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May 1st, 2012
02:41 PM ET

House candidate and rising GOP star is black, female - and Mormon

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - To call Mia Love a minority is an understatement. She’s a black woman who won an upset primary race to become the Republican candidate in Utah’s 4th Congressional District. If elected, she’d be the first black Republican congresswoman in the House of Representatives.

Love, who has attracted lots of national Republican support, also stands out because of her religion: She’s a Mormon. The politician is a poster child for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ campaign to present a more diverse face to a historically very white church.

“There are a lot of people who have tried to define me as a person,” Love, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, told CNN’s Kyra Phillips in an interview Tuesday. “I’m not a victim, and I don’t allow anybody to put me in a box.”

Speaking from Salt Lake City, she said, “There may be some challenges. But ... I love this place and love the people that are here, and I represent their beliefs and values.”

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Love is featured in a video series produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of its “I’m a Mormon” campaign, which aims to bring the faith of about 14 million members worldwide into the mainstream.

In the CNN interview, Love talked about how Mormonism would affect Mitt Romney’s candidacy more than her own, which is happening in the most Mormon state in the nation.

“You know I don’t think those are the issues that Americans really care about,” Love said when asked about the role of Romney’s religion in the presidential campaign. “I think Americans care about jobs, the economy; they care about the debt and deficit spending. … Being a Mormon is part of who he is as a person, and I don’t think it should deter from the issues.”

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Love’s “I’m a Mormon” video shows her working as the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, her current job.

“I am the mayor of Saratoga Springs and I love it,” she says in the video. “I get to make this life better for me and better for others.

“My friends from back home are always saying, ‘What are you doing in Utah?'” she says in the video, referring to her East Coast upbringing. “What they don’t know is that when I came here I felt accepted.”

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Mormonism • Politics • TV-CNN Newsroom

soundoff (2,038 Responses)
  1. begreen3850

    Sen. Harry Reid is a Mormon.

    May 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Kelly

      shhh... quiet, libs hate when you point out their hypocracy...

      May 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  2. MetheBLKman

    BUT just how many people in America are aware that if this "rising female" Black morman dosen't follow the RNC script she will X-communicated and totally beat down like all the "black" repuks.

    May 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • souptwins

      Excommunicated from the LDS Church or the GOP? Either way, this makes no sense. What's the race of the RNC chairman? What religion is Harry Reid? Don't you just hate it when people don't fit in the boxes you've made for them?

      May 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  3. bizziel

    All religion is a bunch of lies. Any person with analytical, critical thinking can debunk the myths and outright stupid fairy tales that some full grown adults believe in. There is no god, no prophets, no angels, no demons, no heaven, and no hell. Deal with it people. Truth and facts flush your religion down the toilet.

    May 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Kelly

      Reality is that billions of people truly do believe, and calling their beliefs "lies" will not help any situation.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      bizziel, if you are trying to convince people, you are doing a disservice to logical and reasoning atheists. If you want to convince people that religion is a lie, you might want to use a little more tact and find some good points to reason on instead of just being blunt. Otherwise as soon as you make a statement calling people stupid, they are going to shut off their minds to any seeds you could plant. The only people that will come around agreeing with you are those who already share your opinion anyway.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Yes, Kelly, but I'm not sure being wrong just because billions of others are is a valid reason to believe something so preposterous.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • Kelly

      Aguest9: "but I'm not sure being wrong just because billions of others are is a valid reason to believe something so preposterous." What "bizziel" did was try to insult people for their beiliefs, I was making the point that insults will just lead to discourse. Sorta like you calling people "trolls" because you disagree, or have no educated response, to someon's comment.. 🙂

      May 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Kelly

      I think the word you were looking for is division not discourse.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Kelly

      HawaiiGuest: you are correct. Thanks for the correction.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Kelly

      The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it, and a lie is a lie even if everybody believes it.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Kelly

      Rational Libertarian: Very true, but my point was that using language like "myths and outright stupid fairy tales that some full grown adults believe in" serves no purpose other then to force people to take sides.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  4. zip

    Would any Mormons here like to refute something in this video? We await your response. And please be specific in your criticism. Don't you just love the internet?

    May 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Kelly

      I'm not Mormon, ut I'll ask you a question. What does it have to do with his politics? I saw that somebody ask you earlier to name a decision Romney ever made that you think is based on his religeous beliefs, but you refused to answer. You cannot answer because you have no answer. You just post bigoted comments..

