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August 21st, 2012
05:31 PM ET

A look into Romney's religion

(CNN)–For many voters, getting to know Mitt Romney as a candidate also means sorting out facts from fiction about Mormonism.  CNN's Gary Tuchman reports.

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  1. eAbyss

    Lets just face it everyone, all religions are cults and some like Mormonism, Scientology, and Christian Science are far worse and crazier than others.

    I just want a president who believes in facts, someone who's capable of doing what's best for everyone not just for themselves, their friends, or their religion.

    ***Where's the article?***

    August 22, 2012 at 4:24 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Let's just face it, nonbelievers in Jesus Christ, who is the cornerstone to the USA, are traitors to our country. You're on the wrong team eAbyss.

      But, then again, seeing your handle to be the abyss, proves you know you are sinking. But, patriots will not let you take our country down.

      August 22, 2012 at 5:46 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      HS: You are the downfall of your country. Your country is becoming more and more Atheistic as the days pass. Now back to your cave you old bat!!

      August 22, 2012 at 6:34 am |
    • HeavenSent

      TruthPrevailsNot, get off the weed and clear your mind up to listen to truth instead of stonner lies.

      August 22, 2012 at 6:47 am |
    • Clark1355

      Heavensent I feel sorry for you. Your days are numbered in this country and the world. But dont get down a world without god is much more beautiful. Learn to embrace it and you will love it!

      August 22, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Aj

      Religions are one thing, but when it comes to cults, Mormonism is one that stands out like a fur on a fruit. If Moses received two tablets of stone with the commandments of God's laws, what the hell is a blond hair, blue eyed man getting two golden ones? that is pathetic

      October 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
  2. betty baby

    I mwithdraww from the circle. I have ill feeling against republicanism

    August 22, 2012 at 3:32 am |
    • teabagger

      We dont let women be republicans. Women should leave the important decisions to the men and get back in the kitchen and cook food and pop out babies.

      August 22, 2012 at 4:29 am |
    • HeavenSent

      God allowed the strongest spiritual willed spirits to be born into this world in female form. There goes your lies.

      August 22, 2012 at 5:49 am |
  3. Freddy

    1. Where is the actual story? All I see is the introduction. The article itself seems to be missing.

    2. ALL religions are delusional. I don't care what religion the President is, so long as he recognizes that the US is a SECULAR state, NOT a theocracy, and the government has no business imposing one religious groups practices or beliefs on people that choose not to follow that religion. That includes people of differing religions, or even of NONE..

    In other words, he needs to keep his religious beliefs a PRIVATE matter, and OUT of his performance of his duties as the President.

    August 22, 2012 at 3:03 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Freddy, you end up being the delusional one since our first president of the USA disagrees with you. You need to educate yourself by reading George Washington's Farewell Address:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

      August 22, 2012 at 3:45 am |
    • fangio28

      Freddy got it right.
      Separation of Church & State.
      Amen

      August 22, 2012 at 3:51 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      HS is off her meds again...just ignore her...the delusions are strong this morning and the nurses will soon locate her and put her out of our misery.

      August 22, 2012 at 4:07 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Really HS. Why would anyone give two hoots about what a now dead for 200 years guy has to say about religion or it's validity? Washington was a capable statesman but even he was far more ignorant than free thinkers in this century with respect to facts and evidence. The only really scary part is people like you who haven't caught up with the rest of us. Religion is for the weak ...unable to form opinions for themselves about the things that truly matter. Sheep continue to be led.

      August 22, 2012 at 4:19 am |
    • bridges

      @HeavenSent, who cares what George Washington believed? He's been dead a long time. And it certainly isn't the job of any President, not even the first one, to define the religiousity of a nation. Nor is it the acceptable for any President to base policy and decision making on religious beliefs. Washington also owned slaves and lived at a time when black men and women of all races could not vote. Should we continue those traditions as well? The very idea that what was good enough for George Washington should be good enough for us for the rest of eternity all is ludicrous.

