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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 25 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Emajor
Ogden, UT

Religious conservatives acting in a non-Christian manner? A book could be written on examples of that in America...

Actually, sick as it is, not voting for a candidate for religious reasons is a guaranteed freedom in this country. If you prevent people from casting a vote for shallow and stupid reasons, far fewer of us will turn up at the polls.

The same mentality led to the rumor-spreading that Obama was a Muslim in an attempt to make him appear distasteful to Christian voters. And guess what? Both this and the Mormons-aren't-Christian tactic were spread by religious conservatives, who will still be viewed as political allies by conservative Utah Mormons even if they insult your religion and shoot down an LDS candidate because of it.

David King
Layton, UT

Even though there are some who say they would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate, I don't believe we should assume all opposition to Mitt Romney to be religiously motivated. It may be hard to believe, but there are some LDS who won't vote for Romney (I'm one myself), and our reluctance has nothing to do with the faith we share. Perhaps asking each of us why we feel this way will illuminate the fact that there are legitimate, non-religious concerns about the candidate.

I can only tell you my personal concerns. I don't like labels very much, but I consider myself pretty conservative. As such, I don't have any issues with Romney's time at Bain. My biggest concern is our national debt. Romney has stated he will not cut the defense budget. He has also stated he will not raise taxes. The math to balance the budget does not exist under these preconditions. In debates and speeches, Romney has spoken out against bailouts, mandates, and government stimulus, but is on record supporting these things when it comes time to decide on specific legislation. His support for bills like the NDAA is also troubling.

Esquire
Springville, UT

South Carolina is notoriously bad on this issue, and I marvel how Mormons keep getting in bed with the Christian Right who hate Mormons and say they are a cult. Are Mormons selling their principles for a bowl full of pottage? Maybe Mormons are being used by the Republicans, and maybe being a Democrat, on the whole, is more in line with the fundamentals of Mormonism and Christianity. The GOP bible is Ayn Rand. Is that the new bible for Mormons, or have the read, understood and applied the teachings of Christ?

Bloodhound
Provo, UT

Romney is not a perfect candidate. He has flip-flopped on several issues. Many people, regardless of their feelings about Romney's faith, do not trust him. They ask, "Who is the real Mitt Romney? The moderate/liberal Republican Governor or the conservative talking Republican Presidential nominee?" It's a fair question. If Romney does get the nomination, many secular leftists in the media will eventually attack Romney's non-PC religious beliefs. Why doesn't the LDS Church ordain women to the Priesthood? Why don't the LDS marry homosexuals in their temples? Why were blacks not allowed to hold the Priesthood before 1978? We best prepare for the negative assault.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

While there are plenty of "LDS" people who will not vote for Romney I am convinced that the sudden rise of Santorum from dead last in political polls to a real contender is due to his adoption by anti-Romney "evangelicals". This is the simplest theory conducive with the facts of the case. Santorum's positions on the issues have remained the same and are most often not strikingly different to those of Gingrich or Romney imo.

I'm not for Romney myself nor do I believe that people do not have a right to be as bigoted as they want to be in elections. It's an interesting and instructive contest albeit often sad.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

The writer convientley leaves out the fact that so many people are voting for Romney just because he's Mormon.

It doesn't matter what constiutional values he holds, (btw his constitutional values don't exist)where he is getting his money from, or that he has flip flopped on Gun control, abortion and global warming. You are supporting a guy that you have no clue what his true beliefs are. You are voting for him just because he is Mormon.

You are also voting for the party and not the person. Very foolish. I look at peoples past voting records before I endorse them

Demosthenes
Rexburg, ID

If CNN and other networks would at least get their facts straight about the Mormon church, that would help. Their anchors call it "The Church of Latter-Day Saints," their pundits say Mormons don't believe in John 3:16, and reporters imply that teaching children about tithing is somehow sinister.

Until the big-boys get their facts straight, how will the average citizen get a true picture of Mormons?

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: ". . . maybe being a Democrat, on the whole, is more in line with the fundamentals of Mormonism and Christianity."

Unlikely.

The saddest part of being a practicing, 21st century Democrat [full disclosure -- I'm a lapsed or jack-Democrat] is the dishonesty.

Today's Democrats, while priding themselves on disingenuous, hypercritical savaging of opposition thought, have developed a curious aversion to honest, critical examination of the jingoistic sloganeering that passes for modern Democrat philosophy.

And this odd aversion appears to be enforced, as a matter of Party discipline, as a mandatory sacrament for initiation into full faith and fellowship status with other liberal communicants.

It's not that the same vice is rejected by Republicans, but -- with the exception of Newt -- they don't appear as practiced or polished at it.

That's a good thing.

I can't be the only American that longs for a day when each candidate honestly lays out his/her vision for America, that vision is honestly characterized by both sides and honestly debated on its merits, then voters honestly make their choice.

But alas . . . .

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

These are the same type of people who couldn't/wouldn't vote for Barack Obama because he is BLACK or think he is Muslim.

Bigotry is Alive and Well in the 21st century America.

FYI - Republicans have been against the Mormons since the 1800's.
Why Utah's Mormons keep voting for them [the GOP], and trying to be accepted by them is beyond me.

Perhaps the hang-overs from the Ezra T. Benson / John Birch Society wave from the 1960s -- some 50 years ago?

Dektol
Powell, OH

How is it any more 'un-American' than those who go to the voting booth and check one party without knowing who the candidates are or what they really stand for?

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Didn't the liberal left get the message that the color of a person's skin is off limits? Are they still living in the 1950s?

Why do Mormons vote Republican? Could it be because 50,000,000 unborn babies have been killed in America and that only the Democrat Party calls for the right of a mother to destroy a life inside her, without regard to that life or to the wishes of the person who depends on the love and compassion of the mother?

Who, among the "Mormons" could vote for anyone whose platforn includes the destruction of the innocent?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Maybe, if they'd aggressively keep their religion to themselves, candidates could stick to the issues. However, since they, and we, insist on making religion so important, we have no right to gripe when it bites back.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

Would the letter-writer have written this letter if the candidate was named Muhammed?

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

"it is Un-American, Un-Constitutional and Un-Christian"

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could be said about a whole host of conservative ideals.

cavetroll
SANDY, UT

I really don't see how voting for somebody based on religion is "un-Constitutional" or deprives somebody the right to religious freedom. Why somebody votes the way he/she does is nobody's business. And nobody has undermined Romney's religious freedom.

It leads one to ask the question:"Are Utah's politicians and voters who only vote for LDS members undermining others' right to religious freedom?"

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