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. McShannon

    Franklin Graham always put politics before God and proved it by using his tax free status to promote NC amendment one. Those that give Franklin reverence should be aware that he is and has always been a Republican and will push the Republican agenda as does the Southern Baptist Church. Politics from the pulpit is totally real in the South.

    September 3, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • Topher

      How is supporting Amendment One putting politics before God?

      September 3, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!


      Using one's tax free status to promote a political measure should either be against the law or it should cause the offender to lose their tax free status. Whatever it is about doesn't even matter.

      September 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Topher

      I'm honestly not familiar with the situation. How did he use his tax-free status?

      This may or may not be related to your point, but I think as an American citizen he has his right to having an opinion on a subject whether that opinion is based on his religious views or not. Why should that be illegal?

      September 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  2. OrganicManLives_N_anOraganicUNiverSE

    Its an easy sell for the non-affiliated that sees the true nature of both CULTS. nothing new under this sun.

    September 3, 2012 at 8:44 am |
  3. s1va09

    Want fundagelicals? Bash gays!

    September 3, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  4. Reality

    Only for new members of this blog:

    Why the Christian Right no longer matters in presidential elections:

    And why Mitt Romney and Mr. Marriott are simply wasting their money:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Mitt Romney, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And the irony:

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)

    The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.


    September 3, 2012 at 7:56 am |
  5. T in Dallas

    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.”..Really? Is this the hip hop church?

    September 3, 2012 at 7:41 am |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      more like flip flopping. Christians are experts at hopping between different, often very conflicting instances of the same core idea in that bible and using whatever happens to meet their immediate political goal. This two-faced nature of a Christianity is "built in". All religion is unfounded crap, but in the US, Christianity has always been the biggest danger to rational thinking.

      September 3, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 3, 2012 at 5:40 am |
    • Larry

      Somebody forgot their meds today. If i went around telling people i "prayed" to which is the same as begging to an invisible man named dave for everything so i could avoid taking responsibility for my hate intollerance etc id be put on medication

      September 3, 2012 at 7:19 am |
    • just saying

      Spent the holiday weekend being born again, again and feel great now, but the procedure is such a smelly slimey business. I am dumber than a bag of hammers, but I troll therefore I am. Praise the Lord.

      September 3, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • 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 3, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • migi

      Religion is not too healthy for kids whe.n the clergy have their hands on their genitals.

      September 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  7. R. Watters

    I doesnt matter that he is Mormon, but Mormon's are not Christians. To suggest the our President is Muslim and to not understand how the government works speaks volumes from some on this page. The House or representatives have blocked 4-6 million job opportunities submitted by the Obama campaign. Christian church leadership that keeps silent to their congregations are complicit when they do this for politic purposes. R/R have been caught in at least a dozen blatant lies- that is not Christian. Voting for the R/R is a step in the completely wrong direction for America, Christians and the body of Christ. This is religious petty politics. Many of these comments have nothing to do with Christ, the Church or Jesus's message. Sadly, many religious people that call themselves Christians are stuck in a world that doesnt exist for most Americans. The kingdom of God and the nation of America are totally different. Vote for who you want, but don't blame the mission of Christ for poor dicisions and no looking at factual and scriptural issues. God will not be mocked, what a person sows, they will reap... Selah

    September 3, 2012 at 3:48 am |
    • Skelly

      R. Watters, you don't know Pres. Obama. I promise you that. There has not been a better leader prepared to lead than Mitt Romney. Hold the two resumes side by side and youre going to choose Mitt Romney every time. Obama has failed, he can not lead. People in government no longer will follow him. Business will not follow him. Progress in this country has stopped, and debt is sky rocketing. He has failed. Time for Obama to go, he does not deserve a second term.

      September 3, 2012 at 4:25 am |
    • Mike L

      Dear R. Waters
      The only prerequisite for being a "Christian"-(Acts 26:28)" or "Born again"-(John 3:3, 5, 7) is receiving Jesus Christ by faith. Romans 10:9 says; If you confess with your mouth" Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
      God dose not look at the church people attend to determine if they are Christian. God looks at what they confess with their mouth and believe in their heart.
      When you speak in a public forum like this, you need to make sure your facts are straight before you make a comment.

      September 3, 2012 at 7:31 am |
    • Reality

      Dear Mike L,

      John's Gospel is of questionable historic value.

