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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. shep

    Honest question for the Mormons here. Is Mitt Romney wearing his undergarment 24 hours a day?

    June 28, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • souptwins

      Serious question for you– Do you ask Jews if they wear their "magic beanies" 24 hrs. a day? I hope you realize how ridiculous the question is. The "garments" temple-going LDS members wear are a physical symbol of sacred covenants made with God. Since they are personal, there's no reason for them to be visible by the public at large so they are worn under clothing. Nothing sinister or "magic" about it. BTW– they are worn any time most people would be wearing normal underwear, so not when swimming, showering, doing certain sports, etc but at all other times. You can add up the hours for yourself and see what you get.

      June 28, 2012 at 1:39 am |
  2. John

    I have nothing against Mormons, Baptists, Catholics, or Muslims. But Mitt Romney is a pig, and heaven help us all, if he gets into the White House.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • suemac47

      What will the little piggy do? Poop all over the White House? Hahahahahahahahahah (gasp) hahahahahaha!!!!!!

      June 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  3. G D

    I wonder about the poll. Is it really anti-Mormon, or is it anti-Mitt the truth-impaired? I think it's the latter, who wants a lying dissembling one-term done-nothing Governor (except passing Mitt-care). I've got plenty of good LDS neighbors and wouldn't trade them for the world. And they're all more honest than MItt, because in part, that's what the faith teaches.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Ajax

    If he is elected President the first thing he will do his make it legal for people to have as many wives or husbands!

    June 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  5. willcountystampclub

    I would vote for a qualified Jew or atheist, but a Mormon? You have got to be kidding. No one stupid enough to be a Mormon is smart enough to be president.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • .

      It is ok to think we are stupid – what you think does not matter.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • G D

      All religion requires faith. Another person's faith may seem stupid to you, but not to them. Myself, I'm with Bill Maher, it's all a scam to control the masses, and the Pope is going to Hell for allowing little children to be molested and not castrating the monk/priest/bishop/cardinal/moinseigneur who did that. I don't believe in Hell, so I guess I won't be seeing him there, though I'd guess you'd think me "stupid" for believing so (or not)

      June 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • suemac47

      But a Mormon is smart enough to be the Senate Democrat Majority Leader, as is Mormon Harry Reid's position in our government. So does this mean that our elected Democrats are really stupid to place him in such a high ranking position? Hmmmm. And FYI, there are lots more Mormons voted into elected positions walking the corridors of Congress.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • shep

      You are a great little informer Suemac. Give us some names and we will work to defeat them. Thank you.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
    • otherdavid

      @shep..... It's no secret that mormons are already in congress. You are a dolt if you didn't realize that. I doubt anyone with your reasoning skills has the ability to effectively oust any elected person.

      June 28, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  6. Gary

    Actually Mr. Smith incited a riot, was to be tried for treason for the riot, and destroying a newspaper that wrote against him, and declaring marshall law. Nothing saintly about those things, so certainly wasn't established along Christian principles. Sounds like a man who enjoyed his authority too much and paid the price.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • .

      Joseph Smith was tried several times on trumped up charges but was never convicted of anything because he was never guilty of anything. He was finally MURDERED because his enemies could not stop him in any other way! He was a pure lamb taken to the slaughter just like Jesus Christ!

      June 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • .

      1 To seal the testimony of this book and the Book of Mormon, we announce the martyrdom of Joseph Smith the Prophet, and Hyrum Smith the Patriarch. They were shot in Carthage jail, on the 27th of June, 1844, about five o’clock p.m., by an armed mob—painted black—of from 150 to 200 persons. Hyrum was shot first and fell calmly, exclaiming: I am a dead man! Joseph leaped from the window, and was shot dead in the attempt, exclaiming: O Lord my God! They were both shot after they were dead, in a brutal manner, and both received four balls.
      (Doctrine and Covenants, Doctrine and Covenants, Section 135)

      June 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • .

