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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 7 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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UT Brit
London, England

"Romney's viable candidacy demonstrated that the American electorate could entrust its highest office to an active and believing Latter-day Saint"

Romney got to the top of the republican ticket by being the best of a very, very bad bunch. When Donald Trump was a legitimate threat to Romneys candidacy in the primaries, thats not a good sign really.

Owen
Heber City, UT

What we've learned is that all candidates for the highest office in the land, regardless of religious creed, all play politics by the same gaming rules -- divorced completely from personal ethics even when they hold ecclesiastical positions that demand honesty in their dealings with their fellow men. I believe that Mitt would have won had he told his financiers and handlers he was going to play by different rules.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

You mean we can finally drop the persecution complex?

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Romney's candidacy broke some barriers. But did mendatious Mitt really help the public image of Mormonism?

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Bigotry as a whole took a hit this election. Three states, so far, rejected bigotry. It's time for all bigotry to end, religious and secular.

dwaters88
mesa, AZ

Religious barriers still exist. I doubt a Muslim or Buddhist would have a chance of being elected President in this country.

jtalk
Irvine, CA

Mormon's claim their religion is based on the Bible. Their religion is based on the Book of Mormon. Just ask any Mormon missionary to show you their copy of the Bible when they come to your door...NOT Going to happen! So no the Mormon religion has not been made a main stream religion by Rommey's loss. And freedom of religion has always been the goal of Anerica.

RAB
Bountiful, UT

The failure of the people to elect Romney proves that a good amount of religious bigotry is alive and well. I have no doubt that the reason he did not garner enough votes in Iowa, Florida, and Ohio was because of the small, but politically significant number of people who chose not to vote rather than support a Mormon.

Diligent Dave
Logan, UT

JTalk is wrong. Ask any Mormon missionary to show you his/her Bible, he/she will. We believe in bothe the Bible and the Book of Mormon. God wasn't made mute 2,000 years ago. He speaks today as he did then.

George
Bronx, NY

As an outside observer I think that despite the less then perfect representative Romney was that overall the LDS church is better understood and respected then before the election.

One of a Few
Layton, UT

MHO - The candidacy of Gov. Romney says little about the end of religious bigotry and more about the success of the unwritten faustian bargain liberals and conservatives made, that if one wouldn't mock Romney's LDS religion, the other would remain silent regarding Obama and Islam. All we really know is the cease fire held for the last three months.

We'll know if religious bigotry in Utah is truly ended, if during the next four years Mormons are able to refrain from trying to hang the pejorative label "Muslim" around the neck of the POTUS.

jtalk
Irvine, CA

I was a Mormon for seven years and I can assure you they do not use the Bible as their main teaching tool. I was not born a Mormon but I studed it in depth and as a result can say I know more about it than most Mormons because most Mormons born in the faith just accept it due to their exposure from birth and do not ask the hard questions like someone like me. And I have asked many a young Mormon who spend their two years on a mission to show me their Bible when they have come to my door..they had none. Now do I feel they are not deserving of respect because they do not base all their basic teahings on the Scriptures? Of course not.But I do not think Mormons are now more or less accepted as a Christian religion because of Rommey running for president. But his running shows a freedom of religion still being practiced in this country. And most of the vote he lost was due to his lack of being in touch with the working class of America.

GeoOhio
Portsmouth, OH

Here in southern Ohio his LDS membership did hurt, my 76 year mom had lifelong Republican seniors tell her they just could not vote for a non-Christian so they did not vote. Even many of my peers from agnostics to pentacostals said Romneys relgion helped them decide to vote Obama even though they were not impressed with his 4 years. This was not everyone, but I would guess 3-6 percent more in Ohio would have voted for a mainstream protestant Romney.

jtalk
Irvine, CA

It is not true that Mormons do not believe in Christ. They do. The issue is they do not believe the Bible is correctly translated and that the Book of Mormon is correct. Because of that fact they are not mainstream. I am sure the separation of Church and State would have kept Rommey in line. His major problem was his platform was unclear and ever changing on many issues. These issues are important to the changing demographics of the American people. He flip flopped around more than a fish out of water which made most of us realize he was not the man we wanted to win.. He was the best candidate the Republicans could find, And not good enough to beat the Democrats.. it is that simple..religion was not the main reason he lost.

DavidNichols
Gilbert, AZ

Mitt Romney lost because he was WRONG about how to handle our Nations Immigration Issues Period.

January 2008 began the start of the Arizona E-verify (Attrition) Law, the I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs, the "Great Recession", the "Foreclosure Crisis", and our "New Ballooning National Deficit."

Fact: the HARD LABOR Immigrants gladly did for America was the very Foundation of our Strong Economy, and the twenty-five year Period prior to the Largely L.D.S. Arizona lead "Anti-Immigrant Rant" was the "Most Prosperous period in Total U.S. History."

"America is great because it is good, when it ceases to be good, it ceases to be great".
Alex De Tocqueville

This is our I.C.E.'d Economy!

Millions have been Persecuted!

Saint's should do Good, not Persecution, and "Attrition".

Romney exposed a Racism "Barrier".

C.T.R????

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

The Mo Moment is gone. And religion still doesn't belong in politics.

Red Headed Stranger
Billy Bobs, TX

jtalk

I cannot remember leaving my apartment as a missionary without my Reina Valera Spanish Bible. If I ever did, it was a mistake. Guess what is being taught this year in Seminary? The New Testament. Last year, it was the Old Testament.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

"Mitt Romney's candidacy helped shatter an invisible barrier of religious bigotry".

Not it didn't.

Ying Fah
Provo, UT

No, that was John F. Kennedy who partially shattered that ceiling. However, we will have to wait until there is a non-Christian polytheist who can be elected to truly see that barrier eradicated. Today, there remains the "Christian" litmus test for candidacy.

As for a Mormon getting nominated, George Romney might have been nominated had it not been for his "brainwashing on Vietnam" comment. Now, it may be decades before Republicans take their chances with another Mormon. Democrats have a much greater likelihood of nominating a Morman than do Republicans in the forseeable future.

Noodlekaboodle
Millcreek, UT

@JTalk
Dude, I'm not even a mormon, but that's bogus. The mormons have this quadruple combo deal that has the Bible, The Book of Mormon, D&C, and the other one that is tiny and I don't remember the name and i'm too lazy to google it. Trust me I studied their religion as well. I don't agree with it, but let's not tell out and out lies about them.

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