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Published: Thursday, June 7 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

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skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

Both men seem to have sincere conflictions and believes, they should share their religious conflictions and believes with the voters; after all that is what represents a big part of who they are and what voters can expect in their representative actions. Ones religious believes in affiliation with a public church should be shared with voters. If they are secular or neutral with no loyal believe in any one religion then voters should have that information also.

Dadof5sons
Montesano, WA

As the founding fathers pointed out in the US Constitution the matters of one's religion is private and should never beheld against a person running for elected office. What Both President Obama and Gov. Romney are doing is very commendable taking the personal part of each one's lives off the table. So we can focus on the Record Of President Obama.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Seems like the Los Angeles Times cares about their religious conflictions more here. I think it's more like this that the economy is a political black hole, sucking every other issue into an impossibly dense void. CNBC is reporting that America lost 129,000 millionaires last year. Or as Mitt Romney calls them, "an endangered species we have to protect." It’s being reported that Mitt Romney's personal Hotmail account has been hacked. Yeah, Hotmail. Even Ron Paul was like, "Get with it, you old geezer!." Speaking of Mitt Romney, his campaign is in the news for misspelling several words on his promotional items. Today, Romney issued a press release that said, "I'll get to the bottom of this, or my name isn't Malt Ramrod." If I vote for you, can I ride your dancing horse?. Romney faces potential resistance to his Mormon faith, and with Obama, many still believe that he is a Muslim and they don't like his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.. Americans want their president to be a man and to fix the economy. That's all.

My views.

Like 'em, or not.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

If this is a momentary detente, I guarantee you someone is just loading up to fire the "shot heard 'round the world" when it comes to religion.

(I wouldn't mind lighting the fuse)

HotGlobe
SAN RAFAEL, CA

Is the writer correct that Obama's religion problem is "messier" than Romney's? This could be an interesting debate, but developing the argument that Romney's problem is actually "messier" would not pass the censor here. This article also cites an unnamed "poll" finding 16% believe Obama is a Muslim. How was the question phrased? More importantly, is there anybody who WOULD vote for Obama, but is swayed against him because of their belief about his religion? If you won't take his word that he is a Christian, don't you already hate him anyway? Similarly, saying the Reverend Wright issue "nearly sank Obama's 2008 campaign" just isn't true. Obama's supporters take his word that he does not affirm Wright's controversial statements and this issue won't get any traction in 2012. Romney, however, confirms his Mormonism and many (perhaps most) of his closest political supporters are within the group of people who have a strong theological conflict with his beliefs.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"Obama has an even messier religion problem. Substantial numbers of voters — 16 percent in a recent poll — continue to believe that he is a Muslim"

And that is no accident. Where would they have gotten THAT idea?

Just like the birth certificate issue.

Those on the right would rather be outraged by lies than satisfied with the truth.

BrentBot
Salt Lake City, UT

11 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence (including several presidents) were non-Trinitarian Christians, as is Mitt Romney, who is as faithful as the most devout Founder.

Contrast Mitt Romney’s faith to that of Barack Obama: Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his pastor, says “it is hard to tell” if Barack Obama converted from Islam to Christianity”. Wright says “church is not Barack's thing".

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

@BrentBot,

And they forget to mention blacks and women when they made every man have equal rights. So much for good people.

You're right Mitt's is as faithful as the most devout founder.

kargirl
Sacramento, CA

No one but each Mitt Romney or President Obama, and God, knows how faithful or devout each is, and what each man believes in his heart. Can we all agree? And None but God can say how well each has lived what he believes, either, or how well he practices his faith in his private and public life in all respects. So can we all stop trying to behave as if we are God for them and for others, while we are at it?

Weston Jurney
West Jordan, UT

The candidates may observe a truce about religion; their surrogates will not.

RBTJR
PLATTSBURGH, NY

It would be ideal to think that in 1960, JFK's Houston speech on religon, and how it would affect his ability to lead our country, would have put things to rest. But, sadly, this form of bigotry still rears its ugly head when someone yet "different" runs for national office. It's born of political motivation, in my opinion.
I sincerely hope that this does not become an issue as November looms. Are we not guided by the constitution, not by what happens to be a leader's choice of religon?
I think we can be confident with over 200 years of precendent, that we don't have to worry about a president's religon, as much as his capability to be an effective leader, guided by rule of law. This, I think, should be the yardstick of how we measure and determine our choice in November.

zoar63
Mesa, AZ

@LValfre

"And they forget to mention blacks and women when they made every man have equal rights. So much for good people.

You're right Mitt's is as faithful as the most devout founder."

Look at it in the context of the period. It must be irritating for the PC crowd to know that all the founders were Anglo-Saxon. The past is the past its time to move on.

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