      August 22, 2012 at 4:22 am |
    • HeavenSent

      You atheists only care about yourselves. You care less about this country, our founding fathers, Jesus Christ's teachings as the cornerstone of our foundation. It's all about what's in it for you. You're the carbetbaggers that divide and destroy then haggle over who gets the bigger portion of the spoils of the pie.

      Jesus was correct. You are an abomination.

      August 22, 2012 at 5:53 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Truthdoesn'tprevail. Smoking too much weed again, I read.

      August 22, 2012 at 5:55 am |
    • HeavenSent

      bridges, you should understand, no one cares about the lies the atheists spread. We just want you all to make like trees.

      August 22, 2012 at 5:57 am |
    • HeavenSent

      AtheistSteve, if you can't grasp the fact that our founding fathers were brilliant learned men and that you couldn't hope to hold a candle to any of them, never mind polish their shoes, we can get you into a straight jacket right now. Take the rest of your bs artist atheist buddies with you, Putz.

      August 22, 2012 at 6:01 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Weed?? Do you have any god damn comprehension of the medicinal benefits of it? Put down your book of fairy tales and do some research or go back to your cave you old bat!!! The only reason weed isn't legal is because big pharma would lose loads of cash. Maybe you should smoke some yourself and get off the crack pipe, it might actually make you think clearly!!

      August 22, 2012 at 6:38 am |
    • HeavenSent

      TruthPrevailsNot, haven't you listened to what Bobby Dylan sang ... "oh they stone you when you wanna go home". We're waiting for you to go home.

      August 22, 2012 at 6:50 am |
  4. Juniperbriarrose

    http://youtu.be/-1fbZ_FeC-E

    Some weird Mormon cult stuff right here!

    August 22, 2012 at 2:29 am |
    • Phillip2

      Whoa, mama! Thanks for posting that. I've heard (a lot) abut the temple, but never got in (of course).

      And I agre with what someone else wrote: I want a president who make decisions based on science and rational thought. Moreover, I want a president I can TRUST to have an HONEST, OPEN MIND with the ability and strength to DISCREDIT looney theories, no matter who holds them (I'm talking to you, spirit of Joseph, the con man, Smith!).

      August 22, 2012 at 5:33 am |
    • Which God?

      Thank you for this post. The practices shown here show how brainwashed these folks are, as are those of other religions. Birds of a feather...

      August 22, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • HELLO CNN!

      HELLO CNN!! Please take this video down IMMEDIATELY! This is HIGHLY offensive. It is one thing to allow abusive banter among the ignorant, but it is quite another to allow the SACRED rites and practices of a well respected faith to be openly mocked and taken out of context. This video was taken dishonestly, with the intent to mislead and discredit. Every major religion (weather you agree with it or not) has symbolism, ceremony, rites and practices which it considers sacred. This would never be tolerated if the targets were Jews or Muslims. Please, have some respect for what we consider our most sacred ordinances and take this video down.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:09 am |
  5. Ender Wiggin

    I'm LDS and it's utterly amazing some of the comments in this. Honestly I don't understand in this day and age why people give a crap what faith a guy running for a job is. I personally don't care if someone worth ships Golden Penguins as long as he is a better person for it..good for him. Do we have some wacky beliefs? sure..but pretty much all religions do and could be easily picked apart. Would it be any different if Romney were a Catholic? They have wacky beliefs too. Again..Golden Penguin..I don't care as long as your religion encourages you to be more honest and good and caring towards your fellow man. As for President all I care is that the guy running this country is going to improve it not make it worse.

    August 22, 2012 at 2:17 am |
    • Juniperbriarrose

      Golden penguins?? So you honestly wouldn't care if the person you are voting for as President was an idolator? I doubt that very much because one of your ridiculous commandments.

      August 22, 2012 at 2:34 am |
    • Juniperbriarrose

      Wacky is an understatement. HELLO? Have you been to the Temple? I have and wooo boy talk about a cult! Kolob or bust!