      May 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Thank you Kelly. Zip is a typical bigot who thinks that someone his goofy religious beliefs are somehow superior to the Mormon faith. It's obvious to me, zip has no clue what he is talking about.

      May 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • zip

      And you can't refute a thing. Game, set, match.

      May 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Kelly

      Again, Zip refuses/cannot answer a simple question.. Zip truly is his IQ, not just his moniker.. Game, Set and Match...

      May 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      There's nothing to refute. I'm not trying to justify the Mormon faith. You are in a glass house throwing stones. You think somehow your religion is less goofy and superior to Mormonism. You make claims that it is not Christian (which by the very definition it is) because it doesn't fit into your perfect little mold of what you think Christianity is. You say the Book of Mormon has wacky erroneous teachings while at the same time ignoring the fact that the Bible is just as wacky and erroneous. You say Romney is going to use his Mormon beliefs to destory America as POTUS when you haven't provided one shred of evidence of anything he did as governor of MA to lead anybody to believe he bases his decision-making soley on his Mormon beliefs.

      I'm not religious (in fact I'm atheist) but I call out hypocrisy and bigotry when I see it.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  5. broncofanssuck

    The end

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGFAph3lWqw&w=640&h=360]

    May 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • TheHOYT

      Though, nowhere near the same degree ...

      This reminds me of Nazi propaganda against the Jews. Way to take the high road here ...

      May 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Michael

      This campy piece of 80's animation is part of a larger anti-Mormon film that has been widely discredited by Mormons and non-Mormons alike. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_God_Makers#Controversy_over_the_film

      Shameless.

      May 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  6. zip

    How do you outrage a Mormon? Post verbatim quotes from the Book of Mormon. I am in hysterics.

    May 2, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Kelly

      I am not Mormon, not religious at all. But even non-religious people have morals. You seem to have none. You are just an uneducated bigot.. But I love ya anyway.. 🙂

      May 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • TheHOYT

      Hey zip, here's a verbatim quote from the Book of Mormon for ya:

      2 Nephi 26:33 – "[God] inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile."

      Yep, that sounds pretty racist to me ... *sigh*

      May 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • Kelly

      Doc Vestibule, then you seem to be more of a hypocrite then I originally thought. Also, one who evidently is from a country that he is afraid to name. Maybe you're afraid that if we all knew where you were from we would see your true colors..

      May 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  7. JohnnyLingo62

    For more information about Blacks and the Mormons, please visit the website: black.lds.org
    This is not an official LDS website, but the information contained there provides some insightful information concerning the early Mormon stance on non-whites. It was far more liberal than any other religion at the time.
    I find that whenever someone points a finger at someone else – three of their fingers point back towards themselves....

    May 2, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • zip

      later, you can go to "Ted Bundy was a great guy. com"

      May 2, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  8. zip

    Reading the Book of Mormon is like reading the rantings of a con man stoned on peyote. How on earth do 14 million people buy into such nonsense? The one positive thing about Romney's run is the fact that it tears back the curtain that the LDS have been hiding behind for years. Perhaps the bright light will begin to free those trapped in the cult. What does it say about a religion when its holy book is what makes them a laughingstock?

    May 2, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • *facepalm*

      Have you ever read the bible?!?

      May 2, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • Kelly

      What does it say about you when you keep making ignorant and bigoted posts?

      May 2, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • zip

      Kelly, I believe your Mormon diaper is a little too snug. But I must confess, my Mormon diaper is very absorbant.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      zip, the Bible is no better than the Book of Mormon. Have you ever read Revelation? Talk about a man on drugs.

      May 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Loopman

      Hey zip, Can you quantifiably prove that everything stated in the Christian bible is true? No, as it is all hearsay passed from generation to generation. People belive in their religion because they choose to. For all you know, all claims made in the Book of Mormon are as true or more true than what is stated in the King James or any other Christian bible. One claims to have witnessed the coming of Jehovah as a spirit while the other claims to have witnessed the resurrection of a man that they knew to be dead. What's the difference? Other than the fact that you believe one to be true while a Mormon believes the other to be true. The same principle can be applied to christins and muslims, or budhists. It's all in how much each individual believes in their faith.

