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August 30th, 2012
03:53 PM ET

Convention’s Mormon speakers expected to shed light on Romney’s faith life

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Mitt Romney is famously quiet about his Mormon faith, but his campaign has said that some of Thursday’s speakers at the Republican National Convention will shed light on the candidate’s role in the church - and that Romney may open about his faith, too.

Thursday’s invocation will be delivered by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins, Mormons whom Romney befriended in their Massachusetts ward - the word Mormons use for church. Another Romney Mormon friend and former co-worker, Grant Bennett, will deliver a prime-time speech.

The speakers are part of the campaign’s broader attempt to humanize Romney at this week’s convention, which has played host to a prominent speech by Romney’s wife, Ann, and will feature speeches from more Romney friends on Thursday.

Campaign aides have hinted that Bennett would talk about Romney’s leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bennett was a bishop in Romney’s ward, serving after Romney had been bishop - the rough equivalent of a minister or priest - in the early 1980s. The Romney campaign has said that a church leader would speak Thursday about the experience of trying to “"fill Gov. Romney's shoes."

That leader appears to be Bennett, who talked to CNN’s Gloria Borger this year about following Romney as a bishop.

As soon as he stepped into the bishop’s role, Bennett told Borger, he was moved by his predecessor’s humility. Romney had just stepped down as a Mormon stake president - the rough equivalent of a bishop in the Catholic Church. But Romney immediately approached Bennett about his next assignment, saying he’d “look forward to any assignment that you’ll give me.”

That first post-leadership assignment turned out to be Sunday school teacher.

“It was a wonderful example of the idea that in the church we rotate and serve each other and learn from each other,” Bennett said.

He also spoke of Romney’s frugality. After a busy day of church meetings, a volunteer would always be tasked with making sure every light was turned off and that all the doors were locked. Romney has a “sort of a visceral dislike for waste,” Bennett said, and “would never leave the building without walking through every room and turning off every light.”

A key episode in Romney’s stint as bishop was a destructive fire at his ward’s almost-completed Mormon meeting house in Belmont, Massachusetts. It was a suspected arson, though the cause of the fire was ultimately unknown.

Following the blaze, various nearby houses of worship - Catholic, Protestant and Jewish - invited the Mormon ward to meet in their buildings while it rebuilt. Bennett said that Romney’s response was telling: He decided that the ward would meet in a handful of different houses of worship as a way to build ties in a community that seemed suspicious of Mormonism.

“He did it that way both to express appreciation to accept the offer of help but also to simply get to know our neighbors. … He saw this as a bridge-building opportunity,” Bennett said. “And it really did set the stage for the church being in Belmont, perhaps more actively involved really in interfaith kinds of relationships certainly than we had been.”

Bennett worked under Romney at Bain Capital but said he was always impressed with Romney’s emphasis on family and service rather than just making money.

Could some of those themes emerge in Bennett’s Thursday speech? He didn’t reply to requests for comments this week.

Ken Hutchins, who with his wife will give the invocation Thursday, is not expected to speak specifically about Romney’s faith. But he told the Deseret News this month that Romney, while serving as stake president for the church, tapped him to be a bishop. The Deseret News paints a nice picture of the relationship:

… (T)he two men could not have been more different. Romney, the son of an auto industry CEO and former governor, was the CEO of Bain Capital. Hutchins, the son of a union organizer for mill workers in Massachusetts, was chief of police in a small town. … Together, he and Romney carted Mormon teenagers all over Boston for youth activities, figured out to build congregations for a burgeoning community of foreign-speaking Mormon immigrants in inner city Boston, and helped bring a Mormon temple to Boston.

