" assignment)

      June 3, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • Jon

      Awesome. Why don't people think like you do? Honestly...nobody should vote for Romney or against him only because he is a Mormon. What does that have to do with him being president?

      June 3, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

      I did, however, greatly enjoy the song "History of Utah" by Camper van Beethoven.

      And old joe
      Did and said as he would
      Took all the shopping carts from the mall
      And took them to utah
      Which was zion
      He built an empire out of the desert
      Out of the dust and the sand, just like las vegas
      But he never took the route that the mafia did

      June 3, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • OBAMASUCKS

      its funny that all we ever hear about is racism against blacks, but obviously there is more dicrimination against mormons than there is against blacks. And where is CNN and the rest of the liberal media to cry foul about this? They sure did in 2008, that year it was if you are against Obama then you are a racist. But you can discriminate against a religion as long as the person you are discriminating against isn't black.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"They sure did in 2008, that year it was if you are against Obama then you are a racist."

      Hah, try being a African American Republican that did not vote for Obama. Racist is only a soft plushy pillow to what we who dared to be black and against Obama.

      Yall' got a severe pass.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:53 am |
    • TBR

      Jon, please think seriously about your position here. Please think hard here! Most religious persons make decisions based on their faith. It affects how they treat others, their views of right and wrong, their understanding of history and the future, thier relationship with people of other cultures and religions. It affects thier views of the economy and most certainly thier views of war and agression. So... you are saying to us, don't worry about what a possible president thinks about history, people, war, money, morality, etc. just.... What exactly SHOULD be important to us Jon??

      June 3, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • Peace2All

      @TBR

      Well said.

      Peace...

      June 3, 2011 at 3:09 am |
  4. Common Sense

    If you really want to know what Mormons are about, go visit a Mormon church on any Sunday. Their churches have a sign posted on the outside saying that "visitors are welcome." The door is wide open. So if you're open-minded, go experience it for yourself. It seems to me that that's a better, more reliable and reasoned method than blindly heeding the bigoted comments posted in this thread. And by the way, I'm a Christian and want what's best for this country. If an atheist is the best leader running for office, and that atheist will do the most to further our economic and geopolitical interests, I'll vote for him/her. I want the best person for the job, regardless of religious background.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • Jon

      I just wish more people thought like you did. As a Mormon I'd vote athiest or muslim any day if the politics were right. By the way...if you can't muster up the courage to go to a church...try mormon.org....you can chat live with missionaries and read all about all of the beliefs of the church there. And you can find the nearest church and the hours they meet!

      June 3, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • You

      So do Mormons believe in some kind of skygod too?

      June 3, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • James

      try going to a Mormon temple

      June 3, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • Natas

      A 19 year-old missionary, just who I want to gain a better understanding of your religion from. Via online chat no less. Comical!

      June 3, 2011 at 1:54 am |
  5. Satan

    I'll get to the bottom of this nonsense!

    June 3, 2011 at 1:41 am |
    • Lee M

      Satan, do you have your magic underwear on?

      June 3, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  6. Funny stuff

    I wish Jesus had been more specific about which groups we are supposed to hate!

    June 3, 2011 at 1:39 am |
    • Lee M

      Forget Jesus, we are talking Mormons... It's about Joseph Smith and we're supposed to hate mainline Christians, blacks etc. and believe that American Indians are actually ancient Israeli tribes, DNA tests nothwithstanding...

      June 3, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      http://www.blacklds.org/

      There yah go Lee...

      June 3, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • Jon

      Wow, Lee...did you get that from Jesus' teachings?

      June 3, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • Lee M

      No Jon, I got from the Mormons... It's what they believe... deny it if you want... It is exactly what they believe, it's doctrine.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • Funny stuff

      I think Lee just made my point! He said "forget Jesus". I think many Christian denominations already have.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:08 am |
  7. Stan

    No.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  8. Elia

    You have a muslim president, I think you can handle anything after that

    June 3, 2011 at 1:33 am |
    • Lee M

      Only in your stupidest racist republican dreams...

      June 3, 2011 at 1:37 am |
    • Matty

      I agree! At least he will not be an America hating, lets run this country, debt , whats that? president.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:41 am |
    • Funny stuff

      It's hilarious that these right-wing wackos think Obama is Muslim. Doesn't anybody remember the whole Rev. Wright controversy? Wright was a racist evangelical preacher who spewed anti-American rhetoric. Obama was married by Wright and had his daughters baptized by Wright. Obama was a 20 year member of Wright's congregation. No-one remembers?

