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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. Clinton

    In response to the Atheist's on the Board –
    I've been reading these posts and listening to you morons criticizing everybody that believes in God. I thought I would remind you that over 90% of the 7 Billion people on this planet believe in a God. So your "i'm so smart for not believing" idea leaves you in a room with 9 people being the only person that doesn't believe something... so in pretty much everybody's eyes, you're the !@#$ing idiot. I could sit here and point out how stupid you are for believing in science, a group of people that once believed the Earth was flat as early as a few hundred years ago, or believed that bleeding someone out was the best way to cure the flu... or as early as the 40's and 50's that it was okay for people to drink water with high levels of radiation because it would give you energy and cure what ails ya. Or i could point out that the big bang is the biggest joke ever told... That even the top physicists can't figure out how their own theory could work, not to mention the fact that for it to work they would need for the Universe to break the fundamental laws we understand as true since the beginning i.e. (No matter in the Universe can be created nor destroyed, you can only change it's state (solid to liquid, liquid to gas etc.). AND it would require that magical particles always existed in order to create the big bang... so basically, you come to us saying, we're stupid for Believing in God, an omnipotent being that Created the Universe and do so by saying the true answer is you should believe in Magical (Always existing) particles that randomly created everything by... exploding... ........ Seriously do you realize how fu#@ing dumb you sound. Now, before you jump in with the standard BS rhetoric, i want you to know i'm only stating these things because i want you to see what it's like to have your beliefs criticized and so you know that all you're pushin, is another kind of religion.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • twiddly

      Percent of believers means nothing. How dumb can you be? Oops, dumb enough to believe in imaginary beings, yessiree.

      It wasn't all that long ago that the vast majority of people believed the earth was flat, and the vast majority believed the sun revolved around the earth. The burden of proof is on the theist, and you have no proof, ergo you are idiot.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @Clinton,
      You might be confused about Atheism, it is simply a lack of belief in god(s), not "believing in science."

      Science, while having nothing specifically to do with Atheism, does not depend on belief. Science is a tool, a method of investigation, the findings of scientists are true, or not, because they agree, or disagree, with what we find in the real world.

      Basically, science works.

      Not that they are comparable but, I have yet to hear of any religion that can make the same claim.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Clinton

      You're hypocritical in your statements right here dude... It was guys just like the ones' who's ideas you "worship" that told everybody the world was flat and that you can bleed someone's sickness away or that Radiation was a vitalizing thing to ingest... And your hypocrisy knows no bounds... you say it's on believers to prove to you that God is real, but you don't need proof to believe in the Big Bang theory... which by definition... IS A THEORY! .... it takes more faith to believe in a scientific THEORY that magical always existing particles combined exploded and created everything in the Universe than it does to believe in a Being- God, that has always existed set in motion everything you see. Maybe before you spew ignorance across the internet, you should take a look at your beliefs moron.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @Clinton,
      Cosmic Background Radiation (CMR) is evidence of a big bang.

      "Cosmic background radiation is well explained as radiation left over from an early stage in the development of the universe, and its discovery is considered a landmark test of the Big Bang model of the universe." – Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_microwave_background_radiation (not that Wikipedia is a primary source, but it's a good place to start and provide links to more solid references.)

      November 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • Nonimus

      oops... should be

      cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation

      November 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @Clinton

      I'm confused here. First you're saying that atheists are dumb because "90%" believe in a god, and then we're stupid because we have faith in science because everyone used to say the earth was flat, even though that didn't make it right.
      What are you telling me here, that we should go with the crowd because so many people believe in god, or to question science (ergo believe in religion, somehow?) because science isn't infallible.....
      You should sharpen up your point before babbling, it really helps with discussion

      And CMB, like Nonimus has pointed out, the reason why the theory of the big bang (which there was no explosion by the way) is the way it is. Also, look up what a scientific theory is, or do you ignore the theory of gravity because it has theory in its ti.tle?

      November 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Chuckles

      PS

      I find the last part of your intial statement the funniest, because the whole point of scientific method is to be criticized, thats how ideas are tested and accepted or rejected. So please, criticize away, nothing should be above reproach or being criticized, why is it that you think religion should be?

      November 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  2. Mainly Loved

    I would rather have someone who believes in something strongly rather than someone that believes in nothing at all. In my opinion anyway.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • twiddly

      Ok, I believe santa claus is real and I really, really, really, really believe that oh so much.
      Will you vote for me now?

