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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. Keith Walker

    Before I could vote for Romney, I would have to know how closely he intends to follow the 14 fundamentals of following the Mormon prophet. Read more here.
    http://www.evidenceministries.org/2012/02/should-mormons-vote-for-mitt-romney/

    September 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
  2. donner

    The Mormon church is a cult, pure and simple. They are not christians. They are the false prophets the true Bible warns us about. do your own research, then warn others.

    September 20, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Voice of Reason

      @Donner.....Have you forgotten that there are really only two choices on the ballot for President? If you have Christian values(no matter what you definition of a Christian is)....you have to vote for Romney....anything else is a vote for Obama...is there really any doubt which on will support traditional Christian values...no matter what they believe is the nature of God and heaven...no matter what hymns they sing or don't sing.....only two choices. If you want to vote based on moral values, vote Romney...if you want to vote on fiscal issues/economy issues...vote Romney.....If you want a raise in your monthly welfare check....vote Obama. Who cares whether they believe in the Trinity; or God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost as three separate beings!!! As long as they don't pray to George Soros or Karl Marx .

      September 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  3. Is it true

    Is it true that Mormons believe in magic underwear and that god lives on a planet Kolob somewhere?

    September 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
    • Abinadi

      I suspect you are drunk, but in the unlikely event that you are sincere, I will try to explain. The underware you are referring to is not magic, but there is power in keeping the commandments of God. People who keep the commandments do not suffer from being thrown in jail or being shot (don't steal, lie, or kill), have good marriages and families (don't commit adultery or covet or drink alcohol) are more prosperous (take one day a week to rest), and have better health (don't smoke, drink tea, coffee or alcohol). We are taught to be honest and do good to others and so we make good employees, neighbors, and citizens. In short, we stay out of trouble. The underware you are referring to is a personal temple and reminds us to keep the commandments, because sometimes with all the corruption around us, it is easy to forget. So, what is wrong with that?

      September 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • Abinadi

      1 And I, Abraham, had the Urim and Thummim, which the Lord my God had given unto me, in Ur of the Chaldees;
      2 And I saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of God; and there were many great ones which were near unto it;
      3 And the Lord said unto me: These are the governing ones; and the name of the great one is Kolob, because it is near unto me, for I am the Lord thy God: I have set this one to govern all those which belong to the same order as that upon which thou standest.
      4 And the Lord said unto me, by the Urim and Thummim, that Kolob was after the manner of the Lord, according to its times and seasons in the revolutions thereof; that one revolution was a day unto the Lord, after his manner of reckoning, it being one thousand years according to the time appointed unto that whereon thou standest. This is the reckoning of the Lord’s time, according to the reckoning of Kolob. (Pearl of Great Price, Abraham, Chapter 3)

      September 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
    • pastmorm

      Holy Cow Abinadi! Anybody can look up the civil and public records for UT and see that Mormons have the highest incident of domestic abuse, prescription drug abuse, as well as sky rocketing divorce rate. You present yourself and your fellow mormans as though you're all so perfect....and yet, you have Romney as a shining example of dishonest, lack of compassion and plain stupidity. Where do you go from here?

      September 20, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • brian

      @abinadi........................I noticed you didn't answer the part about God coming from kolob

      September 20, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  4. Justin

    Check out this hilarious song about Mormons.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR4En09lKmI&w=640&h=360]

    September 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Abinadi

      12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (New Testament, 2 Timothy, Chapter 3)

      September 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  5. GKM

    I'm a big cry baby...someone please change my diapers! If I don't get my way I'll through a fit! Mormons are better than everyone else!!! WAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!

    September 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • GKM

      A WORD OF WARNING! This blog is a travesty and an insult to anyone who takes his/her faith seriously. Either it has been hacked by an adolescent who has skipped his spelling homework (read the previous post under my screen name) or Dan Gilgoff has left the building and his credibility has departed with him. These are serious issues and this blog is NOT a credible forum. There will be NO further posts left by the REAL GKM. I'm outta here and suggest you should consider leaving with me.

      God Bless...

      September 19, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • Abinadi

      Easy, GKM. This site is a bit raw and is a bit like the OK Corral where anything goes and is sometimes downright depressing, but I believe that occassionally a sincere person stumbles onto it who is missinformed and what a wonderful oppprtunity to teach them the truth. The Lord has commanded us to teach the gospel to "every living creature" and I believe that includes some of the characters on this website.

      September 20, 2012 at 6:29 am |
    • pastmorm

      Good GKM, go back to FOX news, where all of you hate-mongers belong. The problem is that Fox News doesn't allow people to comment to articles (clever and communistic of them) so right-wingers come here to slam everyone that believes in free speech. How typical of GOPers..

