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With Alabama and Mississippi losses, Romney continues to stumble in Bible Belt
Mitt Romney has struggled to connect with Southern evangelicals.
March 14th, 2012
11:51 AM ET

With Alabama and Mississippi losses, Romney continues to stumble in Bible Belt

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) – Mitt Romney’s losses in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday offered more stark evidence of a huge stumbling in his quest for the GOP nomination and the White House: his difficulty winning in the evangelical-rich Bible Belt.

With Rick Santorum’s victories in Alabama and Mississippi, he and Newt Gingrich have taken all but one Bible Belt state in the primaries.

In Alabama, where self-described white evangelicals made up 75% of Republican voters Tuesday, Romney got 27% of their votes, compared with 35% for Santorum and 32% for Gingrich, according to exit polls.

In Mississippi, where white evangelicals accounted for 80% of the vote, Romney got 29% evangelical support, compared with 35% for Santorum and 32% for Gingrich.

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Romney is a Mormon, while Santorum and Gingrich are Catholics. Recent polls show that about half of white evangelicals say Mormonism is not a Christian faith.

“This has nothing to do with religion but with the fact that Romney is only recently pro-life and only recently able to articulate an argument against same-sex marriage,” said Richard Land, the public policy chief at the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest evangelical denomination.

“Romney would have had a less difficult pathway to the nomination if he had been more Mormon – if he had taken the positions of his church on abortion and marriage earlier,” Land said.

But exit polls suggest that views about religion played a big role in Tuesday’s primaries.

Nearly half of voters in Alabama and Mississippi said the religious beliefs of the candidates mattered a great deal, and Romney fared poorly among those voters, winning 26% of them in Mississippi and just 16% in Alabama.

“Religion is a proxy for trustworthiness of a candidate, especially for white evangelical voters,” said Robert P. Jones, a pollster who focuses on religion and values questions. “The thinking goes that if there’s a person of faith and good moral character, I can trust them to make decisions even on issues where I don’t know where they stand.”

Jones notes that the Southern Baptist Convention for years issued materials calling Mormonism a cult. “There’s a long history of antipathy,” toward Mormons among evangelicals, Jones said, and “that’s certainly playing a role in the Deep South.”

Santorum, Jones says, has stances on social issues that line up more with rank-and-file evangelicals than with rank-and file Catholics.

In the Bible Belt, Santorum has won primaries in Tennessee, Missouri and Kansas, while Gingrich has won South Carolina and Georgia. Romney won the Virginia primary, but neither Santorum nor Gingrich was on the ballot there.

Still, Romney maintains a big lead among his competitors in terms of delegates.

Because Alabama's 47 delegates and Mississippi's 37 delegates will be awarded proportionally, Romney appeared to maintain his delegate lead and may add to it after more moderate Hawaii's 17 delegates are distributed. A CNN delegate estimate early Wednesday showed Romney with a 489-234 lead over Santorum, giving him a 255-delegate margin.

Mark DeMoss, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign helping with outreach to evangelicals, says he has been discouraging Republican voters from making too big a deal of the candidates' religious faith.

“A candidate's values are critically important, but there are Southern Baptists who don’t share my values or political views on many issues, and there are Mormons and Catholics and Jews who do,” said DeMoss, a Southern Baptist.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Christianity • Politics

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  1. Mormons Are Christian

    Mormons’ theology is based on New Testament Christianity, not Fourth Century Creeds. For example, the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) views on Baptism, Lay Ministry, the Trinity, Theosis, Grace vs. Works, the Divinity of Jesus Christ comport more closely with Early Christianity than any other denomination. And Mormons’ teenagers have been judged to “top the charts” in Christian Characteristics by a UNC-Chapel Hill study. Read about it here:

    http://MormonsAreChristian.blogspot.com

    A recent 2012 Pew Forum poll found that 98 percent of members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and 97 percent believe their church is Christian. Mormons have a better understanding of Christianity than any other denomination, according to a 2010 Pew Forum poll:

    http://www.pewforum.org/Other-Beliefs-and-Practices/U-S-Religious-Knowledge-Survey.aspx

    11 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence (including several presidents) were non-Trinitarian Christians. Those who now insist on their narrow Trinitarian and salvation only by grace definition of Christianity for candidates for public office are doing our Republic an injustice.
    For more information, please go to:

    http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/traditional-christianity-latter-day-saints

    March 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Geezer

      Yes, and it's just as nonsensical. Mormons are taking religion to a new high in crazy..

