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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. Joseph Smith

    Anyone ask Mitt what he thinks about LDS baptizing dead Jews?

    June 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  2. Burbank

    I have known quite a few Mormons. While I think their religion is a bit odd, they themsleves are very nice people for the most part. I like them.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  3. tom

    He's gonna make us all wear special underwear!

    June 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Burbank

      Yeah, but it gives you super powers! I get dibs on flying!

      June 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  4. Magic J

    Think Mitt the Mormon will wear his magic underwear if elected president?

    Do we really want a president that believes in the Joseph Smith garbage about the garden of eden being in Missouri and a vengeful god who took the money from the jews and native americans and stuffed it in a Dream Mine somewhere in Utah? It's as silly as the notion of virgin birth and walking on water. At least that myth has 2000 years to grow and age, ridiculous as it is. Smith was a criminal and pedophile from the last century.

    Magic underwear. Seriously, folks. The office of president is too important for that silly stuff.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  5. Ridge

    It's comical that the most hatred toward mormons comes from other "christian" groups.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Burbank

      And sadly all too predictable.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  6. tom

    Religion needs to get out of politics and stay out. It cracks no religious people up fighting over who's magical story is more true. Get over yourselves and stop praying to the voices in your head its making the planet I have to live on nuts.

    June 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  7. nonredneck

    We haven't had a qualified presidential candidate for the last 30 years!

    June 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  8. airpacific

    @Moral Voice
    You haven't been following the news. The organization that marries off the the younger ones to the older are not affiliated/ associated/ mingled etc with the mainstream Mormonism. Momorms are cool people

    June 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • George

      They like to tell everyone that but LDS only split from the main group AFTER the government threatened them.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  9. mike

    The stock market 250 point drop had a horrible day with bad economic news but you wouldn't know because CNN didn't report it anywhere. They are more interested in this story. As long as there king is president they won't report any news that would hurt his re-election chances

    June 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • joe

      Have you checked the financial page? They mentioned it there. It's awfully hot today–do you really have to work so hard to find something that carp about?

      June 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • Mark

      Your argument is not only flawed but references to "king" only show your bias and ruins your credibility. This is ONE story amongst many, and relevant to this coming election – if there is still a large percentage that will not vote Mormon then that is RELEVANT to his campaign team.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  10. :)

    :)http://s0.wp.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif?m=1129645325g

    June 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    The only fair and reasonable president will be an atheist. The others are mentally handicapped.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • FlyontheWall

      that is soooooo true. It bothers me that I am forced to vote for a christian.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • :)

      :}

      June 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • polemicist

      The worst dictators in history have all been atheists. Stalin, Pol Pot, Milosevic, Kim Jong Il . . .

      June 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Burbank

      You could always run for Prez yourself... All you need to run is to be over 35 and a natural born citizen and no felonies. That's why such a circus for the primaries. The rules don't ask for any other qualifications.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Huebert

      ploemicist

      Those are the worst dictators in modern history not necessarily of all time. Your leaving out Ivan the terrible, King Edward Long Shanks, Bloody Marry, Genghis Khan, and Vlad the impaler just to name a few.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Huebert

      polemicist

      FYI Genghis Khan is the only dictator in my list who was not a christian.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • HowieInBrissie

      Huebert, you failed to mention Isabella "The Catholic." In school we were taught how she financed Columbus' voyage. Later I read about the Inquisition, the Spanish expulsion of Jews, and the virtual genocide of Native Americans.

      June 23, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  12. WIlliam Demuth

    The best part of the rise of the Mormons is the decline of the Protestants.

    The fundies are pinned to the mat by the new cult in town.

    No protestants on the Supreme court, and either way, no Protestants in the White House.

    The Bible thumpers are dying off, thank God!