      3 Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. In the short space of twenty years, he has brought forth the Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God, and has been the means of publishing it on two continents; has sent the fulness of the everlasting gospel, which it contained, to the four quarters of the earth; has brought forth the revelations and co mmandments!(Doctrine and Covenants, Doctrine and Covenants, Section 135)

      June 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • .

      which compose this book of Doctrine and Covenants, and many other wise doc uments and instructions for the benefit of the children of men; gathered many thousands of the Latter-day Saints, founded a great city, and left a fame and name that cannot be slain. He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lord’s anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood; and so has his brother Hyrum. In life they were not divided, and in death they were not separated! (Doctrine and Covenants, Doctrine and Covenants, Section 135)

      June 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  7. Jesus would have voted Democrat

    Nice to see the Catholic Nuns talking about how the Republicans will make life harder for the poor and the needy. Christians who are so obsessed with gay rights and contraception say they "know Jesus" but they don't. They have lost track of Jesus' true teachings: help the poor and downtrodden. Republicans are all about making companies and millionaires richer and the poor can suffer. Jesus was against that with every ounce of his being. The Republicans and FOX News have hijacked religion and the flag. Any real christians out there should be railing against that but no, you truly are a flock ... of sheep. Republican christians, be ashamed!

    June 27, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  8. Rynomite

    I find it amusing when other Xtians refer to Mormon beliefs as a cult.

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Rynomite

      Just as an FYI to the normal cult of Xtians.

      Mormons are pretty darn nice people. I have relatives living in Salt Lake City, and it is the ONLY city in the U.S. with a population over 100k that I would ever consider leaving my car door unlocked in.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  9. Jack

    All are welcome to visit ... thestarofkaduri.com

    June 27, 2012 at 12:45 am |
  10. mjg

    Gas is $3.25'ish. My rent's gone up twice since Pres. Obama's been in office. Many, many items in the grocer are more expensive. Utility bills have gone up. Enough said.

    June 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Zeus

      mjg, you don't have the right to live cheaply and get cheap food from slave labor and gas at subsidised prices. So suck it, loser.

      June 26, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • LinCA

      @mjg

      You said, "Gas is $3.25'ish. My rent's gone up twice since Pres. Obama's been in office. Many, many items in the grocer are more expensive. Utility bills have gone up. Enough said."
      Yes, you should thank Mr. Obama. The average price of gasoline when he was elected was about $4.10. By your "reasoning" he's put a lot of money back in your pocket.

      Also, considering that rent is typically adjusted every year, if you've only had an increase twice in the nearly 4 years that Mr. Obama has been our President, he must have done well for you.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • suemac47

      LinCA. Do a little homework before you publish. Gas prices were about $1.95 a gallon when Obama took office. But in all fairness, the president, whoever he/she might be, has little influence on the price of gas, per se. What is happening, though, is that under Obama's watch trillions of dollars have been printed with nothing substantial to back them up. This has created a big drop in the value of the dollar. More dollars needed now to buy things. But everyone hang on to their hats – it's going to get a LOT worse in the months/years to come.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • LinCA

      @suemac47

      You said, "LinCA. Do a little homework before you publish. Gas prices were about $1.95 a gallon when Obama took office."
      I never said anything about the price of gas when Mr. Obama took office. And I did a little homework. The average price of regular gas reached $4.114 on July 17, 2008. While that was not exactly the date Mr. Obama was elected, my point was that gas prices fluctuate wildly and that US Presidents have very little influence on them.

      If rents have gone up at a higher clip than before, that is more likely to be the result of a shortage of rental properties than anything the president has done. Apartments available for rent have dwindled as a result of more and more people being forced out of their homes as a result of the housing crisis. People who couldn't afford their mortgage have been forced into smaller apartments. Increased demand increases the price.

      You said, "But in all fairness, the president, whoever he/she might be, has little influence on the price of gas, per se. What is happening, though, is that under Obama's watch trillions of dollars have been printed with nothing substantial to back them up."
      Again, very little a president can do about. For a large part, a sitting president can do very little but go with the flow. So, while the economy has recovered significantly under Obama, after it tanked under Bush, neither is entirely the result of what they did.

      You said, "This has created a big drop in the value of the dollar. More dollars needed now to buy things. But everyone hang on to their hats – it's going to get a LOT worse in the months/years to come."
      As long as the US keeps shifting money from the less fortunate to those that don't really need it, I'm afraid you are correct.