      November 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Nonimus

      I hate to be the full-filler of Godwin's law, but isn't this partially how Hitler got into power, by believing strongly in his view of Germany?

      November 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  3. julian

    For all the sceptics – pick up a Book of Mormon and read it.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • Concerned Lutheran

      I will, Julian.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • twiddly

      ok, will you pick up a dictionary, or at least run spell check?

      November 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  4. Badger

    Bottom line up front: I really don't care all that much whether the President is Christian or not.

    But, Mormons are not Christians because they deny the divinity of Christ as well as justification by faith.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • James

      Before telling people what Mormon's believe maybe you should speak to one. The church is called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints. "Mormon's" accept Christ as their savior. You do not need to accept them or anyone else as Christians but do not try and site misinformation as your justification.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Nathan

      @Badger–You are completely wrong. Mormons–members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints–accept Jesus Christ as the literal Son of God, our Savior, and the only way back to the Father. Please, PLEASE stop spreading lies about our Church.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • logan

      Here are some scriptures from the Book of Mormon to help show that you dont understand the church:

      Mosiah 3:9 "salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name"

      Mosiah 3:17 "And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.

      "become as little children, and believe that salvation was, and is, and is to come, in and through the atoning blood of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent."

      November 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Concerned Lutheran

      There is at least one God (Mormons etc.) or there is at most one God (Christians etc.). Mormons are not Christians.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Objective in CA

      Badger, what you have written is patently false. I'm not sure where you received your information from, but please take another look. Mormons do, in fact, believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ and that in Him and though Him, is all mankind saved. It is at the core of their entire belief system.

      The "justification by faith" concept is also practiced by Mormons; they do not believe their "works" will save them. But Mormons believe, as Paul of old, that one's faith is truly manifested by how they act, a concept seemingly lost on much of Christianity today.

      At the end of the day, it really isn't for any of us to say who is a true Christian and who isn't. All we have to go on, since we cannot see into a person's heart or mind, is how they act. Judging otherwise must be left to God, IMO. By this standard, take a look at Mitt Romney's life and ask yourself if he has consistently exhibited an effort to lead a life based on good priciples.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • twiddly

      This is so funny.
      You guys are essentially arguing about whether Santa Claus really has elves.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • mcgrath

      Pretty sure they don't deny the divinity of christ. Fact check please.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  5. Frank

    I would personally much rather a non-religious president who respects other religions. YOUR religion is not the one and true religion, thats just selfish. A good president would look past religious believes and make decisions that are good for the US as a whole and not in the interests of a single group regardless of how big or small they are.

    Sadly, that will never happen.

    Side note: I don't like a single presidential candidate right now, we really need someone down to earth, not these extremists.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  6. Andrew

    if a candidates position on political issues are sound what does religion matter? politicians go against their supposed religious rules all the time; looking at how they voted on previous issues is the only way to tell what kind of person they are.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  7. Sy2502

    Personally I am very skeptical of any presidential candidate with strong religious beliefs. It is hypocritical of Americans to scoff at one brand of religious gullibility but not another. To me, somebody who believes Joseph Smith could read Egyptian hieroglyphs is just as preposterous and untrustworthy as someone who believes we end droughts by praying for rain, or that the Earth is 6,000 years old. Same idiocies, different brands.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • bartonfunk

      Amen! Well said!

      November 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • logan

      I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior, and yours. We must have faith in Him and we all will be saved. I also believe Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  8. Brian

    Apparently we are worried as a nation at the prospect of electing a Mormon to the White House but in 2008 electing an individual who attended a church which promoted hate, supported Islam, and announced that America got what it deserved with the terrorist attacks was ok.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • woman

      Obama said America got what it deserved? Are you crazy or just plain ignorant?

      November 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  9. kd

    Lots of people commenting that Romney is the only GOP candidate not bringing up his religion. Well, duh! This poll tells you why!

    November 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • did

      Huntsman

      November 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  10. NPT

    There is no doubt that Obama has been horrific for the USA. His policies, his ideals, and his message completely undermine what has built this country. He needs to go away. Is there a better answer for us? That remains to be seen. We do not need another career politician like Obama who was in public office because he was incompetent and could not succeed in real life. We need a business "person" to straighten us out. Male / Female....doesn't matter.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • kd

      watchoo talkin' 'bout, NPT?

      Got any links to those ridiculous claims?

      November 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Chuckles

      funny, I thought taking out the most feared terrorist in the world would help america, I guess I was wrong?

