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January 24th, 2012
04:50 PM ET

Romney tax returns shine light on Mormon tithing

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Although many Americans may have wondered just how much money Mitt Romney makes and how much he pays in taxes in the lead-up to the release Tuesday of his tax documents, there was little suspense around how much he gives to his church.

That's because all Mormons in good standing with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are required to give 10% of their salaries as a tithe.

"Mormon children are expected to begin tithing from their very first allowance," says Terryl Givens, an expert on Mormonism at the University of Richmond. "And there's never any variation on the 10%, whether you're on welfare or you're a millionaire."

Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, gave even more to their church last year. Tax documents released Tuesday show they gave $2.6 million, more than 12% of the roughly $21 million they earned. The Romneys also gave $1.4 million last year in cash and stock to their family foundation, which heavily supports the LDS Church.

In 2010, the other year for which the Romneys released a federal tax return, they gave $1.5 million to the LDS church, 7% of their earnings, plus $900,000 to their family foundation, called the Tyler Foundation.

The Tyler Foundation gave $145,000 to the LDS church in 2010, so the Romneys' church donations average out to 10% over the last two years.

Unlike in most Christian traditions, in which the decision about whether to tithe is made individually by each church member, giving to the LDS Church is enforced. Participation in important ceremonies at Mormon temples is contingent on being paid up.

"For Mormons, tithing is an article of faith, not an economic principal," said Givens, who is Mormon. "Some critics see it as tying worthiness to an economic contribution."

He calls it "an important differentiator between devout Mormons and nominal Mormons."

A survey of American Mormons released earlier this month by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that eight in 10 say they tithe to the church.

Tithing dates back to the earliest Mormons, with the LDS Church's 19th century founder, Joseph Smith, drawing on the Bible's Old Testament as precedent for 10% church support. Smith also wrote about tithing in the Doctrine and Covenants, a Mormon holy book comprising Smith's revelations from God.

For early Mormons, tithing was as much practical as theological. As the early Mormon community journeyed from state to state across America, often on the run from persecution, tithing was an important way for the community to sustain itself.

"Early Mormons were outcasts from society and suffered extreme deprivation and they needed to take care of themselves and take care of the church on a day-to-day basis," Givens said. "To this day, Mormons are known for taking care of their own."

Today, tithing finances the administration of the Salt Lake City, Utah-based LDS Church, the construction of Mormon temples - which are rapidly proliferating as Mormonism grows worldwide - and the church-owned Brigham Young University.

Mormons are also encouraged to give separately to their local congregations and to a church humanitarian fund that goes to international relief projects. The church urges Mormons to fast on the first Sunday of each month and to donate the cost of the food they would typically eat to the humanitarian fund.

An informal 2011 survey by the National Association of Evangelicals found that most evangelical leaders on its 100-person board of directors don't believe the Bible requires tithing. Just 42% of the board members said that is true.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Money & Faith • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (1,579 Responses)
  1. The Phist

    Magical Mormom Underwear.

    A Temple garment (also referred to as garments, or Mormon underwear)[1] is a type of underwear worn by members of some denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement, after they have taken part in the Endowment ceremony. Garments are worn both day and night and are required for any previously endowed adult to enter a temple.[2] The undergarments are viewed as a symbolic reminder of the covenants made in temple ceremonies, and are viewed as either a symbolic or literal source of protection from the evils of the world.[3]

    January 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Paul

      ...yo, Phist... yo crackin' buster!! ... the only thing you got right in that description is that those garments are to be a reminder of their covenants made in the temple... so they can be faithful in their commitments to god and their spouses... that doesn't sound too bad!! ... I still think Romney should be our next Prez! The dude know his @#$@#% no question about that... so, Mormon or not, he's got my vote.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  2. pete

    WHERE DID NEWT'S WIFE BUY HER HELMET

    January 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • j

      are your talking about the wife who newt left when she got cancer? The one he cheated on for 6 years? or the woman who he is married to for the time being?

      January 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  3. maniacmudd

    get the mormans away from our boyscouts!!!!

    January 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • uisignorant

      They are the largest supporter of Boy Scouts. Without them the Scouts would be no more.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • MarvinP

      you cant even spell Mormon, you fool so what credibility do you have?? Oh yah by the way the Mormon Church is by far the biggest donor to the Boy Scouts of America!! Perhaps a "thank you" would be more appropriate.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  4. Spencer

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHOl9QwHsDc To anyone posting who for some reason dislikes Mormons, or who doesn't think they're Christians, etc. If you have the time to watch, this is just a short youtube video on some of the charity and humanitarian work the LDS church does. You can see if it softens up your heart a little towards us. "Welfare square" I think is a great system in place that helps out with homelessness and individuals who can't find work.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • M&M

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHOl9QwHsDc&w=640&h=360]

      January 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • lagtat

      You're still a bunch of magical underpants wearing nutjobs.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Ironicus

      lagtat is correct. You guys are fucked up in the head. All the food banks in the world are not going to change that fact.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • Spencer

      Sorry, didn't mean to post the actual video...