      May 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  9. ART

    I'am sorry any one who is black and republican must have some self loathing issues

    May 2, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • momoya

      Thanks for letting us know so much about you.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Freenow

      No, I think ART is right. You gotta have some really deep-seated loathing to knowingly join with a bunch of klukking haters.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  10. Stephen Buck

    I wishe I lived in Utah..... my vote would definitely be cast for this fine young lady. Go Mia

    May 2, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  11. Doc Vestibule

    It's a lot of fun to watch the LDS dance with the cultural zeitgeist.
    They are a religion that alters it's principles when their hand is forced, then distance themselves from their former doctrines as much as they can in public.
    Joseph Smith's "White Horse" prophecy cannot come true unless Mormon's can win the PR war.
    However – it is awfully difficult to separate modern public statements from the religion's core principles as outlined in The Book of Mormon. While modernists seem comfortable in saying that current opinion trumps old ones, like those espoused by Brigham Young, how can one ignore the tenets of the Holy book that is the foundation of the LDS?
    For example – here's a little passage explaining the history of indiginous Americans:
    "...after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations." (I Nephi 12:23)
    "...Behold, they had hardened their hearts against him...wherefore, as they were white, and exceeding fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. And thus saith the Lord God: I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their sins." (2 Nephi 5:21-22)
    And yet the LDS tries to bury the more controversial passages by altering the content of what they claim is "the most correct book in all the Earth".
    "And then shall they [Lamanites] rejoice...and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and delightsome people" (2 Nephi 30:6)
    This appears as I have posted in the 1830, 1920, and 1977 editions. After 1981, "white" was replaced with "pure".
    Why does the Most Correct Book on the planet need to be amended? Becuase it is no longer culturally acceptable to claim that melanin can be decreased by accepting the word of God, nor that "when God made man in his own image and pronounced him very good, that he made him white." . (Juvenile Instructor, Vol. 3, page 157)
    In the mid 20th century, it was blatant: "From the days of the Prophet Joseph Smith even until now, it is has been the doctrine of the Church, never questioned by any of the Church leaders, that the Neg.roes are not ent.itled to the full blessings of the Gospel." (George Albert Smith J. Reuben Clark, Jr. David O. McKay)
    The fact remains, however, that the LDS have never officially renounced the doctrines surrounding what it means to be black.

    May 2, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Landlubber

      You have my sympathy for having read and quoted those passages of insanity.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Kelly

      All this coming from someone who probably defended Obama's coice of Jeremiah Wright as a pastor.. Libs are such hypocrites..

      May 2, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • TheHOYT

      Right, and in the New Testament, Peter and many other early founding members of Christ's Church didn't want to take the Gospel to anybody who wasn't a Jew. In fact, Peter had to be convinced through a revelation from God to change his mind. Men are imperfect, Peter and Joseph Smith both fall under that same umbrella.

      Don't try and twist the words of Joseph Smith to appease your own hatred of the Mormon faith and people.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • imonbeofthem

      I am always amazed how some people can profess to be so knowledgable about the Mormon religion by reading a few lines here and there and putting them in a limited sense of reality. If one is to really know what the Mormon religion teaches, one must put a life time of study and then apply one simple but critical element, sincere, believing prayer. The answer always comes and those who feels Utah and Mormons will fall, one promise brings hope to Mormone, "Be still and know that I am God."

      May 2, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • JT1962

      Let's see, you want to take a person's choice of spiritual adviser and compare it to the holy book from a religion. People don't live by another person's choice of spiritual adviser, yet they do indeed live by the words in a holy book, such as the Bible or the Book of Mormon. And theHOYT, the conversion of who should get the word of God is actually part of the Bible. The changes in the Book of Mormon aren't part of it.

      And if it take a lifetime of studying to truly understand a holy book, ANY holy book, then mere man isn't able to do so because they will always have to take another mere man's words as truth, instead of the words that were supposedly said by their God or Prophet. Why is that so hard to understand?