      June 3, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • Lee M

      They remember... But they are republicans, ergo born liars.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:58 am |
    • TBR

      Oh Elia, you cute little troller you! Obama the Muslim (heh, heh, heh). Bet you write that on about every blog you find so you can see how many people will respond huh? Does it get you a little excited?

      June 3, 2011 at 3:09 am |
  9. Well

    Mormons are very defensive about their faith. Christian roots not withstanding, their beliefs vary wildly from the normal Christian understanding of the bible. Apart from the whole underwear, polygamy, lost tribes of Dan, blacks as demons, J.Smith prohpet, etc. there is another strange and altogether wilder belief they hold that no one taks about.

    Mormons believe that when they die they will become like gods. They distort a passage in the bible that infers a kind of deity inherent in all men somehow. They believe that when they die they will occupy a planet of their own (the man and wife) to repopulate the entire planet like adam and eve. Essentially they dont understand the whole pious salvation through christ and then subsequent eternal communion with him in heaven.

    So yeah, they differ form fundamental Christian theology, and dont let them try to sway you with this whole "we are all the same" double speak. They are not and never will be. Mormons, show your true colors.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:32 am |
    • Jon

      Yes. We do believe we can become like God one day. We believe he won't stop being our God ever...but we can become as he is. We can only reach that goal if we follow Christ's example...not gonna lie about that. For more about what this guy is trying to explain go to mormon.org....you can read all about it in the section on the plan of salvation. Honestly...he messed up his facts just a little but its mostly true.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:35 am |
    • Jon

      No, but really. Not kidding. Go...look it up! Mormon.org has it all. This guy is not lying about what we Mormons believe...he distorts it somewhat but the overall gist of what he is saying is absolutely true and you can read all about it.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:36 am |
    • Jon

      For real. Mormon.org.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:37 am |
    • N

      Who cares?????? What does that have to do with how he would run the country.

      My god, you religious nuts do yourself no favors with your picky criteria. Enough! It should have no place in politics.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • Jon

      No, but "Well" was making a true point about what we believe. He's right for the most part....not going to lie about that.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • Chris

      Here we have another 'illogical' believer saying that another's "illogical' belief is 'illogical'. Wow!

      I bet if you looked for similarities there would be many more of those than differences.

      But it really, really, really, really shouldn't matter.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:53 am |
  10. Aaron

    America is not ready for another Repuke president....PERIOD, EXCLAMATION POINT

    June 3, 2011 at 1:30 am |
    • Jon

      don't even know what to say to that.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:32 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      He is just a Troll... best to just ignore him...

      June 3, 2011 at 1:34 am |
  11. N

    There are actual problems facing our nation, none of which have anything to do with a candidates faith.

    You people hating on mormons only make my opinion of religion worse and worse... I'm sure Jesus would be proud.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:24 am |
    • Jon

      (like button)

      June 3, 2011 at 1:28 am |
  12. Jon

    Don't be fooled or led by the blind! For the truth about what those "Mormons" think go to mormon.org. That'll learn ya!

    June 3, 2011 at 1:23 am |
  13. Funny stuff

    I've got to say I'm not religious but evangelicals seem a lot nuttier to me than Mormons. I work with several Mormons and they're all honest, hard-working, family-oriented people. I can't say the same for all of my other "Christian" co-workers.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:23 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Ever get the feeling that this is all part of a grand "Christian" conspiracy to turn our nation into a Christian theocracy? Of course, in the end, the evangelicals want to be in charge to guarantee Armageddon and the second coming of Christ, but in the meantime, they don't mind dangling a photogenic Mormon out there to lure in those votes ...

    Just saying ...

    June 3, 2011 at 1:21 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Just saying... you have lost your mind.

      You can barely get all the Christian denominations on the same page at the same time. That's why there are so many of them. Heck, you can not get folks in the same church to agree on things but some how you think all the Christians will unite under a single doctrine?

      Wow, you are so lost kid

      June 3, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  15. WadeM

    Drugs, euthanasia, aids, illegal immigration. Don't Liberals just kill ya?

    June 3, 2011 at 1:20 am |
    • ThinkAgain

      What a silly list, especially the "drugs" one (read up on Limbaugh, and you'll catch my drift).

      And while you're researching, check out how Reagan's immigration policies opened the floodgates on illegal immigration (he was pandering to the big-agra crowd, who wanted cheap labor they could fire at will – especially if they got hurt or sick on the job).

      AIDS? How is that a "liberal" thing? Here's something more concrete to contemplate: Smoking deaths cost the United States about $92 BILLION a year and guess who supports tobacco farmer subsidies? Republicans (remember Jess Helms?). Who brought the tobacco industry to task over their manipulative practices? Democrats (specifically, Senator Ron Wyden D-OR).

