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Published: Friday, May 13 2011 12:24 a.m. MDT

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Razzle2
Bluffdale, UT

Did the JHJ bashers based only on religion read the Time article? Time is who you should bash. They did all the could to trap Mr. Huntsman and I think he came out shining. By the way, for those quick to judge, he didn't say he was not an active Mormon, you jumped to that conclusion on your own. (Quick to judge seems to be creeping more and more into our society causing a wider divide even among the Utah LDS.)

B
Logan, UT

Put aside the Mormon issue for a minute. This guy seems like the classic politician. He smiles a lot, seems to say all the right stuff, and can't fully commit to a position. I have a problem with a politician who says that it's 'tough to define' something like this. I have dealt with people like this before. They are nice to everyone but not affiliated with anyone or anything. They are constantly looking to 'keep their options open.' The weird thing is that we are even having a discussion on his candidacy for the office of President. He has NO CHANCE. Seriously. There are twenty more politicians on both sides of the aisle just like him.

wmtw
Salt Lake City, Utah

Why is this even on the news. Why does it even matter if he is Mormon or not. Cant a man have his own belief and personal views. That is all that really matters doesn't it. We don't have to prove to anyone that we are of some faith or not.

Dave from Taylorsville
Taylorsville, UT

Well, although I may be one of last ones to comment here, I think it's important to understand that the issue isn't why Mr. Huntsman said what he said, it's what it means.

What it means is the end of his political career. That simple. You can count on it. If he eventually listens to people who have an ounce of sense, and not the yes people he has surrounded himself with, then he won't even waste the money on a preliminary campaign.

He shot himself in the foot worse than "The Donald"

apocalypse now
Woods Cross, UT

Wow. Are you kidding me? Answered like a true politician. Either he doesn't know what he believes, or he is lying, or he is something worse. Not a hard question to answer. "Are you still Mormon"? Sounds like he is scared to answer it.

friedeggonAZstreets
Glendale, AZ

My first knee-jerk reaction to the Time article was "What?! Are you selling out your faith?" But who's to say he was even quoted correctly or his answer was taken out of context. I don't know. I've seen a lot of shoddy work in the media lately and who's to say this is not the case this time. Not sure what his reasons for saying this to Time and then stating he is a member to the Deseret News. He has his reasons.

B
Logan, UT

Matthew 19:29

"And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, (or political aspirations) for my names sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life."

Mike in Texas
Allen, TX

Huntsman shouldn"t have equivicated, but the answer to the question should mean nothing to anyone else, and it should not have been asked. This amounts to nothing less than a religeous litmus test and that is bad. He is not considering running for pope or prophet after all.

spaghetti
Boise, ID

@ razzle:

since when was star wars part of the God's word?

spaghetti
Boise, ID

Big Sports Fan:

Really? You've met every member of the LDS faith and know they fit into one of those 2 categories? Human beings, members of the LDS faith or not, do not conveniently fit into boxes of A or B. All human beings are just not that simple to define. I definitely agree that members of the LDS faith are not perfect- I know because I'm one of them and know I have many faults. But that is EXACTLY what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about- there is hope for all of us who mess up. (a lot!) (And that excludes no one).

I think in comment boards like this it's just way too easy put people (and their comments) in boxes, when none of us have all the answers. (I believe that God does).

I agree that Ambassador Huntsman should have the right to his own opinions and beliefs, that he shouldn't be "judged" (on a personal level) by others. But as a politician we do have to "judge" whether or not we think he would be a good candidate. Please don't mix up the two types of judging...

liberate
Sandy, UT

My question is why is it everybody's business? It sounds like he is like a lot of Mormons out there in that they attend regularly, fulfill their callings, read or study occasionally, but truthfully are not sure where they stand with respect to the whole truth of it all. This is natural and a lot of people go through it. Problem for Huntsman is he's about to enter the most visible stage on the planet and so now is not the time to begin equivocating about beliefs. Romney has already shown us that that strategy does not work.

JMT
Springville, UT

This just makes me laugh so hard I almost wet my pants! Read it to my wife and just exploded in laughter.