      January 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Able_Thinker

      Sorry, but get serious. Mormonism or whatever the correct term for it is, is quite literally a cult:
      " a quasi-religious organization using devious psychological techniques to gain and control adherents"

      Regardless of what "good" they do, they still brainwash their children into believing outlandish things such as "magic underwear", "they will all become gods when they die", "Isreal is in the Midwest – of the US" and other crazy things.

      Other religions are not free of certain practices, but come on. I have friends who have been prevented from attending the funeral of their own parents because of their rules. I have NEVER heard of ANY other religion that would treat people in such a terrible state, with so little humanity and then turn it into a recruitment tool.....

      Care to address what Mormons think of Black people?

      January 24, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • Spencer

      @ Able_Thinker Out of context anything can sound messed up or crazy. Would you go to a Chevy dealership to learn about Ford trucks? It's the same principle.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • JH

      @Able_Thinker Couldn't attend their parent's funeral? That isn't possible. Funerals are not held in the temples where you need to be a member to enter – they are held in the chapel which anyone can enter.

      January 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
  5. Mo

    Just as another note, the Church doesn't just give humanitarian aid to people overseas. I'm a 34 year old single mother and when I got sick with cancer, my local ward drove me to my appointments – surgeries (which meant that they sat there for hours), radiation (every day of the week for seven weeks), chemotherapy (nine hour days) and helped take care of my son and my nephew while my sister worked. She isn't a member, but I had to live in her apartment and when we couldn't make rent? They paid it every month for six months without once asking her for a thing. Not even to come to church. THIS is what charity and giving is. THAT is what Mormons believe.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Ironicus

      Liar

      January 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • Mo

      Liar? LOL OKAY: http://www.giveforward.com/newteeth & http://thebrightoptimist.tumblr.com/post/6266234711/age-is-nothing-but-a-number-my-cancer-story

      January 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • Larry

      Mo, you can't argue or reason with someone who just hates, pure and simple. I'm not LDS but I have a lot of LDS friends. I don't completely agree with some of the beliefs of the Mormon church, but nobody else has it completely "right" either. I will tell you this...based on all the people I know, the LDS people I know are at least as good as everybody else. If somebody doesn't like you because you're Mormon, that's their problem.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Mo

      You're right. And the thing is, the Mormons will say THEY don't have it all the way right, either. They just think they have it the *most* right. That said, there are things that I don't always step to the same beat with, but in general, I am LDS and that's the way it is.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • MarvinP

      yah thats 100% correct Mo, but the Mormon haters on this site dont want to hear this stuff. They are Christian like in there hate of Mormons!!!

      January 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Ironicus

      So they help their bigoted members? Who woulda thunk it. Do they do that stuff for blacks? Gays? No. Only members in good standing, dues all paid up, etc. That's not charity and never will be.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • MarvinP

      To all you Mormon haters out there: You keep hating all you want. We as members are more than prepared for your ignorance, bigotry, and insults about us and our religion. Unfortunately Romney wont succeed in his desire to lead the Republican Party because of his religion. That religion he took off 2 years of his life living abroad and serving the church at the young age of 19. That religion where he is married to his sweetheart for 42 years now, enjoying a monogamous relationship and successfully raising a family of 5 children. That religion that instilled in him the desire to be the best he could. He is what we need in our disintegrating country. But alas, we wont be that lucky im afraid. Mormon haters – i still love you!

      January 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  6. cisom

    Additionally, Romey forfeited his salary as Massachusetts governor and balanced the budget that was 3 Billion in the red. Christian or no, he has tried follow Christ's teaching "render to Caesar the things that are Ceasar's and to God the things that are God's" Mark 12:17.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  7. The Phist

    Tano, I replied to your stupid comment on page 5 where you said Romney wasn't paid by the church. I just want to reiterate, I never said he was. You're not very bright. If you speak to me again, you're wasting your time. You've got your head buried so far up your rectum that you fail to understand logic and reason and it's obvious in the stupidity of your comments. Enjoy your continued bragging about the LDS cult. The rest of us know what a farce the whole thing is.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Tano

      @ The Phist, just go vote, and stop spreading lies and insulting people who disagree with you. Is that really so hard to do for you? Yep, I'm LDS, I have a very good job, my own business, a great family, and help others, and every now and then, I have struggles like anyone else, but I don't go around insulting people and spreading lies about others. You may be a good person, but you certainly have a hard time showing it.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • Jeremy

      Wow. It is apparent from your hateful comments that you are either an Atheist, Baptist, or need a hug. Which is it?

