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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. biologixco

    Load the dog atop the car!
    Planet Kolob aint too far
    Poor little pooch on top the rooooof
    THATS why mormons are so aloof!

    April 21, 2012 at 1:42 am |
    • biologixco

      wanna know more?
      Go to exmormon.org
      The Truth is out there.

      April 21, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • Donald Gene Taylor

      By their fruits you shall know them. Judge the tree by its fruit. Mormons are 1st-Century Christians and have beliefs about the nature and attributes of God that differ significantly from Trinitarian Christians. We can agree to disagree, but "inquiring minds" will want to read Daniels Petersons article about the links between Mormons and the early Christian Church. Or you can follow this name-caller who makes fun of "sacred vestments," which he obviously knows nothing about.

      April 22, 2012 at 12:30 am |
      • biologixco

        Blah blah blah
        Praying to Kolob is blasphemous!

        April 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • MrNirom

      Oh biologixco... who told you Kolob was a planet? They lied... or... you just don't really know what you are talking about.

      Jesus Christ taught: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

      April 22, 2012 at 4:01 am |
      • biologixco

        Its part of Joseph Smith's false prophecies

        April 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  2. biologixco

    *NEWS FLASH*
    Mitt Romney has just made his VP selection for a running mate.
    Drum roll, Please...
    And the winner is: Warren Jeffs!
    Romney/Jeffs 2012
    10 wives for every man and a chicken in every pot... woot woot

    April 21, 2012 at 1:36 am |
    • Donald Gene Taylor

      Is that funny? Oh, I get it: that passes for lively and courteous discussion... Would this have been funny: News Flash: Rick Santorum selects David Duke for he running mate. a cross in every yard. Its offensive, really.

      April 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
      • biologixco

        I found it humorous.
        Mormons got nooo sense of humor.
        Grow a thicker skin.

        April 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • IAmForLiberty

      In case there are people reading that are interested in fact; Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have not practiced polygamy since the 19th century. It is true that there are people today, who call themselves Mormon, that practice polygamy. These people have nothing to do with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mitt Romney's church.

      April 22, 2012 at 8:47 am |
      • biologixco

        Thats a LIE
        The FLDS is a fundamentalist offshoot of the LDS.
        America KNOWS your history.
        You cant REWRITE that bub.

        April 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  3. Sirned

    At least the kids at Liberty are sticking to what they believe and we're taught. It appears power and money changes everything in religious beliefs to the leaders of the University...The students are right to be angry at the blatant hypocrisy. Psssst...hey kids it's all about power and money. Religion is just a way to get it...Welcome to reality

    April 21, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • Ronin

      Right. God forbid a Mormon comes to encourage kids. Yet they have the nerve to complain about Mormonism when Christians believe in a talking snake, a man living in a whale, people living to be 900 years old, and all powerful God who came to the middle east 2 millennia ago to impregnate a palestinian woman to give birth to himself.

      April 21, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • *facepalm*

      @Ronin,

      my favorite is when the non-mormon christians demonize the LDS's history of polygamy while apparently ignoring the fact that the bible is RIFE with polygamous relationships.

      April 21, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • RevMum

      "Psssst...hey kids it's all about power and money. Religion is just a way to get it...Welcome to reality"

      Well, it clearly is for some, anyhow. I think we ought to notice it. There are plenty of opportunities to do so during the elections season we're in.

      How very sad.

      April 21, 2012 at 1:35 am |
    • RevMum

      Ronin,

      Romney isn't going to Liberty, nor was he invited to encourage to encourage the kids.

      It's about using the students for political purpose, and about the school associating itself with political power.

      It's unholy all around.

      (And the talking snake thing, etal? It's really just the Liberty U flavor of Christianity which feels you must believe this literally so in order to be a Christian. Many Christians understand the distinction between Truth and Fact, and seek to follow the teachings of Jesus absent any passions about people living inside fish. Honest.)

      April 21, 2012 at 2:11 am |
  4. Liberty University gets the cream of the crop!

    "Janet Loeffler, a 53-year-old freshman at Liberty" You know, those 17 years of kindergarten finally paid off for Janet

    "Loeffler’s daughter, Sarah Misch, 33, of Unionville, Virginia, who is also a student" Looks like only 3 years of kindergarten. Well done, Sarah! You beat Mom pretty well!

    April 21, 2012 at 1:06 am |
  5. juxtaposer

    The logic is clear, and the situation is 'sticky'. The university cannot endorse the speaker's belief system. The speaker could not support the university's actions if it did. So the situation separates each party from the belief system, yet how could that be good for either party? Is it good for a university that teaches about a belief system it supposedly holds to separate itself from it? Is it good for a political candidate to separate himself from his belief system. How then could either party be expected to hold to their own standards when they separate from them? The term cognitive dissonance comes to mind. Maybe someone just didn't think the situation through, or this is all 'over-thinking' it.