    June 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • FlyontheWall

      Praise the LORD! faster we rid ourseles of these delusional bible thumpers the better of the world will be. (and muslims, jews, hidnus, and any other religion as well)

      June 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • George

      Rise of the Mormons? Last I read they were losing population. They just like to fake the numbers out by baptizing dead people.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Shorn

      Mormonism is the fastest growing religion in about half the states. Islam is also growing rapidly.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  13. Inquiring mind

    I find it very interesting that people will bash Mitt Romney about his religious affiliation and demean him yet say nothing about Harry Reid who is of the same affiliation and has the same believes and practices. What is the difference between the two?

    June 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • WIlliam Demuth

      Harry Reid is a deviant cult member who deserves to be assasinated.

      His state has made the MOST backward progeress in my lifetime!

      June 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • FlyontheWall

      NOTHING....they both are horrendouse individuals, it is just that one of the Cult members is running for president!! Duh.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • George

      I've never heard anything good about Harry Reid? What are you talking about?

      June 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Walter L Johnson

      Harry Reid ran in Nevada, a state that is heavily Mormon, while Mitt Romney is running as a national candidate with no appearance of ethics or morality. He might just as well be an atheist. He will say or do anything he thinks might help him get elected. That shows he really has no moral core.

      Incidentally, the Mormon Church is well known for its efforts to convince to evangelize around the world, but it hasn't done much good, since the Mormons are losing members at the same rate they are gaining them in spite of severe repercussions at the family and congregation level for leaving the Mormons, which my mother witnessed second hand when it happened to a friend of hers. Mormons like Muslims continue to grow only through their high birth rate from what I have read. Most people stick, if in name only, to the religion they were raised in.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • joe

      Harry Reid isn't running for president.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  14. Moral Voice

    I agree with the position that mormanism is a cult and when we look at the activities of this "church" such as marrying off young girls to men their grandfather's age, it raises some serious moral issues on what sort of values would Romney bring to the White House. The fact that Romney's grandparents were polygamists and fled to Mexico where they were free to practice their sinful relationships has not been widely reported. His father, George, was born in their compound in Mexico and only later migrated back north to the United States. It might be interesting to know what Mitt's views are on polygamy. I've been a Republican all my life but I just can't see myself pulling the lever on this cult member. I don't plan on voting this cycle. Hopefully the party can put forth a much better candidate in the future.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • Michelle

      Your comment displays your ignorance. While it is true that Romney's grandfather moved to Mexico to practice polygamy, you left out the rest of the truth. Mormons DO NOT practice polygamy and haven't for well over 100 years nor do they marry minors.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Sailor101

      The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (what is know as Mormonism) does not allow Pologamy nor does it practice arranged marriages to old or young men. You are confussing The Church of LDS with splinter groups that are not recognized by the church and are cult and do practice those atrocities. The media is quick to just call them Mormons butn never explains that they have no connection with the real church.
      I'm an ex-Mormon so I know the difference. Do some homework paallleesssee!

      June 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Getreal

      Are you serious? Get a life. Mormons don't marry off their children to old men. That's a break-off sect that hasn't been part of the mainstream Mormon religions for over 100 years. Try reading a newspaper or a Time Magazine once in a blue moon. And if you're going to be a judgmental creep, at least get your facts straight.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  15. A dose of reality