"We had some just outrageous, wonderful, memory-stoking youth events," Hutchins told the Deseret News. "Mitt was an integral part of those memories. I spent time with him there and talked with him and got to live with him so to speak. He was a terrific leader."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (552 Responses)
  1. judy

    we know what the underware looks like we want to see the tax statements. If mormon women dont't care about being second class citizens I don't care . If they don't care that they don't get to the same plane in heaven as their husbands so what. It is a religion for men run by men and thats fine if you are dumb enough to believe all the dribble that the mormon church puts out thats your problem. THe muslim religion goes back thousands of years but these clowns made this up less than 200 years ago. believe what you want. All smoke and mirrors to me.

    August 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Hour of Power

      judy, I don't feel I am being heard but I want you to know that it is ok. It is ok to express your feelings but keep this in mind; you cannot positively affect a person until you show them understanding first. Stroke them, then stroke yourself. It is a wonderful release.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Please Dont Contact ME

      I can't wait for Romney's speech since he is supposed to discuss what his faith is. Let's see if he tells the truth or spin different stories similar to their false prophets changing their so called doctrine whenever the mood strikes.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Howard

      THE MORMONS NEVER FLEW PLANES INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ... OR ENGAGED IN HONOR KILLINGS ... AND, THEY NEVER PARTICIPATED IN THE INQUISITIONS EITHER !!!

      August 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  2. Leslie Todd

    I know alot about the Mormon Church , I cant say its a normal or standard Church that Christians could identify with , I would like to hear the truth or what they call the truth about their CORE BELIEFS , for the most part its closed to the public ,surrounded by secrecy and corrupted by the good o'l boy system ,where MONEY is allways first in their all of their scheems .

    August 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Hour of Power

      Leslie, I believe your concern over the Mormons may be misplaced anger at yourself. One's core beliefs, no matter how alien they may seem to you, may merely be a bridge to a higher understanding of understanding. Look within and build your bridge. They mound you fondle may very well be your own.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Lo Freakin L

      You say you know alot about his church then say you wanna hear about his core beliefs? Contradiction right there sir. I have a lot of Mormon friends so I have seen a poster a good number of times recently. Its a picture of 2 of their missionaries and the phrase says "Mormons, the most secretive church that knocks on your door to tell you all about it" If you wanna know about them, seek them out! Weirdo.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • Leslie Todd

      I said Core Beliefs , not what they show on the out side ...... they need to square with the people ....... tell us what they really believe not this phoney crap that they use only to hide the real Mormon Church and its reason for being here.
      Why dont Romney want to talk about his Church , what is he hideing ?

      August 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      Leslie, why can't yoo spell, wut are you hideing?

      August 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • Please Dont Contact ME

      Leslie, as a former Mormon I know that you are not allowed to question their church, period. Red flag alert right there! Wonderful thing is we now have the internet and you can google Mormon beliefs. I agree the church only puts out what they want you to know. Some people have been Mormons for years and don't even know their true core beliefs because they don't teach those on any given Sunday. I left the church because I learned the Mormon church contradicts the Bible. Enough said.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • sam

      @HoP: Are we building this bridge inside the mound, or over it? I need better directions.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • IDSpud

      @ Don't Contact Me: Most, not all, of the members of the LDS Church know very much about the Bible, and how the core beliefs are supported by the Bible. You certainly can believe otherwise. I'll not question how well you have studied the doctrine, but my own studies have found great alignment between Bible and LDS core doctrines.

      August 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  3. NoTags

    "If it had not been for Joseph Smith and the restoration there would be no salvation There is no salvation outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" (Mormon Doctrine p.670) by Bruce R. McConkie.

    The Church of Latter Day Saints believes that salvation is not attainable outside the LDS Church and all other religions are an abomination.

    August 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Please Dont Contact ME

      They also believe you are entered into the so called highest part of Heaven by your works as a good Mormon. Excuse me but doesn't the Bible say 2Tim.1:9 Saved us, not according to our works, but according to His grace AND Eph.2:8,9 For by grace are ye saved through faith, not of yourselves...not of works... What Bible does the Mormons believe in?

