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Liberty's choice of Romney leads to angry student response
Students at Liberty University bow in prayer during commencement in 2007. Current students were angered by the choice of Mitt Romney for the 2012 graduation speaker.
April 20th, 2012
06:16 PM ET

Liberty's choice of Romney leads to angry student response

By Laura Bernardini and Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Liberty University students and alumni are accusing the Christian school of violating its own teachings by asking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints whose adherents are called Mormons, to deliver its 2012 commencement address.

By Friday morning, more than 700 comments had been posted on the school's Facebook page about the Thursday announcement - a majority of them decidedly against the Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr.’s invitation, citing that the school had taught them Mormonism isn’t part of the Christian faith.

“I can’t support Romney and I am happy I decided not to walk (in the commencement) this year,” wrote student Josh Bergmann. “Liberty University should have gotten a Christian to speak not someone who practices a cult. Shame on you Liberty University.”

Janet Loeffler, a 53-year-old freshman at Liberty, expressed her anger at the decision when contacted by CNN. She also sent a copy of the page of the freshman textbook “The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics” which includes the passage, “Mormon doctrine stands in stark contrast to Jewish and Christian monotheism, which teaches that there is only one true God and that every other ‘God’ is a false god.”

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Loeffler’s daughter, Sarah Misch, 33, of Unionville, Virginia, who is also a student at the school said, “I am glad I am not graduating this year. I would not want to end my studies at a Christian university by being sent in to the world at commencement by a Mormon. We came to Liberty because of our faith in Jesus; not for political reasons.”

Holly Stanton Morgan, another student, posted to Facebook, “I am glad that my husband and I won’t be attending his commencement. Mormonism is not Christianity. My commencement is next year. Hopefully they choose more wisely.”

Mark DeMoss, a Liberty graduate, member of the Board of Trustees and a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, said on Friday, “We have had a Jewish commencement speaker, we have had a Catholic commencement speaker, and so, I think people are certainly entitled to their opinion. Social Media certainly provides an outlet for people’s opinions, but I think it is a great thing for the university.”

DeMoss also noted that the night before graduation is the annual Baccalaureate and that event will feature an evangelical Christian speaker.

Liberty University was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 by the influential pastor and Moral Majority co-founder Jerry Falwell. He founded the school to be a Christian university for evangelical believers, according to Liberty’s website.

Today, Liberty brands itself as the largest evangelical university in the world, with 82,500 students enrolled either on campus or online.

Liberty University would not comment beyond the press release it sent out Thursday announcing Romney would speak. There will be 14,000 graduates for the May 12th ceremony. The University announced that it expected 34,000 guests.

Previous commencement speakers included previous Republican presidential candidates Sen. John McCain in 2006 and Ronald Reagan in 1980.

The relationship between Mormons and evangelicals has been tested as of late. With Romney as the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, many political commentators are asking whether the evangelical base, an important voting bloc to the GOP, will come out for Romney.

If those votes hinge on how evangelicals see Mormonism, Romney may need further outreach to the evangelical community. A recent Pew Research Center survey finds that nearly half (47%) of white evangelicals say that Mormonism is not a Christian religion. Sixty-six percent responded the Mormonism and their religion are “very or somewhat different.”

The charge of Mormonism as a cult is not a new one for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Michael Otterson, head of public affairs for the Church, wrote about the word in a 2011 column.

“As part of the rhetorical warfare that has come to characterize modern American political discourse, it was only a matter of time before someone once again used the term “cult” to describe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Otterson wrote. He went on to describe the word as a, “a neat, shorthand and rather lazy way of putting a whole group into a box.”

The nation’s largest evangelical denomination, the Southern Baptist Conference, lists the LDS Church as a cult. They specifically cite differences in theology surrounding salvation, baptism, belief in the Trinity, and marriage. A major sticking point between other Christian traditions and Mormons is the Book of Mormon, which Mormons believe is divinely inspired scripture and on par with the Bible. Other Christians do not recognize the Book of Mormon as scripture.

CNN reached out to a LDS church spokesman for further comment but they demurred, stating that the story was a political story.

A Romney spokesman did not respond to questions about the issue.

Not all Facebook comments were negative, though. Tom Johnson added, “Mitt Romney has been invited to give a motivational speech, not a religious sermon. His religious beliefs do not have anything to do with his ability to give a motivational speech at commencement.”

