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Can Mitt Romney’s evangelical ambassador seal the deal before Election Day?
Mark DeMoss and Mitt Romney at Liberty University, where Romney delivered the commencement address in May.
September 1st, 2012
10:00 PM ET

Can Mitt Romney’s evangelical ambassador seal the deal before Election Day?

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The task of selling a Mormon presidential candidate to evangelical America has fallen to a public relations man who’s not even getting paid for what may be the toughest sales job of his career.

For six years, Mark DeMoss has served as Mitt Romney’s unofficial evangelical ambassador, making the case that born-again Christians should help elect the first Mormon to the White House.

It has often been a lonely job.

During this year’s primaries, DeMoss found himself addressing audiences of evangelical leaders in which nearly everyone was rooting for another candidate: Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry – anybody but Romney.

“It would have been tough for anyone other than Mark,” says Richard Land, the public policy chief for the Southern Baptist Convention, remembering how DeMoss performed in one hostile setting last January. “The audience was stacked for Santorum and Gingrich.

“But he has a lot of street cred with evangelicals,” Land says of DeMoss. “He understands us because he’s one of us. So he did great.”

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Now that Romney has outlasted the other candidates to become the Republican nominee for president, DeMoss is using that street cred to help the candidate close the deal with evangelical voters in the weeks before Election Day.

It’s unclear whether he will succeed.

Polls show that although most evangelicals have come around to Romney, there’s a sizable chunk who have not. With those voters making up a huge part of the GOP base in swing states like Ohio, Iowa and Virginia, whether DeMoss’ gambit works could mean the difference between an Obama or a Romney White House.

For DeMoss, who is officially a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, the stakes of his work go well beyond electoral politics. He’s trying to open the American evangelical mind.

“I took this on to tackle prejudicial attitudes,” DeMoss says, explaining how he approached Romney about running for president in 2006, convinced that the then-Massachusetts governor was the most qualified man for the presidency that he’d ever seen.

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“I discussed it with Romney the first time we met,” he continues, sitting in his room at the elegant Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg, his home during the convention. “It bothered me that some evangelicals said they couldn’t support a Mormon for president. As a public relations guy, I wanted to change that mindset.”

Which is why DeMoss was in front of the North Carolina delegation at the convention Monday morning, arguing that it’s unfair for some Republicans to insist on a presidential nominee with whom they agree about everything.

“My advice to those folks is perhaps you should run yourself the next time,” DeMoss told the evangelical-heavy delegation in a Hilton Hotel ballroom, still abuzz about a powerhouse speech that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had delivered a few minutes earlier.

“My wife and I have been married for 24 years,” DeMoss said, “and I don’t agree with her on everything.”

Looking professorial in tortoiseshell glasses, a blue blazer and a white polo shirt tucked into khakis, DeMoss never mentioned religion or Romney’s Mormonism.

But you could tell it was a big part of what he was talking about.

It’s why he told the delegation that he has prayed with Mitt Romney and shared scripture with him and has even sought parenting advice from Romney and his wife, Ann.

After years of traveling and visiting with the Romney, DeMoss told the crowd, “I trust his values - for I’m fully convinced they mirror my own.”

It might not sound like much, but an evangelical Christian vouching for a Mormon’s values in front of ballroom full of fellow believers can be a powerful thing.

At least that’s the hope.

Lessons from the Moral Majority

DeMoss developed an appreciation for Mormons from a somewhat unlikely source: the evangelical giant Jerry Falwell.

He enrolled at Liberty University, Falwell’s school, in 1980, the year after his father died of a heart attack. Falwell, a fundamentalist preacher, would become like a second father.

DeMoss’s dad had been friends with Falwell – DeMoss says it’s unclear if the insurance marketing company his father founded, National Liberty Corp., helped give Liberty University its name – and Mark found work in Falwell’s office after graduation.

By the time he was 23, DeMoss was serving as Falwell’s chief of staff and spokesman, helping his boss run a growing evangelical empire that included the Lynchburg, Virginia, university and a new organization Falwell had helped found: the Moral Majority.

The organization aimed to bring evangelicals back into the political fold, after millions of them had spent decades sitting out elections, convinced that politics were a dirty, ungodly business.

“We traveled the country, challenging pastors to get involved. He outworked staff  that were half his age” DeMoss says of Falwell, who died at 73 in 2007.

Mark DeMoss with Jerry Falwell at 1992 Republican Convention in San Diego, California.

Falwell taught him how political organizing works, from the grassroots to the very top. He took him to meetings with President Ronald Reagan, whom the Moral Majority had helped elect, and President George H.W. Bush.

