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. Askmehow


    People need to stop bsing No one is born with the bible or the koran attached to the umbilical cord.

    September 15, 2012 at 8:17 am |
  2. .

    In truth, I'm a self-centered crazy person living in the psychiatric ward just outside my little town here in Utah. My meds are low on dosage so I like to pretend I'm a mormon GOD because you know they all believe they will become gods and i really wanna be a god!!
    Excuse me while I go pick my nose. Okay?

    September 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  3. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Given that Mitt is now stumping for God in the public square, can we assume that Mark DeMoss has failed in his mission, and that Evangelical Protestants are not quite ready to vote 'Mormon' yet?

    September 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      I wonder what the latest poll numbers look like for White Evangelical Protestants.

      If they are not trending 71% for Mittens, he's in real trouble.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
  4. AuntieM

    What most of you know about the "Mormon" religion, I could put in my eye.

    September 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • pastmorm

      You must have an eye as big as this planet. Some of us have been members for generations and we know ALL the secrets. Remember how mormons are exhorted to keep journals? Try one from the very beginning....uh oh...

      September 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
  5. Johnny 5

    I'm not an Obama fan but at least he's a non-believer. We need a rational thinking president and Romney lacks that.

    September 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  6. .

    32 And again, the Lord God hath commanded that men should not murder; that they should not lie; that they should not steal; that they should not take the name of the Lord their God in vain; that they should not envy; that they should not have malice; that they should not contend one with another; that they should not commit who redoms; and that they should do none of these things; for whoso doeth them shall perish.
    33 For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile. (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi, Chapter 26)

    September 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      And again "." fa*ts out of his big fat mouth. "Thus sayeth the lord, thy god! Believe not in the mormon cultists, for they are not the chosen people. Believe instead in thyself and grow and multiply until cults are no longer needed by weak minded people on this great earth!" Amen!

      September 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
    • loujankan

      Wow Mitts "No" Christian

      September 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  7. .

    20 For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good. (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi, Chapter 28)

    September 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • .

      I am quite amazed at the severe reaction over a few scriptures. Why do you all think you are so angry about them?

      September 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      Because "." your so called scriptures are man-made tripe.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  8. Jonthelong

    Take it from somebody that's been there.


    September 14, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  9. Jesus Christ

    Explanation of the picture in this article: Mark DeMoss,"oh man he has the worst breath, I can't stand this man...he won't shut up and he's as empty as a pitcher in Ethiopia, the dang flip-flopper."
    Romney,"One time at band camp...."

    September 14, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  10. pastmorm

    Of course I'll be called "bitter and unhappy" for putting this on here, but as a past mormon missionary of 7th generation parents, I can tell you that this video is really what mormons believe. They will deny it, but they are trained to lie...look at Romney and his flip-flopping. He learned that at church.


    September 14, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • loujankan


      September 14, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  11. .

    21 Wherefore, if ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation, then ye are found unclean before the judgment-seat of God; and no unclean thing can dwell with God; wherefore, ye must be cast off forever. (Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi, Chapter 10)

    September 14, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • Jesus Christ

      @ "." (sad to have such a pathetic username) Your BOM quotes mean nothing to the rest of the human race. You have some 11 million (MAYBE) people that follow your cult. To the rest of us, Nephi sounds like s soda drink.

      September 14, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • tuvia suks

      @ dot "." You are a sad and pathetic individual. Your quotes mean nothing, and they don't drive home a valid point or fact.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • .

      My comments are not really directed toward you two so I don't really care whether you like them or not. Sorry to ruffle your feathers. You know, the reason you dislike the scriptures is because Satan is in your hearts and he tells you what to say. You are his puppets.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  12. PAUL


    September 14, 2012 at 5:59 am |
    • .

      This is the whole problem with society today. Instead of giving heed to the words of living prophets, the uninspired and the unclean speak presumptiously and put words in the mouth of the Lord! This is blasphemy and Paul should be ashamed of himself!

      September 14, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • tuvia suks

      @dot. 'Living prophets?" Seriously? They are zombies come to life? Pathetic, like your "living" god.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:10 am |
  13. .