Huntsman is as Mormon as Thomas S Monson. When he ran for Governor his Mormonism was oozing from his pours. His crew talked about how his dad flew the Prophet around on his private jet. How his dad was a Mormon 70 General Authority. Mormon this and that. In fact, it was his Mormon faith that helped him adopt the children he has.

He isn't in Kansas anymore and being Mormon is now bad, so he is no more.

The key characteristic of a RINO is they will say or do anything to be popular. If he will kick his Mormon religion to the curb...what next? What other truth or principle will he jettison when it suits him? What freedoms will he dump as President to convenience him?

This is cowardice to the umpteenth degree. He should receive ZERO votes.

John Adams
Miami, FL

Regarding issues of "black and white" (e.g., fence sitters)...

"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."

Revelation 3:15 & 16

ECR
Burke, VA

Wow! 173 comments. I like to see that kind of response. I did a cursory review of the comments and may have missed it but it seems like no one picked up the most interesting quote from the article. '"The only thing worse than being a Mormon is being a nothing," said David Woodard, a political science professor at Clemson University in South Carolina'. So here is a distinguished professor from Clemson University, who has been a political advisor to South Carolina's most priminent conservative politicians including Lindsey Graham and Jim Demint, who thinks there is only one thing in the world worse than being a Mormon. Doesn't that tell it all. The conservative evangelical south, that ultimately controls the Republican Party, has total disdain for Mormons. When will the good folks in Utah and elsewhere, who are devout Mormons, stop thinking they have a legitimate voice in the Republican Party. They don't. They are a convenient partner in conservative issues relating to gay marriage and abortion but otherwise they are no more welcome than members of the Socialist Workers Party. Wake up Mormons, the Republicans don't respect you.

baddog
Cedar Rapids, IA

Brother Huntsman reminds me of the current president. You get what you vote for. At least with Mr. Obama, he doesn't try to hide what he is.

But then I suspect Brother Huntsman is not hiding who he is, either.

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

Is really unsure? Or is he hiding who he is to play to the crowds he's hoping to win over? I hope it's the former.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

I find it refreshing that Huntsman wants to keep his religion to himself. Between him and his god, which is the way it should be.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

ECR - there are groups out there that believe either overtly or as a matter of conscience that unless you are white, anglo-saxon, and protestant, you are not worthy of being in office. There was a huge uproar when a catholic Kennedy became president, only to have American resolve that issue for the most part by the time Reagan became president. There are many who have an issues with a black urban raised man being president. There are those who had issues when a person of Jewish faith run for the top office. And there are many who simply could not understand how a woman could become president. This isn't anything new, nor is it anything "mormon". Even Sarah Palin's evangelical beliefs at one time made headlines.

Sure there are those that don't like mormons..... but in reality, that block of voters votes the same way every time and are hardly a factor in swinging elections. Obama wan't elected because of any movement in that crowd. And if a Mormon gets voted in, it will not be because that group did one thing or another. They are not in play.

Idaho Coug
Meridian, Idaho

Many have considered Huntsman's comments to be slick or pandering to both sides. Perhaps he is just being completely honest. I know that if someone interviewed me and asked about my religious beliefs it would be very hard to answer. I am lifelong LDS, attend church, but have a lot of confusion around what I truly believe about a lot of the LDS history/doctrine. And I happen to know that I am far from being alone in that view. True believing members just don't get that but what they also don't get is how many thousands of their fellow members share this struggle to one degree or another.

Perhaps Romney is the one who is being less than candid. Check out his response to whether or not he supported the LDS ban on blacks holding the Priesthood. He was very noncommital and evasive and literally refused the interviewers request to be more clear. And yet, maybe he truly does not know what he thinks about that either.

Many things about our LDS faith are not clear or easy. I don't know may be a very honest answer for many members.

LeonardL
Sandy, UT

I think Jon Huntsman JR, gave an honest answer to a question that many politicians would have lied about or side stepped. I have gone through similar times in my own life... most of us have, even the most faithful in the LDS Church have times like this even though they might not admit it. I have seen Jon Huntsman JR in church with his family, they are the nicest people. I also believe Jon that he is a spiritual person. For me I respect him more for admitting this.

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