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Poll: Faith important in 2012, but Mormon skepticism remains
November 8th, 2011
08:25 AM ET

Poll: Faith important in 2012, but Mormon skepticism remains

By Dan Merica, CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A poll released Tuesday painted a picture of a religious electorate that has a strong preference toward religious candidates.

According to the Public Religion Research Institute survey, two-thirds of voters (67%) said it is either very important or somewhat important for a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs.

"Among those who say it is important for a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs, most say that what matters is simply holding strong religious beliefs, rather than holding particular religious beliefs," the survey said.

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At a press briefing about the survey, Washington College political scientist Melissa Deckman said that importance of candidates' religiosity "is a notion that... transcends party."

At the same time, the electorate is split over their comfort level with a specific religion, Mormonism, and the prospect of a Mormon serving as president.

A majority of voters (53%) said they were somewhat or very comfortable with a Mormon president, while 42% said a Mormon president would make them somewhat or very uncomfortable.

"These findings suggest that when voters report that it is important that a candidate have strong religious beliefs, they have certain types of religious beliefs in mind, and hold significant reservations about the beliefs of some minority religious groups," the study said.

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"Clearly, most Americans like political candidates to have some sort of general civil religious beliefs," Deckman said.

"The data shows clearly here a lot of Americans show discomfort with Mormons, 42% acknowledge that, but they express more discomfort with atheists and Muslims than they do with Mormons," Deckman added.

The level of comfort with a Mormon president has risen to importance in the 2012 nomination battle because there are two Mormon candidates in the race, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

In the most recent USA Today/ Gallup poll, Romney is tied with businessman Herman Cain at the top of the field, a position Romney has maintained throughout this race.

Though only around one-third of respondents said that Mormonism is not a Christian religion, two-thirds (66%) of voters said that the religious beliefs of Mormons are somewhat or very different from their own.

Additionally, 19% of voters identified they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who had strong religious beliefs other than their own.

Mormon Church aims to counter its lily-white image

According to the study, all the data, "reveals that a substantial number of voters (42%) express concern about a Mormon becoming president."

Robert P. Jones, the CEO of PRRI, noted at the briefing that other surveys have shown half of Americans know someone who is Mormon. "If there's a silver lining, it's that those opinions may not be strongly held," he said, adding the Romney could counter those loosely-held beliefs about Mormons on the campaign trail.

"There is no (religious) test for office. And yet it is one of the most important tests for office," said Jose Casanova, an expert in the sociology of religion at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, who also spoke at the release of the survey results. "So no official test, yet it is crucial for most voters."

The survey also examined views of income inequality in America, an issue that has thrust to the forefront of public discourse by the Occupy protests going on in cities around the world.

"A strong majority (60%) of Americans agree that the country would be better off if the distribution of wealth was more equal," the study said. Thirty-nine percent of respondents disagreed.

That questions was largely partisan, with 78% of Democrats and 60% of independents agreeing the country would be better, compared to 63% of Republicans who disagreed with that sentiment.

Explain it to me: Mormonism

The American Values Survey was conducted between September 22 and October 2 over the telephone. The 1,505 respondent survey comes with a plus or minus 2.5 percent margin of error.

CNN's Eric Marrapodi contributed to this report.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Faith • Politics • Polls

soundoff (803 Responses)
  1. marianne

    People are so stupid. They are freaking out about a mormon....yet it's Rick Perry who is a religious zealot and crazy man. Vote for the man, not the religion. Christians have killed in the name of God...so don't act like your religion is the only one that should be acceptable.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      i'm not,,,,,,,,,,Mitt is the best for GOP.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • hippypoet

      dude, everyone who is running is a religious zealot....whats your point besides stating the duh factor!

      November 8, 2011 at 10:01 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      Wrong,,,,

      November 8, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • hippypoet

      whose not religious then? cause all i see is them all going bak and forth over how "they" believe the truth and the other guy is part of a cult!

      November 8, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      They are just business man selling themselves,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,remember this is a "Christian "country,,,,,,,,,,,that 's why there is a big market to sell their religion,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      November 8, 2011 at 10:12 am |
  2. ObamaJoe

    God bless America.

    God bless President Obama.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • jim

      Jerk

      November 8, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Aaron

      Isn't there a pipe and couch calling you somewhere?