      January 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Mormon

      You, my good man are as bitter and as hateful as they come. God, as stated by his word, even loves you. I'm not that perfect yet, but I'm sure there is something to like about you.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  8. For Staring Horse

    No evidence of God. Let's use a 2-year old analogy, Staring Horse (more like Deer in the Headlights):

    A dog looks at a car and wonders but cannot think or understand how a car was created, it just sees a colorful moving object. A child sees a building, and wonders how it was created. A dog cannot think or create in human terms just as man cannot think or create in God's terms.

    In your world you would say things with rational structure like aforementioned just put themselves together or evolved. Like the Sears Tower just ended up together with everything inside just kinda somehow working itself out-people never put it together.

    God reveals to children and hides from advanced thinkers like you. Wake up brother. There's an architect behind every design and structure. And your so intelligent to believe that the human body, with eyes, ears feeling, etc. just came outta nowhere? Wow, and the brain which executes millions of commands per second just showed up itself-No, Steve Jobs did not invent computers, they just popped out of thin air.

    Wake up, go get a Bible, and please, have a little faith, it only takes that the size of a mustard seed.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Ironicus

      You're talking to a horse? Time to get off the internet!

      January 24, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Bob

      FSH-Well said!

      January 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • j

      Ahh, so if there's an architect behind everything, what architected God?

      January 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • lagtat

      Are you wearing your tinfoil hat at the moment?

      January 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • For For

      That was the worst explanation of the Intelligent Design theory ever made. And Steve Jobs didn't invent computers. Revolutionized personal computing, yeah, but didn't invent. Wake up, get on Wikipedia, and educate yourself!

      January 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Staring Horse with Tongue Sticking Out

      @For Staring Horse

      A. I am offended you could not provide me with a more current analogy. 2 years old? Come on man.

      B. Call me crazy but I don’t think a dog looks at car and contemplates anything but bite bite bite

      C. A child looks a building and can see people building it. People. Pretty obvious. There are people with tools building it.

      D. You are making the assumption there is a God. I do not make that assumption.

      E. Yes, I believe in evolution. It is scientific fact. If you do not believe in evolution your are an ignoramus.

      That was a really stupid post from a clearly ignorant person.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Jack Be Quick

      I am upset that modern culture doesn'T give Iowa State University the clout it deserves for creating the atanasoff-berry computer... too bad MIT patented because ISU didn't think it was important enough to protect... funny how things could have turned out

      January 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  9. mike

    The article should have touched more on how Mormons look after their own. FEMA refused recent request, in spite of evidence that a disaster took place, because Mormon volunteers were so well organized and cleaned up the mess so fast there wasn't enough time to have the FEMA investigation completed. Same thing happened with Katrina. Just sayin, lots of good comes from charitable donations; doesn't matter if its backed by an old book or not.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • Jack Be Quick

      So your position is that Katrina was well coordinated and taken care of? I am sure there were plenty of people living in tents five years later who would be plenty willing to disagree. Many of my friends have been mormon, but funny enough, I never became friends with the ones who were self important enough to say that they single handedly headed off a natural disaster (which is hilarious, given the terrible outcome of the relief efforts)

      January 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
  10. Tano

    ...LDS members have been, are, and will continue to be persecuted, but that's OK, it is not our desire to hide from adversity, but we love God and will not shy away from that, no matter what people say and how much you want to belittle us, it's OK. And yes, we love this country and will continue to do our best to help improve it, even if you do not appreciate it.

    Now, CNN wouldn't exist if it wasn't for a Mormon, did you know that? Philo Farnsworth invented the Television, what do you know? 🙂

    Even Kennedy liked the Mormons, and not necessarily because of Polygamy 😉

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CHSVC2nAl8&w=640&h=360]

    January 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Ironicus

      The Book of Mormon does not have Television blueprints in it. He used science to develop what other scientists had done before him, if he was even a Mormon. Which I doubt.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • Tano

      @Ironicus Sure, you know it all, I bet you could recite to me how to get the integrals of all trigonometric functions, huh? 😉 .... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philo_Farnsworth

      January 24, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • Ironicus

      So you're saying the Book of Mormon has blueprints on how to develop and invent a television?
      Time to give it up, Tano. Your bullshlt don't fly here. Just because he may have been a "Mormon" means nothing you dimwit.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • Mormon