    April 21, 2012 at 1:04 am |
    • *facepalm*

      I think your over-thinking it. you assume that the motivations on either side are primarily religious, but I contend that each side is simply using the other for personal gain. Integrity takes the back seat.

      April 21, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • RevMum

      "...assume that the motivations on either side are primarily religious, but I contend that each side is simply using the other for personal gain. Integrity takes the back seat."

      Of course this is all about politics and power.
      God will be nowhere very evident on the campus Of Liberty U that day.
      Very sad, all those earnest young students getting used as props and scenery for some politician.
      Make you a little sick to think about it, whether it's Romney or not.

      April 21, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • biologixco

      me thinks the only thing "sticky" here is my magic underwear

      April 21, 2012 at 1:46 am |
    • juxtaposer

      'Integrity' would mean holding true to one's standards, yes? I think this would apply to any set of standards, whether business standards, religious standards, or some other set. If the situation were in the context of business, it might approach conflict of interest, and some would object to that.

      April 21, 2012 at 2:33 am |
  6. b4bigbang

    TV news reports "swarm" of earthquakes in Pacific Northwest (4/19).
    All predicted by Jesus in the Gospels as a sign of the end!

    April 21, 2012 at 12:55 am |
    • *facepalm*

      Since jesus predicted the end times about 1900 years ago, I don't think you can really rely on those predictions.

      April 21, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • mandarax

      Jesus predicted TV news reports? Wow, good job, Jesus. Too bad it means the end of the world is coming. I mean, I knew TV news reporting is pretty awful, but I didn't think it meant the end is near.

      April 21, 2012 at 2:05 am |
    • Jerry_Falwell_sucks

      Revelations was written by John of Patmos. Patmos is covered in psychogenic drugs.

      April 23, 2012 at 1:34 am |
    • Know What

      mandarax,
      "Jesus predicted TV news reports? Wow, good job, Jesus. Too bad it means the end of the world is coming. I mean, I knew TV news reporting is pretty awful, but I didn't think it meant the end is near."

      Careful... they have one scenario that they have massaged to cover that (TV).

      April 23, 2012 at 1:51 am |
  7. mahonri

    I really feel for the students there. Nothing like supporting and abetting the legitimization of Mormonism into mainstream Christianity. Just another feather in the LDS's PR cap.

    April 21, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • *facepalm*

      I feel for the students because the powers that be at the university are obviously selling out to let Romney score political points with evangelicals.

      April 21, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • mandarax

      I feel bad for the students because they're getting their education from a bunch of right-wing fundamentalists instead of getting a proper college education.

      April 21, 2012 at 2:09 am |
    • MrNirom

      Wonder if anyone else here noticed your unusual user name. Where ever did you find it?

      April 22, 2012 at 4:31 am |
  8. thoughtman17

    The question should be not whether Romney is a Mormon, but the fact that all the lies he tells, the massive negativity and untruths he has used against opponents, and his constant change of positions based in political expediency, are examples of the tenets of either the Mormon or Christian faith. Watch out for who you invite into your house and have be an example to your children.

    April 21, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • MrNirom

      Instead of a simple statements "but the fact that all the lies he tells, the massive negativity and untruths he has used against opponents, and his constant change of positions based in political expediency ".. why don't you actually give us some examples and then cite them so we can check and see for ourselves... rather than just believe on your words.

      April 22, 2012 at 4:39 am |
  9. Rockgod28

    To those that call Mormons a cult, liars and display other bigotry towards those of a different faith:

    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 restoring of the Church of Jesus Christ by Joseph Smith. I know that Liberty University is an accredited college and should teach history. It appears you either missed a few classes or haven’t taken the course yet.

    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.
    You who call Mormonism a cult and liars associate yourselves with bigots, murderers, rapists, 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.

    You are everything except examples and followers of Jesus Christ.

    Even though you are associated with murderers, rapists, conspirators and all manner of bigotry I will respect your right to be that way. To express your opinions, your voice and your religious liberty to attempt to degrade my Mormon beliefs as long as you remain vocal only. I will defend your beliefs in Jesus Christ and will do my best to do as the Savior has commanded all people who take upon His name to do.

    Luke 6:27-37.

    April 21, 2012 at 12:13 am |
  10. Reality

    ONLY FOR THE NEWCOMERS:

    Please post the following PowerPoint slide on all the doors at Liberty U:

    SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:

    THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY.

    SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:

    THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR LIKE 9/11.

    SAVING 15.5 MILLION FOLLOWERS OF ORTHODOX JUDAISM:

    ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

    (prob•a•bly
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.)