      August 22, 2012 at 2:35 am |
    • bridges

      I care what any President worships because \religion has been used to justify war, censorship, bigotry, oppression, and anti-science dogma. I was raised Catholic, but let's face it, the whole Transubstantiation thing is downright creepy. And the Mormon proxy baptisms of Jews killed in the Holocaust is beyond creepy and downright offensive. I want a President who believes in science, equality and rationality.

      August 22, 2012 at 3:38 am |
    • sherri

      All religions have some ritual or beliefs that others may not understand but mormonism was started by a con man. Have you ever read about the Book of Abraham.? "Translated" by JS? He made it all up.
      He was a egomaniacal power hungry man. Despite being searched extensively there has been not one shred of evidence for the civilizations described by the BOM . The book of Abraham which was "translated" by JS was made up totally and nothing he said about the papyrii was valid or true according to Eyptologists who can now read heiroglyphs thanks to the Rosetta stone.
      The idea of having a president with such a lack of critical thinking is scary to say the least.

      August 22, 2012 at 3:40 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Our first president of the USA disagrees with all you non-believers. Educate yourself by reading George Washington's Farewell Address:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

      August 22, 2012 at 3:47 am |
    • Which God?

      @ Ender. Are you kidding me? Your 'faith' is totally made up by a criminal and con man, Smith, furthered by a mass murderer, name of Brigham Young, and you ask rational people to believe in your nonsense? Get real, moron.

      August 22, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  6. Kenny

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=6axdZAxyt2g

    August 22, 2012 at 1:56 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Kenny

      LOL... ! Oh, man... that was so wrong, but d a m n funny ! 😀

      Peace...

      August 22, 2012 at 1:58 am |
    • Kenny

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=MyxmTGt9H2E

      August 22, 2012 at 1:59 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I can tell that you'll never run for president Kenny. Education is essential. George Washington, our first president, as well as our founding fathers disagree with you.

      Washington's Farewell Address:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

      August 22, 2012 at 3:50 am |
    • Which God?

      @ kenny. Just. too. damn. phunny.

      August 22, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  7. Jayson

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same church Christ established in ancient Palestine. It is a Christian church. I know that that church teaches people how to be like Christ. Visit Mormon.org to learn from first hand sources, not from these silly videos. Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God.

    August 22, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • ronald

      I dare you to read Jerald AND SANDRA Tanners MORMONISM, SHADOW OR REALITY. iT SHOWS FROM MORMON SOURCES JUST WHAT THE MORMON CHURCH REALLY BELIEVES. NOT THE PR STUFF PUT OUT BY THE LDS CHURCH.

      August 22, 2012 at 2:16 am |
    • nosense

      Are you kidding me? Your Joseph is a prophet? If he is, then anybody can claim he is a prophet too. The Mormons and the Scientologist are so brainwashed by their organizations!! In a few years. If Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley's estates work hard enough, they can become some new religions too. LOL

      August 22, 2012 at 3:50 am |
    • Which God?

      @ Jayson. I fell sorry for you. Your lack of critical thinking hhas lead you to believe such nonsense that you cannot think outside of what you have been brainwashed in.. So sad that you are so gulible. You just need to cling to your belief and defend it it, don't you? You are like others, you NEED to believe. Youy are AFAID not to believe. You cannot Think outside of your beliefs. So SAD.

      August 22, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  8. Liann

    The Mars explorer robot sent back this photo of a Mormon Prophecy...
    http://www.atheistmemebase.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/078-We-will-never-get-a-man-into-space-650×537.jpg

    August 22, 2012 at 1:45 am |
  9. Im LDS

    I am hearing alot of things that are just not true. I am a LDS member and i love the Lords Church . It's sad that even today thier are still people who just cant make up thier own minds, and believe what ever they hear.. like witch hunts and the world is flat .. and back in the day jewish leaders claiming Jesus was not the christ, and yet today we now kno9w the world is not flat, and that the earth does revolve around the sun and yes jesus is the Christ.. and in the near future all will know that This is He's Church and all head's will bow... Woot i cant wait!!