    A few questions should help shed light on the relationship between religion and rational thought.
    The completely absurd theory that all 7,000,000,000 human beings are simultaneously being supervised 24 hours a day, every day of their lives by an immortal, invisible being for the purposes of reward or punishment in the “afterlife” comes from the field of:
    (a) Astronomy;
    (b) Medicine;
    (c) Economics; or
    (d) Christianity
    You are about 70% likely to believe the entire Universe began less than 10,000 years ago with only one man, one woman and a talking snake if you are a:
    (a) historian;
    (b) geologist;
    (c) NASA astronomer; or
    (d) Christian
    I have convinced myself that gay $ex is a choice and not genetic, but then have no explanation as to why only gay people have ho.mo$exual urges. I am
    (a) A gifted psychologist
    (b) A well respected geneticist
    (c) A highly educated sociologist
    (d) A Christian with the remarkable ability to ignore inconvenient facts.
    I honestly believe that, when I think silent thoughts like, “please god, help me pass my exam tomorrow,” some invisible being is reading my mind and will intervene and alter what would otherwise be the course of history in small ways to help me. I am
    (a) a delusional schizophrenic;
    (b) a naïve child, too young to know that that is silly
    (c) an ignorant farmer from Sudan who never had the benefit of even a fifth grade education; or
    (d) your average Christian
    Millions and millions of Catholics believe that bread and wine turns into the actual flesh and blood of a dead Jew from 2,000 years ago because:
    (a) there are obvious visible changes in the condiments after the Catholic priest does his hocus pocus;
    (b) tests have confirmed a divine presence in the bread and wine;
    (c) now and then their god shows up and confirms this story; or
    (d) their religious convictions tell them to blindly accept this completely fvcking absurd nonsense.
    I believe that an all powerful being, capable of creating the entire cosmos watches me have $ex to make sure I don't do anything "naughty". I am
    (a) A victim of child molestation
    (b) A r.ape victim trying to recover
    (c) A mental patient with paranoid delusions
    (d) A Christian
    The only discipline known to often cause people to kill others they have never met and/or to commit suicide in its furtherance is:
    (a) Architecture;
    (b) Philosophy;
    (c) Archeology; or
    (d) Religion
    What is it that most differentiates science and all other intellectual disciplines from religion:
    (a) Religion tells people not only what they should believe, but what they are morally obliged to believe on pain of divine retribution, whereas science, economics, medicine etc. has no “sacred cows” in terms of doctrine and go where the evidence leads them;
    (b) Religion can make a statement, such as “there is a composite god comprised of God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit”, and be totally immune from experimentation and challenge, whereas science can only make factual assertions when supported by considerable evidence;
    (c) Science and the scientific method is universal and consistent all over the World whereas religion is regional and a person’s religious conviction, no matter how deeply held, is clearly nothing more than an accident of birth; or
    (d) All of the above.
    If I am found wandering the streets flagellating myself, wading into a filth river, mutilating my child’s genitals or kneeling down in a church believing that a being is somehow reading my inner thoughts and prayers, I am likely driven by:
    (a) a deep psychiatric issue;
    (b) an irrational fear or phobia;
    (c) a severe mental degeneration caused by years of drug abuse; or
    (d) my religious belief.
    Who am I? I don’t pay any taxes. I never have. Any money my organization earns is tax free and my own salary is also tax free, at the federal, state and local level. Despite contributing nothing to society, but still enjoying all its benefits, I feel I have the right to tell others what to do. I am
    (a) A sleazy Wall Street banker
    (b) A mafia boss
    (c) A drug pusher; or
    (d) A Catholic Priest, Protestant Minister or Jewish Rabbi.
    What do the following authors all have in common – Jean Paul Sartre, Voltaire, Denis Diderot, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, René Descartes, Francis Bacon, John Milton, John Locke, and Blaise Pascal:
    (a) They are among the most gifted writers the World has known;
    (b) They concentrated on opposing dogma and opening the human mind and spirit to the wonders of free thought and intellectual freedom;
    (c) They were intimidated by the Catholic Church and put on the Church’s list of prohibited authors; or
    (d) All of the above.
    The AIDS epidemic will kill tens of millions in poor African and South American countries before we defeat it. Condoms are an effective way to curtail its spread. As the Pope still has significant influence over the less educated masses in these parts of the World, he has exercised this power by:
    (a) Using some of the Vatican’s incomprehensible wealth to educate these vulnerable people on health family planning and condom use;
    (b) Supporting government programs that distribute condoms to high risk groups;
    (c) Using its myriad of churches in these regions to distribute condoms; or
    (d) Scaring people into NOT using condoms, based upon his disdainful and aloof view that it is better that a person die than go against the Vatican’s position on contraceptive use.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Norm

      gee wilikers.....how much time did you waste on that?
      I guarantee no one read it.......