      March 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • TheMagusNYC

      This is part of the deception, equivocating in the use of Christian terminology. Mormons do not consider Christians to be Christians, their having created their own belief system quite distinct. Yet this author does reveal how the Mormon organization elected to reject the decisions and clarifications of Nicaea, decisions that define what it means to be Christian. The Mormon co-opting of the term is mere deception serving only to confuse potential converts.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • TheMagusNYC

      http://WWW.IRR.ORG for clarification of the distinctions between Mormonism and Christianity. Be not confused.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Joe

      Mormons ARE Not Christians. Just because you CLAIM you believe in Jesus Christ, and that you have the NAME LDS doesnt mean you are CHRISTians. Joseph Smith is the founder of your religion\cult. Why do you need a prophet, when Jesus said IT IS FINISHED.

      See http://carm.org/mormonism

      False Prophet = false religion.

      The BOOK OF MORMON is not the BIBLE. It has 25,000 words verbatim from KJV. What was JOSEPH SMITH doing when he found those golden plates?

      March 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • FLDS are Mormon...

      Or do you not want to take it that far...

      Christian – (supposed) Follower of Christ
      Mormon – follower of the Christ depicted in the Book of Mormon and have differing traditions than most other organized Christian religions.
      FLDS – Fundementalist Mormons who follow the Christ depicted in the Book of Mormon but have some differing traditions than Mormons.

      You see how Christians might not want to accept you as Christian the same way you do not accept the FLDS members as Mormons? Not that I'm a Christian, i'm an atheist and I believe you all to be sincere ignoramuses fighting over who's insanely wrong conclusions are less wrong than yours.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • ernesto

      Many Mormons have now left the church. Like most people they asked themselves one crucial question:

      Is this religion true?

      If it is not true, then they feel very uneasy about teaching it to young defenseless children, or especially watching church officials, or uncritical devotees train their own precious children. Someday, I predict, the Mormons will try to go on without Joseph Smith and his "scripture." The Internet has laid bare the facts about this man, and in the wider world no threat of shunning or excommunication has much effect in stifling this information, like it does in Utah.

      Since the Mormons have mobilized politically it is logical that we Americans ask the question: IS THIS TRUE?

      Why would we want a President that cannot show the small amount of critical thinking needed to debunk this belief system?

      :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LhzU4iXLxQ&feature=related

      March 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • RLP1509

      Joe, have you thought your statement through thoroughly? "It is finished" meant everything?? Really? If true, which I don't believe, then 2/3 of the New Testament is basically worthless as it relates to the life and ministries of several after Christ died and then was resurrected. It is finished, really Joe?

      March 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  2. Jake

    First of all Mormon's don't really use the Bible everyone else uses. Secondly, eating cheese grits in the mornin' don't make you understand Southerners anymore than having friends who own NASCAR cars make you understand the NASCAR-watchin' guy.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Sy2502

      Who frigging cares what Bible they use?

      March 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Joe Smith

      I thought people in the bible belt weren't allowed to vote? When the hell did they get the right to vote back?

      March 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • nairb247

      Jake, The Mormons use the King James Version of the Bible. Last I checked that was the most commonly used version among Christian Faiths.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Holly

      Mormons use the King James version of the Bible.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • TheMagusNYC

      The Mormon versions of whatever Bible have been altered to fit their interpretations, and then other works serve to reinforce the divergent views. Its like the Muslims reading the NT and claiming that when Jesus referred to a messenger coming in 40 days, he was talking about Mohammed. God bless all the Mormon folks, just stand up for your rejection of Christianity as commonly understood, and proudly proclaim your new concept with a unique label like Smithian.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • niels

      TheMagnus has no idea what he is talking about. Mormons use the King James Version of the Bible, completely unaltered and standard. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, the Messiah and the Savior of all mankind. Those who claim that they are not Christian are bigots. They believe in the Trinity, but do not follow the Nicean or Athanasian creeds because they believe that these creeds were just statements of belief by the Roman Empire, not God.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:56 am |
  3. Turtleguy

    Lunatics who use some kind of religious litmus test to decide who to vote for should be disqualified from voting in the first place. This primitive nonsense has no place in government.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Jackie

      Amen to that!!!!

