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. Classical

    i like the irony that man made fuel makes rainbows!

    August 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  2. Classical

    I Pose a question did Jesus Christ pay for the corruption of God's creation or for the corrupt man to return.

    August 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  3. Classical

    was that directed towards me toad? because the Mormons believe they will bring unity peace and no need for money to the world when Jesus returns. and that it can not happen without The Church in Every Country or is that for the church to have control? Good Bad you decide.

    August 25, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
  4. Classical

    Praise other religions! i know nothing of there teachings and wish to keep it that way. What happened to keeping your Word , Honor , and all those other big words!

    August 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  5. Classical

    i dare you to ask how i was raised! i am not a religious hater just trying to show you that Jesus Christ was used to gain land and power which is horrible. i do not recall Jesus Teaching people to slaughter other nations. If this Nation doesn't change its principles i fear for you!

    August 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
  6. Classical

    oh one more thing since we have freedom of religion does that mean we harbor TERRORISTS with a religion that says to kill people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or should someone try and make one FOR FREEDOM... NO THANK YOU I want security!

    August 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  7. Classical

    People are not bad in any church they just don*t question the beliefs of their church. My Idea is to create a local gathering place for every community to practices good morals and ethics belief the only belief we need is to be good for the right reason NOT to go to a afterlife

    August 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • toad

      Unitarians. Check them out.

      August 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
  8. Jonah

    11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
    12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
    13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
    14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (New Testament, Ephesians, Chapter 4)

    Only the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the apostles and prophets spoken of in the New Testament and is organized the way The original church was organized. It is the only church that teaches the original doctrine that Christ taught.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  9. HeavenSent

    An ass looked at me and said (the Bible tells me this is possible) it is a zebra. I asked the ass if perhaps its parents were zebras. It said "No, I'm the only zebra in my family".

    A Mormon came by and said she is a Christian. I asked "How so?" She said "I know that Jesus is the Christ who atoned for the sins of the whole world." I asked the Mormon which Jesus she meant. "The one Joseph Smith taught us about", she said.

    August 24, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      right now you are looking like an ass but calling yourself zebra, at least on this board.

      Hail allah.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • Abinadi

      If Paul were here today, what church would he belong to? Paul actually answered that question in 1 Corinthians, " 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
      11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
      12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
      13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
      14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, abut Crispus and Gaius;
      15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name."
      It is pretty obvious that Paul would not approve of the Lutheran church, or the Methodist, or the Baptist or any of the evangelical churches of the day. He said himself that he would only belong to the Church of Jesus Christ, and if he were alive today, he would belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Days. You can learn more at mormon.org.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Classical

      @ Abinadi belong you mean forced to be born into it or what?

      August 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Classical

      @ Abinadi since J.S. received the "preisthood" from God's {Heavenly Father} angels shouldnt every man have to be ordained by angels and not given by man to every man?? because i dont think every man should hold such "POWER".

      August 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Classical

      and with our mortal mind there is no way to tell the difference between angels. Shake My Hand! ya know the devil knoews!

      August 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  10. NoDoubt

    I'm female and usually vote Democrat but I'll probably vote for Romney even though I'm not a fan of the Mormon religion. Honestly, I don't think anyone will be able to help this country any time soon. But we already know that Obama can't do any better than he already has.

    August 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Obama does not have full control over what goes on. Congress plays a large roll, and so does the biggest companies and the lack of practical regulations on them.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
  11. rob

    The Mormon cult is a repulsive, immoral, disgusting, bigoted organization that spreads hate against others. And Mormon beliefs are laughable. And if they can spend tens of millions of dollars on hate campaigns, why can't they pay taxes? Why are taxpayers subsidizing government services to this pathetic, faux "religion?" The sooner this cult is brought down, the better off the country will be.

    August 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • Sar Chasm

      Such hateful comments... per your description, you're just like a Mormon.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • Real

      Yawn. Do you have anything worth saying?

      August 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • mike

      I agree..sort of. But ALL religiions are cults. I was raised Catholic...LOOK at how the recent and former, papacy has hidden and defended the pedophile preists. And ALL these religions are just sources of "soft money" for politial campaigns. Leaders ro these religions(usually, but sometimes they do) come out and tell the parisherners who to vote for or not for....but the nudging is pretty clear. Statiistically, if you attend church on a regular basis you are more prone to be a politcal conservative. Religion is a soft money pac in and of itself.
      Romney "donoted" a great deal of money to charities...he says. That charity is called THE MORMON CHURCH. And in return is promoted up the ladder of their system..and it's quite the system. Talk to anyone in Utah and they will say it's awful to be on the opposite side fo the Mormons..but great to be ON their side if it just works out that way.
      Even "everyday religion" is simply this: A stepping off point from REALITY. Read Sam Harris and you will start your journey into the light...not the light of religious ignorance, but of scientific FACT. Religion in any of its forms is a LIE and whats more completely ridiculous...But how much more ridiculous is the Mormon fatih from the Catholic or the Muslim or..."(fill in the blank).