      November 8, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      ????

      November 8, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • kimsland

      Yes ObamaJoe, time to ask yourself many questions.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      Silly K,,,it's not asking myself,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      November 8, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • kimsland

      What you don't hear voices in your head?
      I thought every insane religious person heard them.
      Wow you learn something new everyday.
      In that case ask a doctor OF SCIENCE.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      I know you terrorists feel uncomfortable to see "God bless America". hmm,,,let's say : may your Allah bring peace to your heart,,,,

      November 8, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • kimsland

      Well no I'm not a religious terrorist, but uncomfortable to see "God bless America" Agreed.
      I have no idea why the US (only) has this?? It's crazy, this is definitely the worst issue, just think of howmany innocent children are being abused by just reading this, its got to go.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      No,,,you are a religious terrorist,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,face the truth,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      November 8, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • kimsland

      Oh wait I was talking about that silly in god we trust (yuk its horrible just writing it)
      Anyway, all US religious sayings are ridiculous.

      Oh I forgot my final words.
      Religious Ridiculous

      November 8, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Jared

      Indeed, God Bless America and President Obama.

      Now, lets get him out of office. The problem with that is that none of the others seem much better.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • kimsland

      Yes don't bless any other country or area universe wide, just little ol america.
      By the way, when all the lands were joined millions of years ago, what did your god say then?

      No fairy tale is interested in america, and certainly not politics.
      Seriously guys wake up, its inevitable that religion is going, I mean I see it happening every year. More and more people are saying this religious thing is crazy, probably time to question your faith, so at least your great grand kids don't think you were total utter fools.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  3. Danram

    Anyone who would feel uncomfortable with a candidate simply because he is a mormon has to be a blithering idiot.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • marianne

      TOTALLY AGREE

      November 8, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • ignorants

      Yes, I agree. 43% of those polled are complete idiots!

      November 8, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • William Demuth

      For anyone to be a Mormon they have to be a blithering idiot

      November 8, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • Daniel

      True. But there is still a lot of religious bigotry out there....

      November 8, 2011 at 10:01 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      Wrong tooo

      November 8, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Foghorn Leghorn

      What are you serious? People of religion are dictated to by their believes in their God and until you understand what that believe is, you will never know what their motives are! Just another reason to separate Government and Religion. Not to sound prestigious or any thing but would you feel the same way if he were a Jew or Muslim?

      November 8, 2011 at 10:14 am |
    • Foghorn Leghorn

      oops, prejudices

      November 8, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  4. Badly-Bent

    I gather from the posts here, we are more concerned with a religeous zealot getting into office? And it might matter what religion that person is? It really doesn't matter to me since its only 4 years until they can be removed but, I am concerned that I don't hear Romney speaking out on the need for fair trade. As a matter of fact, I am concerned that none of the hopefuls are spekaing out on teh need for fair trade. That issue is far more important than this drivle.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • kimsland

      Agreed, religion is abusive to everyone.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      wrong,,,,,,,,,,,

      November 8, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • William Demuth

      It takes less than six minutes for a cruise missle launced from a sub to destroy 80 percent of the worlds capitals.

      Four years is plenty of time for them to self fullfill their prophecies and destroy our world.

      People who believe in fairy tales do NOT deserve to have their finger on the button.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  5. jdcma

    I know 2 Mormons and let me tell you, that is one SCARY religion/cult. Bionic underwear? Hello?? LOL

    November 8, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Brad

      Do you always judge an entire religion or any group for that matter based on 2 people?

      November 8, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • Leopold

      I know a great many Mormons than just two and I can say that they are honest, decent, hard working people who have many positive attributes.

      There are strange individuals from all religions and forms of atheism....each person should be judged on their own merits.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • Will S

      I've met ten or twelve and my experiences support jdcma's statement.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      what's that Bionic underwear? Diaper ?

      November 8, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • ObamaJoe

      A sin-resistant diaper of purity ?

      November 8, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  6. Ricke

    We now have a President who claims he is a Christian but went to a church were they preached hated. I feel comfortable with a Mormon who practices honesty and kindness. Guess now that Mr Cain has been destroyed its time for another assassination of character. Way to go CNN.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • AmericanSam

      They preach hatred in most churches.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Will S

      You missed the part where it says "judge not"...