      The best way, maybe even the only way, to get the economy to grow at a decent rate is to get the money in the hands of those that are most likely to spend it all. By squeezing more and more from the lower and middle class families, more and more money is taken out of the economy. Every dollar paid to someone living paycheck to paycheck is turned over far more often than one that is put in an offshore bank account.

      June 28, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  11. patw2100

    If Romney wins the election he will outlaw our right to workshop the One True Christian God.

    June 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Zeus

      LOL at "workshop". And your one true god is a weakling. I can whip him with one bolt.

      June 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  12. Elizabeth Lefler

    Dan Gilgof ~ How was telling the American public we were being brainwashed about the Viet Nam war a gaffe? That is precisely what was happening and the news media turned it around and made George Romney look bad! just like you just tried to do. He was right on and would have made a great President just like his son. I just hope there are enough right thinking and well educated people in these United States who will find out the good Mitt Romney has done. He never took a penny for his service to the Olympics or as Governor of Massachusetts. What's wrong with you people?

    June 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • shep

      George Romney could not have been elected president in 1968 because he was born in Mexico. Why was he born in Mexico?? Because the Romney family fled the United States to avoid being jailed on polygamy charges. And that is the flat out truth.

      June 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  13. veggiedude

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q6brMrFw0E&w=640&h=360]

    June 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • shep

      Just curious. Can any Mormon on this board refute anything in the above cartoon?

      June 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • .

      A very distorted view of Mormonism.  I've been a member for 63 years and I've never heard 1/2 of that stuff.  Jesus had 3 wives, really?  Like all lies, it has a grain of truth, but even that is presented in a very distorted fashion.  I wonder what the Baptists would think if I made a cartoon and ridiculed their beliefs and showed it to all the Mormon congregations! But, we don't ridicule other religions in our chapels.  We focus on Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer and his teachings – and it is the Jesus Christ of the New Testament.  We focus on the teachings of the Bible the way other Christians claim to, but don't.  Maybe as I have time today, I will talk about some of those protestant teachings that don't come from the Bible.

      June 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • shep

      So you can't refute anything. Thanks for playing.

      June 28, 2012 at 12:48 am |
  14. shep

    The Mormon cult was founded by a con artist. He was jailed on numerous occasions. Why? Because Joseph Smith travelled around the country claiming to have magic stones that would locate buried treasure. He never found anything, but kept the money of the people he duped. Thus, he was jailed. This is a historical FACT. Why won't the Mormon cultists on this board address this issue? Because they can't. Anyone who would buy into this malarkey has clearly been brainwashed. Do you want a president that has been brainwashed? A president whose family abandoned America for Mexico because they wouldn't give up polygamy?? A president whose great grandfather was murdered by a jealous husband who also had twelve wives?? This is not a cute little religion. It is a full blown cult with millions of brainwashed followers. And when America finds out about the depths of their delusions, not only will Romney not be president, the United States will invade Utah and restore democracy. If you can't handle the truth, see a psychologist. You need it.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • bave

      it's true we have practiced polygamy before.Is that the sin we have comitted to deprived and sugest Mit cannot be a president?IF YOU ARE CHRISTIAN GO GET YOUR BIBLE AND START READING THE OLD TESTAMENT OVER AGAIN AND THINK OF SOLOMON AND THE QUEEN

      June 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • bave

      YOU 'VE LIED OR PROBABLY LACK OF BIBLICAL KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT YOU REFER TO AS A STONE OR MAGIC.THE MORE YOU HATE AND CRITIZE MORMONS OUT OF THESE IGNORANCES AND BIASNESS THE MORE WE GET IT BETTER AND THE MORE THE LORD BLESS US MORE.SOMETIMES IT BETTER TO KEEP QUIET WHEN YOU DO NOT KNOW OR THE BETTER YOU ASK.

      June 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • shep

      Hard to argue with an intellectual like you.