      May 2, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Americaneedsrealists

      Most religious passages deal in symbolism so you choose to look at it literally, maybe when it makes your point only? I do not believe they were referring to white people but then again it wont matter to you because your mind is already made up.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Kelly
      You're making a whole lot of assumptions there, ma'am.
      @TheHOYT
      How is quoting the Book of Mormon twisting the words of Joseph Smith?
      Smith said a whole lot of dodgy things in his life – as did Brigham Young. There's no need to twist their words – they wore their bigotry like a badge of honour.
      In the Journal of Discourses, Brigham Young said, "Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African Race? If the White man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so."
      How about this little tidbit from 1988:

      May 2, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • Kelly

      JT1962, you need to rewrite your post. Preferably in english. You contradict yourself a few times, making it difficult to understand your point.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Was going to omit it '88 passge, but I left in the lead up – so here:
      "Because of our performance in the pre-existencesome of us are born as Chinese, some as Ja.panese, some and Indians, some as Neg.roes, some as Americans, some as Latter-day Saints."
      (Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, vol. 21, no.3)

      May 2, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Kelly

      Doc Vestibule, I only made one assumption.. One that you didn't deny by the way.. 🙂

      May 2, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • TheHOYT

      @JT1962 – "And theHOYT, the conversion of who should get the word of God is actually part of the Bible. The changes in the Book of Mormon aren't part of it."

      Actually, it is. If you'd take some time to actually read the Book of Mormon, you'd see that the Gospel was taken to all people, regardless if they were a Jew, and regardless of skin color.

      Read the Book of Mormon, don't just read 'about' the Book of Mormon.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • TheHOYT

      @Doc Vestibule – I don't deny that Brigham Young and other Church leaders said 'dodgy' things, and may have had racist tenancies. However, that doesn't make them any different from any other organization back in 1800's America, and it doesn't make the Church today a racist organization. In fact, the Mormon Church was a much more tolerant organization in relation to race than many other religious organizations at the time. Mormons don't claim that the leaders of their Church were perfect men, or immune to the prevalent prejudices at the time.

      May 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @kelly
      I didn't know I had to give an official denial, just like how The LDS haven't officially recanted their racist doctrines.
      "All this coming from someone who probably defended Obama's coice of Jeremiah Wright as a pastor.. Libs are such hypocrites."
      I didn't defend Obama's pastor. So far as I'm concerned, all Shamans are con-men until they prove otherwise. I dislike your political system's heavy reliance on religion as a criteria for candidates.
      Secondly, you assume that becuase I've studied the history of the LDS that I'm a liberal when in actuality, I tend to vote conservative. In my country, conservative is not synonymous with WASP, as it seem to be in the US.

      May 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @theHOYT
      I understand that the official line is "that was then, this is now" – but is not the Book of Mormon perfectly and eternally Truthful to a devout Mormon?

      May 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Kelly

      Doc Vestibule, then you seem to be more of a hypocrite then I originally thought. Also, one who evidently is from a country that he is afraid to name. Maybe you're afraid that if we all knew where you were from we would see your true colors..

      May 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • TheHOYT

      @Doc Vestibule –

      No, the Book of Mormon was written by humans, as they were impressed upon by God, but *humans* nonetheless. Humans are imperfect, God and his Truth are eternally perfect, but we, as humans, "see through a glass darkly".

      May 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Kelly
      I am a proud Canadian – though I lived with Americans for some years while stationed at the Headquarters for the United States European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.
      Please elucidate the specifics of my hyprocrisy as you see it.
      @theHOYT
      I thought the Book of Mormon was written via means of mystical seer stones which precisely translated the Golden Plates.
      My understanding of the story is that Smith would stick the stones into a hat and when Smith looked inside, a piece of parchment would appear on which one character at a time manifested, with the english translation beneath it. Smith would recite it to the scribe who would then read it back to ensure accuracy – "Thus the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God, and not by any power of man".

      May 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Kelly

      Doc, here is one hypocritical statement: "They are a religion that alters it's principles when their hand is forced, then distance themselves from their former doctrines as much as they can in public." I will ask you again, can you name a mainstream religion that does not have some bad things in it's past? You seem to want to pick on Mormons for some reason. And I am happy that you are a "proud" Canadian, just curious as to why a "proud" Canadian is so interested in American politics to the point where he feels free to critisize the religion of one of our presidential candidates? I'll be honest with you, I have no idea if the leaders of Canada even have a religeous belief. And if they do, it' only concerns them and the Camadian people.

