Comments about ‘'Anti-Mormon slime machine' kicks into gear’

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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 25 2012 11:00 a.m. MST

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On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

Just a minor correction: it should be Rodney Howard-Browne, not Howard Rodney-Browne. The guy happens to have his own vocal critics within the Christian community, but that's probably irrelevant for the discussion at hand.

Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT

I miss Michael Ash.

Grantsville, UT

Hopefully most people can see the conflict of interest with those preachers who attempt to dismiss The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by calling them a non-christian cult. Of course these preacher are going to attempt to defame The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in order to protect their priestcraft, their livelihood . . . it is how they make a livingâby preaching the precepts of men as true Christian doctrine. Some of their beliefs are correct. Some are not.

If current Christianity is defined by the adherence to the almost 2000 years' worth of man's ever-changing philosophies and interpretations of what Jesus Christ taught, then of course there will be many differences. This difference is the very reason why The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was established, by a Prophet called and authorized of God The Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

West Valley City, Utah

Are these guys for real. Its like someone took a time machine to the 19th century, pulled them from there incredibly bigoted time period, and brought them to ours. I find it unconscionable that any prominent pastor of any faith wouldn't take the time to really study our history and beliefs. For goodness sake, introduce these guys to the Church's main website and the Church News web site so they can see the fruit of our people. Love, Service, faith in Christ. That is all they will find.

Ray in St.Petersburg
Saint Petersburg, FL

WHOA, DN Subscriber, how do you make the leap from "scurrilous attacks" to Democrats? The "scurrilous attacks" emanate from angry Republicans who oppose Mitt Romney, of this I have no doubt.

Springville, Ut

See the problem with all of you on here, for the large part, who have supported Mr. Romeny is you seem to think this is a campaign about Mormons and their greater acceptance into society. If I've misinterpreted that, please go back and re-read your comments. Hopefully, you'll be able to understand how I, a member of the LDS Church for over 20 years, could misunderstand your words. If that is true, then Mr. Romeny is certain to fail. If his supporters are so confused so as to think this is a campaign about religious tolerance over presidential succession, then Mr. Romney hasn't got a prayer at winning the election and would have an even tougher battle to win the nomination than he already does. For goodness sake, either get in line with his policies or back someone else. Enough of the Book of Mormon comparisons and honking the horn of Mormon societal acceptance. I promise you, that is NOT why he is running!

And DN Subscriber, Mr. Santorum and Mr. Gingrich are in the Republican party. Any of their supporters are advocating for President Obama's defeat. Apparently that tidbit escaped your mind today...and every other day.

Cougar Blue
N. Las Vegas, NV

The anti-Mormon slime machine has already kicked into geat, big time. And, of course, it's led by the same party that we love to keep in power. Go figure.

Salt Lake City, UT

"I don't know why people are so opposed to a book that shows us that Jesus Christ is the God of this whole earth, not just the children of Israel in the middle east area."

I think their issue is with the claim that it's scripture.

"If the Lord wants prophets teaching people in America or any other part of the world, who are we to tell Him that He can't do that? "

The Lord can do a lot of things... but just because he can... doesn't mean he did. So nobody is saying he can't do that... just that he didn't do that.

"preaching the precepts of men as true Christian doctrine. "
"If current Christianity is defined by the adherence to the almost 2000 years' worth of man's ever-changing philosophies and interpretations of what Jesus Christ taught, then of course there will be many differences."

In essence you just said that other Christian denominations are corrupt. See, this is why it never ends. Each denomination, including the LDS church, and I can tell that because I feel like I'm the only one ever calling out these sorts of comments here, is attacking others.

Uncle Gadianton
Salt Lake City, Utah

A few days ago, about 25% of South Carolina Republicans admitted that they voted against Mitt Romney because of his faith. Now, we have comments coming from (or approved by) Republican candidates.

Yesterday, the Republican Party called me and asked for a donation. I refused, because the party discriminates against me for my religious beliefs. They want my money, but they don't want me. Unless the Republican Party repudiates the bigotry of its own delegates and elected officials, I will look to other political parties for my support.

