Romney embraces Mormon faith in South Carolina mail piece
January 7th, 2012
01:34 PM ET

Romney embraces Mormon faith in South Carolina mail piece

By Peter Hamby, CNN

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) – Despite lingering suspicions about his Mormon religion among some evangelicals here, Mitt Romney is embracing his faith in a new mail piece that began hitting South Carolina households on Saturday.

The glossy fold-out brochure, provided to CNN from a voter who received it, seeks to turn Romney's deeply-held religious convictions and his 42-year marriage into assets in a state where roughly six in ten Republicans call themselves "born again" or evangelical Christians.

"Meet Mitt ... Faith. Family. Country," the front of the mailer reads.

The flip side features a quote from the former Massachusetts governor: "If I'm President of the United States, I will be true to my family, my faith, and our country, and I will never apologize for the United States of America."

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics • South Carolina

soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Moroni

    Produce the tablets. That is all you need to do. No tablets=no proof, and no validity.

    January 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • Abinadi

      38 ¶Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

      39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it,

      January 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • NorCal Oak

      "I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet . . . " (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 408-409).

      January 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  2. Abinadi

    I would just like to say what a joy it is to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church taught me to keep the commandments and to put my faith in Jesus Christ, my Savior. It taught me to keep free of alcohol and tabacco and illegal drugs. Years before the recession hit, our leaders taught us to get out of debt and learn to live frugally. Because I headed their words, I have been totally immune from the effects of the recession while there are foreclosures happening all around me. Today, they are teaching us and warning us to learn how to garden and store a years supply of food. We have no idea what it is for yet, but someday I believe it will save us just as Noah's ark saved his family.

    This church is lead by prophesy and revelation and by good and holy men who bear the priesthood of God and who are unpaid and who's only motivation is love of God and doing good to their fellow men. There is no paid clergy in the church. I am so grateful for this wonderful church! If you are dissatisfied with your life and want something better, go to mormon.org. The kind people there are devoted and unpaid disciples of Christ who only want happiness for you and your loved ones!

    January 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Moroni

      I'm so glad you like your Magic Mormon Underwear. As you already have found, it provides lots of room for your hands to move around down there, especially when your tablets are so small as to be virtually not there.

      January 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Abinadi

      moroni is a disgruntled and miserable excommunicated mormon. I feel sorry for him. I hope he can forgive himself some day and return to Christ.

      January 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • Shawn

      I think Moroni is right about the tablet size.

      January 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • just helping out

      No Mormon has any share in Christ.

      January 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Moroni

      Abinadi does. He has the little tablets in his hands.

      January 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • NorCal Oak

      Yes, certainly go to mormon.org and study LDS beliefs from their official position (understanding that it’s like going to the PRC government website to find out about China, or the Scientology website to learn about Scientology). But also check out the Wikipedia entries for both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. It’s time for the LDS to truly “choose the right” and disavow these seriously flawed men. To continue to revere them is an unnecessary burden and a stain on LDS integrity.

      January 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
  3. I'm a Mormon

    Any faith-based doctrine can be made to sound absurd, evil, or both if described with the right tone. Take, for example, the common anti-Mormon attack, "Mormons believe Satan and Jesus are brothers." Said like that, it sounds scary and evil. What we mean by that is that Christ is the Only Begotten Son of the Father. Like other Christians, we believe that God created the angels of heaven, as well as all the people of the earth. In that way, we are very literally Children of God. Satan was an angel who rebelled against God. Therefore, Jesus Christ and Satan, as well as all people who have walked the earth, are brothers (or sisters in the case of humans.)

    To paraphrase Krister Stendahl, a Lutheran Bishop from Sweden and a professor at Harvard Divinity School, if you want to find out what another religion believes, ask an adherent of that religion, rather than its enemies. In that spirit, I invite those who read this to visit mormon.org or to speak with a practicing Latter-day Saint (Mormon) to find out what we really believe.

