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Published: Friday, Dec. 31 2010 3:17 p.m. MST

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JanSan
Pocatello, ID

I am an active LDS. As a child my parents let me go to Mass with my friend, she in turn came to church services with me. As a missionary working with the deaf program we were often asked by other religions to come to the services and interpret for the services. I enjoy learning about other religion as it makes me apreciate what I have even more. I like the thought of ministers teaching their congregations about other religions AS LONG AS what they are teaching them is the truth! I have come across people with really wierd ideas about the LDS church and I try to correct them and I am told I don't know what I am talking about that I am just brain washed and their minister has told them the TRUE religion of the LDS faith. I am soooooooo glad that I have never once attended an LDS meeting where they tore into and apart another religion! I know some "saints" may do this but the church as a whole does not. I am all for learning more as long as it is the truth.

SylvieAvery
North Salt Lake, UT

I dunno who they were surveying... I'm LDS, female, some college, regular church attender and I scored 93% on the Pew website. All people should have scored better than what their survey results show.

My2Cents
Kearns, UT

Why just adults? Are children already educated about other religions without parental consent? Or is their plans already in the works to indoctrinate children?

Educate adults about what? Our laws are christian, our country is christian, our lives are christian. This is something non christian must accept and live with or leave this country. We are not a Muslim nation nor do we recognize the Muslim government. We do not allow praying to other government in the streets or in government buildings.

Who needs the education is other religions moving to america and they must change their ways and adapt to christian laws. We cannot have laws favoring religions or religious practices other that christian. We have freedom of religion which also means religious intolerant's do not run the government or laws. Practice your religion but in privacy, not in public and not by law. If there is a conflict of religion and government, then religion changes and adapts, the laws remain.

Ricardo Carvalho
Provo, UT

Sylvie - I too score 93% missing only the final question. The reality is that you and I are both sufficiently interested in religion that we would read the article and go to the website to take the quiz. We are, therefore, hardly part of a random sample.

CalinCA
Fountain Valley, CA

I was born and raised Presbyterian, in a predominantly Catholic neighborhood. Went to an Episcopal Church for several years. All these churches ever did was to teach me stuff that did nothing more than raise questions that even the PhD. Theological Ministers couldnt even answer. I was even berated once for asking a question they couldnt answer. I was to just believe and dont ask dumb questions. All I was doing was seriously searching for answers and understanding. When I stumbled over the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at the age of 38, and found a that 19 year old who could answer all my questions, I ended up becoming a Mormon.

cynic
Appleton, WI

@My2Cents:
When you say our laws are Christian, our country is Christian and our lives are Christian, you denigrate all those in our society who are not Christian. Then you have the audacity to tell them they should practice their religion in private, while Christians are allowed to practice theirs in public. This attitude completely contradicts the constitution of our great country, and contributes to distrust and division between Christians and non-Christians. Interestingly enough, it also contradicts the teachings of the founder of Christianity himself. If we disrespect the religious beliefs of others, aren't we inviting them to disrespect ours? What is Christian about that?

Fender Bender
Saint George, UT

My2Cents @ 4:22 a.m. wrote, "Our laws are christian, our country is christian, our lives are christian."

I am LDS, and I have heard many LDS members say the U.S. is a "Christian" nation. I always wonder whether these people realize that most people who say the U.S. is a Christian nation do not consider Mormons to be Christians.

What does it even mean to be a Christian nation? Is there a generally accepted definition? If not, then I can't see any reason to use the term other than to elevate yourself over others who do not share your personal beliefs.

Which of our laws and principles are exclusive to Christianity, and are not found in Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Zoroastrian, Shamanist or Shinto teachings?

If cant lay exclusive claim to any of our ideals, maybe we should stop trying to exclude others based on religious differences.

owlmaster2
Kaysville, UT

@ Fender Bender in St George.. Thank you for your comments.
I've enjoyed all of the above comments-- Thank you all.

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