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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. 2tor

    It's not a hard sell. Christians, just like everyone else, knows how to choose the lessor of two evils. They'll vote Romney anyways.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Hmmm... I was hoping the evangelicals would stay home and not vote. If they do decide to vote they are faced with making a positive affirmation of either someone who they believe is "at war" with religion or someone who is a powerful figure in a cult based on Satan's lies and distortions of Christianity. If I were an evangelical I'd review Biblical prophecies and stay away from Romney, he looks more like the well-packaged deceiver the Bible warns about.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  2. donthinkso

    So then, why all the screaming from that faker Graham and the others about Obama not being Christian enough to be our president? Huh? Let's see, one (Obama) IS a christian, just doesn't go to church enough and he's not good-Romney isn't even a christian and he's just right-are you kidding me? I guess when you're a hypocrit it doesn't matter.

    BTW you forgot conveiniently to mention that according to the Mormans, there is NO hell and Romney may be just good enough and generous enough to the LDS "church"/cult to reach their 3rd heaven status and one day, recieve his reward of his very own planet...that's correct they believe he'll get his own planet when he dies. I say let him wait to screw that one up like Bush did here. You right winger, T-vangelicals are simply insane and will be the ruination of this great country.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:20 am |
  3. PJ

    For Mormons Jesus was Savior but not God. God is the father of Jesus who had intercourse with Mary. God was a man before becoming a God and there is a different God for every Planet. How can this be called Christian.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • MagicPanties

      Yep, very incestuous.

      According to Mormonism, God the Father, who has a body of flesh and bones, came to earth and had a physical relationship with Mary, his own daughter, thereby begetting Jesus' physical body.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • Aaron

      We believe in God the father, Hos Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. 3 separate personages is the difference between the Mormon faith and other Christian religions. And we are not taught that Jesus impregnated his own Mother.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:43 am |
  4. MagicPanties

    We need to hear more about the planet Kolob and how Mitt will become an actual god when he dies and rule his own planet.

    Oh, those crazy Mormons... really!

    September 2, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • PJ

      And we need to know which Planet he will be given and will he have one or more Spirit wives.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • Vidyashanti

      Many of these religious leaders are phony. They pretend to believe in God, Jesus or Bible. They are good orators. may be charismatic but certainly not pious or truthful. When it comes to politics they flip-flop and shift their positions. Ignore them.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:27 am |
  5. Colin

    The belief that an infinitely old, all-knowing sky-god, powerful enough to create the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies, chose a small nomadic group of Jews from the 200 million people then alive to be his "favored people" provided they followed some rural laws laid down in Bronze Age Palestine equals Judaism.

    Judaism PLUS a belief that the same god impregnated a virgin with himself to give birth to himself, so he could sacrifice himself to himself to negate a rule he himself made equals Christianity.

    Christianity PLUS a belief that aliens from other planets mated with humans who will one day be gods, that post mortem baptisms send people to a heaven, that the Israelis colonized America and that magic underwear will protect you from evil equals Mormonism.

    I guess Mormons take the gold for utterly stupid beliefs. One can imagine Brigham Young standing on a pedestal, accepting his medal and humbly proclaiming, “If my beliefs are even more ridiculous than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants”.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • jon Rhodes

      A person's religious beliefs should remain a personal and private matter. I don't want to know what it is and I don't want it to have an influence on the thinking of my elected representative. Keep religion separate from the government, where it belongs.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • hopefulrog

      although your arument was eloquently composed. i need to remind you that Judeaism is a man made religion made by white people in the seventh Century . It's nothing more the a Perverse various an Ancient Mosic law. so you might sound like you know what you are taking about to these other non believing know it alsl WHO DON"T READ the bible but the truth is, your comment prove you don't know what you talking about.. Moses, Abraham Isaac and king David would have no idea what a Jew or Judaism is. If you actually red the Bible you would know this

      September 2, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  6. Colin

    I suspect Obama is athiest, or at worst, agnostic. Give me a President who DOES NOT believe in hokey Bronze Age Jewsih sky gods any day. In any other country an atheist President could be open about his freedom from supernatural beliefs. Ironically, here where we pride ourselves on religious freedom, he cannot.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • Brandon

      Lets be honest, I suspect the vast majority of Presidents are atheist or agnostic, along w/ the majority of highly educated political figures. Religion is just a tool to control and placate the masses, the same as it has always been.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • Mirosal

      If anyone knows the source of this quote, please add it. "Religion is seen as true by the foolish, false by the wise, and useful to the politicians."