    January 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Moroni

      Just don't mention the tablets. We have to keep those a secret because we never had them. They were just good for PR for a while. May your Magic Underwear ever be warm and moist.

      January 8, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  4. Rich


    January 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  5. NorCal Oak

    As a former LDS official, Governor Romney is a devoted follower of Joseph Smith. If President Obama was held accountable for Reverend Wright, why is Romney not held accountable for his commitment to a morally compromised, dishonest and racist religious figure like Joseph Smith? If Senator Byrd was pressed on his early involvement with KKK leaders, why is Romney not pressed on his ongoing dedication to extreme racists like Brigham Young, who he accepts as a true prophet of God? The LDS continue to believe that their earlier racist doctrines were divine at the time. Does Romney also believe this? In an effort by the press to be politically correct, there's a double standard here. Just as we expected Barack Obama to make sure we understood his take on Reverend Wright, we need to understand where Romney stands with Joseph Smith and Brigham Young–two men who preached and lived in illegal polygamy (against federal and state laws), and who taught the inferiority of black people (including depriving them of the LDS priesthood). Yes, let history be history, but do you have the moral independence and integrity to disavow these men and their teachings? President Obama did. What about Romney?

    January 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Chad

      Simple!! Because your accusations about Joseph Smith and Brigham Young are completely and utterly false. Provide a source. Are Evangelicals willing to let Obama get voted back in over a man whose faith shares the same political values as their own faith, just because they believe a fear-monger source like you who makes generic claims that cannot be backed up. I hope they aren't that fickle!

      January 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • James

      Trying to unpack everything you've put into your comment would take far longer than I have interest in doing, but I will say that the policies regarding blacks and the priesthood was not started by Joseph Smith, and there are many believing Mormons who feel that policy may not have necessarily been divine. I am confident in believing most non-Mormons were just as racist as the Mormons of that period (exceptions abounding on both sides as well, undoubtedly). Your anachronistic piety is clearly poorly informed based on the degree of inaccuracy in your comment.

      January 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Spittin'Bullitz

      Every American needs to read, The Mormon Enigma by Valeen Avery Tippets.

      January 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Abinadi

      You know, the reason that Christ disliked the Pharisees and Saducees of his time was because they were hypocrites. They railed and preached against adulterers and Sabath breakers, throwing them in jail or even stoning them to death, but they themselves were guilty of the same sins, considering themselves above the law because they were the leaders. It has been suggested that the scribes and Pharisees who caught the woman in adultery in John 8 were the very ones who had committed adultery with her – that's how they caught her in the act!

      The mormons that you speak about were pro-abolition. They did not practice slavery. I wonder what Norcal's ancestors were doing during that time? There was never any KKK in Utah. We were never burning crosses on people's lawns here and when we recognized we had a problem here, we corrected it. Today there is absolutely no racism in the church. I attended the temple a week ago where a black brother officiated, so get off your high horse and leave us alone!

      January 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Moroni

      Never say never. I was there, and I had whips and chains. But no tablets. We never had those. I was there. I know.

      January 8, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • gogseditor

      You need to rent a little logic and some common sense. Rev Wright was preaching things that were anti-American. Early LDS church leaders never did that. AND...Obama an Wright were alive at the same time. Romney was born decades after the JS and BY.

      Why not pay EvangelicalsforMitt dot com a visit? Might do you some good.

      January 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  6. noolibs

    And it bothers the libs that he is a Mormon and true Christian that he will be the one that beats the black boy in the WH...

    January 8, 2012 at 4:33 am |
    • Taiping

      You hate that "colored" fella in the white house, don'tcha? He can whip you easy. Would you like that?

      January 8, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • Passion888

      We will see. OBAMA 2012....Because we just do it better. Since we are on a racial note.

      January 8, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  7. Reality

    Unless Romney goes all "wishy-wash" on abortion, he is simply wasting his time running for president. Why you ask?