And Kathy Creech added, “I, for one, am pleased that the future President of the United States will be speaking there!”


soundoff (1,597 Responses)
  1. jsizzleX

    Mormons ARE NOT Christian. No lds doctrine can be found in the Bible. Priesthood authority, who God is, who Jesus is, modern day prophets, exaltation, "after all we can do" before receiving grace, the great apostacy, none of it. http://thethinkeasy.info/2012/02/12/mitt-romney-super-mormon/

    April 23, 2012 at 2:06 am |
    • Abinadi

      It is ALL in the Bible. You ought to read it some time!

      April 23, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  2. Abinadi

    As man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become. We are eternal beings who lived before we were born in an heavenly family. Marriage performed by priesthood authority is eternal as are families. Think about it! Are you REALY satisfied with your minister's or priest's explanations to your questions? Mormon.org

    April 23, 2012 at 12:51 am |
    • jsizzleX

      Hoss, ur being fooled. Try mrm.org

      April 23, 2012 at 2:24 am |
    • fred

      You're both being fooled.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlnnWbkMlbg&feature=plcp&context=C40dfe87VDvjVQa1PpcFNnIa2e1X82u6_tPqJ2vlNcMmzHN4CslcM%3D

      April 23, 2012 at 7:03 am |
  3. Liza

    What hypocrites. I'm sure there's someone very proud in heaven over these comments. Whether you agree or not, Mormons ARE Christians. It's in our name for crying out loud. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Here's a notion, come to church and see how most of what we talk about is Jesus Christ!!! If this is the things taught out of this "Lynching" University- what freaking hypocrites. You are not 'Christian' yourself!!! How blessed I feel to know the TRUTH!!!!

    April 23, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • Err

      You can talk about Jesus all day, but unless you beleive he is the son of God and part of the holy trinity and not a created being made by God you are wrong. Which is exactly what Mormons beleive. You can twist scripture all day long but you will still not be saved.

      April 23, 2012 at 2:33 am |
    • Abinadi

      You have no idea what you are talking about.

      April 23, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Liza

      @ Errr, nice name lol. Didn't you see that SouthPark episode? Ah yes, the mormons, yes it was the mormons that are right LOL. Get lost.

      April 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Liza

      And FYI, we do believe in the Godhood, but we don't believe they are not separate. Christ and Elohim have ressurcted bodies and the Holy Spirit is a Spirit. They are one in purpose and direction, but not the one being. Jesus didn't pray to himself. I will never get why people think he did.

      April 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  4. Liza

    Duh, Mormons ARE Christians. These people go to college??? Talk about being brainwashed lol.

    April 23, 2012 at 12:19 am |
  5. Van

    There are differences between all religions but it seems the religions claiming to be christian should take a higher road and not engage in hate speech and disrespect of other people. Modern Mormons embrace Christian beliefs and try very hard to live them. Seems like attacking Mormons and engaging in hateful speech against them doesn't go very far in helping them come closer to Christ or proving that you are more Christian.

    April 23, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • MarkinFL

      Why should Christians change now? Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.

      April 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  6. Bobby

    I find it funny that religious people here want to give Mitt a pass on his wacky Mormon beliefs, but what if he was a medium like that lady on Long Island, or believed in UFO abductions? Religious wacky is still wacky.

    April 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • Abinadi

      Did it ever occur to you that maybe your beliefs are wacky? Just think of the mumbo jumbo of the Nicene Creed! It is the Protestants and Catholics who have changed the true doctrine. A good example is the Nicene creed. The Nicene Creed is nowhere in the Bible. It was totally fabricated by Constantine and his council of pagans, Capadocians, Nicenes, Gnostics, Arians, Apolinarians, Greek mystics and others who had an agenda. Constantine didn't know any doctrine. He just wanted peace in his empire from all the factions who were fighting over doctrine. He just settled for the first thing that the majority could agree with. The sad thing is that there were probably people there who knew the truth, but couldn't prevail over all the other factions – doctrine by committee! Paul would not have approved of the mess christianity is in. He said, "5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism," (Ephesians 4) Obviously, there can not be more than one true church or more than one true doctrine. The question is, which one? We invite all to visit mormon.org for the answer. Christ taught the true doctrine of the Godhead when he suffered himself to be baptized by John. In Luke 3:21,22 we read, "21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
      22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased."
                                                      
      This is the true doctrine of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost which was taught by the Bible – that the Father and Son are two separate beings.  Funny, the smartest religious leaders have been reading the Bible for 2000 years but it took a 14 year old boy to point out the obvious!

