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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. ProgressiveMike

    One more time, everyone.... a person's religious faith, or their lack of religious belief, IS NOT A CRITERION FOR ELECTION TO THE PRESIDENCY. What is it with all you faith people anyway? Does your faith really compel you to say that someone of a faith different than yours should not be allowed to be president? Or that their belief system is somehow incompatible with being POTUS? What faith that's worth anything at all, tells you that anyone not believing as you do, is unsuitable to hold important political positions in the US? For God's sake, will you just get the f__k over yourselves, anyway? You're screwing up our society with your narrow-mindednes, prejudices, and bigotry. You're BAD FOR AMERICA.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • T-Party

      I agree with your post progressive mike

      July 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @ProgressiveMike: It's always a pleasure to read the words of rational minds on a religion blog. Yours made my day!

      July 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  2. george in texas

    about the only thing the chrstianists do is make their uglyy selves irrelevant.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  3. Schteeve

    Really lady? You call yourself a Christian?

    July 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  4. JP0

    We'd be better off if christians were excluded from the presidency.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Dan

      Maybe our country should do away with elections and just let you decide everything?

      July 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  5. ???

    haha... what about a Muslim?

    July 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  6. Jonathan Goldberg

    What a bigited article! Look, we all know that no one atCNN would write that about a Muslim candidate. Where was Tricia Erickson's article on Obama & Black Liberation Theology in 2008? Both of those religions are very political; yet Tricia Erickson does not write similar articles about them! The bias is out there for every one to see. Judge Romney's candidacy on his ability as an Executive and job creator – not the details of his faith. I look at the values that flow from the Mormon Church, and those values are very similar to the values of my Synogauge and my family. For me, that is all that is relevant regarding the Mormon Church. Period, full stop.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  7. Lou

    And this whole article from a famous scam artist – turned evangelical. She wrote the book for the bucks – just like the scam talent agency she used to run.

    July 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  8. Lou

    Thank you, Imam Tricia! Now go away.

    July 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  9. Jenny

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/can-mitt-romney-serve-two-masters-tricia-erickson/1103781639

    I found the book it actually is on sale ......

    July 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  10. Joey

    The most ignorant and intolerable thing is that she declares that there are "true" and "false" prophets. She said that the book of Mormon is false because it was written by men and not by God, while completely ignoring that all of the Bible was written by people. Not to mention that the entire New Testament excluding Revelations is not even claimed to be authored by God. Most of the books are just letters written by early missionaries.

    July 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  11. Sergio Roa

    DiamondSky: I read the Bible in your language,spanish,hebrew,and greek....I know very well, Iam LDS, mormon is a surename, evangelicals have a surename too....DiamondSky , evangelicals are part of christendom NOT the christendom

    July 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  12. AZ Wildcat

    We don't like Mormons, and we don't like neegroes, and we don't like gays, and Mexicans and those orientals, and... Christianity is the religion of tolerance after all. Doesn't sound like you could fit a piece of paper between Christians and Muslims.

    July 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      ok i can see where you are coming from but not liking mexicans really crosses the line ....amigo

      July 11, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • Lycidas

      You do realize that Mormons are Christians...duh.

      July 12, 2011 at 5:46 am |
    • ???

      except christians dont blow them selves up to kill as many of other religions as we can...

      July 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  13. ADiff

    "Mormon's do not believe in the same Jesus that Christians believe in."

    Oh come on! The only difference is how long ago each was made up.

    July 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • Artist

      True....Mormonism is proof that one can still pull off a large scam in this day and age. I want whatever Joseph Smith was smok'n

      July 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  14. nightmelody

    Once again, Evangelical Christianity shows what they are really made of–intolerance and hatred for anyone different than themselves. The sooner this version of Christianity fades away the safer we all will be.

    July 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  15. Peter

    The Mormon church would like to take over the country through a Mormon president. Romney is an elder in the Mormon Church.
    The Mormon's do not believe in the same Jesus that Christians believe in. The expect the Mormon Church's elders to usher in the Kingdom of God.

    July 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • ???

      Yeah, and the Mormon church called you and told you their whole evil conspiracy last night right? Loser.

      July 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  16. lmatax

    Could John Kennedy serve two masters? That was the libel in the 1960 presedential election debate. I'm no fan of Mitt Romney, but his religion is the least of my concerns.

    July 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • Angela B.

      I agree with you completely! JFK was my first thought when I read this article. Still won't vote for Romney but based on his political views not his religion.

      July 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  17. Andrew

    The article and follow up comment are just more hatred and inflammatory comments in the name of God. Just more proof most religion is evil, starting with the so-called "Christians" who spew hatred and arrogance with every sentence.

    July 11, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  18. vic

    Translation: My Sacred Cow is more sacred than YOUR Sacred Cow.

    July 11, 2011 at 3:56 am |
    • Sacred Cow

      Moo!

      July 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  19. a vet

    Americans will vote for a person who follows God – to the extent to which we do ourselves. Our children are dying of drug abuse – we are not walking with God – we are highly unlikely to elect a President who truly walks with God.

    July 11, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  20. DiamondSky

    Summary: Christians honestly studied the Bible to establish coherent Biblical doctrines; Mormons select Bible passages to suit those to their unbiblical filthy teachings, ignoring many parts of the Bible altogether. This is the difference between orthodoxy and cults. Honest humans break free from cults by conducting authentic study.

    July 10, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • Madtown

      Kinda like early christian religous leaders selected and edited biblical passages to suit their message and teachings.

      July 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      ever hear of the book of mormon?

      July 11, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
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