    Why the Christian Right no longer matters in presidential elections:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Newton Leroy Gingrich, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)

    (The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.)

    January 8, 2012 at 12:46 am |
  8. AGuest9

    "Despite lingering suspi.cions about his Mormon religion among some evangelicals"

    Don't most thinking people have their own serious doubts about evangelicals?

    January 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  9. NorCal Oak

    Most of us would not want to elect a follower of Warren Jeffs to the presidency. Mitt Romney is a follower of Joseph Smith, an extremely flawed man who was at least as bad as Warren Jeffs. Smith illegally "married" teenagers and married women, and declared to his first wife, Emma, that she would go to hell if she did not accept his new wives. At the time he lied to the world, in the name of God, that he was not involved in these 30+ simultaneous "marriages." Romney is proud of his devotion to Joseph Smith. He can't help being born into such a religious system, but his continued loyalty to a Warren Jeffs-like "prophet-leader" is a serious character flaw. It demonstrates that he can't independently stand up for what's right when it conflicts with what he's been taught by his tradition.

    January 7, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Not to mention that Joseph Smith (if that was his real name) was a con-man. Although, is that any different from any modern televangelist?

      January 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
    • Abinadi

      Mormons abandoned polygamy about a hundred years ago and members who try it now are immediately excommunicated. Sometimes I think we are the only monogamous people in the U.S. Why are you still battering us over that?

      January 8, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • RD in Texas

      BRAVO, NorCal. You have articulated the issue that most concerns me about Romney. I began to wonder about his judgement when I heard that he put the family dog in the overhead luggage carrier on a hot day during a vacation outing. The poor animal suffered greatly and allegedly almost died. Why bring up this matter? Because humans who abuse animals rarely stop there.

      January 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • Spittin'Bullitz

      I couldn't agree more!

      January 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Moroni

      Abinadi, seems like your problem is that you are battering your tablets too much.

      January 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Abinadi, as a medical professional, I suggest you take two tablets, go into the woods, wait for a while, and then take a dump.

      You'll feel better and the rest of the world will roll on just as it always has.

      January 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  10. Answer

    Good thing to see. A manifested cult outpacing the default faith. Let's see what lunacy they can spout.

    January 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  11. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding of the history of the Mormon Church and the spirit Mitt Romney serves and the secret agenda of the church, we invite you to read the article ‘Mormon Church ~ Cult and Spiritual Harlot’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    Also, for a better understanding of the above and what it means to be a Christian, we invite you to read the article ‘Can Christianity or Any Other Religion Save You?’ listed on our website.

    All of the other pages and articles will explain how and by whom this world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9 and they will also explain what mankind must do to be reunited with God and to be able to understand the Bible.

    He that is spiritual judgeth (discerneth) all things, yet he himself is judged of no man (1 Cor. 2:15; 14:37; Proverbs 28:5; Gal. 6:1; Col. 1:9; John 3:8; 5:30; 8:15; 16:8-11).

    Seek, and ye will find (Matthew 7:7).


    January 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • Peeje

      Obviously both sides of any controversy will put forth a point of view that is self-serving. Why should anyone accept the validity of either viewpoint over the other, it's like a case of "he said/she said". Your suggestion is tantamount to telling people to read a pamphlet put out by the KKK to get the "real" story of racism in America. The best way to get the "real" story of the Mormon faith (or anything else) is to make a careful, thoughtful & objective study of it, then make your own decision.

      January 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Anti-Religious Fanatics

      I'm sure in the next 1,000 years, the world and people will look back to the writings of guys like AvdBerg and categorize them as just another ignorant cave man still trying to figure out the purpose of life, where man/woman came from, and where they ultimately end up. With the billions of stars across the galaxy's, guys like AvdBerg will never believe that there are other life forms (even human like) that will cause the rewriting of biblical text and beliefs. 1,000 years (I guess that about 1/2 the life of the bible)... I can wait rather than have to listen to writings by religious fanatics who believe that only THEY know what is write for everyone; only THEY know what is the truth; only THEY know what God expects and wants; only THEY speak with God. Sounds like a cult to me... but isn't religious fanaticism a cult like behavior anyways?