Among the most important lessons Falwell taught, DeMoss says, is that politics is the art of the possible.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who was more politically conservative than Falwell, but he became increasingly pragmatic,” DeMoss says, eating blueberries from a plastic cup in his hotel room. “He was more practical and open-minded than a lot of people saw.”

As he waged crusades against abortion and for prayer in schools, Falwell proudly linked arms with non-evangelicals. While others in the burgeoning Christian Right wanted to organize only among their own flocks, the Moral Majority chief pushed an idea called co-belligerency: people of different religious backgrounds setting aside theological differences to pursue common political goals.

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“A lot of people forget this or didn’t know it to begin with, but the Moral Majority was a coalition of evangelicals, Catholics, Jews and Mormons,” DeMoss says. “It was not an evangelical organization.”

Mormons consider themselves to be Christians, but some evangelicals and other traditional Christians disagree. While Mormons treat the Bible as Scripture, they also consider the Book of Mormon to be a holy book

There are other big differences between Mormonism and traditional Christianity, including the Mormon belief that the modern prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can receive revelations from God. Traditional Christians believe that the period for such revelations is over.

But Falwell’s insistence on coalition building with Mormons and others stuck with DeMoss long after he left the Lynchburg in 1991 to start his own Christian PR firm in Atlanta.

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The firm, called the DeMoss Group, took Falwell as its first client and quickly added business from big Christian groups like Chuck Colson’s Prison Ministries, Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse and Christian Crusade for Christ.

More than 20 years later, those groups are still with DeMoss.

“What makes Mark different than a lot other guys in this business is that he’s independently wealthy,” says Graham, who notes that DeMoss’ wife, April, is also from a family that started an insurance company.

“I find him to shoot straight because he’s not trying to keep my business,” Graham says. “I think he’s more concerned with trying to be honest. He will bill you and then at the same time he’ll make a big contribution back to you.”

Mark DeMoss with the Rev. Franklin Graham, a client since 1991.

Though DeMoss has kept his work for Romney, which is unpaid, separate from the DeMoss Group, the relationships he built over decades through his PR work are key to selling Romney to evangelical leaders.

Graham had never met Romney before DeMoss arranged for 15 conservative Christian leaders to visit Romney’s Massachusetts home in 2007, when he was preparing to make his first run for president.

As the leaders took turns introducing themselves, many volunteered that they had traveled to Romney’s home mostly because DeMoss had asked them.

By the end of the meeting, Romney had made some new friends.

“Sometimes on TV someone can appear one way but when you meet them face to face you see the personal side of him,” says Graham, recalling the meeting. “After I met Governor Romney I liked him very much and even more l liked his wife and his marriage and his commitment to family.”

As for theological issues that interested some of the evangelicals, Graham says Romney “answered those questions extremely well.”

Since then, DeMoss has helped evangelical leaders not only become more comfortable with the idea of a Mormon in the White House but also with Romney’s evolving position on issues like gay marriage and abortion.

“He’s absolutely trusted as a pro-life person,” Land says of DeMoss. “When he says Governor Romney is pro-life, that means something. That helps.”

Land is among the many evangelical leaders who use DeMoss to relay concerns or advice to the governor.

“Mark’s a trusted negotiator,” says Land, who had dinner with Romney and DeMoss last year.

Though Romney’s 2008 campaign was unsuccessful, DeMoss counted it as a victory that no major evangelical figure came out against him over his faith, even if few publicly endorsed his campaign.

Four years later, there still aren’t many prominent evangelicals who’ve come out publicly for Romney.

And there are questions about where Romney stands with rank-and-file evangelicals. A recent Pew poll found that, while most white evangelicals support Romney, a quarter are uncomfortable with his religion. Just one in five in that group are strongly pro-Romney.

Ten weeks before Election Day, it’s not where a Republican nominee wants a key part of his base to be.

Visiting Salt Lake

DeMoss’ case for why evangelicals can enthusiastically support a Mormon candidate echo Falwell’s arguments about why evangelicals and Mormons should be political allies.

It goes like this: If evangelicals are OK with seeing a Mormon doctor or flying with a Mormon pilot, DeMoss reasons, shouldn’t they be OK with a Mormon president? We’re electing a commander-in-chief, not a pastor-in-chief, right?

Plus, fixing the national economy – the No.1 issue in this election – doesn’t really have anything to do with religion.

In fact, DeMoss was drawn to Romney because of the candidate’s unusual breadth of experience as a businessman, governor and Olympics Committee chief with dual degrees from Harvard.

