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Bias against Mormon presidential candidate unchanged since 1967, poll finds
Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, is trying to become the first Mormon president.
June 21st, 2012
01:19 PM ET

Bias against Mormon presidential candidate unchanged since 1967, poll finds

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Bias against a Mormon presidential candidate hasn’t budged in 45 years, with 18% of Americans saying they would not vote for a well-qualified candidate who happened to be Mormon, according to a Gallup Poll released Thursday.

The survey points up potential challenges for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who is vying to be the first Mormon in the White House.

Gallup first asked Americans about support for a Mormon presidential candidate in 1967 when Romney’s father, George Romney, was running for president. That year, 17% of Americans said they would not vote for a well-qualified Mormon for president.

George Romney dropped out of the race after making a gaffe about the Vietnam War, and Richard Nixon won the GOP nomination in 1968.

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“The stability of resistance to a Mormon presidential candidate over the past 45 years is an anomaly,” Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport wrote in a survey report, noting that “resistance to a candidate who is black, a woman, or Jewish has declined substantially over the same period of time.”

The survey also found that four in 10 Americans do not know that Romney is Mormon. Gallup found that those who know Romney is a Mormon are also the most likely to back the idea of a Mormon for president.

But the national learning curve on Romney's religion "suggests the possibility that as Romney's faith becomes better known this summer and fall, it could become more of a negative factor," Newport wrote in his report.

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"Those who resist the idea of a Mormon president will in theory become more likely to realize that Romney is a Mormon as the campaign unfolds," Newport wrote.

Bias against a Mormon candidate is significantly higher among Democrats and independents than among Republicans, Gallup found.

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Twenty-four percent of Democrats and 18% of independents said they would not vote for a well-qualified Mormon who was nominated by their party, while 10% of Republicans expressed such opposition.

Resistance to a Mormon candidate was much higher among Americans with lower levels of education, with 23% of those without a high school diploma saying they would not support a well-qualified Mormon. Six percent of those with postgraduate education shared that view.

In his report, Newport said that it’s “unclear how the current level of resistance to the idea of voting for a Mormon presidential candidate will affect the election.”

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“History shows that these types of attitudes in and of themselves are not an impediment to victory,” Newport wrote, citing a 1960 poll that found 21% of Americans would not vote for a well-qualified Catholic candidate for the presidency.

Later that same year, John F. Kennedy won the White House.

The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In an interview earlier this year, Southern Baptist leader Richard Land predicted that Romney’s Mormonism would become a bigger political challenge for the candidate - not because of anti-Mormon bias among evangelicals but because of that bias among independents.

Most evangelicals already “know what Mormonism believes and most of them are prepared to vote for Mitt Romney in a general election against Barack Obama in spite of his Mormonism,” said Land, public policy chief for the country’s largest evangelical denomination.

“The 40% of electorate that’s independent, most of them have no idea what Mormons believe,” Land said. “But they will all know what Mormons believe by the general election.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (2,017 Responses)
  1. Terry

    "17% of Americans said they would not vote for a well-qualified Mormon for president" Yeah, but would they vote for Romney?

    June 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • RealityBites

      In 2008, 19% of Americans said they would not vote for Obama because he is a black man
      And the media, rightfully so, blasted them as bigots.

      So why is their approach to Romeny's religion different?? Hmmmm...

      June 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Someone needs to come up with a "rim shot" emoticon.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • republican grandma

      I will not!

      June 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • legalminded

      @realitybites

      Because ethnicity/race/national origin is an immutable characteristic. Religion is a choice. I can judge you based on decision you make, but not on things over which you have no control.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Terry

      Thanks, Primewonk. I'll be here all week. Make sure you tip the wait staff......

      June 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • bam

      cuz the religious wackos think moroms are wackos with their made up space alien gods... which is just as wacko as all religions.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • rim shot

      –*

      June 22, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  2. Tim

    I am a Democrat and I could not care less about Mitt Romney's religion. There are plenty of reasons why I would NOT accept a Romney Presidency, but none involves his private beliefs. So long as a candidate keeps religion separate from state affairs, then Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist or whatever, it is fine with me. For all of Romney's extreme right-wing views, I find it refreshing that he has largely ignored religion – at least compared with the likes of Bachmann, Perry, Santorum and Palin. He is running for political office. Religion is absolutely IRRELEVANT and has no place in the political discourse.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • bardfast

      Agreed, but Romney said 2 weeks ago that he's changed his opinion/decision on matters in the past becaue of his religious views. Tha'ts not good.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • sam

      Then the question is...where are his right wing views coming from? What is he basing them on?

