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Published: Thursday, June 23 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Linda A
Orem, UT

WHO CARES what religion they are? They STILL would not make good Presidents of the U.S. Mitt doesn't stay congruent to his values (just look what he did with mandating health care in MA), and Huntsman was a horrible Governor (plus his family donated to Harry Reid's campaign). RON PAUL is the only viable candidate who knows anything about the Constitution and no one is going to question HIM about religion ...

Belgrade, Serbia

cult (kʌlt)

1. a specific system of religious worship, esp with reference to its rites and deity
2. a sect devoted to such a system
3. a quasi-religious organization using devious psychological techniques to gain and control adherents
4. social a group having an exclusive ideology and ritual practices centred on sacred symbols, esp one characterized by lack of organizational structure
5. intense interest in and devotion to a person, idea, or activity: the cult of yoga
6. the person, idea, etc, arousing such devotion
7. a. something regarded as fashionable or significant by a particular group
b. ( as modifier ): a cult show
8. ( modifier ) of, relating to, or characteristic of a cult or cults: a cult figure

By the World Dictionary, any religion could be called a cult. But let's get down to it. Cult has negative connotations that I do not believe are accurate to use for the LDS church. For example, if the Mormons are a cult then other religions should be held to the same definition and should be referred to as cults by the media too. If they are not, then the negative word should not be attached to the LDS Church.

Miami Area, Fl

One of the themes of the article is that in the past, the media talked to non-members to get information when they should have been talking to members.

Of course, that seems reasonable.

However, in my experience, the LDS are oftentimes not straightforward with answers on many issues.

Even Pres Hinckley's answers on 60 minutes were less than "complete" when dealing with some sensitive LDS issues.

In those cases, one could get a more complete picture of beliefs by asking a non-member.

I understand that some of these issues can be uncomfortable and even damaging to church image. I understand that the LDS church does not need to volunteer all the dirty laundry.

But, when asked, spill the beans and let the chips fall as they will.

Layton, UT


What is Ron Paul's religious affiliation? I think it would affect my vote. :-P

Alexandria, VA

Give it some time...

Somewhere in Time, UT

Dear Linda A: Viable is the key word. Unfortunately, Ron Paul isn't. He's a good man. I like him. But, he's just a little too far out there. He's also a little too old. He's also gone back and forth between being a Republican and a Libertarian.

Good article. I hope we get better coverage. Mitt has a real shot this time. I hope the public has realized what a terrible mistake we made in 2008. Mitt's made a few mistake in the past which, I hope, he has learned from. But, he's the best man by far to solve our economic problems and get us back on the right track. He'll repeal Obamacare and get the economy moving in the right direction. He has actual executive experience. Go Mitt!

Salt Lake City, UT

And the coverage of Mitt Romney on the DSNews...?

I agree with the sentiment of others on this thread. If religion is 'not an issue'...

then don't MAKE it one.

I try very hard to look at the actions of the PERSON, not the group.

Mitt Romney on Job creation:
From 2003-2007 job growth0.9%.
In rankings with the rest of the country
MA was 47th in Job creation when Mitt Romney was there.
- Think Progress Travis Waldron 06/02/11

As for healthcare:
Romney care support was up 10% to 63% in Massachusetts.
-The Boston Globe by Kay Lazar - 06/05/11

It is truly unfortunate that Romney is trying to run on his 'job creation'...which is 0.9% in MA...

but due to the irrational view of the Republican party on healthcare, he cannot run on it's benifits and increasing populartity in MA.

Lake Elsinore, CA

'The Book of Mormon' show on Broadway was meant to poke fun at the Church. But, in my opinion, it has actually brought greater light to the Church. Let the stories come out and the truth will be sorted out.