      August 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @NoTags

      " The Church of Latter Day Saints believes that salvation is not attainable outside the LDS Church and *all other religions are an abomination*. "

      Now how unusual is that for a particular religion or brand of religion to think that all the other's are wrong.

      Peace...

      August 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  4. us_1776

    Did anyone else notice the close similarity between Mormonism and Scientology?

    It's scary.

    .

    August 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Leslie Todd

      I would say it would be more similer to the Muslim religion , Polygamy is very prevalent in Utah and the surrounding states , Everyone knows its going on but its wrapped up in Secrecy , Many City ,County , and State Officials are protecting the polygamus families , and some are probabaly living that life style , They have their own phone book " Yellow Pages " they will only use that book to hire a contractor , They have their own Employee Office where they have Mormons in management to hire them from the Church Office , they enjoy many perks the other employees dont .

      August 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Please Dont Contact ME

      Funny article I found on the internet:
      Where Mormonism meets Scientology – Telegraph Blogs
      blogs.telegraph.co.uk › News › Religion › Damian Thompson

      August 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Nah,

      Volcanos, DC8s, Nuclear weapons? Scientology wins by a country mile.

      Tonight on Ultimate MMA, Elohim and Xenu will battle for Kolob versus Teegeeack.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @GOPer

      LOL ! 😀

      Peace...

      August 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  5. Toro39

    Mitt & his wife will be as Gods in the here after and will rule their own Planet like Gods. Really, why do you think they don't let anyone into the temples to see what goes on. Do we really need a God ruling the USA.

    August 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  6. Garland Wright

    What Mormons and the media refuse to address is the Morman belief that black people are the curse of cain. Yes Mr Smith had a vision and started Mormonism in the mid 1860's. However, because of the government Mormons officially gave up on polygamy (multible wifes). It was not until 1978 that black people were except into the Mormon church. CNN TELL THE TRUTH

    August 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • Please Dont Contact ME

      It all seems rather convenient to the Mormons to change their doctrine whenever the pressure gets to much for them. Example: polygamy changed after the pressure of imprisonment. Their racist beliefs about black people being marked by sin changed whenever there was enormous pressure and loss of $ from BYU sports being denied play with other colleges. ALSO let's not forget this fabulous Mormon statement: Church president Brigham Young said "If the White man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain (those with dark skin), the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Murphdogz

      Ok, maybe you haven't been paying attention but the LDS church has repeatedly addressed and answered questions about this subject and many many others. The problem is, the public really isn't listening. Of course you can spin anything to sound weird. You don't have to be LDS or even believe in a God to seek for understanding of a group or individuals beliefs. If you want sincere answers, they are there. If you don't, then please at least stop trying to ruffle the feathers of other reasonable people.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • magnum12

      Why don't you ask black people who are Mormons how they are treated in the LDS Church?

      August 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • myeasyrecipebox

      April 6, 1830 would be the correct date of the organization of the church. Due diligence in research please.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Please Dont Contact ME

      Murphdogz: The LDS explanation of their racist treatment of black people does not explain anything other than that they are lead by false prophets. Evidence: Smith also stated that "there is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantages. The reason is that we once had an estate before we came here, and were obedient; more or less, to the laws that were given us there. Those who were faithful in all things there received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less" (Doctrines of Salvation 1:61). Is it possible the Mormons false prophets changed their official doctrine due to financial reasons and possibly losing their tax exampt status? Perhaps?

      August 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  7. kls817

    This article is all just a bunch of bigotry. We don't need to track how many mormons there are in the room. This kind of bean counting is what liberals do regarding people of color or gays.
    CNN: stop printing bigotry from either the left or the right.

    August 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • just sayin

      Hey you're a bigot for calling people bigots, bigot! Take your bigot bigot bigot somewhere else, bigot!!