      June 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Dan

      It's not coming from his faith. As a Mormon, I can assure you of that. Perhaps Dick Cheney, with his new heart, is lurking in the shadows of the Romney camp...

      June 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
  3. rasputyn

    It's not his Mormonism that is of concern. It is his Moronism that is of concern. He has allegiance to foreign powers and the top 1.6% richest in 'Amurica'.. He has little understanding of the real world the 98.6% live in.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • jcanton1

      That moronism joke is brilliant. I bet you feel real bright about coming up with that. Did you come up with it all by yourself? Or did it come from the Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, and George Soros? That would explain where you came up with the idea Romney is allied to foreign powers and the 1.6% of the richest Americans. Do you have any idea how the real world works? Also smart guy, 1.6% subtracted from 100% is 98.4% not 98.6%. Liberal brain power at its best.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • j

      You corrected arithmetic on the internet. You must be so proud.

      June 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • bam

      lol u wrote a sentence and used moronism... then someone replied with like a huge paragraph.... i like touched people. they spread moronism.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:39 am |
  4. Honey Badger Dont Care

    The craziness of this whacked out cult will become more well known the closer that we get to the election.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • bardfast

      Nothing weird about getting your own planet furnished with hundreds if not THOUSANDS of wives ready to service you through eternity making boatloads of "spirit babies"..... is there???

      June 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      All religions are cults. They all believe nonsense. There is no Magic Dad and Wayward Son. There are no unicorns or leprechauns. There is no Santa Claus, no Tooth Fairy, no Tinker Bell, and no Easter Bunny. The folks who so viciously attack Mormons have absurd beliefs of their own. To these atheist eyes you all seem crazy and out of touch with reality.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • bam

      all religions are cults..... cant wait for the po pe to personally spa nk the nuns so they get inline behind the MEN

      June 22, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  5. Orwell prefers Guyana punch

    Just 18%? Make book of Mormon required reading and it would reach Scientology approval ratings.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  6. patNY

    There's plenty of non-religious reasons for NOT voting for Romney – he's an opportunistic flip-flopper with no sense of conviction; to the extent he has any convictions, they are all far right wing; he thinks corporations are people; he is a chickenhawk war monger; he wants to get rid of all EPA protections; he wants to fire more teachers, police and firefighters; he wants to eliminate all social safety nets; and his only experience with job creation is creating them over seas after he destroyed businesses in this country via Bain.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Moody

      Being Mormon is a issue because of his beliefs which are should we say out there. It is comments he has made since all this has began that is my reasons for NOT voting for Romney. His views about education,dismantle all the programs we need as Social Security (we paid into and fully expect our money back) Medicare,Medicaid,EPA,the GOP will demolish our Healthcare. Corporations are not people,he enjoys firing people,doesn't worry about the poor,will raise taxes on the middle class veto the Dream Act. Now these were stated by Romney why would anyone vote for him...Obama 2012

      June 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  7. bardfast

    If Bishop Romney becomes President does that mean we ALL have to start calling Native American Indians, Israelites?

    June 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  8. bocchoi

    also to the commenter who said look at obamas record i would say the same to you obama is more of a classic republican (if were talking about his actual record and not the fake stuff that fox news is trying to sell you) in the vain of reagan than romney is, if anything as a democrat thats what i dislike about obama. i wanted nationalized health care (you know like the rest of the free world has) an end to the failed prohibition policies and an expansion of the social saftey net as that is what brought us out of the last depresion this country suffered and leagalized gay marrige. instead i have gotten watered down healt reform an end to dont ask dont tell and a weak recovery plan (this last thing is more the fault of republican philibusters than anything obama did) you republicans are trying to run against a fictionalized obama because you would lose miserably against the real one.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • v_mag

      Amen to that! I mean, amen in the secular sense. The tightie righties have pushed the middle so far off the deep end that the myopic among us can't even see the center anymore, much less the left. I'm a born-again leftie, and proud of it. None of that mealy-mouthed lily-livered Democrat stuff for me!