      January 8, 2012 at 4:20 am |
    • Abinadi

      You can get the truth at mormon.org.

      January 8, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • AvdBerg


      The Gospel we preach is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:11,12).

      The problem is that by nature you will not be able to understand it (1 Cor. 2:14). For this reason our message remains the same: Ye must repent and turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan (whose spirit he is of) unto God (Acts 26:18). Without the Baptism of Repentance (Mark 1:4) you will remain spiritually blind and separated from God.

      For a better understanding what mankind must do to be reunited with God, what it means to repent and to be a sinner, we invite you to read the articles ‘Repent’, 'What is Sin?' and 'Victory over Sin' listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

      Seek, and ye will find (Matthew 7:7).


      January 8, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • ......

      CULT ALERT – AvdBerg is a TROLL on this site. They have been proven LIARS and they are only here to sell their book and website. Click the report abuse link to get rid of this TROLL!

      January 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  12. Matt

    Here are 10 tough questions for Romney about his Mormon faith:


    1. When people ask you honest questions about your Mormon faith, you tell them to go read the official websites of the LDS Church. Do you believe everything the LDS officially teaches? (see The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney page 6)

    2. When asked whether Mormonism is Christian, BYU professor Dr. Stephen Robinson in his book How Wide the Divide? writes, “Latter-day Saints do not seek to be accepted as historically orthodox Christians or as Evangelicals. We are neither.” Do you agree with Dr. Robinson? (see The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney page 16)

    3. The official teaching of the LDS Church is that the Mormon Church is “the one and only true church on earth.” Do you also believe that all non-denominational and denominational churches are not true churches? (see The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney chapter 6)

    4. The LDS Church believes that all humans were living as spirit people on another planet before they were born in a body on earth. Do you believe you lived before you were born on earth? (see The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney pages 125-127)

    5. The LDS Church believes that all humans were the spirit children of God the Father, and his wife, in a pre-mortal life. Is this what you meant when in your Faith in America speech you said, “We believe that every single human being is a child of God”? (see The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney pages 124-125)

    6. The LDS Church teaches that humans as worthy Mormons can become gods after they die. Do you believe you are a worthy Mormon that will become a god one day? (see The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney pages 130, 135-136, 144)

    7. Not all Mormons can go into a LDS temple because they are not found worthy. Are you a temple Mormon? Do you practice the sacred rituals inside Mormon temples? (see The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney page 171-176)

    8. Do you believe people can convert to Mormonism after they die? (see The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney page 189)

    9. We know that Mormons are baptized for the dead in a LDS temple. Have you ever been baptized for your dead ancestors? Have you ever baptized others for the dead? (see The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney page 193)

    10. The Mormon Church believes that the Bible has errors in it. If you become the next president of the United States, are you going to request to be sworn in with the Book of Mormon instead of the Bible? (see The Mormon Faith Mitt Romney page 103-107)

    January 7, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • A Mormon

      I thought these questions were quite ridiculous when I read the article a couple days ago, and it's obvious Romney won't be wasting his time with them. However, multiple mormons have taken the bait and provided their own responses on blogs,etc. How do you feel about the responses that have already been given?

      January 8, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • gogseditor

      Matt...Re: your 10 tough questions for Romney about his Mormon faith.
      Question 10 has to be the dumbest, stupidest, most moronic question I've heard in a long time. Other than that, there was nothing wrong with it (sarcasm intended).

      January 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Moroni

      Great questions, Matt. A couple more:

      11. Where are the original tablets? Really.

      12. Why is there so much space in Abinadi's Magic Mormon Underwear? Is he missing tablets too?

      January 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  13. noemi

    Mormonisum : they r all like a boil on the a$$ of humanity.they r An abanation 2 all races. They r more like the muslim race they 2 think when they die they well also have many wives.