      Euthanasia? You do realize, don't you, that since the dawn of time, healers have been helping people die peacefully and with dignity? Those states that allow "death with dignity" have very strict and specific guidelines to help people with this end-of-life decision (if you don't believe me, again, do a little research and read Oregon's law as an example).

      If you're really looking for folks who euthanize, check out your local health insurance company – they are the ones denying life-saving treatment based on financial calculations. If that isn't "death panels," then I don't know what is.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:28 am |
    • ssolilrose

      Need the like button for Thinkagain.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  16. Lost

    Why? WHY?!? I just was a candidate who has common sense – who answers to the people and NOT "the party" I really don't care what race or religion they are – I just want someone who is not a career politician, had to work hard for their family (read not born into the political machine and $$$), and made there fair share of mistakes in life. WHAT?!? Mistakes?? Yes – just like the rest of middle class America. Sound familiar? It should. We had a good handful of Presidents just like the above. Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Jackson, Roosevelt (both of them), Reagan...out of 300 million of us we can find someone???

    June 3, 2011 at 1:20 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Except for maybe Washington, all of those guys were pretty hated by half the country during their time.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:29 am |
  17. Philipo

    Sure, why not. I would vote for Romney if I thought he was the best candidate even if he was an Atheist, openly gay, Hispanic, Jewish, Muslim or Transgendered but then that's me.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • ssolilrose

      What about Pagan???

      June 3, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • Jon

      thats you and that should be every other American if they understood the principles on which this country was based on. How must the founding fathers feel to see people voting based on skin color, and religion? Vote on people's politics people! That's what its all about. Honestly.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  18. Northeast PA

    B

    I will prove you Mormons wrong again using actual source or what we like to call "facts" you won't find those anywhere in the books you're used to reading

    check out this link http://www.bestplaces.net/default.aspx and click on the state of utah and then under the religious tab......65% of the nations mormons live in Utah......... also on that page show the total percent of people in this country that are Mormon which is 1.66% and LDS in Arizona which you claim is so high is only 5.08% the state of Arizona ....... please educate yourself, I know how you Mormons like to think you know everything but YA DONT

    June 3, 2011 at 1:14 am |
    • WadeM

      Ooooh. You're such a smart lyberhal. Quoting a travel website. You get your degree from University of Phoenix?

      June 3, 2011 at 1:19 am |
    • Northeast PA

      it's not a travel website you retard, it's a site that has statistics on every location in the US .... you get your GED and then we'll talk about higher education

      June 3, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • Jon

      This guy cracks me up! Its like...yeah I've been a Mormon all my life...seventh generation on each side....oh, wait, Northeast PA proved me wrong. Shoot. Well, I guess I'll just be going home now. Dang. I was wrong. And so were all my ancestors. And so are the other 14 million Mormons. Darnit.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • Funny stuff

      Yeah! You proved all them Mormons wrong... Oh wait, what's your point?

      June 3, 2011 at 1:29 am |
    • Northeast PA

      Jon let me correct your sentence,

      And so are the other 14 million Brainwashed. Darnit.

      ........believe whatever fairytale you want, you're the one wasting your lives ..... I just get POed when you throw your crap in my face and expect me to except it, i'll tolerate the fact that you mindless rube exsist it but i'll definitely not accept it

      June 3, 2011 at 1:34 am |
    • Jon

      Yeah, you telling me I'm brainwashed makes me brainwashed. I guess I'll go play video games for the rest of my life cuz this guy says I'm not smart.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:41 am |
    • You

      Jon, yes, for 7 generations you've been deceived. Just because your ancestors believed in something doesn't make it true.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  19. Baranga the Great

    A Moron President!?! Hell NO!!! What the hell is next for this country, a BLACK President!?! AHAHAHAHAHAHAwait what...what do you mean?...when?...you're kidding me...his name is what?...his middle name is what!?!...get the f!ck out of here!...well then, Moron President, why no?

    June 3, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  20. Rhymeskeema

    Jupiter Stone. Channeling spirits for hidden treasure. Mormons are occultist. Is there no help for the widow's son? So yeah, give this guy the job. Let's be a full blown mystery school nation. Or put him up to shut him up when obama beats him bad. And we can keep out occultism in the closet another 4 years.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • Jon

      Wow. Channeling Spirits? In all my days as a Mormon I've never...holy cow. Does it get any better than this? White Salamanders were a little better, but this is pretty good. Channeling Spirits...who'd of thunk?

      June 3, 2011 at 1:31 am |
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