      September 20, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Jesus Christ

      Abinadi, I COMMAND YOU to leave the mormon cult and become a real member of society! Cursed are thou that belongeth to the church of LDS. You perverteth my ways and you darken my brow with anger over your blasphemous ways! Do NOT continue to spread the mormon word, for it is unseemly to me and it maketh me sick. Go instead to Africa and findeth yourself, or at least go back to your church and spread the word, heretoforwith, that I do not smile upon your graven temples and business-like church buildings!

      September 20, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  6. Greg Nash

    As a Christian I am deeply troubled by the statement in this post where it states that Demoss and his wife, "have developed a deep appreciation for the Mormon faith." It is clear when you examine Mormanism in the light of scripture that is is in error and can be classified as a cult. With that said, Christians cannot put their hope in a political party but in God who is sovereign over all. The scripture tells us to contend earnestly for the faith. This means that Christians are to stand for the truth of God's Word in an age of compromise. To say that one has an appreciation for heretical teaching is wrong and a failure to speak the truth to Mormons is to deny Christ. May God help Christians stand for truth in the current of pluralism and pragmatism that so characterizes our day.

    September 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • I'm right

      Spoken like a true.... Christian? You know, those who follow the example of Christ. Of course Christ taught to love your neighbor... unless they are a Mormon then hate them. Oh and don't forget the classic, "turn the other cheek" Unless it's a Mormon, then turn your whole back on them. Yes Greg... YOU are a TRUE example to us all.

      September 19, 2012 at 3:13 am |
    • Abinadi

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

      Only the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the apostles and prophets spoken of in the New Testament and is organized the way The original church was organized. It is the only church that teaches the original doctrine that Christ taught.
      The other churches, according to Paul, are "waiting to deceive".

      September 19, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers" Something is missing. Ah, I know! Leaders and statesmen.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Abinadi

      Ah, Tommy, you are such a cute and clever little devil.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  7. GKM

    Hey Dan,

    Who's moderating here? We're seeing fake "Webmaster" posts and posts without screen names. Please comment! Thanks!

    September 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Webmaster

      You really think we moderators should allow you to proselytize while stopping others from sharing their own feelings about the Mormon Church?
      This is a free country and this chat board is for free speech. As long as the comments are not a threat to public safety, then they will remain.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
  8. concerto45

    Well, I don't think having an ambassador for his church is going to help Mittens...not with his latest gaffe about how little he cares about poor people...AGAIN. How can we have a leader who doesn't care about people?
    You know why Mittens says so many stupid things? Because Mormons are kept in the dark from childhood. They are taught to "be in the world, but not of the world." If they weren't then they would become to intelligent to believe in the basic history and tenants of Mormonism. So, here we have a perfect example of a Mormon: Mitt Romney.

    September 18, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • Abinadi

      The basic tenants and history of mormonism is just fine, than-you very much.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • concerto45

      Oddly enough, Abinadi, I didn't ask for your opinion. Unless you can show your mormon cult in a better light and your pathetic Romney in a more compassionate light (because he's really a GIT) then you have NO room to talk and according to recent polls, 85% agree with me.
      Feeling lonely yet?

      September 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • concerto45

      Oh, and Abinadi, you just proved how ignorant you and your fellow mormons are...try, "are just fine" in your grammar next time. LOL!

      September 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Abinadi

      So, concerto, my friend, what's got you all riled up about the mormons? We try hard to be good neighbors, employees, and citizens. What did we do to you?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • EnergyBeing

      I agree with Concerto45. It's a stretch that people will go for someone who belongs to the Mormon CULT. I love viewing the testimonies of the EX-Mormons on YouTube. Very interesting stuff and wonderful that people break free to wake up and operate from true-empowerment.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
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  10. PDoG2006

    Lots o' evangelical and atheistic hate flying around in here. They need to put a warning sign on the article header.

    September 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • JesusChrist

      Why yes PD, a proper warning "heading" for this article would be, "Massive doses of BS coming out of Romney's mouth, yet again!"

      September 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  11. Eric

    Let Romney pander to the evangelical's – it will only help him lose the support of more moderate, mainstream American's – we who are the true majority.

    The GOP loves to sling mud at the Dems – whatever it takes to make SOMETHING stick which they hope they benefit from. People should be embarassed to support a party utterly lacking in moral character anymore. They've been taken over by nuts in America.

    September 16, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
  12. Eric

    "Born again Christain's" – another name for those who have failed at life, made a mess of things, are so full of fear or who play the game to gain advantage and then feel justified telling everyone else how to live. They are more often a bane (or bain) on our culture than a positive force and their understanding of faith and "God" is so stunted they aim to dumb down the rest of us to match their (in)ability to ponder, to consider, to seriously contemplate....everything. These are not the ones who should be dictating to the rest of us. They are the ones who should sit quietly and learn from others.

