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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 11 2012 9:15 a.m. MDT

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ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

obama and company will attack the lds church at some point just like ted kennedy did when he was behind to Mitt in the senate race. it worked for teddy. I hope americans are smart enough to see through it this time.

Whos Life RU Living?
Ogden, UT

ute alumni,

It appears you are still fighting an invisible Obama. Your credibility drops with each of your posts.

Why not defend Obama when his religion is attacked?

Go BYU!

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

"Why not defend Obama when his religion is attacked?"

Other than the extreme leftists (including Obama) who want God wiped out of everything, Who is attacking Obama's religion?? Or better yet, WHAT is his religion? Seems to me, the only question about "Obama's religion" is "What is it"??? Some say he is Christian, and some say he is Muslim, depending on the day and how the wind is blowing.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

To Whos Life RU Living? 9:59 a.m. Sept. 11, 2012

ute alumni,

It appears you are still fighting an invisible Obama. Your credibility drops with each of your posts.

Why not defend Obama when his religion is attacked?

Go BYU!

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Agreed. The President is a Christian, despite what the hate merchants try to claim. Sad that they would do so.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I hope the genuinely curious don't just stop at the officially approved sanitised information available from church PR. There's a lot more interesting stuff on the church than that out there.

Aggielove
Cache county, USA

At the minimum, even if mitt looses, we still have spread the word to the world.
So in the end, the lord is happy.
That's pretty much the purpose folks.
Mitt, wins missionary of the month!

bricha
lehi, ut

I think that it would be political suicide for obama to demean Romneys religion, he saw what happened to the other republican candidates when they did the same.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@ute alumni
High-risk ideas like attacking someone's faith are only done by campaigns who are losing and Obama leads by almost 3 points in the RCP average. His team isn't stupid, they already know attacks on faith would be worthless anyway.

@Tom in CA
He's a protestant. The fact you even ask what his religion is... that's an attack on his religion, because it doesn't take much observation to know the answer. He's not a Muslim or an Atheist, he's a semi-active attending protestant, quite possibly the most common religious status in America.

UtahCentrist
Salt Lake City, UT

This is not good news for Romney, and yet he has no one to blame but himself. Romney has shied away from doing any good job of owning his faith proudly. He has tried to find common ground with the religious views of the GOP mainstream, and as a result, most Americans have no idea what he actually believes. He is so worried about saying anything that the base will find "controversial" that all he can do is talk in vagaries.

Given the makeup of most of the info related to Mormonism that is available online, that information would most likely lead the person to NOT want to cast a vote for Mitt or have a favorable opinion of the LDS church.

I will leave it up to the reader to decide if this is unfair, or justly deserved.

Wildcat
O-town, UT

O.K.

It's time for some fun. How do we not know Mitt Romney is secretly a Muslim (which there would be nothing wrong with incidentally)? Maybe the LDS thing is just a cover just like Obama's Christianity is a cover. How do we know? How do we know! I think Mitt Romney is trying to take away our guns...how do we know? Are we sure we Mitt Romney was born in Michigan--I haven't seen his birth certificate--no not a copy, I want the real one. This paranoia about Obama (Obama Derangement Syndrome) has got to stop--it's just not healthy. You don't have to like him or agree about his political stances, but to believe that he is a "foreigner" with a design to destroy America is really out there.

I hope people don't just look at one person like Mitt Romney, I hope they see a variety of LDS people in the spotlight: Harry Reid, Jon Huntsman Jr., Bryce Harper, Andy Reid, Thomas S. Monson, etc. and see that LDS people are very much their own people, and that the LDS religion is far from a cult.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

"The fact you even ask what his religion is... that's an attack on his religion ..."

alt134 - are you being serious, or is that just a joke?? So, to ask any question is "an attack", is that right??

The Skeptical Chymist
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Romney's religion should be a non-issue, just like Obama's religion should be a non-issue. I haven't seen any Democrats making an issue of Romney's religion. For a while some of his primary opponents or their supporters (especially the Christian religious right) were. On the other hand, I've seen LOTS of Republicans or their supporters making a big issue of Obama's religion - including some commenters here. Hypocrisy, much?