      We need a sea-change! Stop the wars (including war on drugs), stop the ownership of government and everything else by the plutocrats, single-payer health care, tax hell out of the rich like civilized countries do! Hands off the unions! Stop supporting oppressive governments, including Israel. We've tried the Repugnant way, under Dems and Repugs, and it hasn't done anything but get us in debt, increase the wealth gap, and kill people.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  9. Maggie Lee

    I was baptized a Mormon and so were my children...I am no longer a practising Mormon for many reasons....in the eyes of the Mormon leadership women are substandard people for the most part...they do not stand up for the their "sisters" who have been abused by their "brothers"...the question often asked is "what did you do to make your husband angry"?? If you have a learning disability they will not let you go out in the mission field....BECAUSE it looks bad on the Mormon church...even if disabled person could cite the Mormon Bible chapter and verse. Before I go any further I still have friends who are Mormons...but my concern is that if Governor Romney is elected to be the next President of The United States....how is he going to be able to work towards the rights of women/gays/people of color/the disabled when his own faith looks down on each ot these issues??

    June 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • bardfast

      Good points, Maggie.... Personally i'm even more worried about the Mormon White Horse Prophecy. That's some weird and anti-American stuff....

      June 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Jeremy Jensen

      Your rant is full of so much overgeneralization, distortion, and outright falsehoods I don't even know where to begin other than to say that people should basically disregard your post entirely. I also doubt you were ever a member ("Mormon Bible?" Who calls it that?)

      June 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • J. Alfred Jones

      Bravo.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Mike D

      Jeremy took the words out of my mouth. A former Mormon talking about the Mormon Bible... and that is what? the King James Version of the Bible!

      June 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Occam

      When someone is trying to communicate with people who are not in 'the church', they use terms like mormon bible so that everyone know what they are talking about. I was raised in 'the church' and can say with no reservations that Maggie is telling the truth. Women are second class members of the LDS church but most are so indoctrinated that they wont admit it. But then, most of the xian versions do the same thing. Its because they are all made up by people seeking power over other people. If god wants me to know something then he can tell me, not some representative.

      /The 'church' like all the others is total BS.
      //Joseph Smith was a pedo.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Dan

      Sadly, you judged the Church based on individuals, not the collective whole. The Church holds no bias against women, though I have met a few doofuses in leadership from time to time. Come back and find out what it's really all about.

      June 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You know what, Dan? If you want people to see what your church is all about, get rid of the azzholes who don't represent its true mission. Then I'll be happy to take a look. You put up with lying leaders, you deserve to go under.

      June 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • Dan

      You want a church based on coerced righteousness, do you? I imagine you can find something like that, somewhere...

      June 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I don't WANT a church of any kind, you idiot. This is secular nation and I want a leader who is more concerned about individual rights and freedoms guaranteed by our existing laws than about enforcing some social "norms" that square with his personal belief system.

      June 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • Cfristoe

      Like most former members of the LDS church, you have your own twisted perspective. I am a member of the LDS church and I am divorced from my first husband because of abuse and had the absolute support of the three bishops that worked with me over time. I also know several young men who served honorable missions in spite of learning disabilities. The only restriction on a young man's ability to serve are worthiness issues. There have even been articles in the church magazine about a young man with Down syndrome serving a mission. Please stop spewing inaccuracies on the internet.

      June 24, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  10. Patriot Awesome

    I'm surprised that Mormonism isn't the official religion of the Republican party. After all it kind of makes Jesus an American.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  11. bardfast

    If Willard becomes President will Joseph Smiths Talking Hat become Chief of Staff?

    June 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • Mike D

      Now we are confusing Albus Dumbledore with Joseph Smith???

      June 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  12. bardfast

    My question to Mormons is, If Aliens made an ordinary man into God, wouldn’t that (by default) make the Aliens actually God?

    June 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Jeremy Jensen

      Mormons don't believe that aliens made an ordinary man God. Where on Earth did you get that idea?

      June 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  13. bocchoi

    how can i trust a person who believes that god is a living being who lives with a hundred wives on the planet kolos (and that is what the mormons believe). he is gullable and beholden to a church that has preached hate since its inception. if i had the choice i would vote for someone without any religious afiliation but if my choice is between someone who is part of a religion more closley related to scientology than christianity and someone who believes in a several thousand year old myth ill choose the guy who believes in the zombie savior every time.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Jeremy Jensen

      You clearly know nothing about theology if you think that Mormonism is more closely related to Scientology than Christianity. Mormons believe Christ is the son of God. Christ doesn't figure into Scientology at all.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • John_Locke

      Bocchoi, where did you get your facts about Mormon theology? What is the planet kolos? LOL

      June 22, 2012 at 8:22 am |
  14. demwit

    Religious bigotry. Great line of attack CNN.
    Errrr..., I mean distraction from the economy.
    Errr...., I mean distraction from Obama's record
    Err..., you know what I mean.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Why denigrate CNN for reporting on a Gallup Poll?