      May 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Kelly
      There are lots of Mormons in Canada too.
      One of the first LDS temples is in Alberta.
      Canada's current prime-minister is a Christian – though he keeps his faith personal and makes few (if any) public statements referencing religion/God.
      I am targeting the Mormon religion becuase that is the topic of the article.
      If you'd like to discuss another religion, I'd be happy to oblige. I've studied numerous religious texts and have a fair library of mythological reference books.
      And yes – most every religion has unpleasantness in it's past. That's why I made the statement that shamans should be considered con-men until they prove themselves otherwise.
      Furthermore, because America is the dominant global empire at the moment, the politics of your country affect the entire world.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • Kelly

      Doc: Ms. Love is a candidate for the House of Representatives, which is the lower of the two legislative branches in our system of government. She has little, if anything, to do with Romeny. And I will ask you the same question asked of "Zip." Can you name any political decision Romney has made that was influenced by his religion? If not, then why is this an issue? CNN, which is a liberal news outlet, is making it an issue. Not Republicans.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Kelly

      Doc: I will quote you: "Canada's current prime-minister is a Christian – though he keeps his faith personal and makes few (if any) public statements referencing religion/God." Romney has not made his religion an issue, the liberal media (CNN) has made it an issue. I will quote a great Canadian again here "He makes few (if any) public statements referencing religion/God"

      May 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Kelly
      I answered your question. You said " just curious as to why a "proud" Canadian is so interested in American politics to the point where he feels free to critisize the religion of one of our presidential candidates?"

      YOU are the one who brought up the presidential race, not I. I gave you an honest reply.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Kelly

      Doc: You are being disingenuous. The only reason for this story being on CNN is because of Romney, and almost all the comments here are directed at Romney. For you to imply now that your comments have nothing to do with Romney, that it is only me that brought him up, is a bit laughable..

      May 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Kelly
      The American people have every right to be concerned about Romney's religion.
      He is a life-long Mormon and has taken sacred oaths – including a vow to obey the "law of consecration" – ...consecrate yourselves, your time, talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or with which he may bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the building up of the Kingdom of God on the earth and for the establishment of Zion."
      The pressing question is: "Would you feel bound by your sacred oath to obey the law of consecration that you made in the endowment ceremony and use the power of the presidency to benefit the Mormon church?"

      May 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Kelly

      Doc – Again I ask you: "Can you name any political decision Romney has made that was influenced by his religion? If not, then why is this an issue?"

      May 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Just sayin Atheism is HeavenSent Herbie In God We Trust Prayer Changes Kelly Captain America Jack Kennedy? nope

      A troll by any other name.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @kelly
      His public statements regrading Prop 8.

      May 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Kelly

      Also his pro-life stance, his anti-gay stance, and his stance on educational materials in public schools are all directly tied to his religion (seeing as how he invokes god every time he talks about those subjects).

      May 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Kelly

      All of the things mentioned by Doc and Aguest9 are also opposed by every major religion on the planet. Heck, I am not religious at all an I opposed Prop 8. I asked for specifics regarding Mormonisn since this article and conversation are about Mormonism, and you both failed. Come on, with two against one you should be able to come up with something..

      May 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Kelly
      Given that you just completely dismissed the examples given, it is obvious that you will do the same with anything else put forward.
      And certainly not all major religions object to prop 8.
      Anglicans and Unitarians have no issues with gay marriage, for example...

      May 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  12. zip

    Spend 10 minutes on Wikipedia reading about the Book of Mormon. You will see why a Mormon will never be president.
    In fact, by the time this is done, the United States just might take Utah back.

    May 2, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Kelly

      I guess bigots never sleep, they just congegate in the trailer park and multiply..

      May 2, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • TheHOYT

      I'm a Mormon, and I agree ... everybody here should read the Book of Mormon. Do it with an open mind and open heart, and then pray about its truthfulness.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Just spend 10 minutes on Wikipedia reading about the Bible and realize why no Christian or Jewish person should ever be President. In fact, by the time this done, the government may just outlaw Christianity and Judaism.

      You see how stupid your logic sounds? I can find a whole bunch of goofy stuff in the Bible too. Enough to match the Book of Mormon.

      Can you please explain one thing that Romney did as governor of MA that would lend you to believe he bases his decision specifically because of his Mormon faith?

      May 2, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Freenow

      Mormons are all about greed and lust. Romney, as a proven and seemingly pathological liar. He's also extremely wealthy and proven greedy. I couldn't care less about his legal private life.
      To hire Romney would be the dumbest thing anyone could do, yet his fellow Mormons will always give such a talented liar a job.

      When he was governor, I have no doubt he did many unethical things based upon his religious affiliations. The LDS / FLDS is a criminal organization. I'm not saying he did for 100 percent sure, just 99 percent sure because he is a pathological liar.
      The man lies all over the place like a who.re!
      Where's his shame? His ethics? NOWHERE.