      June 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • otherdavid

      Your story about joseph smith running around duping people with magic stones is not fact but is FALSE. Easily proven with only the slightest bit of research. Yes he spent time in jail but curious that he was never convicted of any of these crimes you suggest he committed as a con man. The magic stone con man story is for the intellectually lazy. Furthermore your delusions about the dangers of mormonism are ridiculously overstated. How terrible would the world really be if there were more people who believed in being 'honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, etc...' (all things that mormons strive for)

      You don't like what mormons believe...we get it. But is the fear mongering really worth your credibility and integrity?

      June 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
  15. matt in nw

    the LDS church is even easier to disprove than most other religions – the process used is exactly the same, Read the book of mormon and compare with the actual physical record of central and south america. the discrepencies are glaring.....Joseph Smith was a con artist who knew the bible – hense the 16th century English flavor of the book of mormon.

    the God of the desert, as discribed by just about all Christian, Isamic and Jewish sects should have an intellect that would blow away the best and bightest we have today.....the Holy books of this god instead mirrors the knowlege (and desires)of the day...almost like each was written by...wait for it:))) ...a bunch of guys trying to keep a handle on their bronze age tribes.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • A mormon

      I don't believe the book of mormon even takes place in south america. I believe it takes place in north america in North eastern united states. Check out Robert Meldrum DVD he explains the whole thing. But in all it really does not matter where it occured. All that matters is that it did occur. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joesph Smith was a prophet of God. A liar would not die for a lie. A liar would not suffer for a lie. This man accomplished more than he could without gods help. He had a third grade education he could barely put together a sentence let alone a book that tells story of two civilizations that is written in over 100 different writing styles and actually writes like someone from the time period and he did it in 75 days. That alone is a amazing.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • matt in nw

      So its North America now? there are no ruins of stone in north america (the Nephites and Lamenites supposedly built large civilizations over 1000+ years) The numbers in their armies dwarf those that could have been raised by any of the old world bronze age empires.... yet they left nothing?

      as far as Joseph Smith goes.... he may not have been able to write – but the man could talk - by all accounts he was charismatic... probably an excellent observer of body language and expressions, and able to pull 'sudden revelations' off the cuff – hense able to turn a crowd. – and made many angry when they found out they were duped.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • suemac47

      And the Bible wasn't written to keep a bunch of bronze age Jewish tribes in line? Puhleeze....

      June 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • matt in nw

      @suemac

      Christians have the bible, Islam the quran and Jews have the torah – the three holy books of the Desert God

      June 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • bave

      CHRISTIANS HAVE THE BIBLE;ISLAM THE KORAN JEWISH THE TORAH; WHAT ABOUT THE PHARASEES; THE SADDUCEES;THE GENTILES AND MORE IN IMPORTANTLY THE LOST TRIBE? NEVER KNOW ABOUT THESE THEN MORE WORK TO DO.

      June 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  16. shep

    If the United States elects a Mormon president, Jesus Christ will reach down and wipe America off the face of the earth. The greatest country on earth will never elect a diaper wearing cult member. Educate yourself and warn your friends.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • birch please

      There has never been a president who was not a member of a cult.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • suemac47

      Shep, you comments here are why I and others consider you mean spirited and hate filled. Listen to yourself..."diaper wearing"?? Jesus will strike America off the face of the earth if Romney is elected? That Mormons have changed the words of the Bible? No they haven't. They read the Bible (King James version) and they read the Book of Mormon. Two separate books. Do you actually know a Mormon? Have you ever had a conversation with one. Sure doesn't sound like it. Exactly what church do you belong to? Why don't you print out some of your comments and show them to your paster. See how he feels about your words. And for God's sake do a little homework on the Mormon religion. You know only enough to be dangerous.

      June 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • suemac47

      How many times are you going to post this comment, Shep? So I'll say what I said last time. And what if Jesus (the Redeemer who preached love and forgiveness) doesn't strike America down? Maybe he'll strike you down instead for being such a mean, dumb guy. You are irksome. You know sooo little. Do you pick on Jews, Moslems, and Buddhists with the same venom?

      June 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  17. Mike

    Obama attends a Black liberation theology church for 20 years where the spiritual adviser says, "not God bless America but God damn America" Obama trashes the 1st amendment...