      March 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • leo costa

      I am 100% with you. Religion is for delusional people. You can have moral without god (commun good is always moral)

      March 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  4. Sy2502

    "Nearly half of voters in Alabama and Mississippi said the imaginary invisible man a candidate prays to matters a great deal".

    Maybe we should have let them secede after all.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  5. KrisInAL

    ALL YOU FOLKS WHO THOUGHT MITT ROMNEY WAS GOING TO WIN IN ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HANDS...............

    Exactly my point.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • KrisInAL

      Alabama and Mississippi are the "Bible Belt Buckles." I'm surprised Romney did as well as he did.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  6. Leigh

    Most white born-again evangelicals would love to see a theocracy in this country. That's why they're going for Santorum. As a uber-Catholic, he lines up more with them than his fellow Catholics, who largely think he's crazy.

    Funny thing about Catholics...given hard-core dogma and common sense, Catholics will go with common sense every time. Too bad evangelicals won't.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Barry G.

      Does anyone know where Mitt and the other stand on the problem of teenage pregnancy and the host of societal ills it creates?

      The US has teen pregnancy rates that rival some developing countries, and a large percentage of these children pose a burden and threat to society.

      Do any of the candidates have the courage to speak up and present their plan for stemming the problem of teen pregnancy and the epidemic of crime it spawns?

      I pose this question to both the right and the left.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Characteristics of a "Cult"

      Evangelicals continually hear from their pastors that Mormons are not Christian and a "cult". The pastors, if they have had any comparative religion education know that the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) adheres to First Century Christianity in most respects. Mormons do not subscribe to the Fourth Century (man-made) Creeds, which the Evangelicals do, and the pastors feel vulnerable to the Mormon missionaries.

      If Southerners did their own research they would know that Mormon's theology is in line with the Bible.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Dan

      Barry it's folks like you that are driving this country into the ground. Children born to teen mothers are a burden and threat to society? I personally think bigoted people like yourself are a far greater threat than your perceived social ill. It's scary what nonsense people think is the business of government. The "Christian" right in this country is by far the biggest threat to our fair society.

      March 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  7. Shane Ownbey

    You could say Mormons are not” Monotheistic Christians”, but that would create more questions and would not be effective in labeling Mormons as “non-Christians”. Out of all the ideas that make every Christian religion different, this concept is the one that “has teeth” according to someone. The idea that your Christian religion is Monotheistic – only one God, or it is Polytheistic – more than one God, is the single defining belief that “according to someone” decides if you’re a Christian or not? How does that make your feel? If I am LDS, and therefore not a Christian, what am I?

    March 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • RLP1509

      Doomed to hell in the religiously bigoted minds of these evangelicals!!!

      March 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Characteristics of a "Cult"

      Mormons acknowledge only one God, to whom they pray. It is the Evangelicals who pray to Jesus, in contravention to the Lord's Prayer: "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name . . ." ¿Who is polytheistic?

      March 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Holly

      Jesus must have been polytheistic too. It was he after all who prayed to God (not to himself, but to another God).

      March 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • TheMagusNYC

      If you are Mormon, you reject Christianity as commonly understood, and accept an entirely new concept, just using the old terminology, but with entirely different meanings, and there is no shame in that, except serving to deceive.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  8. cgs

    I didn't realize southerners were such religious bigots. And I thought they didn't like that Catholics pray to graven images.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • rec

      NOW YOU KMOW....GO FIGURE

      March 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • tensor

      Biible bangers in every region of the U.S. are all about evil ... everyone else's. This GOP race to the bottom for them is just the lesser of two or three, if you're a change-up con artist Newt fan.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • liz

      Catholics are semi-Christians down here. Infintely better to the evangelical WASPs than those non-Christain Mormons just not quite right.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • ernesto

      IIt is very easy to check on the belief system of Mormons on the Internet. For example, they believe that our Native Americans come mainly from the Middle East, and founded two very large groups, the Lamanites and Nephytes.