      November 8, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Howard

      What AnericanSam said. If you haven't heard the occasional hatred in your own church, chances are you aren't really listening, or you've been brainwashed. Let's all agree that candidates for public office shouldn't be held accountable for the stupid things their ministers, priests, and rabbis say. Come to think of it, none of us ought to be accountable for the stupid things someone else says.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  7. Twm

    This is just the Liberal Media trying to portray a weakness in Romney. They have to keep their "glamour" boy in office.
    Religion is a red herring here. Vote for the man or woman not the religion. JFK wasn't supposed to win either because Catholicism was tethered to the Pope and that didn't stop us from electing him right? Right now anything ... ANYTHING is better than what we are stuck with now.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • William Demuth

      So now Romney is Jack Kennedy?

      HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!

      November 8, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • Leopold

      This is a good observation and I believe is right on. The liberal media is very sly about how they portray issues, so -called polls, and events in order to attempt to influence those they believe can't think for themselves. It is not really journalism, it is a form of propaganda, and outlets like Fox news are resented, not because of their bias, but because they offer an alternative perspective and give people pause.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Leopold

      William Demuth –

      I sincerely hope that Romney is not Jack Kennedy, possibly one of the worst Presidents we've had in the last 50 years or so, except for Carter and now Obama, of course.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • Daniel

      Anything?! Do you remember George W. Bush?! I was ashamed and embarassed of our President for the first time in my life. At the very least, Obama has given us a rational and sensible foreign policy, and he is respected among the world. Bush embodied neither.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • Daniel

      Leopold: At least JFK gavve us the Peace Corps and strongly supported NASA. Those are two very small programs (combined, not even 1% of teh federal budget) that have paid us significant benefits over the years.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • Bill

      Romney is no Jack Kennedy–thank goodness. Todays press media would really have fun tearing apart Kennedy past with women. I think Clinton understudied Kennedy. Why do people have a problem with a guy who is basically a good guy? I agree that I would like to hear more specifics on certain issues like immigration, and controlling the debt. Let's get off the religion issue and concentrate on the issues that affect America and Americans. HIs beliefs don't affect or influence mine unless we elect a King who dictates what our religious beliefs will be.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Bill

      DANIEL: Oduma has no clue about foreign policy. America has reached new lows of respect in the world because of his lack of leadership.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • William Demuth

      Leopold

      So I guess Marilyn was worse than Monica?

      All they are are head liars. Many of them deserved to be shot.

      That being said, Kennedy had the courage of his convictions and eloquence. Romney has neither.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Daniel

      BILL: Where do you get that lack of respect comment from? Nearly every poll in any nation shows that the public supports the USA at much higher levels today, than when GW Bush was in office.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:04 am |
    • Bill

      DEMUTH: Kennedy was the symbol of a new era and definetely took America to a new level. He brought positive change to America (unlike ODUMA) and did many great things. Kennedy was good for America and the American people. He inspired and motivated us to reach for higher levels and to reach out to other people. My point was, todays media would tear him apart like they do to all candidates. Why does an election have to drop to the lowest level so that we elect the "least of the worst?" Lets evaluate the candidates based on what they can do for America, not what their personal religious beliefs are.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:08 am |
    • Bill

      DANIEL: At the recent G20 and G8 meetings, all the reporters were commenting on ODUMAS lack of leadership and that the other world leaders were not impressed with him. What exactly is America's foreign policy today? What is ODUMAS goals?

      November 8, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • AmericanSam

      I disagree. Obama's not so bad. Not perfect, but I feel like he understands right from wrong. I believe Republicans struggle with that one. Just my opinion.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  8. BoldGeorge

    As much as anyone may want to remove religion from politics, it just won't ever happen. In fact, it is safe but unfortunate to say that politics exists only because of religion. Trying to remove religion from politics is like trying to remove the quills off of a porcupine. They can sting, but the porcupine needs them.

    For those of you who wish to see religion removed from politics, I understand your plight. Heck, the presidents of our times have not given religion a good name...especially the one we have now, who can't even decide if he's a Muslim or a Christian. And I agree, they are more into "religious" talk than action. Makes you wonder why Jesus-Christ put down religious people.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • kimsland

      Religion is out of public schools.
      Lets now get it out of the public.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  9. Bill tomlinson

    Oh ye of little faith is also of little hatred.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  10. Sybaris

    Now THAT's funny!!