      God bless.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  8. rad666

    All religions are cults, think about them, what they do and what they try to make people do. I'm talking about the organized parts of the cult, not talking about whether or not someone believes in god

    August 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • magnum12

      Jesus was accused of being a cult leader by the people of the day. It eventually led to his death.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  9. DandyStyker

    When I was a Mormon I would go to my bishop for a "temple worthiness" interview. In addition to asking about the money I gave to the church, and whether or not I believed Mormonism is the only true church, I was asked if I was honest in all my dealings with my fellow man. These are standard questions - all Mormons are supposed to be asked these questions, in order to get a temple recommend.

    So how does Mitt Romney qualify for a recommend? He lies often and repeatedly about Obama. He is deliberate and cunning in the ways he lies. Is this an example of being "honest" in all his "dealings" with his fellow man?

    The church won't give non-Mormon parents permission to enter the temples to see their Mormon kids get married. So how do they justify letting Romney "pollute the house of the Lord" by coming into the temple a confirmed liar?

    We all know the reason, right? It's because Mitt gives millions and millions to the church. Nothing speaks more about the immorality of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons, or LDS) than the fact they give a temple recommend to a guy like Mitt.

    August 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • James

      Who are you to judge Romney? Are you God? Do you have the power to Judge? I think not. The temple worthiness interviews are in all reality Romney and his relationship with God. The Bishop is there to ask the questions and if a person wants to confess they can, if not, then they lie and get their recommend. However, God will know and thats what the whole temple is about. Its about people and their relationship with their Heavenly Father. If I were you, I would think twice before judging someone.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • visitor

      Some Catholic Churches turned the other way when Mafia were killing people because Mafia members gave so much to the Church.

      As for Romney, until he discusses any possible ties between Bain seed money and the Death Squads, and releases those tax returns, nothing he or his wifey says means anything to me.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  10. Hour of Power

    I am sensing a great deal of anger here today. This is normal but you don't have to carry this awful burden. You truly do have a friend who wants to help. Just open your heart to the possiblities. The mistake people often make is that they think they have to believe in God in order to believe in God. You don't. Just don't shut your heart to Him, He will do the rest. He will stroke you as you would stroke yourself.

    August 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  11. jake

    coming soon

    A MORMON AMERICA,

    GOD HELP US

    August 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Ronald Regonzo

      A Republican/ Cult President may be just what the doctor ordered to override the Supreme court and the const i tuional interpretations and return America to being one nation under God. After all as a Republican he is set free from the burden of telling the political truth and as a cultist he will not be limited by religious truth. Romney / Ryan 2012

      August 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • just sayin

      Ronald please give my pants back I think they're under your side of the bed. God bless

      August 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • paul allen

      its better than the Muslim lunitic @ 1600 PA right now

      August 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Dude

      Soon to be replaced by a Muslim America. It will happen, by force if necessary.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  12. Reality

    Romney believes that the horn-blowing angel Moroni appeared to the con artist Joe Smith. Not good for someone who wants to be president of any group !!!

    Obama "mouths" that he is Christian i.e. believes in gay Gabriel and war-mongering Michael the Archangel and Satan. BO's support of abortion/choice however vitiates has Christianity as he is the leader of the Immoral Majority who are now the largest voting block in the country. Immoral Majority you ask??

    The 78 million voting "mothers and fathers" of aborted womb babies !!! (2012 -1973 Rowe vs. Wade = 39 years.

    39 years x 2 million/yr = 78 million. Abortion rate in the USA as per the CDC is one million/yr.

    And the presidential popular vote in 2008? 69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM. The population of the Immoral Majority in 2008? ~ 70 million !!!!!!

    And therefore, no matter what Romney may say or do, he will not win the presidency.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    August 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  13. eileen

    Faith dosent matter ,The sit in church every week ,have affairs when the can ,on there loveing family,,Pray on Sunday Screw the rest of week , Rip the middle class of big time,,There are a lot of good people with no faith ,that would do better,,We dont want to here how great u are ,,Talk about what u can do for ur country,,

    August 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • eileen

      Way to go..

      August 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  14. NC Mom

    Are they going to provide a list of Christians, Jews , Muslims etc. that have been secretly Baptized after death to be Mormon by Romney and his family.

