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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. Reality

    Bottom line: Romney is Mormon because he was born Mormon. Should we hold this against him?

    After all, BO also believes in "pretty/ugly wingie thingies, bodily resurrections and atonement mumbo jumbo.

    One should be voting based on rational thinking. Believing in angels, satans, bodily resurrections, atonement, and heavens of all kinds is irrational.

    Apparently, BO and MR have been severely brainwashed in their theologically and historically flawed Christianity and they are too weak to escape its felonious grip.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • kerfluffle

      People aren't 'born mormon' you twit.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:05 am |
    • TR Smith

      The main thing is that people are not born kerfluffle either. That would be child abuse.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:15 am |
    • HotAirAce

      We should blame his parents for indoctrinating him into a cult without his permission.

      We should blame him for staying.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Reality

      “John Hick, a noted British philosopher of religion, estimates that 95 percent of the people of the world owe their religious affiliation to an accident (the randomness) of birth. The faith of the vast majority of believers depends upon where they were born and when. Those born in Saudi Arabia will almost certainly be Moslems, and those born and raised in India will for the most part be Hindus. Nevertheless, the religion of millions of people can sometimes change abruptly in the face of major political and social upheavals. In the middle of the sixth century ce, virtually all the people of the Near East and Northern Africa, including Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt were Christian. By the end of the following century, the people in these lands were largely Moslem, as a result of the militant spread of Islam.

      The Situation Today
      Barring military conquest, conversion to a faith other than that of one’s birth is rare. Some Jews, Moslems, and Hindus do convert to Christianity, but not often. Similarly, it is not common for Christians to become Moslems or Jews. Most people are satisfied that their own faith is the true one or at least good enough to satisfy their religious and emotional needs. Had St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas been born in Mecca at the start of the present century, the chances are that they would not have been Christians but loyal followers of the prophet Mohammed. “ J. Somerville

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

      June 22, 2012 at 6:35 am |
  2. OvernOut

    My parents weren't against George Romney because he was Morrmon, they were against him because he was a bad governor (greatly relieved when he left for Nixon's cabinet) and AMC cars were crap when ol' George was at the helm, so there was no way they wanted him as prez.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:00 am |
  3. scotonfire

    You wouldn't want someone who entertains such delusions of grandeur as a LDS member leading the most militarily powerful country in the world. Reason and logic are attributes which the LDS church fears, and avoids the most. It would be as ridiculous as having a Muslim as president.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • Mkat2

      Do yourself a favor everyone & read, Mark Twain's, "Letters From The Earth"! Therein lies the reflection of how ludicrous you all are. It is hysterically funny & what makes it all the more funny is, it's absolutely TRUE!
      Well, I guess being ignorant must be a comfortable place to be..........because there are so many of you!

      June 22, 2012 at 12:24 am |
    • not soooooo

      Hmmm someone should tell the Democrats about Harry Reid. A Democrat, Mormon as the Senate Majority Leader. Most Mormons would agree there is someone who entertains such delusions of grandeur! But it has nothing to do with his Mormomism!

      June 22, 2012 at 1:02 am |
  4. tiny tim

    morman, AND REPUBLICAN. NO THANKS

    June 21, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • Mkat2

      I thought we got past all this primitive thinking in 1960 when we elected our first Catholic president & people were crying that the 'Vatican' would be running the country! Fifty two years later & ignorance prevails! And we have the gall to criticize the Islamists for their archaic reasoning?! I am Agnostic, I don't have a dog in this fight, but, I am appalled at such ugly prejudice. The one you need to be worried about is already IN the White House! Think things are bad now? Just wait, you h'aint seen nuthin if he's re-elected & doesn't have to worry about his next term!

      June 22, 2012 at 12:08 am |
    • kerfluffle

      You lie mkat–more misdirection to soften the idea of having a mormon bishop elected to the highest office in the world.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • TR Smith

      Just don't let anyone calling themselves kerfluffle run for office. Those people are childish and incapable of rational thought.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  5. Jack Watcher

    Sbp, you got it all dead right. Except the part where I am religious. I am a total non-believer. All religion is nuts. It's just that this thread was about the LDS who are a particular bugaboo to me. They are so self-righteous. But man, you are dead-on about the rest.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • sbp

      Sorry, then, I read you wrong. I'm always amazed at the hypocritical Christians who get incensed at Mormonism. People want to have faith, fine with me, but please don't act like it makes sense.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:04 am |
  6. Serenade X D.O

    Mormonism is an aggressive proselytizing faith, but that's not the reason why I dislike Romney. I dislike Romney because I have yet to confirmed that Romney is not a lizard with human skin on. I mean honestly he's odd and just treats other humans with such contempt and malicious will, that I can't imagine him leading a nation of people.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • kerfluffle

      I want to see his birth certificate. He was born in Mexico and is not eligible to be POTUS.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • Na

      :Like any other politian...he just sucks at hiding it

      June 21, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • TR Smith

      Don't be such a simpleton kerfluffle, Romney was born in Detroit, Michigan.