      August 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • Abinadi

      Rob, this is your vain imagination. There is nothing disgusting about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is genuine and good and does nothing but good in the world. You seem depressed over something. I can't even imagine why you are taking it out on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It does not deserve any of this.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Jason

      man...let me ask u something...have u attended a mormon worship?have u read the book of mormon?
      it what sense do u have the right to say that?just by rumors? i have read the book of mormon.i attend church. the problem is...i cant see a faithful mormon do those thing that u post?how is that??

      August 25, 2012 at 6:36 am |
  12. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    All religion owes all to Allah, all praise be unto him, by whose will his Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, brought the double penetration dildo into the world. Romney/Ryan, Mormon and Catholic but joined by a dildo, will climb to the heights of world power and show all that all praise should be unto Allah.

    August 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Strange... Salam aleikum to you.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      Muhammad, peace be upon him, brought the double penetration dil-do into the world.

      August 23, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • Moe

      Thank you Mohammad!

      August 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • Larry

      Thank you Mohammad!!

      August 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • Curly

      Thank you thank you Mohammad!!

      August 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Atheists are normal

      There is nothing wrong with being an Atheist. One of the most pernicious effects of religions is that it tends to divorce morality from the reality of human and animal suffering. Religion allows people to imagine that their concerns are moral when they are not – that is, when they have nothing to do with suffering or its alleviation. Indeed, religion allows people to imagine that their concerns are moral when they are highly immoral – that is, when pressing these concerns inflicts unnecessary and appalling suffering on innocent human beings. This explains why Christians expend more "moral" energy opposing abortion than fighting genocide. It explains why you are more concerned about human embryos than about the lifesaving promise of stem-cell research. And it explains why you can preach against condom use in sub-Saharan Africa while millions die from AIDS there each year.

      Keep on praying but I guarantee no one is listening.

      August 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs,

      August 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • DonnerParty

      I used to have faith.No more.There is never a response or it comes 10 years later which would have happened anyway.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  14. Jewel of Allah

    @Eika "Elsewhere you would have been stoned for saying what you said"

    are you suggesting we muslims are primitives and kill our women stoning for no good reasons? You are out of your mind. Islam is the most peaceful religion of the world. But wait! for saying what you just said here IS punishable to death by stoning.

    August 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  15. Jewel of Allah

    All religion owes all to Allah, all praise be unto him, by whose will his Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, brought the double penetration dildo into the world. Romney/Ryan, Mormon and Catholic but joined by a dildo, will climb to the heights of world power and show all that all praise should be unto Allah.

    August 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • What Allah?

      Are you nut? He is just a middle eastern deity, he has no followers or no place in the Western world. Attempting to sell him in America, Europe, is just a waste of time. Instead, you should focus more on selling desert sand in America.

      August 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Jewel of Allah

      What Allah? What a question you ask! The Allah who knew Ibrahim ( إبراهيم‎ ). The Allah of the double penetration dildo.

      August 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • What Allah?

      The Allah with double penetration di-ldo is something new for me. Never heard this before. He must be a very good salesman to sale mechanical dil-dos to conservative arrab women. In any case, salesman Allah has no place in Americas, we have enough Dirk Digglers here.

      August 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  16. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Islamism Is healthy for any other living things, but not for humans since no other living things give a $H|T whether there are 72 hoors in Jannat waiting for them if they die unnatural deaths.

    August 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      hinduism, absurdity of hindu's ID thief's from hindered pagan land india, spewing their hindism, absurdities to hind fool, true face of hindu's, crooks.

      August 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  17. Reality

    Being fair about it:



    Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

    "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does Obam and his family) (And Biden) (And Ryan)

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Real


      August 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • Reality

      More from the humming front:

      How much money would the following save the US taxpayers ?: And how many “souls” would be saved?

      Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:
      There never were and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of horror and terror LIKE 9/11.

      – One trillion dollars over the next several years as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will end.

      – Eighteen billion dollars/yr to Pakistan will stop.

      – Four billion dollars/yr to Egypt will end.

      Saving 2 billion lost Christians including the Mormons:
      There were never any bodily resurrections and there will never be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity!!!

      – The Mormon empire will now become taxable as will all Christian "religions" and evangelical non-profits since there is no longer any claim to being a tax-exempt religion.
      – the faith-based federal projects supported by both Bush and Obama will be eliminated saving $385 million/yr and another $2 billion/yr in grants.

      – Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
      Abraham and Moses never existed.