      June 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • bardfast

      It's not bigotry to want a "sane" president, and not someone who believes in and wears magic underwear.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Severely Moderate

      Why does the GOP see any attempt to look at Rmoney's background as a distraction?
      Perhaps they are afraid that more Americans will know Rmoney before the elections.
      Rmoney's father dropped out of the presidential race after making a gaffe about the Vietnam War.
      While Americans were fighting in Vietnam, Mitt Rmoney preferred to run away to France as a Mormon missionary.
      Shouldn't a presidential candidate BELIEVE IN AMERICA?

      June 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Jeremy Jensen

      Bardfast, Mormons do not believe in magic underwear any more than orthodox Jews believe in "magic beanies."

      http://mormonvoices.org/66/magic-underwear

      June 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • demwit

      @Primewonk
      This site is dripping with blantant religious bigotry. A site clearly being monitored by CNN's bigoted staff..

      June 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Sorry Demwit, but this site is dripping with fundamentalist religious îdiocy. If you cretins don't like your îdiocy pointed out to you, don't post inane drivel.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Occam

      Jeremy, if you are implying that Mormons dont constantly tell stories about how their 'garments' (the mormon word for their magic underwear) saved this person from fire or stopped a bullet then you are a liar.

      /Lies make baby jebus cry.
      //If paul hadnt made up most of that story as well.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  15. Dickie

    Mormons are certifiable. Check out the completely crazy stuff they believe and come to your own conclusions. It's not bias, it's not wanting a man in charge of this great nation who wears "magic underwear", believes blacks are evil, and believes Jesus was American. Bias against insanity maybe.

    June 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • Jeremy Jensen

      "it's not wanting a man in charge of this great nation who wears "magic underwear","
      Mormons don't believe in "magic underwear." http://mormonvoices.org/page/7?s=magic%20underwear

      "believes blacks are evil, "
      Mormons don't believe blacks are evil.

      "Jesus was American."
      Mormons don't believe Jesus was American.

      "Bias against insanity maybe."
      You don't seem to have a bias against spouting nonsense about a group you don't like.

      "Mormons are certifiable."
      If you believe lies, maybe. If you know the truth about Mormons, then you know that our beliefs are not any more certifiable than any other religion's beliefs.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Mike D

      Jeremy,
      Dickie does not know the truth about Mormons obviously based on the comments provided.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Dickie

      Try as you might, you can't hide from the truth. The garment referred to as magic underwear "when properly worn provides protection against temptation and evil". Really? And Mormons don't believe that? Or wear them? Call them Temple Garments or whatever you wish, you can't hide from the truth. And when more Americans start to get educated on this crazy cult, Romney will go down in flames.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Cfristoe

      Your ignorance is astounding! If any of you want accurate information visit http://www.mormon.org don't listen to the garbage being posted here by the ignorant.

      June 24, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • Cfristoe

      To clear up the mystery of the temple garment: they are worn in a similar manner as the Jewish prayer shawl. To remind the wearer of covenants made and to remind of the moral standards we live by. In one way that is a 'protection.'

      June 24, 2012 at 9:00 am |
  16. bardfast

    Could it be the magic underwear? perhaps the planet Kolob? maybe it's the part where Mormons believe Satan buried all the dionasaur bones just to 'fool' scientists. All religions are whacky, but Mormons are just INSANE!

    June 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • Jeremy Jensen

      "Could it be the magic underwear?"
      Mormons don't believe in "magic underwear." http://mormonvoices.org/page/7?s=magic%20underwear

      "perhaps the planet Kolob?"
      Belief in Kolob is tangential, at best, to a belief in Mormonism. Is this all you have? Sideshows and distractions?

      "maybe it's the part where Mormons believe Satan buried all the dionasaur bones just to 'fool' scientists."
      Mormons don't believe this. In fact, the LDS church is one of the few conservative denominations that takes no position on the origin of life. The BYU biology department teaches evolution like any other school. You're making stuff up.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Bryan

      Mormons don't believe in "magic underwear", they don't believe that "Satan -or God- buried dinosaur bones in the earth" to fool people-that's another religion-. Mormons don't believe that being Black, or Gay is evil. Mormons don't believe that "Jesus was an American".