      April 23, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  7. Reality

    ONE MORE TIME:

    It is very disturbing that religious narrow- mindedness, intolerance, violence and hatred continues unabated due to randomness of birth. Maybe, just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize THE SIGNIFICANT STUPIDITY OF ALL RELIGIONS.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    April 22, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  8. Peter Shepherd

    Not only are the students angry about this, but if Dr. Falwell was here, he would be too. Do Mormon's believe, like Christians do, that Jesus Christ is God, the Creator, that He created all things, and that without Him was not anything made that was made? No. They believe that the God we relate to – Elohim, is actually one of many, that He came some yet undiscovered planet near an undiscovered star named Kolob. Jesus was His spiritual son, born as a spirit on that planet, as were the rest of us. They believe that God was once a man, and, that we, too can progress to godhood. This is another Jesus and another Gospel, and the apostle Paul said, if any one comes preaching another Gospel, let him be accursed.

    In the Texas primaries, and in November, I will vote for a man that knows what it is like to fall into sin, repent, and find forgiveness, that believes that all our rights come from God, not the government. I will vote for a man that has already, as Speaker of the House, balanced the budget for only time in our lives, a man with a solid plan for reducing the cost of gas to $2.50/gallon, creating millions jobs across America. I plan to vote for Newt Gingrich. http//newt.org

    April 22, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • Abinadi

      The answer to your question, we believe that Jesus was the God of the Old Testament and that he created all things under Elohim's personal direction. This is the true doctrine as taught by the scriptures. If you want to know what else we believe, here it is:

      “We believe in God the eternal Father, and in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
      “We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
      “We believe that through the atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
      “We believe that the first principle[s] and ordinances of the Gospel are: (1) Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; (2) Repentance; (3) Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; (4) Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
      “We believe that a man must be called of God by prophecy and by the laying on hands, by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
      “We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive Church, viz: apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, etc.
      “We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, etc.
      “We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
      “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
      “We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion will be built upon this [the American] continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
      “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the di ctates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
      “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers and magistrates, in obeying[,] honoring, and sustaining the law.
      “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul, ‘We believe all thing[s], we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
      “Respectfully, &c., Joseph Smith” 
      Anyone who would like to know more about the church can go to mormon.org.

      April 23, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      Hey, that mormon guy named Smith had split personality... How many did he actually have? Did each of them had another wife?

      April 23, 2012 at 12:16 am |
    • david

      How can you call yourself Christians, by rejecting another Christian? That is the problem with Mainstream Christianity... there is way too much pride. Do you really think you are better than other people because you believe that you Love Jesus and know him so much more than the next person? Mitt Romney is a Christian, and he believes in Jesus Christ as the son of God. He believes that Heavenly Father is our Loving God in Heaven. He believes in the Holy Ghost. How do I know this? Because I am a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. The same Church Mitt Romney Belongs too. I can't wait for people to grow up and realize that Mormons are Christians. We don't scrutinize other Christian religions and tell other Christians that they are not Christian... Because that is not what Jesus would do. Practice what you preach, or don't preach it.

      April 23, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • fred

      @peter

      I applaud your narrow-minded ignorance.

      April 23, 2012 at 7:25 am |
  9. Kri F

    http://bringgoodkarma.webs.com/

    April 22, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
  10. jazzbanana

    This is so sad. Wake up Liberty University!

    April 22, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  11. jsizzleX

    http://thethinkeasy.info/2012/02/12/mitt-romney-super-mormon/

    April 22, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  12. biologixco

    Liberty U students are a smart bunch.
    They aren't fooled by this game.
    Liberty U Admin is taking a huge hypocritical gamble.
    So is Romney by going where he is not wanted
    This will be Romney's "DUKAKIS" moment! (haha)

    April 22, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Jerry

      Liberty U teaches a mandatory course on Creationism. Yeah, real smart people.

      April 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
      • biologixco

        At least they don't pray to Planet Kolob or wear magical underwear...