      September 2, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • Colin

      Mirasol – the erliest formulation of that quote I know of is by Seneca, a Roman philosopher of around Christ's time.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:37 am |
    • Mirosal

      I remember who Seneca was. Thank you for sourcing the quote 🙂

      September 2, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  7. Mormon in Utah

    I think if we can get Mitt elected, most Americans will switch to Mormonism. Young people will want to be like the President and finally, the only made in America religion will have its day.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • midwest rail

      As soon as you typed the first two words, you were wrong.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • MagicPanties

      That is hilarious.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • Abbie

      Oh gee, except there is this little thing in this country called the separation of church and state. That separation was established in part because of people who think as you do. If you want a nation governed by religion, try Iran...or the Vatican.

      Among the religious extremeists in this country, there is a belief that the country was founded on Christian principles. Hate to disappoint you and all that – you should really study history instead of believing everything that your church shovels your way. The day this country elects a President who can't set aside his religious beliefs to govern, I'm outta here...and I'm a veteran who proudly served and defended the REAL, equal opportunity America, not an evangelical, Mormon or other religiously-run nation.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • AnLDSMom

      I suspect that Mormon in Utah is not really a Mormon at all. One of our basic tenets is "We claim the priviledge of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same priviledge. Let them worship how, where or what they may."

      September 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  8. canoncritic

    The claims that one makes on faith–"God is real" or "religion is myth"–are not by themselves politically decisive. There has not been a president more theologically literate (about Christianity in particular) than Obama; and apparently he actually believes the stuff. But this makes no difference to most political "conservatives" who are conservatives for reasons other than religion. There is nothing in the Christian faith (and I'm a scholar of it) that underwrites the conservative's apologia for limited government; this is a political position, not a biblical or religious one. My worries about Romney are not about his devout Mormonism, which seems to have helped form him into a good person; my worries are about his politics and policies. Frankly, I couldn't care less about a candidate's religious commitments, which should be kept separate from her politics and evaluated as such.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:06 am |
  9. magnum12

    Why are some Mormon beliefs harder to accept than other Christian beliefs, such as Moses talking to God as a burning bush, Moses parting the red sea, a donkey talking to Balaam, 3 people do not burn in a furnace hot enough to melt steel, Jesus walking on water or feeding 5000 people with 2 fish and 3 loaves, changing water into wine, or bringing the dead back to life and many more such examples throughout the Bible?

    September 2, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • rick

      perhaps time is the answer

      September 2, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • CR Green

      Mormon beliefs are rejected because they were brought by an angel named Moroni who preached another Gospel than the one delivered to the Apostles (Galatians 1). We are being given a choice between two men; one, who was exposed to Islam as a child in Indonesia, extreme liberalism as a teen,and who, as an adult, chooses to confess Jesus Christ as Lord vs. another man who has bought the whole enchilada for his whole life of a ridiculous belief system. I know who I'm choosing.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:35 am |
  10. nc1965

    There is no way in h e l l that Evangelicals, Jews and Catholics are going to desecrate their religious beliefs to vote for a Mormon, who if elected, will take the Presidential oath on “The Book Of Mormon”.

    I guarantee it!!

    September 2, 2012 at 8:05 am |
  11. exCONservtv

    Mormonism is just another reason to not for for mittens

    September 2, 2012 at 8:05 am |
  12. malianel

    Before George Bush and his buddies in Saudi Arabia and Wall Street, I paid $1.70 for a gallon of gas. Now I pay $4.00, and every time someone here or in the Middle East stand in front of a microphone talking abou the next war (now is Iran), I immediately pay 10 cents more for a while. Yeap. I'll vote Republican...NOT!

    September 2, 2012 at 8:04 am |
  13. Rachel

    It is no secret that Mormons are into the big bucks. But, keep in mind, they ONLY look after their own. They do not care (nor do they help) anyone on the outside of their faith. If you live in Utah but aren't Mormom, you'll have to endure a lifetime of stares and dirty looks.

    Do you really want this dude to run our country? HECK NO!!!

    On voting day, vote for ANYONE but Romney!!!

    September 2, 2012 at 8:02 am |
    • magnum12

      You sound like a very bitter person. Mormons help everyone and they will be out in droves helping out the victims of hurricane Isaac as they always do.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:10 am |
    • SirToYe

      Magnum12: Your either a mormon or a moron

      September 2, 2012 at 8:15 am |
    • Aaron

      Mormons do take care of their own but a little proactive research on your part and you will discover that Mormons are very quick to have boots on the ground for natural disasters around the world donating money, goods or helping hands.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  14. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just go to http://santorum.com to find out more.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • magnum12

      Increasing violence an economic melt-downs in our societies is the result of an atheist philosophy where every individual decides for himself what is right and what is wrong. Christian values such as loving unconditionally, forgiving generously and returning good for evil has to be taught to our children at an early age. As opposed to violence, greed and immorality being taught on TV, video games and music. Replace the self centered ideology of (what's in it for me) with the Golden Rule.The family is the building block of society. When it fails, so does society. People need to get reacquainted with God and get on their knees and learn to pray again. Isn't it ironic that as more churches have become empty and torn down, more prisons have been built and filled. To paraphrase a scripture: We are reaping what we have sown.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • Desert Dude

      You have serious issues and need help. I'll pray for you.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Desert Dude: While you pray for us who don't share in your imaginary friend, we will think for you!