Ogden, UT

"Mormonism, if you study the whole history of it, and I'm not trying to create a problem, but they had death squads that would go around and kill everybody that wasn't a Mormon,"

---This guy is mistaken....he forgets to mention the "extermination order" by Governer Boggs in Missouri to exterminate everyone who was a Mormon. If they tried to do this in todays time it would be the beginning of Armageddon and it will come soon enough.

sandy, ut

Wow the moderators won't even let a simple factual statement get through? I don't see that this comment violates any of your criteria for posting a comment.

The church may not be racist now, some statements in the past say otherwise. If you have ever read the journal of discourses with talks by Brigham Young and others you may agree with me. I will not put those quotes here because I think they are rude, but if you want to check them out I encourage you to do so.

Sandy, UT

With the separation of church and state, shouldn't it be that church's that have their leaders endorse or slander political candidates lose their status as a non profit, non political religious entity?

Phoenix, AZ

The conflict within Mormons is that they contain so much of what they express detestation for in non-Mormons. They wish to be recognized for what they say they are; not for what they are. That makes for difficult relations.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

who cares? by their fruits ye shall know them. repubs are guilty of this slime as much as libs and dems. paganeete is right and I am marking this down as a first!

Temecula, CA

In a number of past posts I layed out through numeric fact that the Republican Party cannot win this election without the Mormon vote. Their are states not traditionally seen as Mormon states that would go to Obama if the Mormons didn't vote! For example, Indiana, Missouri and North Carolina. The margin of victory by the Republicans was so small that just removing the Mormon vote guarantees defeat. Respective electorial votes 11,10 and 15. That is 36 electroral votes. Now take out Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico and the Republicans have ZERO chance. Just a reminder: Mitt Romney received 385,000 votes in the Arizona primary-2008. 38% of the party vote in McCain's state. People waited 4 hours to vote! In California Mitt Romney was done and received 1.2 million votes. He has a chance in California, but no other Republican can take this state. I am a Republican, but I will not vote for any man(Gingrich or Santorum) who fails to support religious toleration for all people! Including Mormons! Gingrich and Santorum scream about the Constitution, but only when it benefits their GREED! They are modern day bigots supported by such!

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

If the Mormon Church really is a cult, there is no harm in any ridicule. If Joseph Smith was not a liar, at some point in the future, it will be interesting to see how many evangelical pastors that will be running for cover and apologizing as quickly as their mouths can move.

Time will tell who is right and who is toast.

Orem, UT

In response to the inaccurate accusations being launched at the church and it's members, I echo what Elder David S Baxter recently declared to the students of the Orem Institute: "Let them do their worst. We will continue to do our best." In spite of opposition, however fierce, we can continue to champion love, communication, civility, and respect. Let them do their worst. We will continue to do our best.

Tooele, UT

In reference to the Communist scare of the 1950's, I once heard someone say, "The best weapon the Soviet Union has is Joe McCarthy."

I'm not comparing the Soviet Union to the LDS Church, but if certain groups or writers insist on whipping up people into frenzy regarding the LDS Church and its doctrine; sensationalizing, distorting and down right lying about the church, those that will most benefit in the end will be the LDS Church.

The "slime machine" has been at work since 1830 and from 1830 to today, the LDS Church has grown from eight to 13-million members.

"No unhallowed hand can stop this work from progressing." - Joesph Smith

Miami Area, Fl

"Gordon said, "there is only one actual mention of blacks in the Book of Mormon:"
"it doesn't really have anything to do with blacks or Africans in any time period, let alone today."

By his response, one would think that the issue of skin color was never even mentioned in the LDS church.

Nice deflection.

Kearns, UT

I'll take the road that the Republicans on this site took in a very eerily similar situation in 2008.

When the issue of race was brought up in regards to Barrack Obama, not to mention the use of his middle name for nothing other than a scare tactic, it was you folk who brushed these notions off. Had nothing to do with race.

Just like this has nothing to do with religion.

Can't have it both ways.

There are plenty of other reasons that Obama will attack Romney, plenty, trust me.

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