    August 22, 2012 at 1:36 am |
    • WoodyAnderson

      " It's sad that even today there are still people who just can't make up their own minds, and believe what ever they hear.." (oh, and I fixed the spelling)

      Exactly. You do know that Joesph Smith and his father were arrested several times for fraud – accepting monies to find buried treasure on their property – and he used a stone found at the bottom of a well in a hat to locate such treasure.\

      Read the book No Man Knows My History.

      August 22, 2012 at 2:17 am |
    • ronald

      tHE LDS CHURCH BELIEVES THAT ALL PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC CHURCHES ARE ABOBINATIONS IN THE SIGHT OF THEIR GOD AND THAT ONLY THE LDS CHURCHIS THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE CHURCH THAT EXISTS

      August 22, 2012 at 2:19 am |
    • Im LDS

      Thank you W

      August 22, 2012 at 2:22 am |
    • Im LDS

      Thank you woody for the spell correction, English was never my strong suit.

      August 22, 2012 at 2:23 am |
    • Im LDS

      Ronald, would you please post a link were the book of Mormon says anthing at all about the Catholic church, If you would really like too do your own research about the Lords Church and think for your self try this http://www.lds.org/?lang=eng
      icase you dont know how too copy and past "use you lft mouse button and highlite the link there and hit "ctrl c" while its highlited then go too your browser clear the address bar and hit "ctrl v" and do alittle of your own research- God bless ya brother

      August 22, 2012 at 2:29 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Speaking of history Woody, try reading what our first president said in his farewell address to the nation. Yes, that's the USA's first president, not your delusional views of what you lie about how our country was founded.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

      August 22, 2012 at 3:53 am |
    • Which God?

      No, LDS, you are just another nutjob.

      August 22, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  10. Dan

    There are a few reasons Romney doesn't trumpet his faith every day from the campaign trail (Personally, I think it's refreshing to have a GOP candidate focus on things besides faith, and Romney is setting a good example for the future GOP by being pretty moderate and cosmopolitan). One reason is that it's a minority faith, so it's unlikely to get him any votes. Many people in battleground states only know a few Mormons, or even none, and people aren't familiar with Mormonism, so it's unlikely to help him win any votes and it is fairly likely to cause confusion.

    Another reason is that he isn't trying to become a religious leader, and his goal in the campaign isn't to get people to convert to Mormonism- he's running for President, and the President is by nature not a religious leader. The President represents all faiths in America, so focusing on just one faith (one's own faith) too much in an election just sets a bad precedent.

    And the third reason Romney probably doesn't talk alot about his faith, is that it just opens him up to attacks that are unrelated to his policies. Just look at the comment on this article- half of them brashly criticize Romney's religion for no apparent purpose. He would be stupid to change the conversation to one about why his faith doesn't deserve that criticism, when instead he can just focus on how bad the economy is and keep the conversation about what Obama has or hasn't done and what he might do differently. Romney obviously isn't an idiot, with two degrees from Harvard and having started a company that made him hundreds of millions of dollars; he knows that it's pointless to talk alot about his religion when he's running for president and he's done the smart thing so far.

    August 22, 2012 at 1:21 am |
    • Joe

      Dan – you're 100% correct – an elected president's religious beliefs do not matter. As you stated, he (or she) is not a religious leader. So tell me why the right was in such an uproar whil accusing Obama of being a Muslim? And many of the crazed, bug-eyed tea partyers STILL beleive it. Why do they not have a problem with Romney's religion but they'll doubt the President when he says he's a Christian?