    15 Behold, they shall surely gather together against thee, not by me; whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. (Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi, Chapter 22)

    September 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      Moroni sounds like something on a pizza and Nephi sounds like a drink. Your mormon babbling sounds like nothing but crazy cult talk. Your BOM has been disproven by archaeologists years ago and yet you cling to your mythology. How sad.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • pastmorm

      "And behold they shall call themselves mormons and lo, heretoforwith, they shall be known as a cult that was created by low criminals in the latter days." Moroni, 5:42

      September 14, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • goneandglad

      So "." are you and your scriptures saying that anyone that speaks against you or your church will fall or die? That sounds like a TERRORIST threat to me. Webmaster, can you refer them to Homeland Security? Through the Patriot Act we all have the right to report anyone we believe is a threat to national security. If the Book of Mormon says that anybody that speaks against mormons is going to die, then the whole church could be considered a threat...especially Romney!

      September 14, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • .

      Goneand, do you think this scripture is about you? Why? Are you feeling guilty about something?

      September 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      "." Are YOU feeling guilty about something? Are you posting all of your propaganda on here to make up for some evil sin you've committed. Are you playing with yourself as often as you used to? You know your mission president tried to get you to stop doing that! Bad dot!

      September 14, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
  14. CWil

    Odd things going on here. GKM appears to be an Evangelical Christian and expresses views on voting for a Mormon for President. The Moderator/Webmaster, taking the highly unusual route of using GKM's screen name, flames GKM, and posts "clever" comments to make GKM look the fool. For a moderator, especially in this context, this is a breach of etiquette. One assumes the Webmaster is a Brit. The term "Git" is not widely - or even narrowly - used in this country. I have taken a screen shot of the proceedings and will sent it along to to someone well above the Brit's pay grade. He sounds like a fugitive from one of Murdoch's tabloids...

    September 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • Webmaster

      My goodness CWil, you seem to think you are a very powerful person here on this chat board! I've been shaking in my boots, just waiting for the greater powers to strike me down, here at CNN. Yet you forget that here in America you promise the freedom of speech. Interesting that you and your ilk cannot make comments on your Fox News...they are clever enough to force you to read what they have to say without giving you the right to comment, so you come here and plague the rest of us. Yay!

      September 14, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  15. .

    33 And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God. (Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi, Chapter 11)

    I would personally like to thank all of those who post anti-mormon propaganda on this website. "When you kick mormonism, you kick it upstairs.". Anti-mormon propaganda causes curiosity and curiosity ends in investigation and that results in more people finding the truth. The TRUTH shall make you free! It gives us an opportunity to explain our real beliefs. So, trolls, thank-you. I am sure we don't express our appreciation nearly enough.

    September 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      @ "." You and your fellow mormons really are megalomaniacs! Indeed, in the past, people may have been more interested when they hears anti-mormon things (Like "The God Makers") but now, with the internet, and so many ex-mormon recovery groups, the truth can be told and all you get are a lot less members. ROFL!

      September 14, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  16. GKM

    OK, Webmeister. If those dumb-ass posts are yours, I'm not wondering how you're differentiating Mormon salespersonship from Christian. Your brainwaves are breakin' a bit short of the beach. So I mentioned Santorum. My good.

    September 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • goodmanhal

      GKM...I can see why the webmaster or moderator would speak out against your railings. You're the one on this website attacking people and yet you want to be protected when people tell you that your rants are unacceptable? I think there's a good communist country somewhere, where you will be very welcome with your whining!

      September 14, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  17. Jesus Christ

    Emm...why does a Presidential hopeful need an ambassador to other American religions for his own Mormon faith? Doesn't that scream of propaganda and deceit? Oh, not to mention the fact that Romney KNOWS his religion is a lie. It's simply not Christian. It's a cult started by a boot-leggin' wife-stealing pedophile (look up the 14 year old girl he married). Think for yourselves people. See the red flags before the nation is coated in the red that the Mormons prophesy of...(look it up).

    September 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Ted

      If the markets keep going up like today, 'Bama is going to win, so probably Mormonism is on its way down, so no worries Jesus.

      That means everyone should short magic underwear manufacturers. Ha.