    People who believe in fairy tales are uneasy about another group that subscribes to a version of the same tales.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  11. denvervet

    I am sorry I just can't vote for someone who believes he will be a God when he dies, rule a baron planet and be able to call women up to help him populate it.........isn't that plural marraige all over again? You just can't make stuff like this up, truth is stranger than fiction.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:39 am |
    • Hobo9917

      But you have no problem with more mainstream religious beliefs? They are just as ridiculous.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • William Demuth

      But you can vote for people who beieve in zombie saviors and engage in ritual cannibalisim?

      November 8, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • amazed foreigner

      Hey denvervet, I bet you believe in a talking burning bush, the parting of the red sea, that Abraham is the father of all nations that's why he had more than one wife, that Mary saw an angel and became pregnant, that Jesus raised a man from the dead...sounds pretty obsurd to me!..

      November 8, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  12. Rosslaw

    Give me that 'ol time rattlesnake-juggling religion for me.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:39 am |
    • kimsland

      Actually Islams believe that if you don't believe, 6 snakes will bite you AFTER you're dead. (?)
      That's got to be the worst of all the ridiculous religious beliefs out there.

      I heard of another that said a man walked on water – outrageous! Lol

      November 8, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  13. Bill

    Why does Mormonism scare people more than Islam? The Mormons haven't - to my knowledge– declared Jihad on America and the rest of the world. The Mormons have not attacked America or Americans around the world. In the 1959 elections, the question was whether America could tolerate a Catholic president (Kennedy). We have seen that America can also handle a black president, potentially a women or a Jew. America was built on religious freedom. I am not worried about Mit Romney's beliefs. I do worry about what ODUMA has done to America through Islam.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • denvervet

      Um, do you know what they believe in? Space ships, they become God's when they die.........this is just the tip of the iceberg. People are afraid of them due to their beliefs. Please dont compare Catholics with Mormons! Do some research on what they believe please!

      November 8, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • William Demuth

      Denver

      Do you even have a CLUE how wacko ALL of Christianity seems to anyone who isn't infected.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • Samuel in the South

      You're right, but you forgetting one thing. Kennedy didn't win
      the South where religious views do matter.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Raoul Duke, Jr.

      Christianity: The belief that a cosmic Jewish zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree...
      Makes perfect sense to me. Much more sense than Mormonism.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Bill

      DENVERVET: So believing that I must kill all people who disagree with me so that I can get to heaven and have 40 virgins waiting for me is okay? I'm not saying that I agree with Mormonism ( I don't) but what he belives is his right– remember America is built on Religous freedom- the right to believe what ever we want. We've tolerated ODUMA and Islam, why not a Mormon? What are you afraid of?

      November 8, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • Daniel

      The vast majority of the world's Muslims have NOT declared a jihad against Ameerica. I do agree that Mormon's do not threaten me, and that we should look past one's private religious beliefs. But try to avoid slandering one faith while defending another....

      November 8, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  14. Raoul Duke, Jr.

    I love it when the religious argue over whose religion is whackier.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • Twm

      AMEN

      November 8, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  15. Central Park West

    People are concerned about more than Romney's faith. He just comes across as a piece of plastic – fake and disingenuous.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • kimsland

      disingenuous: "insincere" and often seems to be a synonym of cynical or calculating.
      Oh

      November 8, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • amazed foreigner

      It's unfortunate that people would rather vote for a philanderer like Cain, than a religious person. Get over it people! Your forefathers belonged to a group of free masons who met in secret and who knows what they did (sounds like a cult to me!). And they owned slaves! So who's the hypocrite! American people can't pick a good president– look at who you voted for!

      November 8, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • William Demuth

      I believe his faith is so absurd that I suspect he is actually lying about believing in it.

      When one learns to choose his face from his surroundings at an early age, the habit becomes engrained.

      I suspect he would convert to whatever cult he felt would get him elected, if he thought he could get away with it.

      Many liars learn their skills from being forced to avow to a religion they don't believe in.

      I know this because I learned the same skills!