Salt Lake City, UT

It seems to me that Mitt did a remarkable job in "Taxachusetts" when he was governor considering that he was a Republican Governor in the midst of the usual situation when both houses of the legislature were entirely controlled by the Democrats.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Dave31: You are correct. One needs to realize that Mitt was in Massachussetts, not Texas. It's a far-left state. Mitt could only do as much as was feasible in that state. Under the circumstances, he did quite well. If he'd been in another state, he could have been a lot more conservative in his governance. Everyone needs to realize that.

Springville, UT

The biggest reason Mormonism is being more fairly reported on in 2011 than it was in 2008, is because the GOP has no choice but to put Mormonism in a better light than it did four years ago. With Romney being out in front, and Huntsman being a viable VP pick, most GOP members have admitted to themselves that being a Mormon isn't as important as it used to be if it means beating President Obama in 2012.

Ms Molli
Bountiful, Utah

Are other religions reported fairly? Or are we supposed to only care if mormonism is reported fairly? We CHOOSE to be offended. I choose not to be. How the media decides to report about mormonism doesn't affect my faith one iota.

full disclosure
Providence, UT

I don't think the chrch is looking for fair. I think they are more looking for sheading the church in a positive light.
Okay- Sorry President Hinckley Polygamy is doctrinal and was the main tenant of our religion before both the first vision story and the Book of Mormon. Read section 132 of the
Doctrine and Covenants. It's still in there. Polygamy was practiced in the LDS church long after 1890. We still practice polygamy today in our temples. We believe that a man can have more than one wife in heaven and can be sealed to more than one person today. Isn't that polygamy. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Cedar Hills, UT

To Ms. Molli - who said anything about being offended? Can we not hope for, and be grateful for more fair media coverage of our faith, and be disappointed when it's not? I hope the reporting about all faiths is accurate, but I have a more vested interest in whether mine is portrayed in a fair manner. Most of us don't have much of a say in the accuracy of media coverage about any religion, including our own.

I don't understand why you would ask if Mormons are only supposed to care about our own coverage. My guess is that you care more deeply about issues to which you are personally associated, so what's your point? If you're LDS, and you're not glad that coverage is more accurate, that would seem rather odd to me.

Ms Molli
Bountiful, Utah

@DSB , are you completely blind when it comes to reading the negative comments from many members of church when they are offended by how the press approaches mormonism?


It is a very good start - Mitt Romney, Jon Hunt, the "Book of Mormon" Broadway play! I hope this will replace plural marriage; are Mormons are a Christian cult etcetera, etcetera?

There is much more to the doctrines of Jesus, Christ as revealed to Joseph Smith, Jr. Is there a future for the doctrines of Jesus, Christ in our nation?

St. George, Utah

I dont belong to any religous affiliation. religion is something I have no use for whatsoever. but that my choice and as far as what other peoples beleifs are is not for me to critisize anyone for being a member of a religious group all I can say is enjoy it have fun with it enjoy your practices. but I have never ragged on anyone for being a member of any church. in all my travels while in the Army for 20 yrs I have seen all out hatred for all kinds of religion but I never really thought that I would see the anti ( mormon ) position as I do here in Utah I was really surprised. its amazing how a religous group can take such a public bashing. but what I like is the LDS people just move on forward and they let nothing discourage them and they have my respect for that. I have a lot of LDS people as friends and thay have always been good to me and my family. and they have never critisized me for my way of life...

Silver Spring, MD

full disclosure,
I, too, was perplexed by Pres. Hinckley's comment on the Larry King interview, but in a later interview with the Associated Press he seemed to clarify his statement by saying that plural marriage was begun by revelation [in the 1830s] and ended by revelation. That statement agrees with D&C 132 and the Official Declaration 1. As you stated, plural sealings are performed in temples.

Ivins, UT

A President who has access to a Prophet is far more valuable than one who looks to the streets of Chicago or the middle east for his inspiration. We do not realize how fortunate we are to have access to understanding Biblical Prophecy and preparing for the eventual outcomes. "Where there is no vision the people perish". (Proverbs)

Layton, UT

The election is more than 16 months away... I'm sure in the months to come coverage will be more intense and incorrect.

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