      Nowhere has anyone found a single trace of these supposed civilizations. Not one stone, not one road. Instead, while tracing back to the easiest access to North America scientists have agreed earlier in this century that Native Americans came mainly from North Asia through the Bering Strait land bridge.

      When DNA testing became available it showed that indeed Native American DNA comes from North Asia, and not at all from the Middle East. DNA testing evidence in criminal cases has been used to send citizens to be executed, and to jail.

      Mormons continue to believe this fictional story because of a book written by one man. Christians are warned extensively in scripture against following the edicts of "false prophets" ....what could be more false than this?

      Mormons defend by saying that anyone against them is bigoted or has psychological problems, but this defense wears thin when it is clearly evident that they are actively politicizing their belief system. For example they spent over $30 million dollars in California on a single issue recently, and of course are trying to elect Romney.

      Can Romney tell the difference between the truth and a lie. I prefer a President that can. Don't you?

      Here is another example of Joseph Smith purposely falsifying scripture (this book contains the Creation of the World story, etc.):

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcyzkd_m6KE

      March 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Holly

      Southerners despise Mormons. They are taught in their churches about the evils of Mormonism. They are the ones who don't believe Mormons aren't Christians even though they all worship the same Jesus in the Bible. Southern Evangelicals are a close-minded, hateful people who can't accept any other way of thinking. Remember, they are the ones who covered their heads with white sheets and burned crosses too. Are we surprised that they attack other religions?

      March 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • TheMagusNYC

      Holly, you are a bit confused. It was Joseph Smith who rejected Christians claims, not the other way around. And the Jesus Christ of the NT has nothing in common with the Jesus Christ of the Mormon faith, except on the surface. A created spirit brother of Satan cannot play the role of redeemer of mankind.

      March 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • SPA Knight

      Your bigotry towards Catholics seems to be on display. Contrary to what you may personally believe, Catholics don't pray to graven images.

      March 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  9. Barry G.

    Mitt,

    The Jesus we follow taught that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

    What does your religion teach about this?

    And Rick and Newt,

    What’s your position on this?

    Do you follow the teachings of Jesus—or do you too follow a health and wealth gospel and follow the teachings of Jesus and the Bible only when it’s convenient?

    March 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • RLP1509

      Go ask your most likely wealthy minister where he stands. Being from the south I just don't understand these single minded evangelicals and their self-perceived godliness. Perhaps their bigotry leaves them godless????

      March 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • DK

      Jesus said it was difficult, not impossible for a rich man. Plus, the phrase is misunderstood by most. Google "eye of the needle gate" and follow the first link for an excellent explanation.

      Oh, Newt and Gingrich are also rich. In fact, by the Savior's standard of living, every soul in America would qualify as rich.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Orchid333

      Why do those questions even matter? I'd rather see a President who makes decisions based on common sense and education rather than off of what some thousand-year-old fairy tale says he or she should do. NEWS FLASH: You don't have to believe in some great guy-in-the-sky to have a sound mind and moral virtues.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  10. TheMagusNYC

    Recent polls show that about half of white evangelicals say Mormonism is not a Christian faith.
    Why is there still such confusion about this? Because Mormon.org equivocates in its use of the Christian terminology, which has nothing in common with Christian terminology. There should be no shame in pointing out the Joseph Smith rejected the Catholic and Prostestant faiths as having gone wrong at Nicaea, and claims to have "restored" the original. Thus, Mr. Romney does not consider Mr. Santorum to be a true Christian, and the feeling is rightfully mutual, with no disrespect intended. Mohammed, like Smtih, also is held to have been sent by God to refute the trinitarian concept.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  11. stanley friedman

    Let the white,evangelicals paint themselves into a corner and chant "Stop the world, I want to get off". The 19th century is awaiting them.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • TheMagusNYC

      The unique faith of grace, as opposed to works, is very much alive today, bringing joy to those living it, my friend.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Bob

      Magus, that's typical meaningless, senseless religiospeak. Speaking of your supposed "grace of faith", don't forget that the "loving, personal" Christian god actually, according to what is explicitly stated in the bible, demanded brutal animal sacrifice from his subjects, along with murder, torture and rape of fellow humans. Most human courts would put anyone who did that in jail with a long sentence.