        April 22, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • mandarax

      Those sound equally ludicrous to me.

      April 23, 2012 at 12:00 am |
      • biologixco

        You don't thoroughly understand the issue at hand

        April 23, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      "Liberty U teaches a mandatory course on Creationism. Yeah, real smart people"
      Yeah, if the children today would be taught Creationism in school instead of darwinism, they would act more as human beings instead of apes! Then they could evolve some day into really smart people!

      April 23, 2012 at 12:12 am |
      • biologixco

        Really smart apes, maybe.
        People?
        I dunno...

        April 23, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • KK

      You're a loser lol. And not smart.

      April 23, 2012 at 1:04 am |
      • biologixco

        blah blah blah

        April 23, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • fred

      I don’t understand how some Christians can mock things like “Planet Kolob or wearing magical underwear”, but have no problems with talking snakes, 900+ year old humans, global floods, and so on. It’s all ridiculous and asinine. Arguing over which version of “crazy” is the best one, only exposes your complete lack of critical thinking skills.

      One could argue that believing the world is 6000-10000 years old is far more ridiculous due to the mountains of evidence against it. So go ahead and make fun of another sect of your own religion, but just know that people who have a clue look upon your ignorance the same way you look upon Mormon’s.

      April 23, 2012 at 7:39 am |
      • biologixco

        bah

        April 23, 2012 at 10:24 am |
      • biologixco

        Planet Kolob and Magic Underwear are signs of a CULT!

        April 23, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  13. biologixco

    What do former mormons think about their old "religion"?
    Get the real Truth.
    mormons put up a convincing and deceitful facade
    Watch how many of the mormon monitors comment on this statement.
    Check out EXmormon.org

    April 22, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • Kent

      Interesting you condemn a group you know nothing about, while condemning yourself as well. Go back to college.

      April 23, 2012 at 1:06 am |
      • biologixco

        you're goofy

        April 23, 2012 at 1:16 am |
  14. biologixco

    There is a large building in Salt Lake City where there is a whole floor dedicated to a mormon LDS "War Room".
    From this location they run the current "I'm a Mormon" tv ad campaign trying to sell themselves to a skeptical American electorate.
    From this location they monitor all blogs about mormons (such as this blog).
    From that location they monitor all Sunday talk shows and Romney ads.
    Raise your hands Salt Lake monitors~!
    Mormons like to paint themselves as neutral when it comes to the political scene.
    But this is a facade. One big lie.
    Google: the White Horse Prophecy
    Understand the danger of mormon takeover of elected US government.
    Say NO to Romney 2012!

    April 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • biologixco

      Mormons want to "control the message"
      Feed America their blasphemous pablum

      April 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • biologixco

      Propaganda central.

      April 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
    • Kent

      Mormons aren't neutral. Harry Reid is a democrat and senate majority leader. Just one of many of your incorrect statements. The time to rebut them all would be meaningless. However, the time you took to actually know the truth would not be. Mormon.org. You don't go to a used car salesman to find out about a Toyota. You go to the dealership.

      April 23, 2012 at 1:09 am |
      • biologixco

        Go to EXmormon.org for the real Truth.
        Mormons will always try to steer you onto their cult website

        April 23, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • Rockgod28

      To those that call Mormons a cult, liars and display other bigotry:

      You have a rich spiritual heritage of over 182 years. A heritage of those that spoke and acted just like you during the early years of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ by Joseph Smith Junior.

      In 1835 Joseph Smith wrote a declaration of belief regarding governments and laws. The purpose of this declaration was so “That our belief with regard to earthly governments and laws in general may not be misinterpreted nor misunderstood, we have thought proper to present, at the close of this volume [of History of the Church], our opinion concerning the same.” (History of the Church, 2:247) It is now Section 134 in the Doctrine and Covenants, canonized scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

      This declaration was adopted by unanimous vote of the general assembly of the Church in Kirtland, Ohio 17th August 1835.
      Three years later in 1838 Governor Boggs issued Missouri Executive Order 44 or Mormon Extermination Order. For nearly 140 years it was legal to kill Mormons in the State of Missouri.

      It was four year after the declaration on government Joseph Smith Jr., an American Citizen, representing the people who were suffering at the hands of mob violence for their beliefs. He met with President Martin Van Buren in November 1839 and worked for two months until February 1840 Joseph Smith was told, “Your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you.”

