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Christian author: A Mormon should never be president
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks during last month's CNN presidential debate in New Hampshire.
July 7th, 2011
03:39 PM ET

Christian author: A Mormon should never be president

Tricia Erickson is author of the new book,"Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters? The Mormon Church Versus The Office Of  The Presidency of the United States of America". She runs a communications company, Crisis Management, Incorporated and Angel Pictures & Publicity, a political and entertainment publicity and consulting company that promotes conservative causes and personalities. In an off-set "In the Arena" interview, Erickson shares her insight on why Mormons should not be considered for the White House.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the provocative–and in some cases, inflammatory– nature of Erickson's answers, we asked for a response from Mormon historian Richard Bushman, the Howard W. Hunter Visiting Professor of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California. His remarks follow the answers below, along with reactions from Corey P. Saylor, National Legislative Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Ahmed M. Rehab, Executive Director, CAIR-Chicago.)

You ask, “Can Mitt Romney serve two masters?” He was governor of Massachusetts from 2003 – 2007 and his belief in Mormonism seems to have only served him well. Why would this be different if he were elected president?

Let me say that my book is divided in to two parts. Part I covers the spiritual aspect. Part II covers the political.  Both parts are important when considering voting for this possible front runner.

Read more about Tricia Erickson's allegations against Mormonism on CNN's In the Arena blog
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soundoff (424 Responses)
  1. Cosmic Snark

    Actually, when one considers the plunge this country is taking thanks to Christian politicians, the only logical choice is to start electing atheists president.

    August 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  2. *SIGH*

    The only god that politicians believe in would be themselves. You don't go into politics if you have a sincere belief in god. You go into politics and play the god card to get votes, like Osama Bin Laden does to get AQ recruits.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  3. GullibleChristians

    Our country is broke, thanks to these SOTB christians.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      hey amigo
      are you saying South Of The Border Christians?
      what you talkin about willis?

      August 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  4. GullibleChristians

    If you are religious, you are either a fool or a sham such as Pastor Long Dong.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • Joey

      Hey gulliblechristians. Tell THAT to Jesus when you see him face-to-face, and you will, wether YOU believe it or not.

      September 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  5. postedbygeorge

    Only Non-religious people should be elected to office, then a true separation of Church and State would be in affect.

    August 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • chris

      To all you hateful and bitter nutty atheists : just try to run an atheist for president and see how far you get. You'd be lucky to get 10% of the vote.

      August 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Cosmic Snark

      Chris – you're right. an atheist couldn't get elected in this country full of hateful religious bigots. But that won't last forever. Our numbers are growing, and yours are declining. Enjoy your tyranny while you can, Christer.

      August 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  6. gupsphoo

    “Can Mitt Romney serve two masters?”

    The same question also applies to every president who claimed to be Christian. I really don't see the difference between Mormons and mainstream Christians. They both believe crazy sh!t.

    August 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  7. Noni

    Why not.. . I believe the author is a relgious bigot. You did not say a catholic person should never be a president, or a baptist person shouldn't be a president, a budha person shouln't be a person. We are created equal.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  8. Faitnoman

    I would vote for Obama again.

    July 31, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  9. AJ

    Mitt Romney is a solid candidate because he has integrity, priorities that he sticks to, he is honest, faithful to his family and last but not least he KNOWS HOW TO BALANCE A BUDGET! My family has known him personally and Mormon or not he IS the real deal. It is too bad the public only has the media as a window into the lives of candidates. If we could see the candidates during those moments that "nobody is watching".... everyone would vote for Romney.

    July 31, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • skytag

      Romney is the only Republican candidate I'd consider voting for. The author of this article is a closed-minded religious bigot.

      August 1, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • MM

      Sure, Mitt is a good guy and the ONLY hope the GOP has to beat Obama, but I know Mormons and the church of latter day saints is a borderline cult.

      August 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
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