      August 22, 2012 at 1:47 am |
    • Swiss422

      It's great that Republicans aren't making such a big thing about religion this time around (except, of course, to trumpet Obama's muslim faith). It's also great that they've conveniently forgotten their indignation of having "elites" try to rule the country, which was the mantra under Bush Jr. I guess it's great that Republicans adopt whatever strategy gives them a shot to grab power. At least they haven't abandoned their true, unvarying goals - the desire to unchain corporations and transfer as much wealth as they can from the middle class to the richest of the rich. That's their TRUE religion.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:52 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I'm shaking my head over how lazy this new generation of voters are. Our first president of the USA disagrees with all of you non-believers. You need to educate yourself by reading George Washington's Farewell Address:

      That's if you can actually read without playing videos all day.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

      August 22, 2012 at 3:55 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      HS: You old bat!!! Get back to bed before the nurses find you up and double your meds!!! Your country is not christard, it is secular....now I understand that you lack basic comprehension skills but your constitution written by the founding fathers specifically states this. Most of your founding fathers were Deist, not theist. G Washington's closing speech has no pertinence in how your country is run, the only thing that does have pertinence is the constitution. If you wish to live in a theocracy, I'm sure Islam will have you (and most people in your country and other countries will happily pitch in for your one way ticket) !

      August 22, 2012 at 4:05 am |
    • Drew

      Hey Joe,

      It's because he's black, plain and simple. The whole Muslim and birthed BS is just a front for racism.

      Drew

      August 22, 2012 at 4:05 am |
    • HeavenSent

      TruthPrevailsNot, you sound like you are down to sticks and seeds. You stoner atheists will never rule this world. Jesus Christ's truth endures for eternity whereas, you stoners, sink ... down, down, down.

      August 22, 2012 at 9:19 am |
  11. Debbie

    'm not convinced LDS is a Christian denomination. With that said I think any citizen has a right to run for President. Even Satanists. I have the right to worship and be guided by my faith in who I vote for. I am not convinced Mr. Romney is a Christian due to his actions against the poor, the aged, women, and his worship of money. He seems more like Nickodemus to me than anything. He's rich and he wants to follow Jesus but having to give up everything business/money/power is just too much. They will know we are Christians by our love not by corporations are people and I'm not concerned about the poor. What a person says and what they do are different. Romney says he is a Christian but don't tell me, show me.

    August 22, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • Dan

      You mean like his donating 15% of his income to charity, serving as an unpaid volunteer "pastor" of sorts for several years in his church, and paying his own way to serve as a missionary for 2 years? Nope, you're right... doesn't sound Christian at all.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Debbie: Look up the No True Scotsman Fallacy. Romney's belief system follows the same bible that the christian belief system does, thus making them christian. It is considered a Nontrinitarian group (Christians who do not believe in the traditional hypothesis of a Triune God ("one God in three co-equal Persons")) but is still listed as one of the 38000 christian denominations.

      August 22, 2012 at 3:44 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Satanist Debbie? You might as well tattoo a big sign on you stating that you are a traitor to our country.

      Our first president of the USA disagrees with you. You need to finally get a real education of how our country was founded. Read George Washington's Farewell Address. You do know how to read Debbie, don't you?:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

      August 22, 2012 at 3:59 am |
  12. connie

    Wasn't Hitler a "Christian"..Bin Laden "Islamic"? I was converted to the LDS church in my youth. Of course, during the indoctrination no on spoke of the god potential. Not until I was sealed in the Provo temple did I get the information. All the rituals I was strictly told I could not speak of. Once my priesthood husband abandoned me and the 2 children I asked for an annulment- who would want to be a god with a man that couldn't stick around on earth. I was told "NO".

    Do I think that Romney will force feed the LDS doctrine down the US peoples throats? Not if we don't let him. Do I judge his policies by his religious belief? I believe that this country was first established to escape religious persecution, was it not? The last I checked, religious beliefs were left at the door when a politician took seat. There will be many personal views that influence a politician's decisions..religious beliefs are only one. I Romney believes in baptism for the dead, three levels of heaven, populating his own world and consideration of Jesus as a spirit brother...then let him. Don't let if influence your decision at the polls

    August 22, 2012 at 1:09 am |
    • HeavenSent

      connie. You're spreading lies. Read some truth for once in your life. That's if you know how to read connie.