      November 8, 2011 at 9:39 am |
    • Leopold

      Your comment did not form part of the 'poll' questioning. Romney is a straightforward, highly capable candidate with a compelling resume, and he is certainly a political threat. The current occupant of the White House is an incompetent idealogue who spends a enormous fraction of his time campaigning and collecting money, probably much of it from residents of central park west. If the current state of the economy persists it will be virtually impossible for him to be re-elected.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • TommyD

      Have you thought about how hard it may be to be a business man and have to deal with the U.S. government as it is. How do you do what's best for the Country and still pasify the special interests? I realize the President needs to be a good leader but right now we need a great Manager. Romney 2012!

      November 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  16. William Demuth

    I believe the solution is to encourage the Mormons to kill the Evangelicals.

    Cult Wars, the greatest reality show EVER.

    Rural clans slug it out with primitive weapons for the entertainment of the masses.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • kimsland

      Look I've always said for the 'christians' to go over to Islamic countries and voice their political religious feelings there.
      I mean they are so pro jesus I'm sure they want to tell the whole world?
      For some reason, they put their own life before jesus? As usual hypocrites.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • hippypoet

      dude, i'm right there with ya on that one! I wanna see the amish making there stand with pitch forks and an army of oxen! there chariots are just buggies LOL. buggies of war – CHARGE!

      November 8, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • catholic engineer

      You anti-Christians are right on script, playing your predicted role perfectly. "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first." – Jesus. Like a bunch of marionettes.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • kimsland

      What catholic ?
      If you're religious then thanks for your love. You fool.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • Vulpes

      @catholic engineer: LOL there is NOTHING more predictable than the faithful quoting their religious text in a vain (and often bizarre) attempt to make a point. Thank you for the amusement. BTW, anti-christian is not the same as anti-zealot.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • William Demuth

      Decrying the abuse of Catholics is similar to distinguishing between the variants of AIDS.

      Those of us who don't have the disease could really care less. We just want the infected to die as quickly as possible so that their filth can be hosed from the sidewalks.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • catholic engineer

      @kimsland
      Love tells the truth. Some can't stand to hear it.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • kimsland

      Here's another one for you.
      I love my kids more than you will ever love yours, because you THINK that a fairy tale spirit of jesus loves your children more than you do. (?)
      Its disgusting, get away with your filth.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • catholic engineer

      "Those of us who don't have the disease (AIDS)could really care less". Is this an official dogmatic, infallible atheist position"? Or merely your private interpretation?

      November 8, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  17. kimsland

    According to the Public Religion Research Inst!tute survey...
    A what now? If it doesn't have the word 'government' then that statistic don't mean zip.

    According to me, I DON'T want any religious anything in government.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  18. The Bobinator

    Detailing a conversation with a Christian about Mormonism.
    There's a God <– Correct.
    He wanted to save us <– Correct.
    Impregnated a virgin through her ear <– Correct.
    Gave birth to a son who was divine. <– Correct
    He walked on water. <– Correct
    He made water into wine. <– Correct
    He filled many bellies on very little fish and bread. <– Correct
    He cured blindness. <– Correct
    He raised the dead. <– Correct
    He was crucified and died. <– Correct
    He rose from the dead. <– Correct

    He visitied the indians in north america... "WOAH WOAH WOAH. That's fricking nuts."
    God left gold plates detailing his desire... "That's not true at all. I mean, how can you believe such nonsense."

    I think you get my point. What makes one belief of supernatural claims more valid then another?

    November 8, 2011 at 9:09 am |
    • marinedad05

      Absolutely. I am often amazed at how people get so 'comfortable' with their own belief systems, that they think everything else must be nonsense.

      I really don't care whether the POTUS is a Christian or a Mormon or some other religion.

      Having said that, I have a problem when candidates start lecturing us about 'their direct line' with god, and how God wanted them to run (and obviously not some other candidate).

      November 8, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • Jake

      This is absolutely correct. Christians who criticize other Christians or members of other religions tend to just ignore the craziness – and likely falsehood – of their own religious beliefs. I have these same thought when Christians make fun of Scientology. Do I think the beliefs os Scientology are crazy? Sure. Are those beliefs crazer than those of other religions? Generally speaking, no.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • Aaron

      Because it wasn't a 14 year old son of a gold-digger all alone in locations people never heard of, talking to people that don't exist, with glasses to read plates that no on has ever seen, MORON... so, which wife are you going to take to Colab to populate the planet?