“On a personal level and a spiritual level, I might care a great deal about what somebody believes doctrinally,” he tells NPR during a phone interview from his room at the Vinroy. “In the case of presidential election, I don’t care.”

After hanging up, DeMoss stays on that point: “I hope I’ve shifted a conversation about the religion of a candidate to one about the values of a candidate.”

DeMoss says that voting on the basis of a candidate’s faith is dangerous and inane. He notes that three of the most successful politicians from his own denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, are all Democrats whom many evangelical loathe: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

Since January, DeMoss has spent about half his time making such arguments, stressing to clients that the work is not official firm business. Still, he suspects that some potential clients have skipped signing up with the DeMoss Group because its founder and president is pushing a Mormon candidate.

April, his wife, who’s checking her iPhone on the bed of DeMoss’ hotel room, says they’ve lost a few friends over Romney, too. But they’ve also made new Mormons friends, and have developed a deep appreciation for the Mormon faith.

On the van to the hotel to address the North Carolina delegation, Mark and April trade stories with their Mormon driver, a convention staffer, about their respective visits to Salt Lake City, where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is headquartered.

Later, DeMoss talks about being turned off by the evangelical street preachers he’d seen on the street corners there, preaching to Mormons in town for the church’s annual general assembly. How could such evangelizers hope to convert anybody in the 30 or so seconds it takes to wait for the light to change?

For DeMoss, the episode represents a civility deficit when it comes to the evangelical treatment of Mormons. He sees his work with Romney partly as a corrective.

Whether DeMoss can help soften the evangelical line toward Mormons is an open question. So is whether he can get enough of his brethren to go a giant step further and vote for a Mormon for president.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Christianity • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (1,426 Responses)
  1. .

    24 million people have given up looking for a job - and it's the new norm? A healthcare bill more than 60 percent of the electorate wants repealed or culled back?

    On election day no one will really care if he's a Mormon.

    It's the economy, stupid.

    September 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  2. HeavenSent

    No Mormon will understand the truth and love of God and his son Jesus our saviour, if they do not refute the teachings of the false prophets of LDS, Brigham and Joeseph. I myself know the love of Jesus, he comes into me and as the cheap carnal common cvnt, that I am , I turn over 50% of my earnings to my pimp, the Lord. Repent you sinners who do not love the Lord your saviour, Jesus Christ, it is not to late.

    PS: Other fake HS, I am back, take a breack!

    September 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  3. ken crook

    I hope all who have made a statement concerning Mormons and blacks won't have reservations when day of judgement arrives.
    A person of public office has the right to think any way they wish. We have the right to vote for or against those peoples thoughts.

    September 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  4. Agnostic Atheism is Healthy for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

    It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. It keeps things simple for kids, and let's them be all that they can be. They just need to be taught that some things, like all religion, are just made up by salesmen and politicians from long ago (long before christianity); and that other things, like god, we really don't know a damn thing about.

    Atheists have strong minds, and don't run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, disserving society).

    So instead of praying to make-believe people, get a good cup of tea and go on and sit down and collect your damn thoughts. My goodness.

    mama kindless

    September 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  5. fryuujin

    Tomorrow, just think for a minute what Romney would do with Labor Day if had the power.

    The same guy that would have let millions lose their jobs with an "orderly bankruptcy" for the auto industry and everyone impacted and associated with it, including Ford which didn't need the loans.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Sean

      You don't really understand bankruptcy, do you?

      September 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  6. Mike Texoma

    Being big in the God business does not impress me. What impresses me is what a man or woman stands for. The committment to love one's neighbor as oneself, and the pledge to repeal obamacare, are contradictory. And I wonder how many evangelists gave Ron Paul a standing ovation in the debate when he vowed to let the uninsured man die. Some of these guys need to decide who or what their God is.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  7. michael

    What a Sham! Everyone knows that Mormons believe that all "non-temple Mormon' (all Christians) are going to hell. This is why Mormons try to baptize some famous Christians after they dead (against their families wishes). So, any Christian who joins with Romney is going to hell as far as Romney and all Mormons are concerned. Is this really who we want representing our GOP party and our country? Seriously, this guy is the best we could come up with?

    September 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • cleareye1

      Seriously, he IS the best you could come up with. Did you get a good look at the others?

      September 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • Mark My Mind

      Most religions have a certain exclusivity about them, but I think that how people conduct themselves down here on earth is the most important benchmark of their creed.

      Mitt Romney as the potential "Latterdaypresident" is exemplary in this regard. The US has much to gain and recover by his installation as a LATTERDAYPRESIDENT.