      Our first president of the USA disagrees with you connie. Time to get a real education by reading George Washington's Farewell Address to our nation:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

      August 22, 2012 at 4:01 am |
  13. annoyed

    Christards? LOL I see lots of LIBTARDS here. Morman or Muslim, pick one, it doesnt matter. who fukin cares what religion a president is. lots of presidents have been religious in the past (even Liberals) and we survived huh? stop fearingmongering the theocracy that will never be. you ppl are idealistic idiots, get a dose of reality. Liberals and socialist and atheist are usually extremists anyway and way more annoying than any religious or rightwing nutjob. If you dont have a faith you should st f u and stay out of others beliefs – you got no business there being an athiest plus your as annoying as a religous fanatic. I would invent my own religion before i would agree with an annoying athiests.

    August 22, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • Impressed

      Well said!
      /s

      August 22, 2012 at 1:50 am |
    • Joseph

      Like when JFK ran everyone thought the Pope would influence him.
      I would rather have Romney than the do nothing who we really don't
      Know anything about. He's definately being influenced by muslim's
      And the atheist Soreass!

      August 22, 2012 at 2:15 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      annoyed: You have no business speaking about stuff you obviously have no clue about!!! We don't give a rats ass what your belief is as long you keep it out of government and the public square. When belief impedes on the basic equal rights of people than it fails. You will actually find a lot of christards speaking out against mormons because they feel it is not true christardation. Now the big issue is that we simply say we don't see evidence to support the god claim and until we do, we see no reason to believe, so until you can provide the physical empirical evidence, do the world a favor and stfu yourself.

      August 22, 2012 at 3:23 am |
    • HeavenSent

      annoyed, Good handle you picked because you are annoying. George Washington, our first president of the USA, disagrees with you.

      Read true history instead of your cartoons. You do know how to read annoyed?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

      August 22, 2012 at 4:04 am |
  14. Jared

    To be honest, it's far less relevant to his candidacy than his finances.

    E.g. the fact that his tax plan would make him even richer, and most Americans poorer.

    If you think his tax rate of 13% is low enough, you are against his tax plan.

    See? No religious questions there.

    August 22, 2012 at 12:57 am |
  15. Fill

    If corporations are people, can they be religious?

    August 22, 2012 at 12:56 am |
  16. ron smith

    Mitt seems to have a god complex…is this because he will one day be the god of his own planet?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q6brMrFw0E

    August 22, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • Dan

      Wow... way to take a fraction of truth and distort it. I have been an active and devout "Mormon" for over 30 yrs and only about every tenth comment in this video has a hint of 'true' Mormon doctrine and the rest distorts and misleads.
      Why don't you visit https://www.lds.org to learn about the church doctrine direct from the source; trusting these anti-mormon videos and sites would be like trying to research one candidate's policies and platforms by only listening to his rival's opinions.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I'm praying that the rest of your generation received a true education ron.

      Our first president of the USA disagrees with you. You need to educate yourself by reading George Washington's Farewell Address:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

      August 22, 2012 at 4:06 am |
  17. Bootyfunk

    i love how christians call mormonism a cult. ALL religions are cults. ALL sects of christianity are cults. christians make fun of magic underwear, but forget to look how crazy ALL christian fairy tales are. there are unicorns, satyrs, dragons and c.ockatrice in the bible. there are also talking snakes and talking donkeys (just like in Shrek!) a man lives in the belly of a whale for 3 days (just like in Pinocchio!) there is so much rubbish in the bible, it's unbelievable that people consider the whole book anything but childish fairy tales.

    August 22, 2012 at 12:31 am |
    • Kenny

      Magic under.wear are weird, but wearing a model of an instrument of execution isn't?

      August 22, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Jared

      http://www.exmormon.org

      mentions a few things your reporting doesn't.