      May 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Freenow, please provide evidence of his decisions as governor of MA that were made soley because of him being a Mormon. You can't just make outrageous claims with no proof to back it up.

      Of course he is a liar. He' s a politican. How does that make him different from Protestant or Roman Catholic politicians who are also liars?

      May 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  13. JJ

    Does Ms. Love know what the founders and authors of the Mormon bible think about her as a result of her skin color? I bet she would run back to the progressive East coast if she knew the bat-shiznit-crazy history of the Mormon church.

    May 2, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • TheHOYT

      Do you know what many of the founders and authors of the Bible thought about anybody who was a non-Jew?

      That's right, those who wrote scripture were human, and subject to many of the foibles of being human, including prejudice.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Say what you will about the motives of it, but at least the Mormons changed their ridiculous viewpoint on that. It is no longer accepted as church doctrine. You know, even just 60 years ago, there was segregation in the US. Based on the terrible history in the US of how blacks were treated, do you think all black people should move out of the country based soley on this?

      May 2, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  14. palintwit

    Very often a male teabagger will search a nearby trailer park for a female teabagger he can mate with. But first they must get written permission from their Queen Mother Sarah Palin. After permission is received they can spawn. Their offspring are then typically referred to as ' baggettes '

    May 2, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • JJ

      LOL

      May 2, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Landlubber

      And if they were French, they'd be "baguettes".

      May 2, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      There's no such thing as a French tea party member. Don't you know they hate French people?

      May 2, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  15. JJ

    What I want to know is, how is she "accepted" as a mormon when the very color of her skin means that she is "forever cursed by God", as according to Mormon cannon? The native Americans and ANYONE darker than a white person, is "cursed" according to the Mormon bible, or has Ms. Love never bothered to read a history book?

    May 2, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • TheHOYT

      Maybe you should cease to be an American because the US Government used to list black people as 3/5ths of a person ...

      Give me a break, I've been a member of the Mormon church my whole life, and I can tell you that it is not a racist organization, nor do we consider black people, or any other ethnicity, cursed because of their skin color.

      Okay, bring on the Mormon brainwashing comments ... -_-

      May 2, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Landlubber

      The first step to escaping a cult is the knowledge that you have indeed been brainwashed.
      Keep thinking for yourself and you might escape the worst of the brainwashing.

      May 2, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • TheHOYT

      I called it!

      May 2, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • George Damon

      Please stop lying. You either choose to persist in ignorance or you are willfully misrepresenting and distorting LDS Mormon doctrine. Any verses in the Book of Mormon or other standard works in the LDS scriptural canon referring to skin color or race have a specific cultural and time and place context that have nothing to do with anyone of any skin color living in modern times. Again, please stop lying, distorting, and misrepresenting LDS Mormon doctrine. Peace.

      May 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  16. ftroy01

    I can see by the comments on this post the precise reason this country will eventually self destruct (civil war is coming!!). Each and everyone of you should be ashamed of yourselves for all of these negative posts. What the He__ is wrong with you people???? Why cant she be judged on her stance of the ISSUES!!! instead of judging based on her skin color, religon, or gender!!! It is no wonder as a retired military person that I would NEVER EVER put that uniform on to defend the TRASH!!! that now lives in this country again!!!!

    May 2, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • zip

      Like we care what you think? Put down the bong and look at the mobile homes out your window.

      May 2, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • JJ

      classic response (zip) by a conservative who knows nothing of marijuana or science...or the decency of humanity for that reason.

      May 2, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  17. BurnNotice

    Absurd and ludicrous.

    Some people will believe Anything.

    Some people will believe Everything.

    This poor woman, though she might be a "nice person" is deeply ignorant.

    But, then again, since when has intelligence been a qualification for Congress?

    May 2, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • knnkin

      I just have to ask – why you feel she's ignorant?

      May 2, 2012 at 11:11 am |
  18. kdf

    She is awesome!! I would have loved to have seen her as a VP candidate!

    May 2, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  19. MrDifficult

    All kidding aside, folks. . . brainwashing is simultaneously sad and repulsive.

    May 2, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  20. Mike

    Wow, and I thought justice and politics should be color blind. But it seems like touting the fact she's black and female is using two things to their advantage.

    May 2, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • Kelly

      This story in on liberal CNN. How do you think CNN is trying use this to "their" advantage?

      May 2, 2012 at 11:03 am |
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