      September 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • chase

      We DO NOT believe that all other people will go to hell. Heres a verse from the Book of mormon itself. Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life. PLEASE STOP SAYING THINGS YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND FOR THE SAKE OF SANE PEOPLE..

      September 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  8. lmao

    The name of the mormon church is the church of Jesus christ of latter day saints. They are a better example of Christ than a so called "Christian" church because they actually follow the commandments and love God and love their neighbors.

    Its funny being on the outside watching Christian church judge Mormon church. Mormons go about their days helping people.....the so called Christian churches just want to point out doctrinal differences, And try to tear the Mormons down for not practicing Christianity the way they feel they should.

    I think both parties are a little strange, but at least I can see which group seems to be more Christlike.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • adonis616

      how is a mormon president (mitt romney) any different from a nation of islam president (farrakahn) ? they both have very extreme views..... mormons believe blacks skin is cursed & black like their souls.... and the nation believe whites to be the devil? the nation got their knowledge from a white man fard muhammad. (from the pix i cant tell) and mormons believe god sent john smith because jesus didn't do a good enuff job? yet..... u never hear about that in the media or from those of you racist with extreme views? obama said he's christian. white christians called him muslim. fard looks white... the nation says he's black. obama's preacher did a sermon saying "god dam america." he had to disown him.... romneys church teaches "god damned blacks".... and nobody questions it? so here is a riddle for all of you self proclaimed religious fanatics.... if there is but 1 god.... but many different religious people who claim their god as thee god their people are thee chosen people. why did 1 god choose to create so many different type of people out of 1 man? ................... ANSWER: so u can be a racist! IDIOTS your hateful god is the devil!

      September 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  9. cleareye1

    This only proves that all religions are flexible when it comes to access to power and money. 50 years ago this guy would not have been caught in the same room with a Mormon. Would Jesus approve?

    September 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  10. Scissor Me Xerxes

    Too bad fvcktards in all the backward states are allowed to vote, like Kansas, Utah, and every single southern states. These people contribute nothing to modern America other than obesity and mental deficiency.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • cleareye1

      Rude, but there are exceptions.

      September 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • factchecker

      Funny...

      Utah was lumped in your statement despite being in top good categories for state.
      Best place to live by 2020- Utah
      Healthiest state in union- Utah
      Top 5 for business, technology, and job growth – Utah
      Etc. Etc. Etc.

      Thanks for your ignorance, though, in declaring others to be ignorant!

      September 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • cleareye1

      What Utah doesn't understand is that for every freethinker they allow into the state they will lose 2 Mormons. Eventually, Utah will be like all the rest.

      September 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin

    How ironic to realize that there are people who will accept the radicalism of the Bible and what They were raised to believe.....however they discount any other religion, and cite that some of their beliefs seem radical!!!

    Its just an excuse to hate and practice prejudices.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • adonis616

      what you say is true

      September 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • cleareye1

      Believers, of any kind, are incapable of understand what you said. If they considered your idea for one second they think they will burn in hell for eternity! Rough sentence indeed.

      September 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  12. Independent

    Conservatives will sit this one out because they are not capable of free thought.

    The left and Independents need to watch this if you haven't already, not sure if youtube is carrying it but it's airing on PBS.

    This is for free thinkers only,

    The Resurrection of Ralph Reed

    Bill Moyer:

    "While Romney, Ryan, Christie, and Rubio get the lion’s share of attention during the Republican Convention this week, three one-time college Republicans who are now the party’s real power-brokers - Karl Rove, Ralph Reed, and Grover Norquist - are busy doing what they do best: leveraging their political, religious, and financial resources to back pro-corporate, anti-government objectives at the core of the conservative agenda.

    The true surprise at the Tampa convention is Ralph Reed’s resurrection. When the former head of the Christian Coalition was discovered to have raked in millions of dollars from the super lobbyist - and eventually convicted felon - Jack Abramoff, Reed wound up in political purgatory. But outraged by the election of Barack Obama, and responding to what he describes as God’s call (via Sean Hannity), Reed returned to start the Faith and Freedom Coalition with the aim of toppling Barack Obama from the White House. To succeed, Reed needs to win the allegiance of many of the trusting Christian followers he had duped and double-crossed while working with Abramoff. Can he pull it off? That’s the story this week on Moyers & Company."

    September 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  13. infidelio666

    What a lot of people fail to understand is that being POTUS for Romney is merely a short intermediate step in a process that has a much more rewarding final scenario. Since Mormon's believe that a true believer will eventually become a God of some other Universe, Mitt has even more to achieve after simply being President.
    What a wonderful progression: Bain Capital to POTUS to Ruler of a Universe!
    The real question is: How does one behave as a President if Bain Capital is the start of your ascendency and Ruler of a Universe is the ultimate goal?

