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Published: Thursday, July 26 2012 10:00 a.m. MDT

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Provo, UT

only on election day will we know what sort of effect Romney's peculiar institution will have on the voters. And that is rather far way to predict accurately. Romney has plenty of time to lose it.

Florissant, MO

Obama was exposed to a lot of diversity, he had a white mother and black father, so Obama is mixed in color. About his mother "But she had a healthy skepticism of religion as an institution" and this is information about his father. "Obama Sr. was raised in a Muslim family, but converted to Christianity and changed his name from "Baraka" to the more Christian-sounding "Barack" when he was about six years old at the insistence of the Christian missionary schools he attended. He became an atheist as a young man, before meeting his second wife, Ann Dunham.

I personally believe that Obama could very well be Atheist, like his father, or looks down on religion as an institution, like his mother and lastly, he could have Muslim beliefs like his grandparents. I would pick that he is more like his mother, because Obama believes in the big government institution, not religion. Religion helps to hold government in check, he doesn't like that.

Richard Larson
Galt, CA

I for one, agree that his "religion" does and will have little impact.
The fact that his arrogance,(he tells the NAACP that he knows what is best for
The endorsements from the likes of Ted Nugent and Paul Murray(remember paul when he told the world that a squirrel told him to start a mining company).
The dog on the roof of his car incident, and all the other blunders make a much, much
bigger impact then his "mormonism" could ever!

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Suppose Romney becomes President. A year later when he's spending a weekend at Camp David he gets a late night phone call from President Monson telling him he's just received a revelation saying it's the will of the Lord that a certain bill on the President's desk should be vetoed. How would Romney respond?

It's a stark omission that no news reporter has put that hypothetical question to him, at least that I know of. JFK was grilled about the Vatican having undue influence in the U.S. Government if he got elected.

Not that they would get a forthright answer from Mitt. He's very smooth in answering a question by not answering it.

Salt Lake City, UT

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Richard Larson
Galt, CA

Nice try "Counter Intelligence".
The article is about Willard "Mitt" Romney,
not about President Obama. If it were I would be pointing that out.
Nice of you to play the "anti-mormon,woe is us" card!

Eagle River, AK

I'm sure the author hopes Romney's religion won't influence the election, but I suspect he is wrong. Even a small margin could swing the outcome to Obama. The media has really not focused on the negative aspects of Mormon history or teaching, but will as election day approaches. The ex-mormon community has provided a wealth of well documented information on the internet that will be thrown before the voters. The high rate of suicide, use of antidepressants, sexual child abuse etc in Utah will undermine the family values facade promoted by the LDS church.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

"More than 30 percent don't know the religious affiliation of either Romney or Obama."

I'm not sure that Obama knows what Obama's religion is. When he is with Muslims he sounds Muslim. He claims to be Christian but has rarely been to church since leaving the fold of Reverend Wright. If accused of being a Christian in court, I wonder if there would be enough evidence to convict. Israel does not like many of his policies or statements in their regard. Ann Coulter insists that he is athiest.

@Richard Larson

"The dog on the roof of his car incident, and all the other blunders make a much, much
bigger impact then his "mormonism" could ever!"

So Romeny took his dog for a drive, where dogs usually like to ride, in the wind. Obama took a dog for a wok (spelling inentional). Do you really want to go there?

slc, UT

You know leave it up to the this new agency to push for Romney. That way all the people can be swayed to vote for him instead of someone that will really look out for the people of middle class income. But remember is was all Obama's fault for the current events. But no one in Utah will accept the fact that Bush or the Replications have caused the problems that we are currently in.
Just my point of view.

Mesa, AZ

@Craig Clark

"Suppose Romney becomes President. A year later when he's spending a weekend at Camp David he gets a late night phone call from President Monson telling him he's just received a revelation saying it's the will of the Lord that a certain bill on the President's desk should be vetoed. How would Romney respond?"

That is not how revelation works. No person even the President of the Church can receive revelation instructing another person to do something. That is intruding on free agency.


His religion may have little impact BUT the influence of his religion on his personal character will. Mitt is does he has shown his soul and people do not buy into his nonsense.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

The headline is correct, the religion will not have any affect.
But when he loses, a lot of D-news readers will blame people being anti-mormon for the loss.

MiddleofNowhere, Utah

@Craig Clark,
The President of the LDS church would never use a member to gain political pull, even if Romney were to become President. I can see where people may get this idea, however, this just exemplifies ignorance. His responsibility is for the members of the church and their spiritual welfare, not the duties of the state. However, every President, including the current one, make decisions based on their personal, spiritual, and moral beliefs. That just comes with the fact that they are human.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

I think America is ready to elect a Mormon President, although I don't expect it to happen in this election. Romney is more likely to be Mormonism's Al Smith of Presidential aspirations.

Orem, UT

@Craig Clark, zoar63, and SS -

I believe if it was the will of the Lord that a bill on a hypothetical President Romney's desk be vetoed, that President Romney would receive that revelation from God directly. Revelation is given to those who have stewardship. If President Monson received this revelation at all and if he shared it, I would think it would be a second witness to a revelation given to President Romney directly. And as others have said, Romney would have the agency to choose for himself how to proceed and could use his spiritual insights coupled with his other gifts and knowledge to make a decision.

very concerned
Sandy, UT

Mitt's religion rightly SHOULD have little impact on the outcome of the election, just like other presidents' religions have not disqualified them from being presidents. Mormons, for more than 180 years, have had the privelige of voting for non-mormons and mormons alike

The instructions given in the scriptures is for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints to vote for honest and wise people, period. (See Doctrine and Covenants 98:10). None of the founding fathers were Mormons (obviously, since The Church was not founded till 1830). Yet they were men who were the best for the job. They were honest and wise.

There have been countless honest and wise men elected since the beginning of this nation. Not all were so, but many. They have been from countless different religious persuasions. It seems to me that both of those characteristics (honesty and wisdom) should be the standards against which we judge our officials. Either one alone is necessary, but not sufficient. Together, I believe they are unbeatable. THESE should be the *litmus test*.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO


I wouldn't expect President Monson to attempt something so unseemly as that. My question was strictly hypothetical but one that we might hear asked by a reporter. In 1960, JFK was political realist enough to know that some American Protestants were genuinely concerned about Vatican influence if a Catholic were President.

Richard Larson
Galt, CA

Really Rock?
That is your rebuttal?
First of all one does not strap a dog,or any animal for that matter to the top of
a vehicle to give them air when driving.
Normal people leave the window down to give them air.
Also, when dog is the only source of meat or protein then way not?

Uncle Charles
Where freedom and liberty reign, utah

@CI: Your posts make me laugh each day. Do you have a blog somewhere? I'm sure it would be awesome.

@Craig Clark: you continue to show your ignorance regarding all things LDS. I'm still waiting for the national press to ask Obama why he felt America needed to be fundamentally changed, how he planned to change her and how America would be better because of this fundamental change. Aren't you?

@Mr Larson: your hyperbole is noted.

Salt Lake City, UT

If you have to wonder what religion Obama is...

you are ignoring the facts.

President Obama goes to Easter Christmas and it has all been publically noted.

Those who claim Obama may well be some other denomination...

are simply lying.

Thou shall not bear false witness.

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