    Added details upon request.

    April 21, 2012 at 12:00 am |
  11. mandarax

    “Liberty University should have gotten a Christian to speak not someone who practices a cult."

    ...and in other news, the choice of a pot to speak at commencement leads to angry kettle response.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • Helena Hanbaskit

      That's funny! Thanks for making me laugh.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • O.S. Bird

      Outstanding!

      April 21, 2012 at 12:13 am |
  12. Harrigan

    As one who is due to graduate from Liberty University this May, let me weigh in on this discussion. First, Liberty University is an evangelical Christian university. As such, the speaker at this university's commencement should also be an evangelical Christian. I will not attend my own graduation and that is my personal choice. It is NOT because Mitt Romney is a Mormon, but because of my disappointment in an obvious political move on the part of the university and the presidential candidate. I do understand the move on both parts, but the timing and event are sadly wrong. It grieves me but it is what it is.

    What grieves me more are the immature Christians who are weighing in on this subject with tactlessness and a lack of charity. You can believe what you wish – everyone can – God gave us the choice to do so. But, to air those beliefs in a public forum with dogmatic judgmentalism is wrong and contrary to the Scripture you claim to follow. Further, to bring those beliefs, many of which are in error, into a public and secular forum, brings harm to the body of believers and the cause of Christ. @Janet Loeffler – we are no longer in the 1970's – perhaps you should consider edification instead?

    Instead of judging one another, how about praying for one another instead? The choice is made for us. Jerry Falwell, Jr. is in authority at LU and it is his choice. We are responsible for how we respond to our authorities. Therefore, let us pray for Jerry Falwell, Jr., for Mitt Romney coming to Liberty, for those who will attend, and for those who choose to bypass this event – each has made their own choices and may God use those choices for His purposes. After all, it's not about us – it's about Him.

    Finally, @VoiceofReason, your skepticism is duly noted – Immanuel Kant would be proud. It is your choice my friend. I'll even pray for you, too. After all, if you don't believe, then it won't hurt anything, will it?

    April 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
    • mandarax

      Although our perspectives on the world are miles apart, I appreciate the tone and respectfulness of your comment.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • mrklrsn

      I agree with other reply. I am fairly certain that you and I are on opposite ends of most spectrums but I would enjoy a conversation with you.

      April 21, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • ?

      I'll honor your respectful tone. And I will also invite you to do some research into the background of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church. A quick Wiki search will do. I believe you will come away with some serious questions about the Mormon faith.

      April 21, 2012 at 1:00 am |
    • Harrigan

      I am a Religious Education major and therefore have no need to research Mormonism or any other religion. I know what a cult is because I was raised in one. Further, I have an extensive knowledge of Mormonism for I have studied many different religions. As an adult I found Christ because a believer loved me enough to share His truth. It changed my life and now I minister to and love those who are misled by cults – through the love of Christ – not hatred, intolerance or bigotry. Christ came because of love and is Love. Can we say that we are following His example? If we claim Him, then we need to act like Him. For those who don't claim Him, then it doesn't really matter, does it? I'll love them too. Again, I respectfully offer, it is about choice...we all have a choice.

      April 21, 2012 at 1:24 am |
    • biologixco

      I smell a LDS rat.
      Or is that a load you just dumped in your magic underpants?
      It stinks either way...

      April 21, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • Mary

      Thank you for your insightful message.

      April 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  13. Portland tony

    With no pony in this race, let's see whose God is more powerful.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  14. Janet Loeffler

    Here's a mormon teaching...sounds like it's right out of some deomonic fairytale mind: "Mormon general authorities including the tenth prophet, Joseph Fielding Smith, teach that God, our "Heavenly Father," is married to "Heavenly Mother." Through procreation, God and his wife produce "spirit children" who live with them in the "pre-existence" near a huge star called Kolob (Abraham 3:3. Pearl of Great Price). Straight from the book I had to have for my apologetics class, by Ed Hindson and Ergun Caner.

    Now, after taking that class, years of courses, I get to have in my long-term memory, the fact that a mormon sent me on my way to do the will of God, using the skills that Liberty taught me.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • Holly in CA

      Shouldn't a Christian college be teaching the doctrines of their religion, not those of another religion? Unless you are a Religion Major, what is the purpose? And why, of all the Christian religions would Mormonism be singled out? Or are you taught the doctrines of all religions?

      April 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • *frank*

      Is "Kolob" a Hebrew word, or is it Iroquois?
      Or Egyptian, or Tagolog? Or Linear B? Maybe Samoan?
      "Heavenly Fatherese"? Indo-Martian, perhaps?
      Or do the wise Fathers of the Mormon faith not see fit to illuminate this interesting question for us?

