Your take: Is America ready for a Mormon president?
June 3rd, 2011
11:32 PM ET

Your take: Is America ready for a Mormon president?

Our story this week about whether the Republican Party and the rest of the country are ready for a Mormon president has attracted nearly 3,000 comments and counting. The story was provoked by Mitt Romney officially launching his presidential campaign on Thursday, while another Mormon, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, weighs a White House bid.

Comments ranged from those questioning the rationale for an article about candidates' faith to those challenging Mormon beliefs. Here's a sampling:

Even though America is founded on freedom of religion, or *no religion,* an atheist or an agnostic has almost no chance of being elected president. Atheists and agnostics face the most discrimination out of anyone in the faith aspect of life. They have to lie in order to get anywhere. I want an atheist as president!

I have a few friends who are Mormon. They are honest, hard-working people!

When was the last time the topic "Is there a God" ever affected the policies of our Govt? I don't recall Obama or Bush directing tax dollars to this topic. I think you are making a big deal over nothing.

I could never vote for a Mormon! Mr. Romney has and is back-pedaling about his health reform in Mass. Just what we need, another president that invents, changes truth at his whim. Besides, Mormonism is not Christian as Mr. Romney states. Look at their doctrine and history.

I am a Mormon. I voted for Obama in 2008, and will probably do so again in 2012 unless there is a better candidate. I do, however, think it is sad that some people dismiss Romney simply because he is a Mormon. I think there are a lot of misunderstandings about this religion. For example, my husband would not try to dictate my actions - nor would I allow him to simply tell me what to do. Also, I have always been taught to respect and love all people. I have a brother-in-law born in Brazil, a sister-in-law born in Korea, and another sister-in-law of Polynesian descent. I love this about my extended family. There are Mormons who are kind and those who are unkind, just like any other people. I hope that people make decisions about Romney based on his political views andor personal attributes, rather than assumptions about Mormonism in general.

C from Iowa
What a shame that a person's religion is even being considered part of the qualification for the presidency. Those who refuse to vote for someone because of their religion are no better than those who refuse to vote for someone because of their skin color.

Mormons are NOT Christians
Mitt is a flip-flopper and he will be doomed by his Romneycare health insurance program. I'm a conservative and I'm seriously bummed about the upcoming Republican prospects. I may throw my vote away and vote for Ron Paul.

I think it's ridiculous that the media is pointing out Mitt Romney's faith. It shouldn't even be an issue. I've known several LDS people in my life and all of them have been great individuals. While they are dedicated to their faith, that doesn't mean that they don't live in their secular world as well. It's time to wake up and realize that in reality the LDS church is not going to influence Mitt Romney if he ends up in the White House. The church teaches their members to be honest, virtuous and charitable. Why would anyone be against a person like that? That's hard to find these days.

Joe from CT, not Lieberman
America was ready for a MormonpPresident back in '64 and '68 when Romney's father was a contender. But that was before the Religious Right took over the Republican Party.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney • Politics

soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. kimsland

    Should america have a non-religious president?

    YES A.S.A.P.

    September 10, 2011 at 3:45 am |
  2. Pray this Prayer

    CONSCIENCE predicted by O u r L a d y in Garabandal in 1961 will take place soon to
    save the world.

    The Warning is taking place to:

    1. Prove to all that God exists.
    2 Bring everyone to J e s u s and the Way of Truth.
    3. To help save us before the final day of judgement by giving us a chance to ask for
    forgiveness for the sins we have committed.

    What will Happen?


    The sky will turn red, it will look like fire & then you will see a large cross in the sky to
    prepare you.

    Everyone over the age of 7 will experience a mystical encounter with J e s u s C h r i s t which will last
    anything up to 15 minutes.

    Pray this prayer to be prepared: Oh my precious J e s u s,embrace me in your arms and allow my head to rest upon your shoulders so that you can raise me up to your glorious kingdom when the time is right. Allow your precious blood to flow over my heart that we can be united as one.

    August 21, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  3. Xperm Killer

    A moron president? You mean another republican like Bush?

    June 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  4. pitung

    America should be ready for a Mormon president. Harry Reed , the Nevada senator is also a Mormon and I rarely heard people critizing him for being a Mormon. What good is it for a Christian or catholic by name only and does not practice his or her beliefs?

    June 14, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  5. Uptown Down

    USA is the best!

    June 11, 2011 at 3:03 am |
  6. Uptown Down


    June 11, 2011 at 3:00 am |
  7. Me

    Is America ready for a Catholic president?

    Yes. Kennedy.

    Is America ready for a Quaker president?

    Yes. Nixon.

    Is America ready for a black president?

    Yes. Obama.