      September 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  18. Abinadi

    The things I wrote above...called "The Articles of Faith," are in reality very hokey. We don't believe or practice any of them. But the only way we can get a tax break as a religion, and the only way UT could become a State way back when, was to lie and tell people we were Christians.
    By the way josh, can we meet again tonight? I loved that massage you gave me...but I'll bring the oil this time...

    September 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  19. GKM

    LDS is "the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth" (see Doctrine and Covenants, 1:30).

    September 13, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Sheila546

      Hey, if Obama was elected with Reverend Jeremiah Wright as his "spiritual mentor", the racist white hating pastor in Chicago, then anything is possible.

      September 13, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • GKM

      "Hey, if Obama was elected with Reverend Jeremiah Wright as his "spiritual mentor", the racist white hating pastor in Chicago, then anything is possible."

      For you, maybe, but not for a Christian. I will not vote for anyone who supports doctrine that dismisses my church and my faith. Do what you like, but I will write-in for Rick Santorum.

      September 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • GKM

      I must admit that the D & C has been proven wrong by scientists, historians and archeologists. The LDS church is one of the MANY WRONG churches on the earth, in fact, it's nothing but a horrible, evil, disgusting cult!!

      September 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • GKM

      Also, as I have a brief break from the electrodes that the Mormon church puts one me, to control me, while I post on here, I have to confess that I know with all my heart and soul, in fact, the still small voice has told me, that Mormons are NOT Christians!!! We worship Joseph Smith and also the current Prophet (whomever he is at the time) over Jesus.

      September 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • GKM

      I see 2 posts here ("electrodes "D & C") that are NOT mine but carry my initials. Any input, Webmaster?

      September 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Webmaster

      Yes GKM, you're a GIT. Stop trying to sell your religion on here. It's an opinion board, not a conversion tool.

      September 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • .

      Oh, I disagree, Webmaster, it is definitely useful to bring the truth to the world.

      September 13, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Webmaster

      @ dot...you are wrong. This is not a conversion tool and frankly, your constant quotes, pushy techniques and bickering is doing nothing but pushing people away from your "beliefs." Have you noticed that nobody is defending you or GKM? Think about it...

      September 14, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • .

      Webmaster, you are not the webmaster.

      September 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  20. ZL

    In Mormon theology, the god of our planet is believed to have once been a man on another planet, who through self-effort and the help of his own father-god, was appointed by a counsel of gods in the heavens to his high position as the god of planet Earth, and now has a physical, resurrected, glorified body. Mormonism teaches that through the atonement of Christ and by their good deeds and "holy" living, men can one day become gods, and with their multiplicity of "goddess wives," populate their own planets. (This is what the celestial marriage and the Mormon temple vows are all about.) Mormon theology, therefore, humanizes God and deifies man.

    Many today are under the false impression that Mormonism is merely another Christian denomination, when in actuality, Mormon beliefs are not only unbiblical, but anti-Christian.

    Pay attention to that last part Republicans.

    September 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • donner

      It is hilarious that the GOP has been screaming for years that America is a christian country, then turn around and nominate a Mormon for the presidency. Because Mormons truly are not Christian. And anyone who thinks so has not done ANY research into it. Google the White Horse Prophecy to get a real eye opener. You won't believe it.

      September 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • josh

      WOW! What a troll. This comment is based completely on half-truths and opinions of non-Mormons about what Mormons believe. If you want to know what Mormonism is really about, visit Mormon.org

      September 13, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Abinadi

      Donner, of course Mormons are Christian. Mormon is a nickname. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true name of our church because we are the original church that Christ set up on the earth restored, so this idea that we are not Christian is absolutely ridiculous. These are our beliefs:

      1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
      2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
      3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
      4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
      5 We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
      6 We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
      7 We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
      8 We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
      9 We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
      10 We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
      11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the di ctates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
      12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
      13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
      Joseph Smith. (Pearl of Great Price, Articles of Faith, Articles of Faith 1)

      September 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • josh

      Okay, I admit that I lied. Everything that ZL said about the Mormon church is correct. We really do believe those things, but we are forced to lie and tell people that we don't, out of shame and also because people will finally recognize that we are a cult, not a Christian organization.

      September 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • truth be told

      Mormons are a lot of things, what they are not is Christian.

      September 14, 2012 at 8:50 am |
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