      April 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • Dandini

      Guess you did not read the Bible while at school... or otherwise you would know that it teaches that God said something to the effect, "...let us make man in our image... so he made them, both female and male..." something they seem to believe without doubt as members of the LDS faith

      April 21, 2012 at 12:32 am |
    • Lewis Keseberg

      I still fail to see how this is any weirder than ritualistically eating human flesh and drinking human blood on a weekly basis. Somehow, because this bizarre behavior is exhibited by the largest xtian denomination in the country, it's seen as "normal"

      April 21, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • RevMum

      Dandini, that's a good observation; neverhteless, females are not equally valued in the LDS church. Only males are allowed to serve in the priesthood.

      April 21, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • MrNirom

      Why would God want us to know who our Mother in Heaven is? Mankind would only swear on her name and take it in vain just like they already do for God himself. Shows that God really does care for her.

      @RevMum

      "females are not equally valued in the LDS church. Only males are allowed to serve in the priesthood."

      Just wondering what females in old or new testament held the priesthood? Since it was God who gave the priesthood.. see Heb 5

      1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

      2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

      3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

      4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

      How about verse 10? 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

      Who was Melchisedec? Male or Female?

      I don't see God calling any woman to the priesthood at all.. at any time.. do you?

      April 22, 2012 at 4:26 am |
    • Anne Knudsen

      Wow.. Janet you really get around.. and apparently I do too. You have so much hatred in your heart .. you even made CNN news! Wow! What motivates you to spend so much time and energy persecuting another religion? You are the one who said that Mormons are the lowest form of human being and that we the Mormons should all pack up and get out of this country. Yes it is true foks.. she posted this and much more bigotry on the Evangelicals for Mormons Facebook page. She denied writing it.. yet it is there in black and white. She is a liar and she hates people who don't believe her version of Christianity.. Wow...

      April 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
  15. Kevin

    It amazes me that a country founded by those who wanted freedom from religious persecution has so many people who are intolerant of other individuals right to practice the religion they choose. I do not attend any religious affiliation for that simple fact. So many of you are saying that Mormons are not Christians, but what is the definition of Christian. My take on the term of Christian is that you act as Christ would do and accept people for who they are not for what you perceive using your own tarnished views of what your religion has taught you. You should keep God in your heart and mind and not tear others down, that would be the Christian thing to do. You cannot put yourselves above others as many of you do, but put others before yourself as Christ would do. I do not believe there is a single religion on this earth that is correct in all of it's teachings. Those of you who spout hatred of those from different religions should take another look at yourselves and see whether or not you can call yourself a Christian.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • RevMum

      Kevin, that is about the most lucid and to the point post I've seen here. Good for you.

      April 21, 2012 at 1:16 am |
    • biologixco

      $20 says you are:
      a. A Mormon LDS shill
      b. A paid LDS moderator from the "War Room" in Salt Lake City
      c. All of the above

      April 21, 2012 at 1:27 am |
    • juxtaposer

      Questioning what is the definition is a good start, but exactly where would one find the definition? One person may say one thing, another may say another thing–how can a definition have opposing meanings?

      April 21, 2012 at 1:50 am |
  16. biologixco

    Open question for my mormon friends:
    If you fart in your magic underwear is it a magical moment?
    Does it make it smell any sweeter?
    Does the magic gas magically transport you to Kolob?
    Inquiring minds want to know!

    April 20, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • biologixco

      i dont feel the mormon love (boo hoo)

      April 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  17. jo an

    Love it when ONE WAYERS lock horns...

    April 20, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • biologixco

      woo hoo!
      Let the games begin!

      April 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  18. Helena Hanbaskit

    Pathetic. It's really time to move on from all of this superstltious nonsense.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • biologixco

      Yes, Im gonna put on my magic underwear and stand out in my yard and see if I can spot Kolob in the clear night sky...

      April 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • tnfreethinker

      Bio...why not? It's as useful as you prayers.

      April 21, 2012 at 12:21 am |
  19. Ken

    They've had worse than a Mormon give the commencement address at Liberty; they've had Republicans speak there before.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • biologixco

      This year they get the worse of BOTH worlds

      April 20, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  20. Voice of Reason

    Eradicate All Religions Simultaneously

    April 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
    • biologixco

      Ain't gonna happen bub.
      Not in our lifetime.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      You are probably right, too bad.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      So in the meantime we will just argue over who's imaginary god is right.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • Rockgod28

      "Eradicate All Religions Simultaneously" – Voice of Reason

      How are you going to do that?

      Murder, forced indoctrination, a little probing into the brain, or some other way that involves Soviet or other atheistic forms of statistical mass violations of humanity for the purpose of ending the opium of the masses?

      April 21, 2012 at 12:23 am |
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