      June 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • woodofpine

      A dose of reality... you're self-obsorbed...

      June 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • A dose of reality

      Yea, too bad, the people that need to read it just call me names and are too lazy to actually read it, much less understand it. I guess that makes me 'self absorbed' or something. I'll stick with self absorbed rather than lazy and stupid.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Kechiro

      I read it. I agree with it, too.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • DC

      I read it! Hysterical!

      June 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Shorn

      Awesome. Thank you.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  16. e_mormon

    Another article about Mitt's mormonism??? Come on CNN – It is becoming predictable at this point, as I have yet to see a week go by without one!!!! As an active mormon, I read these comments to gain an understanding of how others perceive us. I used to be amused ... but, at this point, I am finding it quite disturbing to read the clear unadulterated hatred some people have toward me when they have never even met me before. I am beginning to ask myself if this is how the jews in europe felt in the late 1930s, or how the blacks felt in the south during the 1950, or how many american-muslims feel today. This is pure discrimination. I have yet to vote for a political candidate based on his/her religion, race, or gender; I am wondering why is so acceptable for others to do so?

    June 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • WIlliam Demuth

      Look at the cult member feeling persecuted!

      Crawl back into your temple and get out of politics, or you are fair game.

      I for one have been iching for a pogrom!

      June 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      You are typically deluded just like the rest of the people that believe in the supernatural.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • BunnyBunny

      Maybe it's because your Mormon religion considers all other religions (Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal etc) are an abomination.

      In other words, gay or Baptist both are an abomination unto God.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • FlyontheWall

      Religion is a delusional fault of most politicians, I would prefer they keep it to themselves, and never discuss it in public. Some cults are worse than others, the Mormons and the Jehovah's!!!! Never would I vote for any members of these two cults. Being a catholic, or christian is bad enough.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Lokari

      e_mormon, don't use the comments sections of CNN to form an understanding about anything, unless you're studying internet trolls. In large part, that's what you'll find here. The people who post here are not a valid representation of the population at large – if they were, society would have crumbled long ago.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • GSHOES

      i dont hate mormons but i dont think anyone who believes that far out religion should be running this, or any, country

      June 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Austin

      Hold on now e_mormon. Don't mistake ignorance for hatred. I'm an active Mormon too, and plenty of people know little about what you and I believe, but I don't feel like that translates to hatred. Comparing Mormons to Jews or Blacks is a little much.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Non-Mormon in Idaho

      You are correct it is discrimination and it isn’t ok; neither is the discrimination I along with my family face on a daily basis because we are not Mormon living in a Mormon dominated state. It is not ok that my child attends a private school because she is ostracized by classmates for not being Mormon, it is not ok that only the Mormon children in the classroom are invited to birthday parties. It is not ok that there isn’t a separation of church and state because Mormon seminaries sit on the same property as public schools. It is not ok that Mormons only hire Mormons for jobs. It is not ok that the Superintendent of Public schools, Tom Luna, was elected to his position despite not having any experience in education and despite the fact that none of his own children have managed to graduate from high school, yet he was elected because he is a Momon. Discrimination of non-Mormons occurs at the same rate as discrimination of Mormons. You would think I live in Utah, but I don’t… the Mormon dominance and discrimination is spreading and with that, I don’t hate Mormons! But I have given the sacrifice of living in state being run by Mormons and I live with their discrimination. Mormons may run my state but one will not get my vote to run my country.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • sam

      Come on, now, it's been catholic articles all week. It was someone elese's turn.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  17. solex

    Here is a fact folks:

    ALL religions are cults. Look up the word "Cult" in the dictionary. You'll find this:

    "A particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies."

    June 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • tom

      Exactly, its time we got the cults out of this country and started being realistic. Its rediculous.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  18. Jewel

    I have tried 3 times to post an explanation of why members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider themselves to be Christians. CNN will not post it. Imagine, CNN being one sided?

    June 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • WIlliam Demuth

      Paranoid much?

      Its a word filter, not a human.