      August 22, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • JC

      OK...you had me until dragons. Come on, now. We ALL know dragons are real...;-).

      August 22, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Booty, you're a cult unto yourself. Wake up kid. Our first president of the USA disagrees with you. You need to educate yourself by reading George Washington's Farewell Address:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

      August 22, 2012 at 4:07 am |
  18. Jim

    It's even weirder than most of us imagined.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3BqLZ8UoZk

    August 22, 2012 at 12:31 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      looks just as silly as any other christian belief.

      August 22, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • Jim

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0u6clxJmI8

      August 22, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Booty, Booty, Booty. Lies, lies, lies. You need to learn the truth of how our country was founded.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington%27s_Farewell_Address

      August 22, 2012 at 4:09 am |
  19. S E O

    My main objection to Mormonism was the church policy that blacks were cursed. Mormons held this position until 1978. Suddenly their prophet had a "revelation" that blacks were no longer cursed. Of course, most "Christian" congregations had a racial bias for decades. Still, Mormons were more blatant than most. The church also excommunicates gay people.

    August 22, 2012 at 12:30 am |
    • Wyoming

      My main objection to Mormonism was the church policy that blacks were cursed. Mormons held this position until 1978. Suddenly their prophet had a "revelation" that blacks were no longer cursed. Of course, most "Christian" congregations had a racial bias for decades. Still, Mormons were more blatant than most. The church also excommunicates gay people.

      As you noted, most Christian congregation held racist beliefs for centuries, not decades. Early Mormon church members came from these various organization and their backgrounds and cultures certainly influenced how they saw racial issues. A few of the earliest missionaries and priesthood holders were African American. In later years, they were able to join the church but not hold the priesthood. The church doesn't excommunicate people for being gay. However, if someone sleeps with someone other than their spouse, there is a chance that church action will be taken.

      August 22, 2012 at 2:56 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Who would think that in 2012 the race card is played. LOL. S E O, all the races were created on the 6th day. You can read that truth in the Book of Genesis.

      August 22, 2012 at 4:11 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      HS: What truth??? That Adam and Eve were the first people on this planet?? You are off your meds again, aren't you??? That book is so full of crap (like your depends and your brain). The Adam and Eve story has been proven false-it means that in order to populate the world, there would have to be incest (but you probably accept incest as being a good thing). The book of Genesis further to that was written approximately 1300 years before christ (what exact pertinence do you think it could possibly have all these years later?). You need to disconnect your computer and the internet (both invented by Atheists) and get back to your cave...exactly where old bats like you belong!

      August 22, 2012 at 4:30 am |
    • HeavenSent

      TruthPrevailsNot. First you need to learn the Bible. If you did, you wouldn't have to lie or have the need to insult me. Nevertheless, Adam and Eve were created on the 8th day. The 6th day creation was all the races and nationalities.

      Read it for yourself from biblical scholars. http://www.biblestudysite.com/adam.htm

      August 22, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Correction of your lies about atheist creating the internet. Patriotic, military personnel created and developed the internet TruthPrevailsNot. Learn truth instead of searching lies.

      August 22, 2012 at 9:31 am |
  20. MissClarity

    On CNN today, Tuesday, on the Situation room a female reporter said that Romney takes God seriously and won't make a decision without hearing from him. She was suckered to say that because she didn't know what that really mean as she is not a mormon and don't know the dark secrets of their culture and the inner working of the temple.. Here's the truth about that:

    When Mormon's are kids the elders of the Mormon Temple get together in a secret meeting in the dark and give the kids a "blessing" (sounds precious doesn't it?) which consists of fortune telling that is printed out on a computer (may up to 30-60 pages long) and it tells them what they are going to do with their lives. And more:

    Romney had such a blessing (fortune reading) and it said he would be president of the United States someday. Whenn he was in France on mission dodging any military service before and afterward, his missionary mormon buddies and the lady whose home he stayed in report constantly to everyone that Romney was going to be president someday based on the fortune telling ("blessing" )of the Temple Elders.

