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Published: Thursday, Oct. 13 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

I agree that Romney and Huntsman are the best qualified among the current crop of GOP candidates to lead the nation.

Anyone other than those two will guarantee President Obama's reelection.

So here's my question - how will the GOP, fully in the thrall of Evangelical Christians who judge people by how frequently and loudly they shout Hallelujah, manage to offer either of these gentlemen to the nation without alienating their "base?"

Springville, UT

Well said, Kathleen.

Gus Talwynd
Salt Lake City, UT

Romney's problem with social conservatives and Tea Party Republicans is much more complicated than just his religion. Certainly, evangelical Christians despise his LDS beliefs, and they will figure largely in the Republican primaries throughout the South. However, his changing positions from when he ran for governor in Massachusetts and his first run at the presidency and now when he is trying to distance himself form those positions without being identified directly with the Tea Party is most revealing.

Perhaps this is why only 25% of Republicans want Romney as the Republican nominee for President. Romney has in several debates, performing better than any other candidate, but he still can't break the 25% barrier. The majority of Republicans want a more conservative candidate -- anyone but Romney!

Although religion plays a significant role in the hostility toward Romney by evangelicals, they and Tea Party people remember his earlier, more centrist attitudes. They fear that he won't be the president they want and be beholding to them. They are concerned that, when faced with the realities of the presidency, he won't measure up to their standard. Also, to draw in the Independents, he will have to move to the center.

Burke, VA

Great article and right on the money.

I am, however, concerned about Mr. Cain's comments, "I am not going to do an analysis of Mormonism vs. Christianity." Isn't kind of like saying "I'm not going to do an analysis Dick Butkus and football players"? While Mr. Cain's statement seems to be supporting the idea that the religious test has no place in American politics, he's still promoting the same incorrect concept about Mormonism that Pastor Jeffress spewed in his introduction of Governor Perry and in subsequent comments since then - that Mormons are not Christians.

Liberals, as a group, reject many of the social positions of the Mormon Church but it is the most conservative and most "religious" of the Republican party who display their disdain for Mormons because of theology.

Liberals/Democrats have placed a Mormon in the the highest office in the Senate (Harry Reid). Let's see how high the Republicans/Conservatives are willing to go.

Red Headed Stranger
Billy Bobs, TX

Cain replied:

"I'm not running for theologian in chief. ... I am not going to do an analysis of Mormonism vs. Christianity."

But Mr. Cain by making the distinction "Mormonism vs. Christianity" you already have. Mormons are Christians. With respect to Jesus Christ Mormons believe:

1: The being known as Jehovah in the Old Testament was born later on earth and named Jesus.
2: Jesus was the creator.
3: As a man he lived a perfect life, performed miracles, taught life-giving principals, and choose and empowered representatives.
4: He took upon Himself the sins of the world, acting as a stand-in to receive punishment for those sins, so that we will not bear the full punishment. Ultimately He was brutally killed to complete this sacrifice. On the third day He came back to life and through coming back to life we also some day will come back to life.
5: We Mormons as Christians celebrate these acts by trying do do the things He did both symbolically (through baptism, the sacrament and other ordinances) and trying to live and love and give as He did.
6: We believe He will come again.

Red Headed Stranger
Billy Bobs, TX

We Mormons are Christian in belief and thought if not action. If I am not a Christian, it is because I fail to live up to His standard. Call me a fool. Call me a hypocrite. Call me a selfish jerk. And you would probably be right, but please don't say I'm not a Christian.


I think Ronald Reaqan changed some of his views from being a Democrat to becoming a Republican. Is it not OK for Romney to change his views?
I wanted Rubio/West to run but I didn't get my wish. However, I will proudly vote for Romney if he gets the nomination.
We can't have another 4 years, or we won't have a Constitution left - Obama has gone around it and now he is trying to get his jobs bill through by going around the Congress, because all of his demanding a vote NOW didn't work.
It's nothing but another big money bill for the unions, and it isn't a jobs bill. Get the EPA out of the way and let the entrepeneurs have a chance to make jobs!

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Kathleen Parker [a Liberal] wrote a very nice and accurate article defending Romney and Huntsman's religious faith.
[As did the other lame-stream Liberal media outlets.]

Why do those in the GOP, trample article VI of the U.S. Constitution regarding "No test of religion for those seeking Government office"?
Aren't these the same characters who still think Pres. Obama might be a secret Muslim?

Stop trampling the Constitution!
You're the one's making it hang by a thread.