    As a state senator, Obama voted against legislation, four times in total, that protects babies who survive abortion procedures. His no vote meant he was in support of legally allowing people to leave baby abortion survivors to die on the operating table instead of giving them care.
    Obama has no soul....and just plain incompetent as well as an embarrassment to America....

    The only person that needs to be questioned is Obama....and his butt kissing media refuses to do so...

    June 26, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • shep

      Romney will remove In God We Trust from American coins and replace it with In Kolob We Trust.

      June 26, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • A mormon

      No he would not we mormons believe in god. Kolob is the place where god lives. For me to explain everything it would take me a huge essay which I am not willing to do. But just know Kolob is part of doctorine that we Mormons who have been in the church for our whole lives are still trying to understand but that's why we have prophets to explain all of this.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Zeus

      You Mormons shall believe in ME! No more soiled magic underwear.

      June 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  18. Mike

    The Democrats love their Mormon Harry Reid.......case closed.......

    BTW, Romney leads in all the polls....

    June 26, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  19. shep

    Before the election, Mitt Romney must be asked about the White Horse Prophecy. Joseph Smith predicted that the Mormon church would be called on to save the United States by establishing a Mormon theocracy. True story. Many Mormon elders believe this today. Seriously. Are we going to turn the keys to America over to the most dangerous cult on earth? Educate yourself and warn your friends. Mormon voodoo doesn't belong in the White House.

    June 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • .

      The white horse prophecy is mere heresay. There is no proof Joseph Smith ever said that, and, anyway, there is absolutely nothing in it about establishing a mormon theocracy. I would say you are a bit paranoid.

      June 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • suemac47

      Shep, I have seen a number of your posts here. You are filled with hate toward Mormons. You are mean spirited, cruel, and full of inaccuracies toward the Mormon faith. What the hell is WRONG with you??? Surely you are not a Christian, because a true Christian would not treat a group of people with such vitriolic anger. I think you have some real mental issues. If you call yourself a Christian, please go speak with your pastor, priest or whoever. You need some help!

      June 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • american

      You need to educate yourself about the Mormon religion . Your hate only shows your lack of intelligence!

      June 26, 2012 at 2:59 am |
    • shep

      What hate? My Bible says beware of false prophets. Joseph Smith certainly is that. My Bible says that whoever changes the words of the Bible is a blasphemer. The book of Mormon certainly does that. i am just defending my religion with the same ferocity you do. Mormons are not Christians. This is a Christian country. I am just telling people the truth. Can't you handle the truth??

      June 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • A mormon

      He is not challenging the validity of bible but lets face this. The bible is one of the oldest books written. Originally written in Greek and Hebrew it is a translated book. No matter how good of a translator you have you are going to be missing parts. I mean some words in Hebrew cannot translate to English it is very common among ancient languages. So some parts of the bible becomes naturally lost. I mean look at this example there is a part in the old testament where Abraham has his servant swear he will find a wife who is born into the covenant for Issac and part of his oath is them touch each other on the thigh. In the Joseph Smith translation they just shake hands. I am more inclined to believe Joseph's translation more than the original. I do not know of any culture that makes oaths by touching each others thigh's.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  20. I once was blind but now I see

    I want to find the person who made up the story about Jesus. Because of that person Jesus's name is the most powerful name in the world. Because of that person me and billions of people put our faith in Jesus and would happliy die for Him. Because of that person more songs are inspired by Jesus than any other person. Because of that person Jesus is hands down the most powerful figure known to man. Why oh why did someone make all of this stuff up why. All of this happiness and joy in me is all a lie. Everything was formed and perfectly put together by expolsions and expansions. The unique human race started from monkeys. We were all born for no apparent reason, life is a big coinsidence. WHYYYYYYYYYY.... I cant even keep this going non-believers lol this is how foolish you guys sound when you deny the existence of God. Thats like denying the fact that someone designed and built the empire state building. Actually a lot worse. The empire state building alone cannot sustain life.

    June 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • W Murderface

      I can see the plans of the builder of the empire state building. I can look at the fossil record and see the progression of the evolution of humans. BTW humans did not start from monkeys. We share a common ancester that's it. I see no proof of "GOD" or Jesus or Moses or Noah. The bible is flawed in so many ways can you not see the truth.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:04 am |
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