      – Four billion dollars/yr to Israel saved.

      – All Jewish sects and non-profits will no longer be tax exempt.

      Now all we need to do is convince these 3.5+ billion global and local citizens that they have been conned all these centuries Time for a YouTube,Twitter and FaceBook campaign!!!!

      August 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
  18. Joe

    DENVER — Two University of Colorado professors have devised a model to pred ict who will win the presidential election under current economic circu mstances. The victor, they say, will be Republican Mitt Romney.

    The model uses economic indi cators from all 50 states to predict the race's outcome. The forecast calls for Romney to win 320 electoral votes out of 538. It says Romney will also win virtually every state currently considered a swing state, including Colorado.

    The professors who created the model, Ken Bickers from CU-Boulder and Michael Berry from CU-Denver, say it correctly forecast every winner of the electoral since 1980.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  19. Is this really about religion?

    I am a religious person. I believe in God and Jesus Christ. I have met and associated with many people who's religious beliefs are different than mine. I have met Atheist who live useful, happy and meaningful lives without belief in a god. I have also met many people who regardless of their religious beliefs are evil and live selfish, prideful lives.
    To me the differences we all have is what makes this life rich and beautiful. How boring this world would be if we were all the same. Unfortunately we live in a world where differences are not tolerated. If someone looks, acts, or believes different than we do then they must be bad. Shame on all of you who fit into that category.
    I have met Mormons who find great joy and happiness in their lives and want to share that with others because they want other to be happy too. I have met 7th day Adventists who do the same. I admire the Jehovah Witnesses who sacrifice of their time and energy to go out and share their message with others. I don't share any of their religious beliefs but I admire their commitment to their morals values and their God.
    There are good and bad people in all walks of life. Setting that aside....the real issues in this election are centered around who is going to lead this country in the direction that most resembles the America our Fore Fathers set it up to be? People stop poking around the non issues! All your doing is drawing attention away from what we should be focusing on. Do your homework about the individuals running our country and about the individuals wanting to run our country. Education is key. Stop listening to everyone else's opinions and start forming your own! Who is the best candidate to start the long climb of getting our country out of this deficit and out of debt? Who is the best candidate to improve the unemployment issue? Who is the best candidate to.....you pick....what's important to you? Look at the track records of our candidates and what they have done so far....will they lead us in the direction you feel is best for the people of our country? THEN, after you have studied it out and gained an education, go to your God or your heart or whatever it is you believe in and allow yourself to be led to vote for what is going to be best for our country and our people. Our families our children and our future as well as our present are the real issues!! Amen.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

      mormon Romney is nothing else but a hindu ignorant pseudo Jew', criminal self centerd like his hindu sanatan, filthy goon man god's Jew's, filthy self centered, claiming to be a hindu pagan christian, follower of hindu Mithra ism, savior ism labeled as Christianity in hinduism, absurdity to fool humanity.

      No one ever existed by the name of Jesus, and son of bless Mary had nothing to do with their hinduism, Christianity, named EASU, anointed one.

      Do not elect any of these mormon denier's of truth absolute hindu gentile filthy slave Christian's of hindu Jew's., criminal self centered, they will do nothing for people of Africa, but use every way to make American's,and rest of the humanity gentiles, slave of hindu Jew's, filthy self centered, enemies of truth absolute. Mormon Romney does not qualify to be called Englo-American by his hindu pagan faith, criminal belief, let alone make him a president of USA.

      Hail Allah, reelect Obama, a true hier of Mohammad.

      August 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  20. lisa.mays

    I could care less if he is a mormon, the fact that he wants to oppress women and is a liar and has no respect for the environment but only out to keep money in the rich person's pocket is why I won't be voting for him. I don't know how any intelligent women could vote republican... oh wait, they don't.

    August 23, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Erika

      Lisa, could your argument apply to conservative women right now? Why all this hate towards people who think diferent from you? How would you feel if you found nothing but carbon copies of yourself running around in this world – hateful and angry? If we assume that everything comes from God and it was given to us to use, would that not require some respect for the giver and all the gifts? I know that Romney respects all of God's creation und by using resources wisely, would lift everybody. When investors have more to invest, they create more jobs (lower and higher paying ones alike, depending on qualification of individuals) and therefore make all our lives better. Having the freedom to excell from what ever station in life you are, is a very precious thing. Believe me, I know from having lived in other countries and cultures. Elsewhere you would have been stoned for saying what you said, here in the USA you are free to do that. You are even free to kill your unborn child but please do not expect that I pay for it. Romney would not take that right away from you but he would, rightfully so, expect you to take responsibility for your actions. As far as I am concerned, you might be a very nice person but you should give some thought to why you act so angry, Best wishes.

      August 23, 2012 at 11:44 am |
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