I think Romney is pretty good as candidates go and, Canuk, I too hope he is in transition to something better. I think he means well and is genuine in his desire to help ordinary people, most of us. He could be better informed on some things, especially the difference between "defense" and pre-emptive strikes, military bases in three quarters of the world's nations etc.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Red Headed Stranger | 7:25 a.m. Oct. 13, 2011
Billy Bobs, TX
We Mormons are Christian in belief and thought if not action. If I am not a Christian, it is because I fail to live up to His standard.



Everyone is Equal,
Turning the other cheek,
Blessing them who curse you,
If they take your coat - give them your cloak also,
Feed the Hungry,
Care for the sick & the Elderly,
Render unto Ceasar that which is Ceasars [cooperate and pay your taxes],
How nearly impossible it is for the rich to get to heaven,

Sounds to me like he [Jesus] was a Liberal.
Does that make you a Liberal too?

I'm trying to be, that's why I consider myself Liberal as well.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Irony of the Day: Mormons, the most family-oriented of people, are unelectable on the "family values" Republican ticket because they are evil cultists. Mitt and Jon ought to move over to the Democratic party where the sane people are.

Richard Saunders
Provo, UT

@LDS Liberal
"Sounds to me like he [Jesus] was a Liberal"

I've seen you state this several times, but I just don't think there is enough evidence for such a claim. Jesus certainly taught us to be compassionate, merciful, and to care for the needy, but I can't find a scripture where he says, "Now go lobby Rome for a more progressive tax structure." It was always a personal responsibility.

He didn't tell the rich young man to sell all he had and give it to the Centurions, who would then apply it to various social programs. It was to be given directly to the poor.

I assume you are LDS (as LDS liberal is your name) so you know that the war in heaven was not fought because Lucifer couldn't get behind a single payer healthcare system. It was that he wanted to take away our agency and keep the glory for himself. God gave us agency, and if he meant for us to be free, why surrender that right to government? God's plan is to exalt and perfect individuals, not governments. I'm not saying Jesus was a conservative, either. Only saying deity defies political labeling.

Salt Lake City, UT

The difficulty with Romney is not his religion, but his devotion to certain principles, and not social principles. This is very important because Mr. Bush was devoted to certain social principles, but in most was as liberal as any Democrat with regard to social spending or for that matter government involvement in state and social life. Mr. Romney with is support for "Romneycare" and his current economic revival plan show that he is much the same. The middle right know that the country has moved so far to the left that the middle is seen by them as far right, and it wants a candidate that will bring such policies into office. Mr. Romney and Mr. Huntsman will not do this. No mame these are neither the best or brightest, but they the most establishment and to some degree offer almost no difference from the current administration. Mr. Cain is by far the most clear thinking candidate, with the clearest understanding of the absolute need for change we can believe in, not just more of the same old Republican policies that to a large extent are responsible for the problems facing the country.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Richard Saunders | 9:29 a.m. Oct. 13, 2011
Provo, UT

The War in Heaven was fought because Lucifer proposed "Forcing" everyone to Choose the right, always.

Sounds more like Conservative than Liberal.

I see absolutely NO difference between totalitarian Theocratic regimes of ultra-Conservative Muslims -- and ultra-Conservatives Christians.

For example:
Banning drugs and alcohol,
Banning smoking,
Banning vulgar media,
Takingaway Healthcare from the poor, Elderly, and the needy,
banning abortions,
Shunning the poor and needy,
Intolerance of others; race, sexual-orientation, immigrants, religion,

While some maybe good ideas - it strips away Freedom in the process.

I fought against that plan.
I STILL fight against it.

Alma taught the wicked MUST be allowed to committ their wickedness.
He understood priorities and knew FreeAgency came with risks.
I accpet them as well.

BTW - Christ was crucified by the rich, pompus, ultra-Conservatives of his day -- NOT the Romans.

He associated with the poor, the lepers, and the Non-Jews.
Classic Liberal.

BTW - Lucifer the other 1/3 were cast out for "Rebellion", not their Plan.
(beginning with a closemind and an unwillingness to compromise)
Another characteristic I see more of coming from the ultra-far-right-wing.

Casa Grande, AZ

Romney or Huntsman I believe will lead in the center. Romney likes to misslead (lie) so I'm not crazy about him. Last debate he said he asked why Obama didn't ask for his advice about health care? Turns out Obama did and used 3 of Romney's health care advisors. He's also still saying the economy is Obama's fault. Now that's just plain deceptive or he's dumb as a rock. I know why most republicans say it but Romney was brought up better than that.