      It was a bitter lesson in government.

      Joseph returned to help relieve the suffering of the people as best he could against the mobs that attacked the Mormons who called them liars, a cult and did worst in the name of Christianity.

      In 1844 Joseph Smith announced his candidacy for President of the United States. He ran on a platform to stop mob violence, free the slaves without collapsing the Southern economy and expand the borders of the United States by annexing Oregon and further at the consent of Native Americans to include their lands to the western coast.

      The forces of religious bigotry and racial inequality conspired together with the Governor of Illinois to murder Joseph Smith Jr. to stop him from his attempt to win the presidency that election or the next.

      This is your legacy and spiritual heritage to those that call Mormonism a cult, liars and lay the charge of conspiracy upon in your anger and bigotry.

      You who call Mormonism a cult and liars associate yourselves with bigots, murderers, and the worst of humanity that call for the extermination of Mormons from American life.

      Over 100 years ago that was attempted and failed. So there is another legacy you get associated with too, failure.

      The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints did not end with Joseph Smith Jr. and will not pass away even if the same extermination orders, mobs and assaults were tried again and again.

      Go Mitt! 2012!

      April 23, 2012 at 2:24 am |
      • biologixco

        You took too long a ride in that mormon brainwasher

        April 23, 2012 at 3:18 am |
    • Rockgod28

      Your response by attacking me and not the historical facts of what happened to Mormons is telling me you do associate yourself with those of a spiritual heritage of mob violence, bigotry and murder.

      Too bad you agree that the Mormon Extermination Order and that the Utah War did not end the way you hoped it would to rid the world of 'brainwashed' Mormons.

      Mormons will continue to follow the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ.

      I do hope you have a good day and that even though we disagree you keep you beliefs vocal only.

      April 23, 2012 at 10:28 am |
      • biologixco

        My great great granddaddy was one of the Raiders that pushed those pesky mormoons out of Nauvoo circa 1840s. My grandad used to tell me those mormons were a bunch of no-goods up to no good.

        April 23, 2012 at 10:32 am |
      • biologixco

        After being run out of NewYork, Ohio, Mizou and Illinois, the scrubland of Utah was the only place that would take them. I disagree. i think the Pacific Ocean would have been a better home

        April 23, 2012 at 10:54 am |
      • biologixco

        A good day for me will be November 7 2012, when Mittens Romney tucks his tail between his legs and goes back under his rock in Utah after losing the election

        April 23, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Liza

      @ Bioloxcio or whatever your stupid name is- you my friend, don't deserve to live in America. Our forefathers came here to escape religious persecution. You ought to be ashamed- but something tells me you are a psycho, incapable of feeling, and probably wasn't uncle sams dollar while you sit around and try to make people upset. Get a life. How miserable it would be to be you!!! LOL

      April 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
      • biologixco

        The mormon goon squad is on the attack!!!

        April 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Rockgod28

      @Biologixco

      You attack, we defend. You thrust, we perry. Time for a role reversal.

      When Mitt Romney is President and you are drowning your lamentations of America in your beer here is what the rest of us who are Mormons, true Evangelicals who follow Christ and other believers of Christ will be doing: Going to work.

      President Obama and his allies trashed America. The economy is a mess and nearly bankrupt. As soon as possible the Paul Ryan Budget will be on President Romney's desk to sign into law passing a budget that hasn't happened for over one thousand days.

      Next further work will be done to boost energy production back in the Gulf of Mexico and the oil pipeline from Canada as well as other energy production products.

      This will simulate the economy to develop jobs and companies will see the storm of Chicago style politics of pay to play will be over allowing businesses to invest.

      Depending on congress, if it is all republican can get to the business of restoring freedom to the people. Freedom to choose your own healthcare, not government mandate unless the Supreme Court strikes the law down which is likely to happen.

      After Barak Obama's main piece of legistlation is curb stomped out of existance President Romney will reign in the EPA and other government agencies run amok that have harmed the American way of life.

      We can believe in America again, believe in ourselves with President Romney at the helm to guide us back the he harbor of liberty after our horrific voyage on the sea of hope and change.

      Go Mitt! 2012!