      I also thought that this being real life and him succeeding in becoming the leader of the US would probably count as him succeeding, so..... sounds to me like you just dislike Obama for no good reason other than it being the party line.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Rick, Ex REPUBLIKAN

      I think you're confusing President Obama's actions with Fox News' "reporting" of his actions.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Rick, Ex REPUBLIKAN

      Oh, and I forgot to say, we should have no problem with electing MORMONS. We should be against electing Tea Party and Right Wing MORONS.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  11. Randy

    Mormonism is a cult, plain and simple. They changed and added to the Bible. God says that's a big no-no. Anybody who believes the lies of Mormonism has problems with their mental faculties.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • NICK

      While what you say is true, there is countless evidence that the Bible has been changed many times even before Mormonism. Constantine himself ordered many of the books of the Bible destroyed or modified to bring more cohesiveness amongst his people. Furthermore, the Koran points to numerous errors in the Bible that even Christians leaders agree with yet wont publicize, SO GO FIGURE.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Chuck

      And anybody that chooses to think the bible and it's fairytale stories somehow carry any weight has problems with mental faculties as well. Any candidate that claims to have been "called" to run for office is nutty as well. Rick Perry being the nuttiest of all!

      November 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • claybigsby

      wow randy, you really need to brush up on the history of your religion.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • John

      Randy, you are 110% right on that issue. I also believe they should give a formal apology to the black race from keeping them from the priesthood till 1978. But they are much, much to racist to do so. A FORMAL APOLOGY!!!!! It was never given & it is overdue.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Rev. Rick

      @ NICK – Good point. In fact, some Jewish scholars are now admitting that many stories from the Old Testament are either outright fabrications, or are stories that were partially true but were embellished and mythologized to create archetypal characters as Jewish heroes. That being the case, if the stories of Old Testament are questionable at best, then the New Testament and the Quran fall apart rather quickly, since they are both built upon the mythology and prophesies from the Old Testament. Mormonism is just the latest in a long line of variants of Christianity and monotheism.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Dwight Rogers

      Nowhere does it say in the Bible that God has finished his work or that there will be no more revelation or that the cannon of scripture is complete. Two of the most quoted references which are twisted in an attempt to say this are the following:

      Revelations 22:18-19
      18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
      19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

      Notice that nowhere in this passage does it say that God has finished his work, or that the cannon of scripture is completed. John says not to add to or take from “these things” and “this book” and “this prophecy,” which almost certainly means the book that John was writing at the time. The list of 27 books of the New Testament were not even proposed until 367 AD in Athanasius’s Easter letter. The composition of books selected to include were hotly debated for several more centuries.

      Even if John were referring to the future New Testament, which was not yet assembled, his warning is an injunction that man is not to change Gods word, and not a statement which binds God so that God Himself cannot add more.
      Note that God gives us the same warning in Deuteronomy 4:2 saying “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”

      So, if this commandment not to add or take away from Gods word means that the cannon of scripture is complete, then everything after Deuteronomy is false. This would mean that the WHOLE New Testament and MOST of the Old Testament, which were added after Deuteronomy, must be discarded. Clearly, God did not mean that the cannon was complete.

      The other scripture that is commonly cited is this:

      Galations 1:6-9
      6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
      7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
      8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
      9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

      See also 2 Corintians 11:4

      The idea embodied in this scripture is why Mormons don’t accept the exra-Biblical creeds and some of the mainstream orthodoxy of today. Mormons are not supposed to be Christian because we have some doctrinal differences with other Christian groups of today. The foundation for the beliefs of these other groups are the creeds of the 4th. 5th, and 6th centuries and so on.

      It is claimed that Mormons are wrong because they believe in extra-Biblical revelation and scripture. Yet much of Christianity believes in extra-Biblical creeds and councils formulated centuries after the time of Christ and the Apostles. Most of the wording formulations in these creeds cannot be found in the Bible. This is often the excuse used to exclude members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) from being Christian. It is well known to historians that Christian doctrine changed over time and across different Christian groups.

      The bible is then viewed through the lens of these creeds causing certain interpretations to be favored and other biblical teachings to be minimized or ignored. Interestingly, if you look at the doctrines of the early church fathers before the creeds, they are very Mormon-like. In a number of doctrinal areas the early Christians were good Mormons and would be rejected as non-Christian by many Christians of today.

      In many areas of belief (probably the majority of areas) Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believe the same as most other Christians. It is true that in some limited areas – some very critical ones – the beliefs of Mormons differ from other Christians. Likewise there are some major areas of difference between Catholics and Protestants and likewise between one Protestant group and the next. Every denomination could make the claim that the other groups are not Christian because those other beliefs differ from their own.

