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Published: Sunday, Jan. 8 2012 6:00 p.m. MST

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Chino Valley, AZ

Dr. John Ankerberg has again opened his a Anti Mormon blitz on his TV programs, just in time for the Primary Elections.

Miami Area, Fl

This gem missed the list because it came in 2007

"Would the potential attraction to Mormonism by simply having a Mormon in the
White House threaten traditional Christianity by leading more Americans to a
church that some Christians believe misleadingly calls itself Christian, is an active missionary church, and a dangerous cult?"

- Rick Santorum

How many will vote for this man in the "anyone but Obama" sweepstakes?

Phoenix, AZ

The sad truth is that almost all of the supposed anti-Mormon statements contain the element of truth, question and common concern. It seems a part of the problem is Mormonism's push to become a mainstream religion and in the process they are converting from religion to politics. The FLDS is a religion(strange and troubled), but the SLC-LDS has become a community of devotional politics.

Weber State Graduate
Clearfield, UT

Disrespectful statements used to belittle Mormons are nothing more than religious bigotry and it's unfortunate that many Americans seem not to care...as long as it's against the Mormons. However, the epitome of hypocrisy is exhibited by mainstream Christians when they engage in such bigotry while crying foul when the same bigotry is exhibited against them.

At the same time, respectful disagreement and challenging discourse regarding the more dubious claims made by Mormonism is not bigotry. It's reasonable to provide a legitimate challenge to some of the more fantastic claims by the church and it's tiresome to hear the hackneyed term "anti-Mormon" incessantly used by oversensitive members.

Fern RL

"...said another MormonVoices managing director, John Lynch. '...so disrespectful that their only effect will be to increase bigotry against Mormons.'"

It is unthinkable to me that any of the most extremely disrespectful comments posted here would really be taken seriously by anyone who cares about independent thought. I would rather expect that most people would see the bigotry for what it is and refuse to buy into it.

Salt Lake City, UT

A lot of the statements that some of you folks feel are "disrespectful" are simply statements of honest, proven fact that contradict your religious beleifs.

Or do you really believe that the Earth is 6,000 years old and that Noah's flood actually happened?

If I point out the provable falseness of those beliefs, the problem is not that I am being disrespectful, the problem is that the people clinging to those beliefs in spite of all evidence to the contrary are declaring themselves to be either irrational, dishonest, or willfully ignornant.

Salt Lake City, UT

If I have Bill Maher on my team or championing my cause....I am a loser!

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

You gotta be kidding me. "The Top 10 Anti-Mormon Statements in 2011"? Certainly there's more productive news to report on. I didn't get beyond the title of the article. I'll file this article under my "who cares" category. An article like this does nothing more than instill frustration amongst members of the church.

Harwich, MA

Skeptic has is just right. To even publish an article like this feels a bit like somebody feels threatened to me.

New Yorker
Pleasant Grove, UT

The LDS church (and other minority religions) discovered long ago that ignoring bigotry and not confronting it can only lead to another Crystal Night and the subsequent atrocities.

The thought that "I would rather expect that most people would see the bigotry for what it is and refuse to buy into it." does not prove to be true, at least among mankind. Humans have an "us against them" streak in them which cries out for unjust and even bloody expression. Today's immigration problem is real, but the fires are being fed by the irrational "us against them" streak to the degree that reasonable men cannot implement a reasonable solution to the problem. Too many want "a pound of flesh" before accepting any solution.

Some commenting in these forums are really after a pound of flesh from the Mormons, from the "illegal" aliens, from the bankers, from the politicians on the "other" side, from anyone who is not them. The collective voice of reasonable people has to be encouraged so that the shrill voices of those crying "Fire, fire!" will not prevail. No, Chicken Little, the sky will not fall if we don't first collect a pound of flesh.

Kearns, UT

The best defense is a good offense. The best way to handle these nitwits is to ignore them.

Grantsville, UT

I would like to gently point out that those who are not in the "targeted" group find it easy to say that those who are targeted are just being sensitive. Those who say that this is a non-newsworthy issue should simply replace the term "mormon" with any other religious, ethnic, or other social group name and see how shocking it sounds.

To those saying mormons shouldn't feel threatened by comments like these obvoiusly don't understand the history of the church, or the power of the press.

Provo, UT

Mormon theology, teachings given in its Gospel Principle books, Journal of Discourses, History of the Church books and in talks given by LDS leaders (apostles, prophets, seventies) DO teach that Mormons will be gods over their own worlds.

Doubt me? This stuff isn't hard to find by going on lds.org and doing a search.

God is as man may become and man is as God once was. Sound familiar?

St. George, UT

^^^^^lol, wow

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

The church is viewed as LDS, Inc.

Florissant, MO

First of all, about our own planets, yes, I believe that and hope for that, but do I have all the qualifications to do that, no, could take a trillion years. Try comprehending that. But there is a person, in my opinion who is trying to have his own planet in just his lifetime here, that is George Soros, who probably funds most of these people who speak out against the church or anything good.

Second, today I was listening to the scriptures and listened to Doctrine and Covenants section 134. WOW!!! If anyone has qualms about a Mormon and bringing their religion into the office of president, this should calm it. I wrote to Romneys campaign and told them they need to quite some of this.

Morgan Hill, CA

Since the term "cult" is seldom if ever defined, I am forced to conclude that a cult is basically any religion that right wing fundamentalists don't like.

As for getting my own planet, it's interesting that many people even today think of Heaven as a place where we do nothing but sit and play harps and sing songs of praise throughout eternity, worlds without end. I have no singing ability, and don't know the first thing about playing a harp or any other musical instrument - so if I have any choice in the matter I'll take the Planet, thank you very much!

Salt Lake, UT

When is The Deseret News going to give the Top Ten Anti-Atheist Statements of 2011?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Geese and ganders, dear children - geese and ganders.

Commentators on these threads often urge that gays and blacks and those who belong to many other groups just need thicker skin and claim that being offended is a choice and we need to get over the whole "PC" movement and move on, etc., etc., etc.

Now many of those same posters are offended and want to cry foul when things are uttered that they find offensive.

What is good for the goose is good for the gander and you shouldn't expect to be treated any better than you treat others.

IMNSHO, we should try to be as inoffensive as possible and treat others the way we wish to be treated.

But it really is rather silly to claim unfair treatment when others react to us the way we react to them.

Spanish Fork, UT

"God is as man may become and man is as God once was. Sound familiar?"

Yes, Thinkman, it was Irenaeus who first said it almost 1,500 years ago.

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