      April 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
      • biologixco

        How can you be mormon and hace a name like "rockGOD? Is that another false god you people pray to?
        Is He on Planet Kolob too?

        April 24, 2012 at 2:00 am |
      • biologixco

        You shouldnt be off your medication for so long. You get delusional. Check the % point spread and see how far behind Romney is TODAY. When Americans learn about Planet Kolob, Magic Underwear and the White Horse Prophecy, Mittens is TOAST.

        April 24, 2012 at 2:03 am |
  15. PFWAG

    By Biblical definition, Mormons aren't Christian. However that's not the point. Jesus never ran for or lobbied to be Caesar nor commented on the faith of the Caesar. In fact, when it came to taxes he said "Render unto Caesar those things that are Caesar's."

    I'm an Evangelical Christian and I will vote for a pro-American, experienced businessman, even if he is a nascent god according to hisreligion, rather than an anti-American, incompetent, socialist.

    April 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • mandarax

      Do you really believe the President of the United States is anti-American? That he wants America to fail? As much I despised W I still think he wanted 'merca to succeed – he was just going about it entirely wrong. Regardless of being an evangelical Christian, if you believe the President is both against America and a socialist, you are indeed delusional.

      April 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • love_all

      Mormons ARE Christians. Those who say otherwise don't know anything about them.

      April 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
    • jsizzleX

      Mormons are NOT Christians http://thethinkeasy.info/2012/02/12/mitt-romney-super-mormon/

      April 22, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • jazzbanana

      Central belief in Jesus Christ, prophets, apostles, temples, Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, service and Christlike compassion, honesty, welfare for the poor, priesthood...the Mormon faith is as Christian as they come. Please, study this out for yourselves. http://www.mormon.org

      Many more Americans are recognizing the Mormon faith as Christian because they are actually doing research in the right place, getting to know members of the church, and getting to know their beliefs.

      The Bible is a wonderful, true book. It has also caused so many differing interpretations. Our belief that the heavens are still open, that God still speaks to prophets, and that more nations than just Judah received revelation and wrote it down in a book (Book of Mormon) is so vital in these confusing times!

      April 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
    • Bobby

      Don't Mormons believe that God was once human, and that humans can become gods?

      April 22, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • Abinadi

      Yes they are!!! They are Christeians!

      April 23, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • Abinadi

      Bobby, a prophet said, "As man is, God once was and as God is man may become.". Think about it. What could be more logical?

      April 23, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      "Bobby, a prophet said, "As man is, God once was and as God is man may become.". Think about it. What could be more logical?"
      When mormons say that, it's not with the same meaning as when Christians say it, ac'cording to the Word of God. Mormonism is an Eastern pa'gan religion clothed in the form of Christianity.
      Mormon god is not the same God Biblical Christians worship and ho'nor. Angel Moroni is satans' mes'senger, who is more than willing to come and introduce himself to unsuspecting visitors in hotel rooms, telling them to read "The Book" left on the night-stands in every room.... When one of those travelers discerning his visitors ident'ity commanded him that in the Name of Jesus Christ he must reveal his true identi'ty, he said that he was a messenger of satan. With that he departed the same way as he came.
      And just think how many are deceived into following him!

      April 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  16. MIGUEL GUERRA.

    no comments. I AM 100% Roman Catholic. I Respect every religion, but I believe what the catholic church had teach me. I Think, Mitt Romney should be more sincere and honest to the american people.

    April 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • biologixco

      We want to know if he wears the mystical magical mormon underwear!

      April 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    April 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • Susie

      No it doesn't. God may be alive, but he sure doesn't care.

      April 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • Bobby

      No more than random chance.

      April 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  18. abc

    🙂

    April 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  19. 1tonks

    I would be more upset that the university is teaching improper translation of Scripture.

    April 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
  20. Lindsey

    Of course, this story fails to recognize that the precincts in and around Liberty University were won by Ron Paul (A Southern Baptist churchgoer) in the recent Virginia GOP primary. Why does the media discriminate so much against Dr. Paul? What is wrong with covering the news objectively CNN?

    April 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • jazzbanana

      Thanks for adding that. It makes more sense.

      April 22, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • Every_Paulbot_Ever

      Because the Joo-run media wants to silence him, man! WEED AND GOLD! RON PAUL 2012!

      April 23, 2012 at 1:04 am |
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