    January 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  14. Robin Bray

    I hope he discussed the massacre of non-mormons under the direction of the faiths leader. An interesting piece of western history that includes the slaughter of children, robbery and a cover up that tried to hide the truth.

    January 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • bringoutyourdead

      1857 was a long time ago, Romney can not be held responsible for that. The only real caution is do not mistake a Mormon for a Christian.

      January 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer


      Why shouldn't I "mistake" a Mormon for a Christian? Who cares? There are more similarities than dissimilarities.

      January 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    January 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • Robin Bray

      No god.

      January 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  16. The Central Scrutinizer

    Get to know Mitt!

    In LDS theology you can be forgiven for any sin, save two. First, denying the Holy Spirit, and second, murder. Also, God is infinitely forgiving, until the second coming. After that, you end up where you end up, no matter what. There are no second chances. Period.
    D&C 76: 43-45
    43 Who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands, except those sons of perdition who deny the Son after the Father has revealed him.
    44 Wherefore, he saves all except them—they shall go away into everlasting punishment, which is endless punishment, which is eternal punishment, to reign with the devil and his angels in eternity, where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, which is their torment—
    45 And the end thereof, neither the place thereof, nor their torment, no man knows;

    D&C 18: 42
    18 And now, behold, I speak unto the church. Thou shalt not kill; and he that kills shall not have forgiveness in this world, nor in the world to come.

    D&C 76: 111-112
    111 For they shall be judged according to their works, and every man shall receive according to his own works, his own dominion, in the mansions which are prepared;
    112 And they shall be servants of the Most High; but where God and Christ dwell they cannot come, worlds without end.

    January 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Spittin'Bullitz

      I you prefer the truth, watch the film Banking On Heaven.

      January 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  17. Portland tony

    Big mistake ..Very few people read mailed flyers. They get tossed with most junk mail like last weeks supermarket specials. He should be concentrating on the issues. Let the Newspaper editorial staffs pontificate on Mormonism.

    January 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  18. The Central Scrutinizer

    Get to know Mitt!

    He believes in Multiple Worlds and Multiple Gods. Welcome to the White House nut job!

    This deserves some explanation. Mormons believe that God created multiple worlds and each world has people living on it. They also believe that multiple Gods exist but each has their own universe. We are only subject to our God and if we obtain the highest level of heaven we can become gods ourselves.

    D&C 76: 24
    24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.

    D&C 93: 10
    10 The worlds were made by him; men were made by him; all things were made by him, and through him, and of him.

    Moses 1: 33
    33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.

    D&C 76: 108
    108 Then shall he be crowned with the crown of his glory, to sit on the throne of his power to reign forever and ever.

    January 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • nobody important

      You don't seem to be very good at scrutinizing, Scrutinizer. The references you gave don't say anything about EACH world being inhabited. Mormons believe that God created Mars and Neptune along with the earth, but that doesn't mean they were ever peopled. Your references also don't say anything about Mormons becoming gods (and what that even means) nor anything about other gods in other universes.

      January 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      That is what I need somboday who is not important for. Thanks!

      January 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      Besides, my name is not "The Good Scrutinizer", it is "The Central Scrutinizer". Jeez.

      January 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  19. Rainer Braendlein

    The Mormons assume God had had se-xual intercourse with Mary. Isn't that an abomination.

    Furthermore, they refuse the worldwide Christian Church, which was founded by Jesus and keeps the one, holy baptism, which is not allowed to be repeated.

    Moreover, they teach a false gospel: salvation by grace AND own performance. It is a gospel of good works, which will not work and it is against the biblical doctrine. Mormons are not saved, but will get lost.

    True gospel: We get saved by grace alone (even the new life, which we live, is a divine present for free). Discipleship is natural for a true Christian, he doesn't want to deserve his salvation by that. A Christian follows Jesus, because he is yet saved.