      Many important and competent people in history were Latter Day Saints. There is one thing they all had in common; they all gave God the credit for their discoveries. No one invents anything, but if they are truly humble, they recognize that they discovered it. Truth is Light and Intelligence, and whatsoever is truth is found full of light. Many will never understand the simple mysteries of the Universe, except those that put their trust and faith in that God who gave them Life, and who offers LIfe Eternal to those that diligently seek Him.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • Ironicus

      What a bunch of bullshlt.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  11. cb

    We are closing schools, laying people off. Families are being foreclosed on and being put out in the streets. And all the “church” and the States can talk about is who is Gay. We need to start looking at what is best for the country. We are not in high school any more. Hello!!! Or is it just all about the money?!? The Mormon Church spent $22 million to fight the California marriage battle even though the Mormon population in the state is approximately 2%. This country has kids to feed. $22 million could have feed a lot of poor families. It is time for us to grow up and “move on”.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Leeroy

      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints did not fight the abomination. But the members did. 🙂 And we will continue to do so. This is why: http://lds.org/family/proclamation?lang=eng

      January 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • jefe

      That $22 million is a drop in the bucket of what the Mormon church has spent on casuses that you would consider worthy, including feeding poor families.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Mo

      The church didn't pay for any of that, but it's members are more than welcome to do what they want with their money. I bet a bunch of Catholics fought that, too. So? I'm Mormon and I don't give a good hoo-hah who marries who.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  12. clarke

    I couldn't afford to be a mormon even if I wanted to. I also realize they do help a lot of people in need and do a lot of good things. Ever religon has its own rules and laws. If no one likes it, then find one that suits you, if you need to.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Mormon

      I can't afford not to be a Latter Day Saint. Faith precedes the miracle.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  13. vhalen

    Why is everyone so upset Romney is rich. He earns less every year than many of your hero's, A-Rod, Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant. Many Hollywood types get similar paydays. I would rather an industrious person get it than some of the others that get that big a payday. Does he break any laws with tax. No. He pays according to the laws Congress enacted, Iikely under the leadership of Newt as Speaker. Donates much to his church, who also has a model humanitarian record. He also pays the rate Newt wants to get everyone to pay. The problem is not that he pays 14%, or where he gives his money...if we need more tax dollars, just nail all the cheaters who do work under the table, or evade taxes.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • dufus

      Why do you think that athletes are everyone's heros?

      January 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  14. Rose

    He owns nice things but not from the donations of his congregations . I know it my cousin is a bishop in Mormon church. He is a lay minister. Hey, we should not be talking about religion, let us talk who can better this economy. Getting tired of all your post.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Ironicus

      He doesn't have a fucking clue about the economy, how to fix it, or how to run a country. He's a tard.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • Franco Saudelli

      How did you get away with using that word?

      January 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Jeremy

      Bottom line is that the ignorant will remain ignorant. People who sit on the net to bash a religion is revealing. It shows that someone who goes out of their way to slander a whole religion are either totally ignorant or that they have no hope, no charity, no love, and no brains. Pray for them that wish you harm.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Ironicus

      When all religions are bullshlt, it doesn't really matter if you don't like me pointing it out in clear language. I can point out the truth, and, because it is the truth, it doesn't matter if it's insulting. YOU are the member of a cult. I am not.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  15. RC

    Anti-scriptural practices. Cult.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • mark

      Don't insult my religion by calling it a cult. I'm sick of that BS. And don't say we aren't Christians. So sick of the religious bigotry.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • lagtat

      Ridiculous "religion" based on the imaginary rantings of some moron.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Ironicus

      It's a cult. All religions are cults. And all religions are bullshlt. Just a fact of life, man. Just a fact of life.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • Mulehead

      Mark – Don't insult our collective intelligence by passing off your scam as a religion. Shame on you.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • Mormon

      A cult may not take even you. A witch cult might if you have enough money. Is there anyone in your world more important than you? Are you entirely full of Joy? Do you have a sense of purpose? A world of questions.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  16. Thomas E. Shafovaloff

    You think the Kennedy and Bush family had tentacles? Wait and see what happens if this fellow is elected! They will have everything and maybe a crown. I just hope the American public is not looking for that kind of stability. Cosnider re-electing what got us here in the first place – puke.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  17. Staring Horse with Tongue Sticking Out

    I feel strongly that NO child should be indoctrinated into ANY religion until they are educated, critical thinkers and mature enough to make their own decisions. The reason religion is so quick to get those kids brain-washed is money. Money money money.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • BFin

      We baptize at age 8, not as an infant. and the children are personally asked if they want to be baptized. I think I'm hitting a dead horse, by even commenting.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • RC

      The problem with that is that it encourages people to practice moral relativism. What's "right" depends on what is "socially acceptable". When you have multiple societies with different moral standards, everyone is wrong except anyone that agrees with you. Extend that logically. If one society believes it's morally acceptable to kill anyone who refuses to agree with your morality standards, who's to say that you're wrong?