      How about getting your facts right before running at your silly, frilly mouth.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:19 am |
  7. Na

    Stop attacking us Hispanics CNN! First Zimmerman now Romney!

    what a joke

    June 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  8. LogiK!

    God makes me post in this chat- I don't want to- but I must respect his\its will.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  9. JoJo

    I can't understand why anyone would not vote for Romney because he's a Mormon when there are SO MANY other reasons to not vote for him. Well, don't feel bad Mitt; I'm a Humanist and a lot of polls show that the prejudice against voting for a nontheist as President in this country is much stronger than for not voting for a Mormon.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • LogiK!

      The buba redneck crowd would vote for a Banjo if it was running against this successful brown President....

      June 21, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • kerfluffle

      I am calling you out. The softening of mormonism is a campaign of misdirection. NO religious leader should EVER be elected President of these United States.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • fritz

      A Humanist president! Wouldn't that be awesome??? Won't happen anytime soon though. We Humanists are just a tiny eddy in an ocean of Christiandom. But we're growing fast!

      June 22, 2012 at 12:10 am |
  10. spentecost

    If Mittens is their standard bearer then they are in deep #2. I mean come on, has the country ever seen such a total unbelievable candidate for POTUS? This pos is worse than anybody since, I really can't say because he is one of a friggin' kind. If you look at the people this church trots out as leaders you have to wonder if the light is on or off. It's not like they have a monoply on freaky, but they are doing their best to be #1. Churches are good and they are bad, when is Mittens going to show us his good side? Can the man think like one who cares about Americans, does he know sacrifice during war, war that he advocates(Syria,Iran,maybe Egypt), do his cloned sons, does that draft dodger even care? He is rich. But is that all there is? He needs to give a great speech in French(picked up in '66-'68 in country on vacation) so we may be won over and maybe converted.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  11. Jack Watcher

    LMB, thanks for trying to answer. Don't you find it very convenient that these 'messages from god ' came at times that they were most needed? The DNA question has always been out there. It was the first thing I thought of when your 'elders' came to me to tell me of your beliefs. It intrigued me to the point that I studied the book of mormon and started researching the history of your church. I was fascinated by the fact that so many people would believe all that nonsense. your DNA answer says it all. Future studies will make it clear to us. RIGHT! That is pathetic, as is your cult, as are those that can allow themselves to believe the things that old Smithy came up with. C'mon man. Get real. How can you believe that some divine being revealed all this stuff to a convicted crook ? And the gold tablets that only he could see? C'mon man. But thanks again for the effort.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • sbp

      And Christianity and Islam are less goofy?

      June 22, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • YoureWelcome

      Various scholarly articles debunk the anti-Mormon DNA claims. Seek intellectual truth by studying the research done on both sides of an issue (a Google search will get you started).

      June 22, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • LMB

      You're choosing to ignore some very important facts. Joseph Smith was never convicted of anything. He was charged by his enemies but never convicted. As for the timing of the revelations – God knows what He is doing. Ask him when you get there. As for the tablets – where are the Ten Commandment tablets now? Should we throw out all of the Ten Commandments because nobody can find those tablets either? As for Joseph Smith being spoken to by God – that is nothing knew. Didn't God also speak to Moses? Why believe one but not the other? Like I said – the time will come when you will be left without excuse. Good luck with that.

      June 22, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  12. Reality

    M.R., the Mormon has no chance of beating B.O. the so called Christian.

    (only for new members of this blog)

    To wit:

    Why the Christian Right no longer matters in presidential elections:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Mitt Romney, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And the irony:

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)

    The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    June 21, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Seems like an appropriate time and place to remind everyone, especially believers, that 70% of the abortions had each year in the USA are had by believers. What a bunch of hypocrites!!

      June 22, 2012 at 12:51 am |
  13. LogiK!