      Learn the key words and you can post whatever you like.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Peter

      CNN moderators s u c k a $ $

      June 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • FlyontheWall

      But they are not christian!!!! they are a chirstian CULT maybe.....a derivative sect at best, but when the bible is not there main text, it is hard to call yourself a christian...come on now, admit it.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Jewel

      Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider themselves Christians, because we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of the world. We believe He, His Father, and the Holy Spirit are 3 distinct individuals. God the Father and Jesus Christ have perfected bodies and are not just spirits. This is what was known during Jesus' life and taught after His death and resurrection.

      Catholics and Protestants base their beliefs in God on the Nicene Creed. In 325, Emperor Constantine held a council at Nicea of church leaders and scholars. He said that Christianity could become the official religion of the Roman Empire if everyone could agree on the doctrine. These leaders used greek philosophy and debate to push forward their choice of beliefs. Greek philosophy, for example, taught that anything physical could be corrupted. They reasoned that since God was perfect and incorruptible, He could not possibly have a physical body. Why then, you might ask, was Jesus resurrected?

      The "experts" debated and voted on the nature of God, as if their votes could change the actual truth. They also voted that all 3- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit must be one individual, because Greeks were infidels for believing in multiple gods. We believe they are one in purpose, but they are 3 distinct individuals. Notice in the New Testament how many times Jesus talks to and prays to His Father.

      Any who belive in Christ are Christians. Are "Mormons" Nicean Christians? No. But we are Christians by virtue of the fact that we worship and try to follow the example of Jesus Christ, who is our Savior.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • GSHOES

      as if being christian makes it less looney

      June 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • Sailor101

      @Flyonthewall Members of the LDS Church (Mormons) use the Bible just as much as the Book of Mormon, they read scripture just as much as anyone else, they go to church every Sunday with a Bible in hand. Please do your homework before you spout out things of which you are clueless.
      ex-Mormon

      June 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Wicked Wanda

      CNN moderators suck ass? Probably dick too. Too bad CNN moderators don't exist, or your life would be just a little better.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Shorn

      The Christian response would be that the council was guided by God to those decisions. It's all garbage, of course. But then so is all religious doctrine. Flawed as it was, the council's decisions were debated and based on the various extant versions of the religion being practiced at the time. Yours is based on a con artist's ploy.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Walter L Johnson

      You present a legalistic argument for Mormons being Christians as a reply to this comment, but to be honest, to me a Christian is a broader term that describes anyone who is Christ-like in their conduct and respect for other people as fellow human beings.
      However, that does not mean that everyone who nominally belongs to a Christian religion, as you defined it, is Christian. There are a lot of nominally Christian people who practice the seven deadly sins routinely. Every time a fallen away Mormon is ostracized by their community and family the family is not being Christian.

      June 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  19. was for obama now for romney

    id vote for romney. seems like a good family man

    June 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • solex

      Hopefully he spells better and has better syntax and diction than you.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • AnnieR.

      And President Obama isn't????

      June 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Wicked Wanda

      Obama = Marxist Muslim (and probably gay, too.)

      June 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  20. Vidyashanti

    Americans are anti-Mormon,anti-Jew,anti-Muslims,anti-women,anti-black etc, etc -what a shame. Hope some day we all start loving, caring for each other.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • MyTake

      Don't forget anti-white and anti-Christian as well. Just not from the same group of people to which you are referring.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • WIlliam Demuth

      You sound like Rodney King 🙂

      It's why we rule the world, and why I suspect we shall destroy it when the time comes.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Manitoba Hoser

      You're an ass. There's far more infighting, persecution and intolerance in the world than America could ever conceive of. Think about the ongoing genocide(s) in Africa and worldwide Islamic misogyny, brutality and terrorism. Consider the intolerance of the Ja panese, Chinese and Indonesians for foreigners in their countries.

      Go sell your propaganda about America somewhere else. Or better still, go have it printed on toilet paper so that it's at least useful to us.

      June 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
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