      The central belief of Mormons is that Christ came into the world as the Son of God. He healed the sick, caused the lame to walk, the blind to see, the deaf to hear, and restored life to the dead. He commissioned twelve Apostles to whom he gave authority. He suffered in Gethsemane, died on the cross, and was resurrected and will come again. He, and only He, provides the means for us to be washed clean in his blood from our sins, which sins we can never correct on our own or through our own works. If that is not Christian I don’t know what is. Christ never taught the need to believe in anything like the creeds. Those came later.

      Mormon belief is very much like the teachings of the earlier Christians – before the creeds – and also matches the teachings of Christ and the Apostles. The further back in time you go the more Mormon-like Christian doctrine becomes. More on this later. Mormons are often portrayed as non-Christian when we don’t believe in the later extra-Biblical creedal formulations.

      The early Christians did not have the extra-Biblical creeds of later centuries. Were they then not Christian? The ontological debates and the wording formations of later centuries are not found in the words of Jesus or the words of the Apostles or in the words of the pre-creedal Christians . There is not a word about a one substance god in the Bible or in the early beliefs. If believing in the creeds is necessary to be Christian then that makes the earlier Christians not Christian – it even makes Christ not Christian.

      One other interesting aspect of this topic: Some Christians claim that we must get our beliefs and doctrines from the Bible only. It is claimed that God finished his work and no longer has prophets or gives revelation. They say the Mormons are wrong to have prophets and extra scripture. Consider this: If the Bible is sufficient and no post-Biblical revelation is allowed, then the post-Biblical creeds are not necessary and are not authorized by God. If God authorized the creeds then why aren’t they in the Bible? How could they be from God if the Bible is complete, if God has finished his work, and if there is no more revelation? They are extra-Biblical and no one should be held to them as a requirement to be Christian. It is so ironic that Mormons are criticized for having extra-Biblical revelation by people who themselves believe in extra-Biblical creeds. Once one puts on the glasses of the creeds then everything in the Bible is filtered to match the creeds.

      Mormons believe in original Christianity restored to the earth through revelation to new prophets. This restoration was necessary BECAUSE of a Changing Christianity as exemplified by the creeds and warned against by Paul in Galations chapter 1. Nowhere does the Bible say that God has finished his work, that the cannon of scripture is closed. It seems ironic to us that we Mormons are accused of adding to the Bible by people who have done just that – added creeds and metaphysical definitions to the Bible. We advocate for believing original Christianity.

      Dwight

      November 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  12. Striker

    I'm LDS and would like to shed some light on the debate about if Mormon's are Christian or not. This is not new to LDS church and we have been struggling with this for a long time.

    From the traditional Christian sects point of view we have two strikes against us as to why we are not Christians. First we don't believe the Bible to be the only word of God and that God has revealed and can reveal additional scriptures anytime he wants to. The Book of Mormon being the most obvious example. Second we don't believe in the Holy Trinity. Mormons believe that Christ is God the Father's actual son and they are not one in body but only one in purpose and mind. In many Christians sects these two differences disqualifies us as being called Christians no matter what else the LDS church believes in.

    The Mormon church, as many have pointed out, is actually called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We view ourselves Christians because we follow Christs teachings, believe in the Bible and believe Christ guides our church through revelation to our prophet. We try to be Christ like and compassionate to all no matter their beliefs or race. This qualifies us to be Christian.

    Many traditional Christians hear from their pastors that we are not Christians and so repeat it without really understanding the theology behind it. Many Mormons are baffled as to why many refuse to except them as Christians when we believe in Christ and follow his teachings. Many Mormons don't understand the theology behind it as well. In truth Mormons are not traditional Christians because of the two points pointed out above. However we consider ourselves Christians and will continue to do so. I don't expect this to end the debate in any way but it might help others to understand where the debate comes from. It all depends upon how you define Christianity.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • claybigsby

      you are all crazy.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • John

      Hi, with all do respect, dont you believe that a formal apology to the black race for the many years of stone cold bigotry should come from the apostles all white, or the milocvich 70, next in line, all white also, yea I said milocvih, Its like some big comunist white cult of 82

      November 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Steve-the-ex-clergy-guy

      Striker, that's about the most concise version of the debate that I've ever seen presented in a comments section. The faithful Mormons are offended because they think Christians are calling them evil people, although many of us are not, while those of us who went to seminary and suffered through a course on systematic theology keep stressing that there is actually a precise definition of "Christian" and that Mormons differ from that definition in a very few important ways. I am offended by the folks who have accused me of bigotry because there is nothing bigoted about insisting on proper definition of words. Perhaps if we both continue to shed a little light, enlightenment may follow...
      -Steve

      November 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  13. Gary

    I don't think morons should be President.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  14. Jacob

    God Bless America, land of the free! and history continues to repeat and oppress...