      The bible is particularly clear and explicit that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes your sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal. Some "grace" that is!

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Be free of religion in 2012.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      March 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  12. Code

    Romney is a Mormon, while Santorum and Gingrich are Catholics. Recent polls show that about half of white evangelicals say Mormonism is not a Christian faith. And if it were not for pedophilia, the Catholics would not have much in common either.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • TheMagusNYC

      Well code, that's clever. Pedophilia pervades all professions and faiths, some just get more press. So you have a point?

      March 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  13. Valentina

    Does that then mean that there is a definite bigotry that we are seeing from Christina evangelicals? If that is true then media should explore the issue deeper. It is interesting that Catholic voters overwhelmingly choose Romney over Santorum because they cast their votes based on issues versus Christina evangelicals who seem to cast their votes based on religion. Sad thing indeed.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • TheMagusNYC

      Perhaps Evangelicals are a bit offended by being considered apostates by the Mormons, who invented their own brand, but use the same label, to the confusion of many.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  14. sbssue1

    If you all say you are so rightous, than hate would not even be in your vocabulary. It is clear you hate anyone who has intelligence, money, and the abiltiy to dig us out of the hole we are in. Shame on all of you. All roads lead to the same place, you don't have to slam others for their beliefs. How many of you shake hands in church and say "Peace Be With YOU"? You do that, then walk out the door slamming your neighbor. God sees through all of this, just in case you forgot.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • TheMagusNYC

      It has nothing to do with hate to note distinctions between faith traditions that are mutually exclusive. Note that Joseph Smith rejected the Christianity of his time, yet elected to use the same term for what he then constructed with much success. It is just deceptive to use the label Christian by those who feel fully justified in rejecting it as apostate, and claiming to have "restored" the original intent. Note the Mormon.org uses traditional Christian terminology, without noting it has nothing in common with traditional Christian terminology, which only serves to deceive potential converts.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • RLP1509

      Please note TheMagus that Joseph Smith at age 14 realized that the "Christian" religions of the day where he lived all contradicted themselves. He came close to joining with one of them yet did not. Has anyone ever thought that the traditional Christianity as you call it may very well be incorrect? Just because it's traditional or generally accepted does not make it correct. For hundreds or thousands of years the earth was believed to be flat. In fact those that felt it was round were persecuted based on traditional or generally accepted "facts". Those people have been proven wrong.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  15. liz

    Neo-con, evangeloical WASPs in the deep Ssouth don't consider Mormons to be Christian and would never vote for one ules he were ruinning against a black, comminist/socialist Muslim President.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  16. Justme

    Jesus and Satan Brothers? I think not. God once a man? Nope...not for me.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • TheMagusNYC

      Apart from the elaborate ontology, the issue is equivocation, using Christian terminology that merely confuses the issue concerning the Mormon rejection of trinitarian Christianity, with Joseph Smith and Mohammed playing similiar roles in this regard. No shame in that, just a carefully considered opinion, and every non-Chrisitan religion denies the co-eternal divinity of Christ.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • lung butter

      The earth goes around the son and not the other way around? I think not. Wait, the earth is round? Nope...not for me.

      March 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  17. Rational Libertarian

    I reckon the upper echelons of the Republican Party are quite apprehensive at the prospect of Santorum getting the candidacy. While people are generally stupid, Sarah Palin proved that overt stupidity is not a characteristic people want in their elected representatives. While Romney is an idiot, it is nowhere near as overt. Floating voters will be turned off by Santorum's ridiculous stupidity, so his candidacy may hand Obama a second term.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • nairb247

      I find it interesting that someone would call a Harvard Educated man, who owned an ran a hugely successful business, who came in and cleaned up the Olympics (and didn't take a dime for it) and ran a heavily democratic state as a republican an idiot. You may not agree with him, but an idiot he is not. I only wish I were that stupid.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  18. Mike in SD