      To wit:

      From Professor Bruce Chilton in his book, Rabbi Jesus,

      "Conventionally, scholarship has accorded priority to the first three gospels in historical work on Jesus, putting progressively less credence in works of late date. John's Gospel for example is routinely dismissed as a source......

      From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_John#Authorship

      "Since "the higher criticism" of the 19th century, some historians have largely rejected the gospel of John as a reliable source of information about the historical Jesus.[3][4] "[M]ost commentators regard the work as anonymous,"[5] and date it to 90-100."

      "The authorship has been disputed since at least the second century, with mainstream Christianity believing that the author is John the Apostle, son of Zebedee. Modern experts usually consider the author to be an unknown non-eyewitness, though many apologetic Christian scholars still hold to the conservative Johannine view that ascribes authorship to John the Apostle."

      And from Professor Gerd Ludemann, in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 416,

      "Anyone looking for the historical Jesus will not find him in the Gospel of John. "
      See also http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/john.html

      September 3, 2012 at 8:01 am |
  8. R. Watters

    Galatians 1:6I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 9As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
    10Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of

    September 3, 2012 at 3:43 am |
  9. NoWay

    Begone with all this ssst. It's time to have real separation of church and state. No professed of any kind. Just look at where this country is with all this evangelical, christian, musses and others arguing about bedroom actions, words at ball games and amen at city council meetings.

    September 3, 2012 at 3:26 am |
  10. james

    We are born again Christians and go to a non denominational church. Having a mormon in office is no better than having a Muslim in office. We will be voting for Romney / Ryan ticket. And it does not matter if he is a mormon. Everyone we know will be voting for them also.It does not matter to us what faith he is we do know he is better for America than the one in office right now.

    September 3, 2012 at 3:02 am |
    • Eric

      If you believe that Obama is a Muslim, then your vote is no better than the vote of an uneducated fool who doesn't know left from right.

      September 3, 2012 at 3:08 am |
    • R. Watters

      Nope... doesnt work that way... Good luck with that as you are asked by Christ about this scripture... not to mention Judging... Check your heart if you have one that is working. Barack H. Obama, Born again Christian and President through 2016- In Jesus name -Galatians 1:6I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 9As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
      10Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of

      September 3, 2012 at 3:42 am |
    • Nelly

      Well put Eric!

      September 3, 2012 at 4:19 am |
    • Coprolite1

      Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25 and Luke 18:25 all say: It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

      Do you think Mitt Romney believes that? Do you believe it?

      September 3, 2012 at 6:04 am |
    • TR6

      @james: “Romney / Ryan ticket… we do know he is better for America than the one in office right now.”

      Remember you said this when you are retired and your Romney Medicare voucher isn’t enough to buy a bottle of asprin.

      September 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  11. zoebrain

    A vote for Romney is a vote for someone who says that Lucifer is Jesus' brother. That's the basic fact of it, whether you want to face it or not.

    Maybe you think that's compatible with your Faith as a Christian. I won't argue.

    If so, where do you draw the line? If he had exactly the same policies, but worshipped Lucifer himself, would you say that voting for him was also compatible with your Faith? I won't argue with you there either.

    I think you should take a good look at what you believe, no matter what you decide, and not be hypocritical about it.

    September 3, 2012 at 2:40 am |
    • Mirosal

      A vote for Romney is a vote for 12 old men in Salt Lake City (the Quorum of Twelve).

      September 3, 2012 at 8:15 am |



      Which is worse?

      September 3, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  12. vince

    It's really amazing to see the lengths to which some so-called Evangelical groups will go to fight against an Obama presidency. I have nothing against the Mormon faith, but it has very little to do with mainstream Christianity. Whereas most evangelical groups look at the Bible at the word of God and pull all their beliefs from the compilation of the new and old testaments, the Mormans have their own traditions and scriptures (in the book of mormon), and authortiative writings of Joseph Smith. Evangelical conservatives a half century ago considered Mormonism a cult. its a marriage of convenience, nothing more - and doubly sad when you consider that Jesus's message of caring for the poor, sick and oppressed and teh dangers of wealth resonate far more with Democrats than it does Republicans. i have no doubt that if Jesus were present today he'd slap the Republicans, and some Democrats, around for not supporting Free Universal Healthcare, and expanded social services so that absolutley noone, including the "least" among us would have to go to bed hungry or have to worry about where they could sleep that night. I think a lot of these so-called Evangelicals need to go back and reread the Gospels and ask themselves the famous question - 'what would Jesus do?'