    Fact: Mormons can not drink Alcohol, coffee, or caffeine based sodas. They wear magic underwear. They beleive in aliens and that Jesus took a side trip to America after that death thing. They used to beleive in multiple wives and anyone non white as non-human. But to be fair- allreligions are Dumb-da-dumb-da dumb- this one is just shy of Scientology....

    June 21, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • Reality

      Romney believes that the horn-blowing angel Moroni appeared to the con artist Joe Smith. Not good for someone who wants to be president of any group !!! Obama "mouths" that he is Christian i.e. believes in gay Gabriel and war-mongering Michael the Archangel and Satan. Basically a draw between the two candidates when it comes to religious/angelic beliefs

      June 21, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • Steve

      Fact: Everything you said about Mormons with the exception of Jesus coming the America is not true of the modern Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints. Mormons are allowed to consume caffeine, but are advised not to. Magic underwear? Many people believe in aliens. In fact, one need not be religious to believe in aliens. Also, what they used to believe is irrelevant, because they DON'T BELIEVE IT ANYMORE. So thanks for spreading further lies and misconceptions about Mormons.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:05 am |
    • YoureWelcome

      Underwear either fulfills its purpose, or it doesn't. There's nothing magical about it. I'd reconsider calling someone's underwear "magical" until it does a card trick. The LDS Church website has plenty of information about their views on modesty, sacred clothing and religious symbolism–the word "magical" never appears.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:20 am |
  14. Jim

    Who cares what religion he belongs too. The most important thing is can he run the nation. Religion shouldn't matter. Is he qualified is the more important question in my book.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
    • LogiK!

      Wrong! GOP is the party of Gowwwad All mighty – so thou hast better repent!

      June 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • Reality

      Let us be fair by putting the kibosh on all religions: (and so easy to do in the 21st century)

      • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

      • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

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

      • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

      • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

      • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

      • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

      • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

      Added details available upon written request.

      A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

      e.g. Taoism

      "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

      Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

      June 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • Mkat2

      He's far more qualified that the 'Community Organizer'.....that we have now! Read the news today? How's that "Hope & Change" working out for us?!

      June 22, 2012 at 12:14 am |
  15. isthereadog

    That's interesting...you'd think they would get more support after they stopped being officially racist in 1978.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
    • LogiK!

      ShhhH! The don't want you to remember that they thought non whites were not human. They revised it – so its ok now....

      June 21, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
    • JT

      Gladys Knight is a Mormon.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  16. Joe

    It's amazing after reading some of these comments how many people are ignorant regarding the Mormons. I know a lot of mormons and they are good Christian people. They are always willing to help out. Did you know when there is a major disaster in the world they are the first ones to respond. They don't ask for accalades. They do it quietly with love and service to their fellow man. If you really want to know who these people are go to Mormon.org or lds.org and get informed.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
    • isthereadog

      Going to Mormon.org is a terrible idea.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • Concerned Citizen

      I have no problem voting for a Mormon. However, Mormons are not Christians. Do not take my word for it, do your own homework. Even though the official name of the church says "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints", it is not Christian. Sort of like saying a Christian is Jew. Jesus was a Jew, but the Jewish faith is different from Christianity.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • NYC

      Mormon.org? Really? A web page written by the organization it describes is not an objective source. It's a sales pitch.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
    • fritz

      Mormons are okay. I know many. My flight instructor, a navy officer was a Mormon. He invited me to an LDS conference in Bertchesgaden, Germany once. It was held in the General Walker hotel. I had fun with those folks. The punch bowl sucked but those folks can dance up a storm! I thoroughy enjoyed myself. I read their holy book. Never got through D&C except 'Pearl of Great Price'. About as much fun as 'Numbers' or 'Deuteronomy'. :op It wasn't possible to convert me because I held to Humanist views going back to childhood even before I knew what a Humanist was. As far as dealing with other religious folks, whether Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu...etc. there's good and bad in all of them so I just take them one at a time. My only rule...Do not use your religion to justify harming others who might believe different. As far as a Mormon president? Honestly, I don't care. It won't make any difference.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:41 am |
  17. Tyrone

    Mormans are hard working people....I have several in my neighborhood and they have the cleanest yards, nicest kids, and are generally A-class people. Strange to think that someone would not vote for someone who is Morman just because they don't know about the church or have errant misconceptions about it. They are good people in my book.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • kerfluffle