    We have broken down so many barriers. Yet, we still have the "Is America ready for a Mormon president?" barrier. We still have the "Is America ready for a female president?" barrier. We still have the "Is America ready for a Hispanic president?" barrier.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  8. YANKO


    June 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  9. Marie Kidman


    June 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  10. Mammoo

    I am not sure what religion has to do with the presidential election and why such a big deal is made of it. As far as Mormons being Christian, all you need to do is go to their website to know that they are, although some people won't go there because they want to believe otherwise. The name of the mormon church is officially, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Jesus Christ is the very foundation of their religion. Also, to all the evangicals out there I have a question for you. If you are a Christian, why does it matter? My understanding is that Christians believe in Jesus Christ and try to exemplfy him. Jesus loves everyone no matter what color, religion or language they speak. It is hard to follow his teachings and be judgmental. I believe that how one lives their life shows the kind of person they are, regardless of religion. No one is perfect, every religious sect has good members and bad ones. Whether or not Romney runs for president, I will vote for the candidate that I feel holds the most promising views and ideas for our great country. Their religion doesn't matter. Afterall, we are all Americans, isn't that what really counts?

    June 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  11. FairGarden

    What the Planet Earth hates the most is those demon-possessed Earth worshippers because they are the ones who spill innocent blood upon her and haste the planetary destruction. Both demon-worshippers and earth-worshippers go to hell.
    God sent the Savior for mankind. Anyone who trusts in Jesus alone gets saved from the eternal consequences of sin.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  12. Case Settled

    I love you! 😉 😀


    June 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  13. Jean

    Christian Right and Left, Jewish, Catholic, Muslem..None of them are suitable to be president. These religions have brought only death and destruction to millions in the world.

    The best candidate would be Wiccan, Neopagan or Heathen. Their love of Mother Gaea and devotion to their faith would be a perfect combination to finally spearhead the effort to clean up the planet and remove unnecessary fossil fuels as energy sources while expanding the use of solar, wave and wind power. They would put a stop to the industrial fascism that has reared its ugly head in America through unnatural gas exploration and drilling. And tighten up anti-pollution regulations to zero tolerance. The list goes on.

    However, I have never met a "bad" Morman" adn they most certainly are Christian despite the "opinion" of the ignorant Christian minority..

    June 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Donny R

      I just love those "Christian's" who claim others are not "true" Christians. Nothing personal but I see these self-righteous believers who disavow other Christian believers in that they're not much different than the feuding Sunni/Shia Muslims. And what's their deal anyway? Oh well, that's religion for ya! Some fun, huh?

      June 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  14. willingtosayit

    Most voters agree that it's not so much a question of faith and politics, as it is in the extent to which a candidate is willing to suspend reason in order to to practice his/hers. Nobody wants an irrational president, and that pretty much rules out Mormons.
    Seriously. Read the book.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  15. Reality

    Why the Christian Right no longer matters in presidential elections:--------–

    More wasted speeches!! Why?

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (may it should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)

    (The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.)

    (Currently, a perfect birth control barrier system does not exist. Time to develop one! In the meantime, mono-ma-sturbation or mutual ma-sturbation are highly recommended for hete-rose-xuals who need a contraceptive. Abstinence is another best-solution but obviously the se-x drive typically vitiates this option although being biological would it not be able to develop a drug to temporarily eliminate said drive?)

    June 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Jean

      Unwanted children occur most often because men do not take the fact that they are the ones responsible for fertilization. The actual responsibility falls directly on their heads, biologically. Without s-per-m there can be no pregnancy. With the world's population the way it is mandatory ste-rali-za-tion should be imposed on both men and women after 2nd child or all tax benefits, credits, welfare paymenbts, etc. should be restricted the first 2 children and not recognize the extra children of those that won't control their obsessiveness with mating. But the bottom line is that ALL pre-gnan-cies are the fault of the male partner who doesn't practise safe s-ex through prophylactics or surgery. Period.

      June 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  16. B

    "Is America ready for...?" This is quite simply an offensive question. Who cares what a candidate's religion or race is? As voters, we each have our own criteria for deciding who to vote for, but we each ultimately choose who we feel is the most appropriate choice, and then vote. There is no "ready!" By asking this question, CNN is implying that Americans can't handle (a Morman, a black man, a woman, etc, take your pick) as president. This is both absurd and offensive. As the "Worldwide Leader in News," CNN should be ashamed of this sort of journalism. It certainly does nothing to "Move Truth Forward."

    June 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • Jean

      The most logical choice for President so far as "who has the most right to the position", would clearly be a Native American since it is actually their country and not the country of the illegal immigrants from Europe that currently hold power. This land is NOT my land or your land. This land is their land, taken from them by fraud, mujrder, extortion and genocide.

      June 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
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