    I am amazed that in the 21st century religious bigotry still exists. I am no fan of Romney or any of the abysmal GOP contenders, nor am I a Democrst. But I do support President Obama. Religion may shape the character of a candidate but if that is either a platform plank or a reason to vote for or against a particular candidate you are only proclaiming your ignorance.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • TheMagusNYC

      Perhaps one has as much reason to be concerned about influence of a Pope and about 12 Apostles, all having direct access to God. Perhaps Christians are offended by one not being up front about Joseph Smith's rejection of their faith. Perhaps some have witnessed the imposition of temples, as when Oren Hatch got a massive structure built in a classy neighborhood of Guayaquil Ecuador. Perhaps one did not like being excluded from one's children's wedding and the baptisms of their grandchildren. Yes, one may overlook all that, and believe that a leader of our nation can speak for all of us without reference to their strong faith beliefs, rituals, and practices.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • MissE

      Fair point, Mike, but I disagree. Religion SHOULDN'T have anything to do with the candidate's political life, but shouldn't and doesn't are two different things. When you get a nutjob like Santorum who's clearly prepared to let his religion dictate the bulk of his political decisions, religion begins to matter very much in terms of who you vote for. I'd never vote for any of these clowns anyway, being a lifelong Democrat, but I wouldn't vote for FDR himself if his own personal theology demanded that he try to weasel his way around the First Amendment at every opportunity.

      March 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  19. Riley

    I'm a Mormon. Let's see...This morning on the bus to work I read some verses in Matthew, Corinthians, as well as some verses in Genesis. I am a Christian through and through, and I do my best to pattern my life after Jesus Christ. How long will people be blinded by the assumption that Mormons are not Christian? Romney is both Christian and a Mormon. He is not one or the other. I hope that people in the Bible belt of America will be able to choose the best candidate come election time.

    March 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • BooYaka

      People will stop assuming Mormons aren't Christian when they stop posthumously baptizing non-Mormons into their church. I have many Mormon friends that I love dearly but many people find that practice equal parts bizarre and offensive.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Warren Jeffs

      I'm a FLDS leader. Let's see...This morning on the bus to work I read some verses in Matthew, Corinthians, as well as some verses in the Book of Mormon. I am a Mormon through and through, and I do my best to pattern my life after Jesus Christ. How long will people be blinded by the assumption that FLDS are not Mormon? I am both Mormon and a FLDS. I am not one or the other...

      I hope you see the point here. Most Christians do not accept Mormons as one of them because of their different traditions and religious habbits, much like the Mormon Church refuses to recognize the FLDS and their child brides and multiple marriages as one of them.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • s

      LDS and Christians worship a different Jesus. Even President Hinkley stated as such that the Jesus he worships is not the Jesus of the Bible. As a Christian my Jesus is not brothers with Satan. He was not conceived through a literal physical union between God and Mary. My Jesus did not visit the Americas.

      You can visit http://mormoninfo.org/ for information about the differences.

      March 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • TheMagusNYC

      Hello Riley. If you are a Christian, then Jews, Muslims and Hindus are Christian, because all believe Christ to be merely human and a very good model of behavior, just that the early Christian church was misled by St. Paul and St. John concerning the co-eternal divinity of Christ and his role in our salvation, which only God could provide. Riley, just call yourself a Mormon, proudly, and do not equivocate the terms Father Son and Holy Spirit, which have nothing in common with the Christian concepts. Just be proud of who you are and what you believe and not try to fit into a mold long rejected by Mormonism.

      March 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  20. Marc Call

    Simple as this, if you want to know what the Mormon or LDS faith believes, visit a OFFICIAL site of the church. Here is a link: http://www.mormon.org The Mormon faith is with no doubt a christian church, find out for yourself and don't listen to the random rumors or lies about the church.

    March 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • TheMagusNYC

      The point is not that the Mormon Church is mistaken, just that is constructed on the assumption that Christianity, as commonly understood today, is mistaken about the co-eternal divinity of Jesus. Thus, as understood in today's terminology, Mormons are not Christians, though they claim to have "restored" the original meaning, but have added an elaborate ontology, rituals and practices, which have only surface resemblance to Christianity.

      March 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
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