      November 8, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • curious

      Let's add some more from the other side of the scale:
      – The Earth was formed by this giant explosion which took place millions of years ago and somehow ended up in this perfectly rotating planet that has perfectly precise, repeatable days, months and years and rotates at the perfect angle so as to enable defined changes in climate and weather to have predictable seasons
      – We all came from apes which over millions of years changed so much as to make humans with all the different racial characteristics that we have today.

      Let's be honest when read in a vacuum everyone has very strange beliefs that can be somewhat supported on facts but has loopholes that require a leap of faith.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • The Bobinator

      > Because it wasn't a 14 year old son of a gold-digger all alone in locations people never heard of, talking to people that don't exist, with glasses to read plates that no on has ever seen, MORON... so, which wife are you going to take to Colab to populate the planet?

      Jesus ran around with murderers. Does that mean he wasn't true? Just because someone's lineage and upbringing are questionable doesn't mean he/she wasn't right. You'd know this if you had an IQ over 80.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      > Let's add some more from the other side of the scale:

      Sure, sounds good!

      – The Earth was formed by this giant explosion which took place millions of years ago and somehow ended up in this perfectly rotating planet that has perfectly precise, repeatable days, months and years and rotates at the perfect angle so as to enable defined changes in climate and weather to have predictable seasons.

      That's too stupid I don't know how to respond. You clearly have no understanding of how the earth formed.

      – We all came from apes which over millions of years changed so much as to make humans with all the different racial characteristics that we have today.

      No, we didn't come from apes. We are apes. Perhaps you need to read a damn science book and educate youself on the matter. I mean, that's a fricking grade 10 educational level in science you're talking about.

      > Let's be honest when read in a vacuum everyone has very strange beliefs that can be somewhat supported on facts but has loopholes that require a leap of faith.

      No, you're trying to say "I'm ignorant of science, therefore everyone else is. Therefore my beliefs are just as valid". They're not. Explanations that do not violate natural laws are far more likely then those that do. Because we have never seen an instance of the natural laws being broken.

      Therefore, the big bang, evolution and all that other science stuff, even if it didn't have the tons of evidence supporting it that it has, is far more likely then "God dun it."

      November 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  19. God is Love

    Some religions do teach hate, like islam. We need a follower of Jesus Christ of the Bible, he is love.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • William Demuth

      He is a fabricated cartoon character for the simple minded, and one of the greatest evils inflicted on humanity

      November 8, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, we don't need any such thing, GiL. YOU may think 'we' do, but you don't get to speak for me.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:11 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      "Some religions do teach hate, like islam. We need a follower of Jesus Christ of the Bible, he is love."

      Some religions do teach hate, like CHRISTIANITY.

      Nope a follower of a fictional character is not required. There is a thing called separation of church and state for a reason.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • Raoul Duke, Jr.

      Christianity: The belief that a cosmic Jewish zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree...
      Makes much more sense than Mormonism.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  20. hippypoet

    PEOPLE CAN'T VOTE IN ANOTHER RELIGIOUS KILLER.. THATS ALL RELIGION IS! IT TEACHES HATE THRU SUPERIORITY....DOES NOT OUR CONST!TUATION STATE WE ARE EQUAL! VOTE THE RIGHT PERSON IN... A PERSON WHO WILL MAKE CHOICES BASED ON WHATS IMPORTANT, RIGHT, NEEDED, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY... a choice with an idea of the after-effects (forethought) that might not live untill after we are all dead!!!!!!

    November 8, 2011 at 8:33 am |
    • ZP

      Could you type in a larger font as well? I can't hear you.

      November 8, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • hippypoet

      sry, i couldn't get the cap lock off... the keys get stuck sometimes. I did mannage fix it at the end, but i wasn't going back to retype it – i don't care about font as much as others do lol... no insult towards you, just a soft jab, call it a love tap. lol, sry, i'm in a great mood today, more playful then normal. my 7 month old was up and fully awake before work today – nothing gets me in a good mood like my kids being happy.

      November 8, 2011 at 8:44 am |
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