    January 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      Jesus founded the Christian church? Huh?

      Hey, someone had to bang Mary. Most likely a sheep herder. That no god s.l.u.t.

      January 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • cigarlover6

      The most maddening thing in this world is when fools like Rainer believes that what fairytale (or crap) he believes is what everybody else in the world "should" or "must" believe as a FACT. Look at the euphemism, jesus built a world church *sick of these dummies trying to control media & power*

      January 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  20. The Central Scrutinizer

    More Bible Fun!

    "Into your hand are they (the animals) delivered." God gave the animals
    to humans, and they can do whatever they please with them. This verse
    has been used by bible believers to justify all kinds of cruelty to
    anmials and environmental destruction. 9:2

    All animals have hands. 9:5

    "Be ye fruitful, and multiply." With 7 billion people on this planet, we
    need to disobey God on this one. 9:7

    God is rightly filled with remorse for having killed his creatures. He
    makes a deal with the animals, promising never to drown them all again.
    He even puts the rainbow in the sky so that whenever he sees it, it will
    remind him of his promise so that he won't be tempted to do it again.
    (Every time God sees the rainbow he says to himself: "Oh, yeah....
    That's right. I promised not to drown the animals again. I guess I'll
    have to find something else to do."). 9:9-13

    The entire tenth chapter is the first of many boring genealogies (see 1
    Chr.1-9, Mt.1:1-17, Lk.3:23-28 for other examples) that we are told to
    avoid in 1 Tim.1:4 and T.it.3:9 ("Avoid foolish questions and
    genealogies.") 10:1-32

    God worries that people could actually build a tower high enough to
    reach him (them?) in heaven. 11:4

    God is worried again. He remembers how humans nearly became gods by
    finding and eating from the tree of life (Gen.3:22). It was a close
    call, but now he faces a similar threat. He begins talking to himself
    again saying, "Behold, the people is one, and they all have one
    language." He fears that "now nothing will be restrained from them,
    which they have imagined to do." 11:6

    Another boring genealogy that we are told to avoid in 1 Tim.1:4 and
    T.it.3:9. ("Avoid foolish questions and genealogies.") Also note the
    ridiculously long lives of the patriarchs. 11:10-32

    Poor Pharaoh couldn't resist the "very fair" Sarai, and he takes her
    into his harem. (She must have been well preserved, since she was about
    seventy years old at the time.) 12:15

    The Amalekites were smitten before Amalek (from whom they descended) was
    born. Amalek was the grandson of Esau (Gen.36:12). 14:7

    Abraham circ.umcises himself and all of the males in his household. Since
    he supposedly had 318 slaves back in 14:14, poor old Abe must have been
    pretty busy with his knife. But it was worth it. Penises are supremely
    important to God. And he can't stand foreskins. 17:23-24

    January 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • An inconvenient truth

      Your ignorance is showing again. You obviously do not know Hebrew or history to misrepresent scripture that badly. The more you post the more it is evident that you do not have a clue as to what you are talking about.

      January 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      Ok, and that would be because......

      January 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      Is that really your whole response? I don't think I can withstand such a well-thought out rebuttal but I will try!

      January 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • cigarlover6

      hey inconvenient truth, why isn't god communicating now in ENGLISH !! so that all the misinterpretation can be cleared in one shot. Why is hebew dead? Shouldnt god protected the holy language in which he sent his words.
      Well, I wonder, why in earth he is not talking or delivering an updated message for the past freaking 2000+ years! Is he dead or gone mute ::( Why the hell he is not communicating new messages... why...

      January 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • The Central Scrutinizer

      Take it easy on inconvenient truth. (Special needs....)

      January 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hmm. Incontinent lies made his pompous pronouncement about 7 and a half HOURS ago, and has been unable to respond to challenges.

      What are you doing, Incontinent? Inflating your date for the night?

      January 7, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
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