Published: Wednesday, Nov. 7 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
"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.
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.
You mean we can finally drop the persecution complex?
Romney's candidacy broke some barriers. But did mendatious Mitt really help
the public image of Mormonism?
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.
Religious barriers still exist. I doubt a Muslim or Buddhist would have a chance
of being elected President in this country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 TocquevilleThis 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????
The Mo Moment is gone. And religion still doesn't belong in politics.
jtalkI 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
"Mitt Romney's candidacy helped shatter an invisible barrier of
religious bigotry".Not it didn't.
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
@JTalkDude, 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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