      The devil is in the details.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
  18. dave

    I had a friend who moved to Salt Lake City back in 2000. No one would rent to her because she wasn't a Mormon. She finally found a non-Mormon land-lord that rented a house out. The entire time she was treated like a piece of garbage by the Mormons. She finally gave up and left after a year. This is a person who never had a problem with anyone, now she absolutely hates them all.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • JT

      Actually, Mormons are posed to make up less than 50 percent of the state by 2030. Salt Lake City is only about 50 percent Mormon, so I find it hard to believe she couldn't find someone to rent to her.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • USA

      What bull crap! We visited Salt Lake City last year, and most the people we seen were not Mormon. We had a really good visit and most all the people were friendly.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • OvernOut

      People I knew actually owned and operated a coffee shop in Salt Lake City for several years. They were protested, harassed, but they stuck it out, only closed when they wanted to move back to their home state. They made good money, and it wasn't only money from tourists.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  19. JC

    Given the origins of the Mormon church, particularly the founder; given what they actually espouse to believe, and the ease by which one can contribute to the church in order to become a "Prophet;" given the period of time that elapsed during which the church did not bother filing for tax exempt status, I think there is some logical cause for concern. I consider the LDS church to be little better than a cult, and perhaps that does an injustice to cults. I went to school with some very nice Mormon kids, and to be honest, they seemed pretty much like everyone else, but about the time they got ready to go on their "missions," like the flipping of a switch, every single last one of them became utterly and completely unreliable. I think I'd rather have a Southern Baptist than a Mormon in the Whitehouse, and those folks are mental, too.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  20. slick

    I must have missed the part where Mormon leaders ever said 'God damn America!'... that's the church I want to go to, and vote for that guy!

    June 21, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • Jack Watcher

      Slick, what a nice name. Did you church give it to you? Because that was what it's founder was, a slick con man who managed to con all you followers into believing nonsense. Have you ever read the teachings of the LDS? Truly? If you have, and still insist on believing in it then I have another name for you, Gullible Slick. And, by the way, don't just go posting insults, let's see some facts and arguments.. You are looking a bit ragged here, my brother.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
    • sbp

      You're a hoot, Jack. Mormonism IS goofy, but no more so than ANY other "supreme supernatural being" based religion. You clearly don't have the ability to step back and look at YOUR religion objectively. Let's see - there is this invisble, ALL POWERFUL being who can do absolutely ANYTHING. But somehow, he's not totally all powerful, because he's limited to existing as a Trinity. Apparently, he can't be of 5 essences, or a dozen. Nope, it's 3. And he created Satan, this evil superhero villain, who is also all powerful, but not quite, except that God can't control him.

      And let's not forget God procreated. He had a child, but not really, since he didn't actually reproduce like people do. He kind of CREATED Jesus. I guess like he created MAN. But not really, because Jesus is his son. But also Jesus is him.

      Oh, and Jesus was our Savior, who would live forever and all good people would too, and they would overthrow the Romans. Except he inconveniently died. So now, the story is he was MEANT to die. But then he came back! To lead the believers to eternal bliss. Except that didn't happen either, so now he didn't die again, but ascended straight to heaven. Didn't bring us with him, though. But like Arnold, HE'LL BE BACK. Any day now, for 2,000 years.....

      Yeah, that doesn't sound goofy.

      June 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • Jack Watcher

      sbp, I replied to you but it got posted to the top of the page. You have it right. All religion is nuts. I am an total non-believer it's just that I can't stand the LDS and this thread was about them. I have written similar stuff about Catholics. But, again, you have it all dead right.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • slick

      No insults here, at least I actually have a quote in there. I do love how everyone likes to point out oddities with Mormons... if you are a Christian, which judging by your actions on this board I highly doubt, you would know there are plenty a weird thing with any denomination. Are Catholics cannibals because they think they're literally eating Christ's body and drinking his blood? The idea of God speaking to Joseph Smith is so insane, Baptists, Methodists, Protestants... all break-offs of the Catholic church must be man-made cults then... since God doesn't speak to us. I just enjoy prodding people like you who turn their life into trolling articles like this... a hobby of mine every few weeks you might say. Well, enjoy your long, lonely evening trying to tear down and insult a church you really have no understanding of Jack... funny how you incorrectly asked if 'you church' gave me my cnn name, because yours equates to what you both know, and your opinion on the matter amounts to.... JACK!.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:08 am |
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