    August 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • B_Hos

      Are you saying they did? Because I don't think that is accurate.....

      August 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @B_Hos,

      there was a lot of outrage when it was discovered that Mormons were performing post-mortem baptisms on Jewish Holocaust victims. There descendents were (unsurprisingly) outraged.

      This was some years back. Google is your friend.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • B_Hos

      I know what happened and didn't say it didn't. My comment is in reference to the Romney family and that occurrence. Does Google tell you that? There's a difference between facts and slander....which is what most of these comments are – just slander

      August 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Fun (and disgusting) fact. They've baptized Anne Frank up to 6 times and David Pearlman a couple of times as well. Not only are they baptizing dead holocaust victims, but they are doing it multiple times because apparently they're horrifically inefficient.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @B_hos

      The Romney's have personally baptized Ann Romney's dead father, an outspoken atheist who was against all religion, especially Mormon.

      Not slander if it's true AND I believe if it's in writing it's libel, not slander.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @B_Hos,

      perhaps you can correct me, but I understood that to be the God of your own planet or his eternally pregnant concubine, you have to be descended from an unbroken line of Mormans – hence the requirement for Baptism of the dead?

      August 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • visitor

      Oh yes they do. My Methodist aunt in law was mighty angry when her cousin baptized the dead family members. My mother in law just figured cousin X was a kook.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  15. us_1776

    Hey Mitt, seriously man, what's the deal with all this polygamy stuff?

    You know, some people don't take too kindly to that kind of stuff.

    .

    August 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Mitt

      Shh, can't talk about that

      August 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Murphdogz

      Ok, maybe you haven't been paying attention but the LDS church has repeatedly addressed and answered questions about this subject and many many others. In a world where every illegitimate form of love is accepted and even admired, there have to be other things for you to target. You don't have to be LDS or even believe in a God to seek for understanding of a group or individuals beliefs. If you want sincere answers, they are there. If you don't, then please at least stop trying to ruffle the feathers of other reasonable people.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  16. us_1776

    Hey Mitt, seriously man, can you explain this Planet-Sun Golob thing?

    So which is it? A planet. Or a sun?

    And who's this Space Alien that lives there?

    .

    August 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Lewis Keseberg

      Can we also have Ryan explain the whole cannibalism thing?

      August 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Mitt

      Kolob, shh

      August 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Lewis,

      like in this old gem?

      "I've always felt there was an inconsistency in the church's dogma. For example, it was all right for a soldier to kill a man on Friday, but it was a sin to eat him."

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKWI41G8h_A

      Tom Lehrer, we miss you. Oh for a Tom Lehrer song on Mormonism.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  17. Reading Ignorant Peoples Comments

    99% of the comments here (and on any website for that matter that lets someone make a comment on) are unbelievably idiotic. We should shut down all comment sections online and let all you idiots crawl back under your respective rocks. It’s like reading a transcript from a kindergarten class…”Mormons are cults. Atheists suck. Obama is stupid. Blah Blah Blah…” My guess is that the majority of the idiots here are the unemployed, complainers who want handouts from those of us that are productive and contribute to society.

    August 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • .

      The above comment clearly belongs into the 99% described therein.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      You are here too genius.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Huebert

      If you hate comment sections so much why are you reading this one?

      August 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Reading Ignorant Peoples Comments

      I'm the 1%...Hate me. Thanks for proving my point.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Mormonism is a cult. Obama is stupid, in the pejorative sense anyway. Love atheism though.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • .

      You can think you're not a moron all you want, evidence clearly shows otherwise

      August 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • just sayin

      Wish I could be super special awesome like you

      Where are my pants, snowflake? Do you have them? God bless

      August 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Huebert

      Going to an internet message board to complain about how much you hate internet message boards is like going to a strip club to complain about how much you hate ti.ts.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Murphdogz

      Oh so true! Post this a million times!