    September 3, 2012 at 2:27 am |
    • migi

      I may not be religious but yes, if only people would do as Jesus is quoted saying it would be a far better world. These. So-called religious people seem to forget that Jesus was a socialist..We don't have millions of people looking for s free ride on the backs of others,but we do have a lot of needy people without jobs through no fault of their own and wr have a lot of wealthy people who forget that its the people at the bottom and in the middle who make them wealthy.Even people on food stamps are consumers.

      September 3, 2012 at 2:46 am |
    • Abercrombie

      Couldn't agree more!

      September 3, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • billdeacons

      migi the problem with being non-religious and quoting Jesus is that you probably don't know what you are talking about

      September 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      As opposed to being a Christian blabbering about law, billy, and not knowing sh!t from shinola.

      September 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Not having the slightest clue about law or the Const itution certainly didn't stop YOU from vomiting your opinion about them, did it, Billy-Bob-Boob?

      September 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • billdeacons

      Have another drink Tommie.

      September 3, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  13. migi

    I don't care what stupid religion these guys are as long ad I get the truth.And I don'believe a religious person would be cutting education,healthcare,social security while giving subsidies to the rich and to oil companies and Michelle Bachmans family farm.

    September 3, 2012 at 2:26 am |
    • R. Watters

      Jesus came to preach the good news of the gospel to the ...WHO- poor (poverty, poor in spirit, rejected, alone, hungry, neglected, addicted, misunderstood, heathen, lover, hater, giver, take) Jesus as God came to show us the way. Many of my faith seem to have taken the same route that the Pharisee's took, electing to crucify the King of glory, while not realizing he was the Savior most of their holidays were created for. In the same way, it is my opinion, that in this age, we prefer priveldge, not sacrifice- arrogance, not humilty. Tax plans other than social wisdom. This is very simple. The foundation of Jesus ministry was to reach a broken world. Is American broken- perhaps some. Can a team that has been caught in multiply lies, racist code propaganda and that want to privitize our care for the ederly really be Jesus plan. This is to the Chrisitan family. Take a look at the story of Lazarus and the begger (not the one Jesus raised from the dead, but the one that was in hell trying to get a dip of water). If I ere, I will ere on the side of Mr. Obama – don't know what he does when he is alone, but I see what his plan is, what he has done and what has been blocked by "so called" moral litigants. Obama 2012

      September 3, 2012 at 3:57 am |
  14. jake s.

    I don't much care for religion or about someone's religion..... but for the record, I'd trust a Mormon any day over most any relious person
    They are the most honest, kind, and hard working people I know. I guess people can judge them because the doctrine they believe is different than what you might believe....but step outside of your prejudice world, and you'll see that those people (Mormons) aremaking the world a lot better place.

    September 3, 2012 at 2:24 am |
    • migi

      That may well be so but not Romney the Mormon unless of course he's making life better for the people of China, India and Switzerland.He was willing to let our auto industry go under,destroyed peoples lives with Bain and keeps his money in foreign banks while refusing to show more than two years of tax returns.How wonderful.Keeps his dog on the roof of his car,keeps his kids out of the military while his pals start wars.keeps his wife in Cadillecs while other Americans have no healthcare.Need I go on and on and on?

      September 3, 2012 at 2:35 am |
    • billdeacons

      Yes Go on and on migi. How much more tax money do we need to give Gm to get the stock up drom $35 to $55 so we can break even? Of course that share price will have to increase by the amount of new subsidies you offer so people can keep their jobs.

      September 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
  15. Just call me Lucifer

    Religion is the greatest plague humanity has ever experienced. It has turned billions of people with great potential into subjugated sheep. It makes baby jesus cry.

    September 3, 2012 at 2:18 am |
  16. migi

    What's with Lucifer?I wasn't even talking to him.

    September 3, 2012 at 2:14 am |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      Sorry... I didn't realize you were having a conversation. My bad.... but then again, its what I do.

      September 3, 2012 at 2:19 am |
  17. migi

    I read here that the Moral Majority was a co-alition of faiths.Doubtless they ll believed in slavery, burning helpless old women as witches and torturing and killing people for heresy.I love their policy on contraception.What? Theres not enough kids around now for the clergy to molest?.Puleeze!

