Key Gingrich staff member departs over Mormon comment
December 14th, 2011
08:02 AM ET

Key Gingrich staff member departs over Mormon comment

By the CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – Craig Bergman, Iowa campaign director for GOP presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich, stepped down from his role Tuesday amid reports he made a controversial comment about Mormonism.

"He made a comment to a focus group prior to becoming an employee that is inconsistent with Newt 2012's pledge to run a positive and solutions orientated campaign," said R.C. Hammond, press secretary for Gingrich.

According to the Des Moines Register, Bergman called Mormonism a 'cult' on Wednesday when talking to a focus group. The newspaper attributed the remark to The Iowa Republican, a conservative news website.

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  1. John


    December 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • .....

      TRASH ALERT – don't bother viewing this garbage, click the report abuse link to get rid of this stupid TROLL!

      December 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  2. Reality

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Mormonism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" are converging these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

    December 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  3. Jack Cole

    Roman Catholic are blood thirsty people....killers....murderer.....rapist and abusers of all kind...Your pope is an A*****E!!!

    December 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Searcher

      Jack Baby ... I supose when you go to confession, you say to the priest ... "you go first".

      December 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  4. Jack Cole

    The Catholic followers are number one disobedient.One of the 10 commandments as stated..."Thou shalt not worship any GRAVEN images and yet they are worshiping a lot of images made of wood and stone....what an idiot!!!

    December 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  5. Mormon Adjacent

    Ask a Jack-Mormon . . . . and they will tell you that the LDS church is not a cult.

    These people who proclaim that Mormonism is a "cult" are in a cult themselves.
    Even if you are not LDS, if you know Mormons well, you would know it isn't a cult.

    December 15, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • HotAirAce

      All religions are cults – deal with it!

      December 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • captain america

      all canadians are ass holes deal with it

      December 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  6. abinadi

    If you would like to take a refreshing brake from all the sarcasm and negative energy and the stress of life, you might like to visit biblevideos.org. The Church of Jesus Christ has produced a series of short films on the life of Christ that are wonderfully well done. There is a special spirit to them that will linger with you and will make your whole day brighter.

    December 15, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  7. TUL LIB

    The Number ONE cult in terms of religion is no other than the Catholic Church.....Killers.....rapists,child abusers....name it they have it..

    December 15, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  8. Reality


    A business/religious cult based on Joseph Smith's hallucinations which has bought respectability with a $30 billion business empire, the BYU "mission matured" football team and a great choir.

    December 14, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Were you there? How can you say he didn't have visions? You don't know that. You weren't there when he had his visions. You weren't there when Jesus walked the Earth, and you weren't around when Jesus poke with Joseph Smith. Pull your head out and open your mind.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • PaddingtonPoohBear

      So how about the golden plates or mystical stone that no one else has seen? And magical underwear? Really? Watch the South Park episode about them, dum dum dum dum dum. =P

      December 15, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • Reality

      They are called the Infamous Angelic Cons:

      Joe Smith had his Moroni.

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

      Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

      Some added references to "tink-erbells".

      "Latter-day Saints also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

      Apparently hallu-cinations did not stop with Joe Smith.

      December 15, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • abinadi

      Reality, you seem to have a tortured soul. What on earth are you so hateful for? Life is beautiful. Open your blinds and let the sun shine in!

      December 15, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • .........

      the best response to reality is to hit report abuse on all his bull sh it

      December 15, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Mormon Adjacent

      Mr / Ms Reality . . . . is in an alternate "reality" all by themselves.

      December 15, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Reality

      Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals, union dues in the form of ti-thes and atonement theology,

      December 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  9. The Catholic Church Holy Rome Vatican

    It is a cult!

    December 14, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  10. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Hey, captain, come on out of the closet.

    December 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
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