    September 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  14. Badger

    I think the reason most Christians find Mormonism so offensive is because the LDS church is definitely not a Christian denomination (e.g. they deny the Trinity and the divinity of Christ) yet it still masquerades under the banner of Christianity.

    That being said, I think it is ridiculous to not vote for a candidate based solely on their faith. I'll be voting for Romney.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Sean

      The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints absolutely believes in the divinity of Jesus Christ. The first article of faith states: We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in his Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost."

      September 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Badger

      @Sean Yes, but tell me what you believe about the nature of God and the nature of the Trinity.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  15. MM

    The press has avoided the topic of Mormons being inclusive of Islam and that they are instructed not to 'take sides' in the Israeli/non-Israeli conflict.

    Latter Day President Howard W. Hunter on the subject: “We do not need to apologize nor mitigate any of the prophecies concerning the Holy Land. We believe them and declare them to be true. But this does not give us justification to dogmatically pronounce that others of our Father’s children are not children of the Promise. … Both the Jews and the Arabs are children of our Father. They are both children of The Promise, and as a church we do not take sides. We have love for and an interest in each.” (Devotional speech BYU 1979)

    But Mitt's advocating for a Jewish state? Backing a bombing of Iran on behalf of a Jewish state? Hold Mitt accountable for something for Pete's sake. But its all, 'basic faith' now with the Protestant sects and FOX NEWS in the soft-ball press. And of course, avoiding any Cat bulldozers with Mitt camera shots when expanding AIPAC's Jewish Ulster. Too bad because the topic needs ink because FOX NEWS has stamped Mitt, good-as-Evangelical. And Mitt wants a bust of Winston Churchill's bust in the White House? Churchill never intended Israel to have nuclear defense.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • adonis616

      huh,
      how is a mormon president (mitt romney) any different from a nation of islam president (farrakahn) ? they both have very extreme views..... mormons believe blacks skin is cursed & black like their souls.... and the nation believe whites to be the devil? the nation got their knowledge from a white man fard muhammad. (from the pix i cant tell) and mormons believe god sent john smith because jesus didn't do a good enuff job? yet..... u never hear about that in the media or from those of you racist with extreme views? obama said he's christian. white christians called him muslim. fard looks white... the nation says he's black. obama's preacher did a sermon saying "god dam america." he had to disown him.... romneys church teaches "god damned blacks".... and nobody questions it? so here is a riddle for all of you self proclaimed religious fanatics.... if there is but 1 god.... but many different religious people who claim their god as thee god their people are thee chosen people. why did 1 god choose to create so many different type of people out of 1 man? ................... ANSWER: so u can be a racist! IDIOTS your hateful god is the devil!

      September 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  16. Bill Braskie

    Stories like this make me want to attack a deaf person.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • Mark

      Do you have an issue with deaf people? Wanna deal with me? Cause I'm deaf.

      September 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  17. Ron Jeremy

    An Alabama Hotpocket occurs when the male poops into the taco hole of a female and then jams his bratwurst in there. Jesus taught me that one!!

    September 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • truth be told

      That sounds great!! I'd ask you for one but my brother just gave me one.

      September 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • truth be told

      Atheist stolen name devolved immediately to filth. Glad its on the other side

      September 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • truth be told

      By filth I am of course alluding to the hairy monster between my legs known under the current nomenclature as a taco.

      September 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • Ron Jeremy

      Can I lick your butthole please? That's change I can believe in.

      September 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • truth be told

      It doesn't take long for an atheist to devolve to filth. Glad its on the other side.

      September 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • truth be told

      @ron...
      You are what you eat

      September 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Ron Jeremy

      I want to give you an Alabama Hotpocket.

      September 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • hal 9000

      I'm sorry "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but you assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to... by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  19. tony

    Religion is there so you can override your conscience and do really awful things without guilt. Like take millions of jobs away from your fellow countrymen, and lie about it.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  20. No Longer a Mormon

    Bottom line: Mormons don't believe in a "trinity" and Christians do. This is a black and white issue.
    Bottom line: Mormons believe God has his own planet called Kolob and Christians don't.
    Bottom line: Mormons believe a submarine filled with Jews landed in Central America and were met by Jesus...hence there is a genetic connection between Jews and Native Americans. ONLY MORMONS BELIEVE THIS.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Sheila

      Bottom line: All religious people are stupid and make the world worse off with their ignorance.

      September 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
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