      September 2, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Proof of the damage prayer does: http://www.masskids.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=161&Itemid=165

      These are true stories...so stop pretending that praying to an imaginary creature made up only to control the masses does any good. It's time to reside within the 21st century.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • nonPCrealist

      you had me at "Prayer makes you hoard cats"..

      September 2, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • hopefulrog

      well it work wonders for me!!! sorry you're having such bad luck..

      September 2, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  15. Anthony A

    This article entirely illustrates the dangers of politics in religion. The two have no place. It doesn't matter if he is a Mormon. While Im of the opinion that LDS was pretty much proven false, and Smith was a conman, its clearly not any farther off than Catholicism or any other main religion.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:58 am |
  16. William

    CNN keeps harping on about his faith. I dont see any problems with it at all. I know a lot of Catholics and they are ok with hm too. It seems the only ones bent out of shape about his faith are Liberals.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:56 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Separation of church and State is the issue, not his faith! If churches want involved then they need to give up their tax exempt status, otherwise they need to stay out of politics!

      September 2, 2012 at 8:18 am |
  17. rcflyer8410

    In America, when it comes to religion, most people are just "fans" either way – "especially the right. They love to preach and talk about Jesus but seemingly fall short when it comes to acting like their so-called hero. I doubt Jesus would adopt the ways of the "reverse robin hood" GOP mentality.
    Now don't get me wrong – the Christian version of things is no more or less a vision of modern day ignorance than any other religion. However, the mormon version even requires a greater degree of ignorance and gullibility. Of course, most so-called "christians", or "fans of jesus" haven't event read their own book, much less the mormon version. Otherwise, they would realize the sharp contrast between the two. Mormonism was basically invented by a con man.... and lets face it, there is no better mark for a con man than the religious mind – a mind that has already adopted such nonsense is quite open to a little more insanity....
    But hey – mormon, christian, or whatever his religion – he seems to be the perfect GOP hero. He stands for everything jesus was not, adds fuel and supports all of their hatred and rage against others (such as gays), believes giving to the rich is more important than helping the needy, and actually shares the same ignorant ideas that the religious mind generally clings to ...a perfect candidate for the coming years.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • William

      Pure BS wrapped in the fancy words of a liberal elite.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:57 am |
  18. suki33

    Besides the Evangelicals, I think some in the so-called 'main line' churches could use a little work too. In my own church (the ELCA) are many who for some reason think they have a right to critique another group's relationship with God. I've even heard pastors who weep for the wrongs committed against some others, but feel justified in saying that Mormons aren't really Christian. One can only pray for their enlightenment and that they will leave such judgements on acceptability of one's beliefs to the only One that matters.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:53 am |
  19. jungleboo

    Danger in America. Expose their "faith".

    September 2, 2012 at 7:51 am |
  20. alyarby

    I will take a president who goes to a Mormon church anyday over a president who goes to NO church and who makes every effort to remove God from all public equations, all public presentations, all public buildings.

    September 2, 2012 at 7:47 am |
    • midwest rail

      Thankfully, we don't have one of those.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • Boing

      Thanks, take him to Iran. See ya!

      September 2, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • jungleboo

      Thomas Jefferson would cringe to share a table with you.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • Donna

      Alyarby – you are so right. Midwest rail... R U kidding me ? He is slowly ruining all that America stands for,

      September 2, 2012 at 7:55 am |
    • William

      The only time Obama even casts a shadow on a church is during election years.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
      Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      Prayer makes you fat, pale, weak, and sedentary.
      Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
      Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
      Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
      Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
      Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
      Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
      Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
      Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
      Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
      Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
      Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
      Prayer dulls your senses.
      Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
      Prayer makes you hoard cats.
      Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Prayer wastes time.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:02 am |
    • midwest rail

      William – and you know this how, exactly ? Or are you just here to make wild accusations ?

      September 2, 2012 at 8:02 am |
    • Paul

      Considering some of the content of the sermons I've heard in churches throughout my life, church attendance is quite likely to make you unethical and immoral if you believe and act on what the pastor is saying.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • Mirosal

      Remember, morality is doing what's right, no matter what you're told. Religion is doing what you're told, no matter what's right.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:20 am |
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