    Some would say (like the Holy Bible Old Testiment) say that this is witchcraft we are not to consort with the evils of the communicating with the darkside which is hell.. And it is. It's elders of the church channelling to the darkside, receiving messages which fortell the darkside into the future. It's evil.

    Romney says he won't answer a question until he hears from god but not the real God, it's his elders that are channelling to the darkside on how to combat the light of God in the United States and the world. That's why Romney isn't accountable to the citizens of the United States but is accountable to the messengers of the darkside/evil realm in the embodiement of the elders of the mormon temple.

    BEWARE.

    August 22, 2012 at 12:28 am |
    • Correction

      Mormons don't have anything called "temple elders". The only meetings they have in the dark are when the power fails and then they leave. They do give blessings but they are in the manner of are there any sick amount you let them call for the elders of the church. Mormons believe they should be making decisions after thinking about it. Some decisions should be verified with God but he is not going to instruct you on do you want fries with that.

      August 22, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • eolsen

      Clarity gets the award for the most bigotted comment of the day. What a bunch of hogwash. Bigotry in its extremes is considered by some to be a mental illness. However outright lies are just that- ourright lies.t

      August 22, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Um...

      "Correction" is right. As a practicing Mormon, I found "MissClarity's" comment to be really funny. Because it was completely incorrect. Made for an interesting story though.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • dillet

      Anyone who believes this GARBAGE very gullible.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • Wendy

      I don't understand where you got your information as it is completely untrue. If you've ever witnessed a blessing you'd have never written such non-sense.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • Washboy

      What a load of nonsense. There are blessings given of all types given all the time but the one you speak of has been given since the restoration of the Church... so computer generated in the 1800's? and they are typed up after the fact so they can be read if you so desire. They are rarely over a page or two. You are either a moron or a bigot, take your pick but don't open your mouth until you have a friggin clue.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:21 am |
    • Im LDS

      Abraham never gave he's Son's Blessing's?... Blessing and patriarchal Blessing's go back too too the Old Testament.
      Oh well im not going too allow my self too get upset, im more sad than any thing if only you could have new me yr's ago , the Blessings ive recieved and the Testimony i have I love this Church our Prophet and all the leaders. In the last day's many LDS members will be looked at as bad.No matter what the church does , But for us there is Hope and all those who repent-Amen I wish and pray for all who do not have a testimony, that you will ask and pray if this church is true- Goodnight 🙂

      August 22, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • Wait, you were serious?

      You have got to be kidding me with this comment! This is the MOST ridiculous thing I have ever heard! The blessings that infants receive in the LDS church are given by their father, done in front of the entire congregation, in the middle of the day, in a VERY well lit chapel. They are beautiful blessings of faith, health, and strength. There is no "fortune telling" of any kind, unless you consider blessing a child with a propensity to follow Christ, and to love and serve others "fortune telling." These baby blessings are not recorded or "printed out of a computer." Our service is only an hour long, so there is no way a blessing could be 30 – 60 pages long. We've had as many as 3 or 4 baby blessings on one day, and still managed to conduct the rest of the meeting 😉

      What boggles my mind is that in the year 2012 people still believe the ABSURD lies they are told about our faith. Some of the most prominent scholars, scientists, athletes, celebrities, theologians, politicians, and every-day folks all over the world are faithful members of the LDS Church, and thousands upon thousands more join each year. We are perfectly normal, lovely people. We do not practice "witchcraft or sorcery." We worship God, the Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Honestly, If you want to know what we really believe and practice, visit Mormon.com, or LDS.org, or Mormonscholarstestify.org, or one of millions of "Mormon Mommy Blogs," You will find on these sites, THOUSANDS of personal stories written by members of the church. No one is asked or "coerced" to do this. We just want people to know who we are, and to dispel the outright lies ignorant people like you continue to perpetuate.

      This particular story is one I've never heard before, so thanks for a good belly laugh!

      August 23, 2012 at 7:52 am |
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