    September 16, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • cesarpla2003

      Woww a lot of hatred there!!! Christians, like everybody else, do have a moment of suffering in their life but they look up to God (no apostrophe necessary) to improve their lives. There is no need to clash against them for if you see one, he would welcome you regardless of your desensitized comment!!! Watch that heart buddy...

      September 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • EnergyBeing

      I'm going to side with Eric on this one. I've done my research into both Christianity and Mormonism along with Buddhism, Scientology, Hinduism. I have yet to fully research the Muslim religion but I'm about to. From my findings and study, Buddhism is the most sane and beneficial, second comes Hinduism, then Christianity but Mormonism is basically watered down Scientology which we all pretty much know is a bogus cult. Funny how we never have someone run for POTUS who is an open Buddhist. Ponder.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  13. Bishop Hairy Palms

    Mormonism is just the silly end of a larger problem, which is that religion itself is a con, and it's a con that you pull on your own mind. It's not unfair to ask serious candidate Mitt Romney if he really believes that Joseph Smith received golden plates from an angel in 1823 and translated them into "scripture" that contains not a single person or place name that has been shown to ever exist. Are you too gullible to be president if you believe in a world full of characters who appear in the historical record exactly as often as leprechauns?

    September 16, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  14. Fran Archer

    The difference I see between LDS and Evangelicals; no one running the LDS church is paid they all volunteer for their positions albeit they are ALL male. While Evangelicals have huge estates and drive in very expensive cars, spouting about how if you give them money you can buy your way into heaven. How can you say you are christian, and yet think you can buy your way into heaven?

    What does religion have to do with politics or running a country anyways? Why is church even involved? My bank doesnt ask me what religion I am because we have a business relationship. Just like this president should have with it's people. It should not be a popularity contest, it should be based on performance and education.

    September 16, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • callywag

      With Mormon clergy being simply volunteers – well that's all the more reason to point out how unqualified they are to be leaders! Hey, I volunteer to be a Bishop! I volunteer to be a Prophet! Isn't that what crazy people do to start religions? Seems like the Mormons have that down to a T! Scary.

      September 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • EnergyBeing

      Fran, excellent post. Very thought provoking and insightful. I love your stance on religion and your bank. I might have to use that one.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
  15. Ronald Regonzo

    Mittens to Mark, "do I have a pubic hair in my teeth?"

    September 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  16. Lance5862

    Mitt the Twit will do anything to get a vote but he is an Israel-Firster who would sell out the USA for IsraHell.....

    September 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  17. zzczzx

    Romney is a gift from god,he's what america needs after having a muslim in office. God bless Romney,and God bless the United States of America.

    September 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • zzczzx

      And god bless me because I'm a Muslim too! I'm just ashamed to admit it so I like to say that Obama is to build myself up. I do really know that Obama is more of a Christian than I can ever be!

      September 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • zzczzx

      See, I have to come to CNN News to spew my bigotry and hatred of President Obama because Fox News is clever enough to NOT allow comments on their newsboards.

      September 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • chaz8181

      Prove that Obama is a Muslim. and I would strongly recomment reading what Mormons REALLY believe. There are several recent books about it and with references to Joseph Smith's doctrines and the Mormon bible and specifically how they have distorted Christianity. plus the power they have over their cult members, including Romney.

      September 16, 2012 at 7:01 am |
    • Pete

      Sounds like a real scholarly and objective book, zzczzx. Did you find that in a college bookstore?

      September 17, 2012 at 6:09 am |
  18. Atheism is Great 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 lets them be all that they can be. They just need to be taught that some things, like all religion, were just made up by salesmen and politicians from long ago**; and that other things, like god, we really don't know a damn thing about.

    Atheists have strong minds and don't need a religion. Sometimes, religious folk run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, they disserve society). Sometimes, religious folk are easily offended when someone mocks their make-believe characters – and, as we can see they can get really CRAZY!

    Religions are just big old evil clubs – each trying to out do each other and inspiring hate and division along the way (disguised as love).

    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.

    ** (yes, charlatan spam started long before the Bible; what would make you think it hadn't?)

    mama kindless

    September 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • EnergyBeing

      It's very scary for people to break free from the herd and think for themselves. For some, it's asking A LOT. Some people get excommunicated from their family as well. Great post BTW.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  19. pastmorm

    Caption for the main photo in this article:

    Mark DeMoss: Man I wish he'd try some toothpaste, his breath is awful! I don't even believe what he's trying to sell me on mormonism, but he pays so well and I'll have ventures in Bain capital!

    Romney: One time at band camp....

    September 15, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  20. Maria Carvalho

    To the Romney campaign: * Not every one is an evangelical. * True Christians are not religious zealots. * What happened to "Love your enemy'? * The Bible is big on condemming hyprocrisy. * Our pledge as a nation is for justice for ALL.

    September 15, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • Gold Finger

      "The bible is big on condemning hypocrisy” Oxy-Moran

      September 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
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