      II don't care if you criticize the Mormon church, just do your homework and criticize it for what they actually believe in, instead of all this BS you've picked up on the internet, or from reading/watching anti-Mormon propaganda etc.

      To anyone who is familiar with what the Mormons ACTUALLY believe in and teach, whether they are Mormons themselves, or just have Mormons friends, they will all tell you that almost ALL of what you are claiming they believe in, simply is not true. Like their religion or hate it, You are very ignorant (not to mention downright hateful) as to what their actual beliefs are.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Dickie

      But Jeremy you DO believe in magic underwear. Whether or not that term is acceptable to you is irrelevant. Your link denies none of this, just derides the use of that term. Well, if it walks like a duck.......

      June 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • RP

      Bardfast and Dickie, how do you live life with your head stuck so deep you can't see a ray of sunshine. I believe it would be very very difficult to walk in that position!!!

      June 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  17. MaryM

    What is the position of the Mormon church on minorities? Look at Joseph Smith, founder of the LDS church. This has alot to do witht he polling

    June 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • Jeremy Jensen

      The "position" of the LDS church on minorities is the position of most organizations on minorities. There is a history of racism, but there are no racist teachings in the church now, and there haven't been for over 34 years.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Jesus Christ Superstar

      THey don't hate minorities, just gays and women and people who don't follow their silly cult.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • Bob

      God changed his mind in the seventies and decided that minorities were no longer evil.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • RP

      In fact one of the many reasons that Joseph Smith was murdered was his ANTI-Slavery stance. In Missouri, the slavery movement was very strong and their hate of Joseph Smith and his own ANTI-Slavery stance spilled over into Illinois where he was murdered. He in fact predicted by prophesy that the Civil war would start in S. Carolina on the subject of Slavery around 20 years before the Civil war began. Interesting FACTS considering you are claiming him and Mormonism to be racist.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Sam

      RP... Are you joking? His murder ( and that of his brother) were more related to polygamy than to slavery. You ever hear of Nauvoo Expositor? You are talking out your azz.

      June 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  18. kindness

    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from som other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

    June 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • TROLL ALERT

      click the report abuse link to get rid of this TROLL and garbage so hopefully they'll start blocking them from posting .

      June 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Windbag! Condense, please!

      June 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  19. PEGGY

    Yes he is a Mormon but what does that have to do with being president. He should be considered on his merits and the qualifications he has. I'm sick of this being an issue.

    June 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • J. Alfred Jones

      In the Mormon church women have treated like second class citizens. If all you want is to stay at home, take care of the house and children and you desire a President who feel the same way by all means, vote for Romney. In my book, merits and qualifications include attempting to foster the legitimate aspirations of people in all phases of life, not just when it is politically convenient. Just because a person has been fortunate in life does not excuse forgetting about others.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • sam

      If his views are markedly biased, he won't necessarily fight for the rights of ALL Americans. That's the problem.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Orwell prefers Guyana punch

      It's being a bishop, a high religious official, that makes him a non starter.
      How many POTUS have been priests, bishops, rabbis, immans, popes, cardinals?
      The fact he is not mainstream Christian makes him also historical, something between Scientology and Christians, but not the Christian Scientists.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • ARaine

      @ Orwell. A bishop in the Mormon church isn't really considered a "high official". It's like the equivalent of a pastor or reverend in other churches.

      @J Alfred and others concerning the Mormon treatment of women: Mormon women I know stay home with their kids because they want to. I also know ones who work because they don't feel staying home is the right choice for them. They are all equally accepted in their congregations. Anyone claiming they are brainwashed and believe they are second class is actually insulting their intelligence. You assume because they are women they can't decide for themselves that they want to raise a family?

      June 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  20. MetheBLKman

    The same can be said for people of color, females, Jewish persons, etc. America is a very BIASED place, but that does not stop 1 from trying.

    June 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • J. Alfred Jones

      As a black man, I have lived in Salt Lake City for over five years and have some familiarity with LDS activities both past and present. It is extremely hard for me to contemplate any minority, whether black, hispanic, female or gay who could feel comfortable supporting a Mormon candidate given the position of the LDS church.

      June 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
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