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

What reason is there for the Deseret News to post a link to a Fox News report citing "my sources" (unnamed) who reportedly informed the author that David Axelrod was discussing a "nuclear option" (Fox News’ term, not Axelrod's) of "unleashing an attack on Romney’s Mormon faith via the mainstream media."

That’s a loaded charge to be making using ANY source, much less one who is allowed to remain unnamed.

Wonder
Provo, UT

So, Tom in CA, if you are LDS I assume you welcome with delight all the people who want to know if you are really a Christian. You are not offended. No! They are only asking a question! That the question implies that they don't think you are Christian is absolutely fine with you. You never complain about anyone who says LDS people are not Christian. You tell all your LDS friend, "They are not attacking us, they are only asking a simple question!"

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Yesterday Romney promised backers from the religious rights that he would keep God in his platform and on coins and currency. That makes Obama the only candidate in the race who is not making religion an issue.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

The other day, I was reading a "liberal" thread on a "liberal" chat board...

The topic of Mitt Romney being a"Mormon" came up,
the next 72 replies and comments went something along these lines ---

"I thought Mormons were supposed to tell the truth?"

"Isn't lying a sin in the Mormon Church?"

"I don't think he is a practicing Mormon. The Mormons I know show honor and integrity - Mitt Romney is a flip-flopper, he doesn't show any of that."

"Sure he's a family man, Mormons believe in families. He's just so happens to also be a selfish, greedy, self-serving cut-throat businessman. Hardly a meek and humble Christian. Like to fake TV evangelists --- it all show, and Jesus is the back drop for making money."

If he was a Missionary,
my Mission President would have sent him home early for not setting a very good example.

fkratz
Portland, OR

My Catholic grandmother told me at a very young age that a person's religion was private, personal and intimate. Why politicians continue to pander to xyz religious group is beyond me and those that wear it on their sleeves for political gain seem disingenuous at best.

This Nation was not only founded on religious freedom but freedom from religion within our government. No where is God mentioned in the Constitution or Bill of Rights. "Nature's God" is used once in the Declaration of Independence. The primary founders of our Constitution were theistic rationalists not evangelists and in 1776, fewer than 30% of Americans attended a church.

The candidates should constantly remember that they represent a country with diverse religious and cultural mores. Pandering to one group only creates division and not unity and the Presidential race should be free from that.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

BTW -
Seriously, I have a question....

Let's pretend for a minute that Mitt Romney actually DOES win the election in November.

Does he stop attending weekly Sacrament Meetings and stop attending the Temple?,
or
Does the Secret Service have to be 100% Temple worthy Mormons and the entire building swept before, during and after?

I don't think they allow armed gurads and sniper rifles in Church or Temples.

TyeDye
San Antonio, TX

Would it be an attack on his faith to ask Romney how closely he intends to follow the 14 fundamentals of following the prophet? The 9th and tenth fundamentals could be troubling to some.
F-9 The prophet can receive revelation on any matter—temporal or spiritual.
F-10 The prophet may well advise on civic matters.

Would Romney obey the prophet if Monson advised him on civic matters?

A1994
Centerville, UT

@LDS Liberal

"If he was a Missionary,
my Mission President would have sent him home early for not setting a very good example."

Sounds like you had an incredibly strict mission president. I have never heard someone getting sent home for 'not being a very good example.' Is donating millions to charity not being a good example? Is being successful not being a good example? And since when do liberals care about setting a good example. You voted for a president who had an affair with a 21 year old intern.

LDS Liberal, if you are going to make an argument against Mitt Romney's policies, fine. That's an honest debate. If you are going to try to cast him as some sort of fundamentally bad person, you have no argument what so ever. Nobody is buying it. Harry Reid bore false witness against Romney. As a Latter-day Saint, that should trouble you.

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