      August 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  18. Alien Orifice

    Heaven is a place in Hell.
    A place where Angels and Demons dwell.
    The bell rings, the Devil Swings and on God’s throne he begins to dwell.
    Looking through space and time the duality of the immortals shine.
    The singing begins and the song is one of the infinite.
    Universes are sung, galaxies too.
    Star and planet, me and you.
    But we can hear the singing not.
    For we are here on this planet caught.
    The web we weave to cry and deceive.
    Robs us of our own immortal lot.

    August 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      Like the existence of Andrea Yates' chlidren, for instance.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi prayer-bot.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • nope

      @face palm
      nope
      As I recall that the problem with that was shown to you earlier by someone. it is the height of ignorance to come back to your vomit.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      @nope,

      An earlier poster used a lame argument using the No True Scottsman Fallacy.

      It's still an Epic Fail.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • just sayin

      @nope

      I want my pants back. God bless

      August 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • nope

      you wouldn't know a fallacy if it bit you on the ass

      August 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Here is a small example of what prayer did:

      Ian Burdick, age 15, died November 10, 1987, in Sherman Oaks, California, of diabetes without medical care. At his death Ian was 5'8" tall and weighed 87 pounds. A Christian Science nurse and practitioner had been retained to treat Ian's disease.

      Robyn Twitchell, age two, died in April, 1986, in Boston, Massachusetts, of a bowel obstruction. A simple operation to remove the twisting of the bowel would have most likely saved Robyn's life. Robyn was seriously ill over a five day period; he was in severe pain, vomiting intermittently and he had serious difficulty eating and sleeping. The parents, David and Ginger Twitchell, contacted a church practitioner the first day of Robyn's illness. The practitioner treated the boy's serious medical illness only by prayer. Subsequently, Robyn's illness became "much worse": he was shaking and vomiting and then became unresponsive. Still the parents and the practitioner did not seek medical help, preferring instead to use prayer as the only treatment.

      More of this damaging crap can be found at http://www.masskids.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=161&Itemid=165

      August 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      nope the dope: Andrea Yates was found not guilty by reason of Religious Psychosis...she drowned 5 innocent children because of a belief in your god.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • captain america

      Since you do not live here no one really gives a sh it what you think liar prevails, the best you ever come up with is total bull sh it. There's your sign

      August 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • just sayin

      captain maybe I left my pants in your room, I can't remember. God bless

      August 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Captain Ass: They let you out for the weekend. FREEDOM of SPEECH YOU DELUSIONAL FUCK...your opinion is not merited nor cared about

      August 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Dude

      You pray, I'll get a bull dozer and a few sticks of dynamite. Let's see who moves that mountain faster. Feel free to bring as many friends as you like to pray along. I just need my shoveler.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  20. Rational Libertarian

    If the Republicans had absolutely no social policies, I'd vote for them. As is though, I think I'll go and live in a cave until a third party (hopefully the Libertarians) offer a viable alternative to the two BS parties.

    August 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      Why wouldn't you vote for Johnson – because you don't think he's viable? I wonder how many people don't vote for a third party because of that type of reasoning. Wouldn't it be better to vote for the third party candidate so that we can at least make progress away from this awful two party system?

      August 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      I'm actually not a huge fan of Johnson. I wouldn't class his social policies as completely libertarian, and to me, social libertarianism is marginally more important than the fiscal side of things, although that is also very important to me.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      Viability aside, would you consider Johnson to be a stronger candidate than either Obama or Romney?

      August 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • J.W

      Eventually the two main parties will probably be the Socialists and the Libertarians.

      August 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @J.W,

      sadly not while the fundies hold voters in thrall below their pulpits.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Yes facepalm, definitely. However, I'm far too cynical to vote for somebody who has no chance.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      J.W

      Highly unlikely, seeing as socialists and libertarians hate social conservatism, and if there's one thing the retarded general population love, it's social conservatism.

      August 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
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