      January 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Mormon convert

      I joined the LDS Church when I was 19. Now I am married and have a young son. I raise him in the LDS faith because I believe in it. If I don't teach him what I believe to be correct and true, there will be plenty of others in society who will teach him their ideas, even if those ideas are destructive to him and others.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Staring Horse with Tongue Sticking Out

      Sorry, but every single one of the replies to my post were stupid. I stand by my statement. Personally, I hope my kids go on a spiritual journey in their 20's (not "8" – You want to be babtized honey? Uh.....ok if I have to.....STUPID) and in the end, I bet they will come back with a great education and come to the obvious conclusion that religion is fake. The only logical conclusion.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • conrad

      I was raised in a Mormon family – and was never ever pressured to be Mormon. I'm not Mormon today and my family still loves and accepts me.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • Ron

      98% of money donated to LDS Charities goes to help those that need it... not to employees or administration. The Federal government seems to be the opposite with most going to administration rather than helping those that need it. Mitt Romney built several extremely successful businesses. Solyndra went bankrupt and took 500 million of tax dollars.

      Think about it before you vote.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Ironicus

      conrad, you are probably white and not openly gay, too. We love you for that, too. We're here for you.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • BFin

      @staring horse with tongue sticking out, You seem like you have it all figured out, and are at peace, and not at all angry.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Staring Horse with Tongue Sticking Out

      Bfin
      Anyone who says they have it all figured out (all religions) are liars. We are not capable of "figuring it out" The Universe / Multi Verse is far too bizarre and vast to pretend we can understand its true nature. What is fun is trying. Looking for truth wherever we can find it. Not lies and fantasy and nonsense from thousands of years ago. If there were a creator, what kind of thing is it? What shape does it take, if any, and what made it, etc. etc. Why would anyone give the true weirdness of nature, the stuff that gives me goosebumps for a bunch of ancient superst.i.tions???? I say live this life and it is not an audition for a heaven that doesn’t exist. I no I am not angry dam mit!!!

      January 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Mormon

      Secular indoctrination is the Anti-religion. "Education"?

      January 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • BFin

      Just so you know, I respect what your saying.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • JayinOKC

      You make no sense!!!

      January 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  18. Ral

    Didn't the Mormom church not allow African Americans to join until the 80's?

    January 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • jefe

      No, African-Americans have been members of the LDS church from the start, but they there was a long period in which they could not become priests which ended in the 1970s.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Ironicus

      Mormonism is still racist. You might like to cherry-pick when it suits you, just like other religions, but it doesn't erase the original bullshlt racist texts that form the basis of your bullshlt religion. Bunch of fucking whack-jobs...

      January 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • possum

      Did not the Catholic church torture and kill people for reading the Bible? Did they not support European atrocities in the Americas and Africa? Did they not attempt to silence Galileo? Did they not provide at least tacit support to the Nazis for the Holocaust? Have they not protected pedophilic priests? Did the Baptist and Methodist churches not condone slavery and support state and local government in maintaining it? Every religion has skeletons in its closet.

      January 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • possum

      Ironicus – you have a short fuse and a dirty mouth. Neither support your argument.

      January 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  19. Debby

    Rich your are right Mormons are very giving people. I have to say from what I watched in SC the so called Christians who voted Gingrich are cringe worthy.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  20. rosita

    mormons MUST donate 10% annually of their income to their church, that's a PRIORITY for mormons

    January 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • uisignorant

      It is not a MUST, it is a choose to..

      January 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Leeroy

      We "get to" donate. And we get some awesome blessings as a result. 🙂

      January 24, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Bob the Atheist

      Wow, I have never seen so much religious bigotry. I'm an atheist – several years ago I would have been burned at the stake for my beliefs. I'm amazed that in such a pluralistic society we still have a hang-up over which religion does what, who believes in which deity, and how much they pay to their religion.
      How many of you attend pro sporting events on your Christian sabbath? How much do you pay to your idol of pro sports? What's the difference?

      January 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • lagtat

      They're basically forced to donate, it's right there in the article..bunch of whacked out nutjobs following the rantings of a deranged imbecile.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • uisignorant

      This article is nothing more than asking a Baptist what a Buddhist believes.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
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