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Marriott head praises Romney for bringing Mormonism ‘out of obscurity’
September 2nd, 2012
03:57 PM ET

Marriott head praises Romney for bringing Mormonism ‘out of obscurity’

By Rachel Streitfeld, CNN Political Producer

Boston (CNN) - The head of the Marriott hotel chain, in deeply personal and reflective remarks at a New Hampshire church Sunday, credited Mitt Romney with changing Americans' perceptions about Mormonism.

J.W. Marriott Jr., a hotel magnate from one of America's most prominent Mormon families, spoke during services at the Wolfeboro branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - where Mitt and Ann Romney were also in attendance.

In his testimony, Marriott said he saw the church "coming out of obscurity" thanks to Romney's prominence as the GOP presidential nominee, and marveled that 90% of the media reports on Romney's Mormon faith had "been favorable."

Read the full story on CNN's Political Ticker.

- shirleyhenrycnn

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Mormonism

soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Reality

    Only for new members of this blog:

    Why the Christian Right no longer matters in presidential elections:

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

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

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

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

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

    And the irony:

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

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

    ================================================================================================

    September 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
  2. LD

    ROMNEY-RYAN 2012. THE ANTICHRIST AND FALSE PROPHET TOGETHER AT LAST.

    September 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
  3. Agnostic Atheism is Healthy for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

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

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

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

    mama kindless

    September 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  4. Mary

    Reading these posts and the many Utube videos, I can see tolerance taught in Public schools has failed. Just another of many things the government teaches and you want them in control of your health care.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Marduk, Time Traveller with a very small rock.

      The government does not operate with a profit motive and so could easily outperform ANY private insurance scam/scheme.
      When you are dying, and denied coverage by your private corporations that you worship, don't come crawling back here unless you want to be ridiculed to death.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  5. 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 8:20 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things ,

    September 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • 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 hoard cats.
      Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Prayer wastes time.

      September 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • hal 9000

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

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

      September 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  7. Lord Golob of Kolob

    I must chastise my servant Dirty Mittens Romney. We must not be publicly exposed, especially in our magic underwear.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
  8. Jiminy

    Mitt Romney changed the way Americans perceptions about Mormonism . . . by saying nothing about it and hoping as few people would notice as possible.

    And what exactly has Mitt told us about Mormonism?

    September 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  9. 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

    Just added Marriott to my list of businesses not o patronize.

    September 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • ScottCA

      Me too. I will be sure never to stay at a Marriott

      September 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Mordecai the Mosiach

      Moi aussi

      September 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      There's a big difference in charitable giving by the Marriott corporation compared to companies like Chik-fil-A. They are like any big US corporation. OK they happen to be founded by a Mormon. So?

      An heir to the Hiton fortune is Ms. Paris Hilton. Just because she's a self-absorbed party girl we should boycott Hiltons?

      Look at:
      http://www.marriott.com/corporate-social-responsibility/community-involvement.mi

      to get a better idea of their giving process.

      The J Willard and Alice S Marriott Foundation has relationships with the NCAA and the HCF for scholarships for example.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Millieson

      So if this guy was Jewish and you didn't agree with his faith nobody says anything because nobody wants to be accused of being an anti-semite. So why is it okay to degrade the Mormon faith?

      September 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      When they bring their delusions into the public forum, members of the public are free to form opinions and behave in any way that is legal.

      September 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • Mark From Middle River

      >>>"members of the public are free to form opinions and behave in any way that is legal."

      Millieson does have a point, say the same guy instead was Gay, and choose to "come out of the closet", and someone said that they would not stay at Marriott because he was Gay... how is that different than the statements of those that will not go to a buisness because he is Gay or African American, or Muslim, even a woman?

      September 3, 2012 at 3:48 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      I think there is a significant difference between discriminating based on what people are (and have no control over) and what they believe or espouse (and have complete control over).

      September 3, 2012 at 4:38 am |
    • 16 Year Old Mormon Boy From Montana

      Of course it's ok to discriminate based on somebody's beliefs, that's way different than being racist. What a message of love and acceptance.(note sarcastic tone) I don't know what church you attend, but it doesn't, sound like it teaches traditional Christian values of love, charity, etc.

      September 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Mark From Middle River

      So, then it is ok to discriminate? The problem is that all people have to do is tweak a variable. We could go into a are people born or do they choose to be Gay argument but I could just as easily said that the guy touts his Military, College or any of many groups and then your argument still fails because you are choosing to discriminate because of someones beliefs or views.

      And be truthful... if you are going on a vacation and that Travelocity gnome or William Shatner offers you the better deal ... you will take it. Just the same as when Texaco was called a racist and African Americans continued to go there, or even the recent Chick-Fil-A massive backfire protest. Each time I drove by one, that was packed, I knew that in that group were some Gays and Lesbians.

      People keep thinking that these incidents are like the 50s and 60s protest but these companies are not denying anyone service or employment based on who and what they are. This is why most of these pseudo protest, do not work anymore. There are not ....."No Atheist" , "No Christians", or "No Gays" signs on the door.

      It's hard to rally people to boycott based only on the views of some one on the board. That is social engineering gone bad.

      September 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Everyone discrimates every day – to believe otherwise would be very naive. I choose not to give my money to businesses that bring delusional thinking into the public domain. I am not encouraging a boycot – everyone can make up their own mind.

      September 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  10. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_543632&feature=iv&src_vid=SbXJC6KsYWs&v=iQJrud71gL8

    September 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  11. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_727879&feature=iv&src_vid=V-q8WZ1Ibso&v=SbXJC6KsYWs

    September 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  12. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_946836&feature=iv&src_vid=_Q37NhrCPNo&v=V-q8WZ1Ibso

    September 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  13. AvdBerg

    Mitt Romney’s faith does not stand in the teachings of Christ and the Word of God but rather an image of a false god and a false Christ (Matthew 24:24; 2 Cor. 11:13-15).

    For a better understanding of the history of the Mormon Church and what spirit Mitt Romney serves (Luke 9:55) we invite you to read the article ‘Mormon Church – Cult and Spiritual Harlot’ listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    September 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • old golfer

      Maybe you ought to read THE AGE OF REASON, written by Thomas Paine. Or, THE BIBLE ACCORDING TO TWAIN, written by Mark Twain. Those two should do for starters.

      September 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  14. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKqqGX0DEMM&feature=related

    September 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Aww, poor little Eric. Diddums get his widdle ego bruised-again?

      September 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  15. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_9889&feature=iv&src_vid=70SYwkoH_yc&v=_Q37NhrCPNo

    September 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Eric

      Get a life, ScottCA.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
  16. Agnostic Atheism is Healthy for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

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

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

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

    mama kindless

    September 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  17. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    I think Mormonism and other organized cults offer something to people that reason won't pry them away from: a hierarchy to move up in with rewards to do so – most significantly the approval of respected associates. A person who is upwardly mobile by saying, if not necessarily believing, the right things will get all the reinforcement anyone could ever need to stay with it regardless of what outsiders might say.

    September 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  18. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_699475&feature=iv&src_vid=qgLBLJE3P-c&v=70SYwkoH_yc

    September 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  19. GodHelpUs

    Don't forget what the mormon church did with Prop 8. They have $$$ to pull lots of strings~ especially if they get a puppet like Romney in the White House.

    September 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  20. ScottCA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgLBLJE3P-c&feature=context-vrec

    September 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
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