    September 3, 2012 at 2:09 am |
    • billdeacons

      Yeah, doubtless that is what they believed in.

      September 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  18. Churl

    Mormons are snakes in the grass. Time to start up the lawnmower!

    September 3, 2012 at 2:00 am |
  19. migi

    Where do you get your information and what is it supposed to mean? You probably don't have either answer. Bon soir!

    September 3, 2012 at 1:39 am |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      I'm glad you asked that question migi. I get my information from the Top Dog. The Big Kahuna. The Kingpin. The Big Cheese. King of Kings. The One True Blue. His Highness. His Totally Highness. The Great Spirit in the Sky. I digress. As far as what it means... it is purposefully ambiguous. You see migi, what it gets down to is this. Whats puzzling you is just the nature of my game.

      September 3, 2012 at 2:04 am |
  20. Augustine

    As I've read the comments below, I've been fascinated and a little saddened to see America's perception/treatment of the Mormon faith. One of the greatest gifts we enjoy as citizens of the United States is the freedom to worship (or not worship) how, whom, or what we may. I have been incredibly grateful for this freedom my entire life. America is a diverse place, with people adhering to many different philosophies, religions, creeds, and principles. It is the beauty of a democracy that people of different views are able to discuss, work with, and build together. We may not agree with, or even necessarily like one another, but we should respect each other. However far too often, we fear what is different and what we know little about. I feel that is what has happened with Mormonism. It is a disappointing reflection on our character to read of so many disparaging and mocking descriptions of Mormon beliefs, which its members hold sacred. Whether we are religious or not, I believe that all of us might agree that that the "golden rule" of treat others and we ourselves would be treated, has merit and truth. This election, with a candidate of a minority religion, gives us an opportunity to remember what the founding principles of our nation are about. There is no need to vote for someone if you disagree with their politics, but never should there be a call to make personal or disrespecting attacks on their faith. Our nation was founded to avoid such behavior. Let us become better.

    September 3, 2012 at 1:37 am |
    • migi

      I agree with you entirely,so how come it was okay for Repubs and other morons to question Obamas faith?What if he is a Muslim?So what? But that was allright wasn't it? I just want to know why it is said that tax cuts for the rich create jobs?I want to see this guys tax returns! I want to know his plan since he says he has one.I dont want to hear him lie that this economy is Obamas fault when we know who left us this mess.I don't care about your religion ad long ad you tell me the truth and dont keep your money in Swiss bank accounts as you tell me how much you love America.Thats enough B.S.Thankyou

      September 3, 2012 at 1:51 am |
    • R. Watters

      Beatiful sentiment Augustine... the heart of God and the projections of America. The problem is that politics, as in all cultures pushes the best intentions of men and the worst intentions of men to a breaking point. In the same way, it is foolish for people to speak about the Morman faith is worthless, many speak the same about the Muslim faith and others. The problem within much of Christianity in America is this confusion about church and state. Many in Christian leadership have claimed that anyone other than a Christian becoming President would destroy the very foundation of our nation. The problem is that some of the very wise, affluent, well intentioned leaders are evolving the very structure and foundation of Christianity to accomodate their politics. It is the greatest of deceptions- Frankly, I beleive that many of them are blinded by a lifetime of choosing sides, there is no answer to the obvious contradiction of our century by not only supporting but embracing as Christian a faith that at it's principle teaching's is seperatist, immoral (pologomy) and doctrinally is inconsistent. Oh that we could imagine a better America. I do, I also beleive that Christ that lives in those that accept Him can make a difference in America and globally. If there was any canidate that is doing that, it appears to be Barack Obama. I would vote for a Mormon, if his/her walk backed up their talk. We can't even see what the R/R team is doing with his taxes and offshore accounts. We can however see his record as Governer and what he and his company did at Bain Capital. It is pathetic to use religion. There are very easy reasons to understand why many on this site do not want Mr. Obama and it is very more sinister than the goofy suggestion that he is Muslim. Be for Christ, but live as an American.

      September 3, 2012 at 4:08 am |
    • Moron-I

      You're obviously a...Mormon.
      Praise Mammon

      September 3, 2012 at 5:17 am |
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