To me a good mormon politician is an oxymoron in the first place. You can either follow the christian religion or be an American politician. Choose wisely.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

you say dems elevated clown prince harry to the highest office in the senate. That is true.

However, there have been a couple articles in this paper in the last week reporting on polls indicating dems would be less likely to vote for a mormon than repubs, purely on religion.

LDS Lib,
you crack me up! conservatives have always been about personal responsibility, while libs such as yourself have always been about having everything done for you (Lucifer's plan). Yet you try and twist it around the other way. What a card! HAHAHA, boy, you are funny.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

lost in DC | 11:25 a.m. Oct. 13, 2011

LDS Lib,
you crack me up! conservatives have always been about personal responsibility,


Yep - I've got mine, boo-hoo to those less forturante. Go get your own -- you're poor, sick, needy because you are just lazy!

I choose to follow a Liberal's path --

Life is like a sinking ship.
We are all doomed. Not one of us is saved.

Everyone does their their best to swim to a life-raft.
Only one person is able to make it into the lifeboat [methaphorically Christ] and he pulls a poor sap like me/you into the boat for safety.

Then he turns and says to do likewise to help the others. [Liberalism].

I see ultra-Conservatives "personal responsibility only" types as those who once finding THEMSELVES safe and secure,
begin kicking down others trying to pull themselves up into the boat. Forgetting who it was that helped and blessed them gain their safety and security and then commanded to help others likewise.

King Benjamin had some harsh words towards people like that.
The Savior said, to them is the greater condemnation.

You go your way Brother, I'll go mine.

~ Peace

Richard Saunders
Provo, UT

@LDS Liberal
Here's what I think:

"I see absolutely NO difference between totalitarian Theocratic regimes of ultra-Conservative Muslims -- and ultra-Conservatives Christians."

I make no defense of either group. Please note that I didn't say Jesus was a conservative, I said he couldn't be classified by our current political labels.

"BTW - Christ was crucified by the rich, pompus, ultra-Conservatives of his day -- NOT the Romans."
He was crucified by the Romans because certain groups desired it, but did not have the authority. Remember that only the Romans had the power to execute, and under Roman law, blasphemy was no crime. His official "crime" was inciting rebelling and speaking against the current leaders. I believe this shows the danger of collusion between a big, powerful government and rich, powerful special interests.

My point was not that Jesus more closely aligns with the conservatives of today, but that it's very difficult to extrapolate spiritual teachings to fit only one ideology and view of government. I never said I would prove Jesus wasn't a liberal, just that there is not enough evidence to align him with the politics of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

LDS Lib,
I appreciate how much you know about me. You must be the finance clerk in my ward and know that I have never donated a nickel to anything in the church.

You must also review all my tax returns and KNOW that I never make ANY charitable contributions to any non LDS charities.

And since I accept Christ's admonition to "let not your left hand know what your right hand is doing" when giving alms, I'll not bother to set you straight.

Do you accept Christ's admonition to "judge not"? I guess I can read most of your posts and determine that answer for myself.

you're quoting a UK newspaper editorial piece as fact? You crack me up!

You post a quote saying bush's greatest regret was the intelligence failure. so he admitted their was a failure. how is that not taking responsibility? and Iraq never used chemical weapons? tell that to the dead Kurds and Iranians.

When you post the number of war dead, why don't you tell us how many came after January 2009, when your wonder-boy took over.

Salt Lake City, UT

'You post a quote saying bush's greatest regret was the intelligence failure. so he admitted their was a failure.' - lost in DC | 12:58 p.m. Oct. 13, 2011


'A' intelligence failure is not...

'HIS' intelligence failure.

Acknowleding someone ELSE'S failure, is not taking the responsibility...yourself.

Your criticizing a news source...because it's from the UK?

I'm sorry, should I post something from Fox News instead??

*'Obama's TARP Slush Fund' - David Asman - Fox Business - 02/24/

*'Univ. of Maryland study finds Fox News viewers to be misinformed on key issues' - By Ryan Witt - Examiner - 12/17/10
'Over 40% of respondents said President Obama started TARP even though TARP was signed into law by President Bush on October 3rd of 2008.'

No WMD's in Iraq.

*'US gives up search for Iraq WMD' - BBC News - 01/12/05

'Mr Duelfer reported last year that Iraq had no stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons at the time of the US-led invasion nearly two years ago.'

And is that how you 'take responsibility'?

By placing blame on the first black president, call him 'boy', an OBVIOUS racial term...

instead of the one who STARTED the war in Iraq?

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