    November 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  15. kd

    Lived in Utah for 20 excruciating years. Trust me – you do NOT want a Mormon as president.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Scott

      What does Utah have to do with a presidential candidate that was raised in Michigan and lived his adult life in Massachusetts?

      November 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  16. jennyy

    how can anyone vote for a president who's religion approves of molesting children

    November 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • TommyD

      Seek help Jennyy!

      November 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • claybigsby

      I guess that leaves out any christian candidates too, eh?

      November 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • James

      Wrong religion Jenny.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  17. Tcat

    Mountain meadows massacre, look it up. If the Mormons had their way it would be convert or die.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • ptreadi

      Haun's Mill Massacre, if Missouri had it's way it would be just kill them all off! There was bad things done on both sides, but the Leader of the Mountain Medow was convicted, the people known to have killed people at Haun's Mill were never prosicuted. Double Standard?

      November 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • James

      So how does one of their main beliefs of "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may." Equate to what you say?

      November 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • ptreadi

      James – I guess I miss your point.

      November 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  18. Stewart Pidasso

    As long as you strongly believe there is a mystical being telling you what to do from the great beyond, we're cool with you. Should you try to think for yourself rather than obeying some mystical being, we're not comfortable with that. That bodes well for our future.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  19. Rethink

    Mormons may not believe what you do, but beliefs aside, they are the nicest people you will ever meet. Except that all of that is irrelevant, because Romney is but one Mormon. You don't need to pass judgment on an entire religion in order to vet Romney. Focus on Romney (and the other candidates) first. If you have time left over to vet Mormonism, then have at it.

    Romney's record of fixing Bain, the Olympics, and Massachusetts indicates that he is in the business of fixing broken organizations that do not live within their means. Such an individual is exactly what we need for president at this time. If we had to hire Romney in the private sector, we would have to pay him 9 digits for 4 years of his time. To get him for the president's salary of $400,000 per year is the best bargain that this country could vote for.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • Frank

      I grew up next to a Mormon family growing up and it scared me how nice they were. Although I am not a fan of how their religion was formed, they must be doing something right.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • James

      Mormons like everyone have "nice" and not so "nice" people. I, as a Mormon, do not find Romney to be "nice". But I know that has nothing to do with his religion. Obama 2012.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Brad

      The LDS church down the street did help my son when he had an asthma attack out on his bike one day. They were indeed nice to us.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  20. Maurice

    A Mormon for president? The FIRST thing he will do is to try to pass a law that says that ALL Americans should have to wear holy underwear like the Mormons do. That's right; it's something that NO Mormon who comes proselytizing at your door will EVER tell you. They believe that their holy underwear wards away evil spirits. Holy underwear is as integral to the Mormon faith as refusal to celebrate any holiday is to Jehovah's witnesses.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Nonimus

      I agree that the underwear is ridiculous, but is it any more ridiculous than a cross necklace or yamulka(?) or naqib or kirpan etc.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Rethink

      They are called "garments," and they are an outward manifestation of an inward commitment. We do not believe that they have special powers. They are much like a Christian wearing a cross necklace or a Sikh wearing their 5 K's or a Jew wearing a Kippah.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Frank

      Oh come on ... do you realize how ridiculous this sounds? Sure, I think the whole magical underwear is ridiculous but that is what they believe. Why would he want to pass such a silly law, it would NEVER EVER happen.

      Personally, I think its far more ridiculous to have a cross of a guy nailed to it in your living room. Pretend you are eating a guys flesh and drinking his blood, etc etc.

      Just to clarify, I am not religious ... I was born catholic but couldn't stomach all of the ridiculous rituals after around age 10.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Anon

      Rethink, sure, except for Mormons who give their testimony that they were in an accident, injured in some way, etc, but were not injured where their garments covered, their garments protected them. This is during their testimony where they are staing "I know my faith is the one true faith because...". In other words, we're right, everyone else is wrong. CTR, right?

      November 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • James

      Anon, Maybe you are confusing something a member said personally with Church doctrine? That must be the case. I am sure you do not think all Christians believe as Reverend Wright, do you?

      November 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
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