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

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atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Tom in CA
"to ask any question is "an attack", is that right??"

No. But asking a question for which there is a clear, provided answer that has repeatedly been stated... is either an attack or outright ignorance. I thought we all knew who Rev. Wright was and that Obama spent 20 years there (at least occasionally showing up). But no, some people insist that Wright's church isn't Christian. Some people insist Obama's a Muslim. Others insist he's an atheist. I'm just going to go with the religious institutions he intends (Christian) and what he says he is (Christian). What sort of reason would there be for someone to think otherwise unless they legit haven't been paying attention... or they want to plant the idea that Obama is some sort of "other" (of course this option would also be bigoted against Muslims or atheists)?

If someone questioned whether or not Romney was part of the polygamist sect it'd be It's easy to look up so to suggest otherwise is either someone being ignorant on the matter... or a means of trying to attack him.

Owl
Salt Lake City, UT

I am interested in replacing a floundering president with someone who has some idea on the economy and jobs. Religion is not the issue in this election and only detracts from discussion on the critical problems of our time. It is much easier to talk about Mr. Romney's tithing than the 23 million unemployed.

Mr_IT
LAKE FOREST, CA

@Alt134
YOU WROTE:
"He's a protestant."

MY RESPONSE:
Alt134, Protestant isn't a religion. Christianity is a religion. "Protestant" is a denomination of the Christian Religion - please see the Wikipedia article on "Protestantism" if you have any questions on this.

And in a recent Huntington Post Interview Mr. Obama self-identified like this:

"President Obama: First and foremost, my Christian faith gives me a perspective and security that I don’t think I would have otherwise: That I am loved. That, at the end of the day, God is in control -- and my main responsibility is to love God with all of my heart, soul and mind, and to love my neighbor as myself. Now, I don’t always live up to that standard, but it is a standard I am always pursuing."
(Huffington Post 08/21/2012)

In the same interview he states that he attends service at the National Cathedral which is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church. However, in Chicago he attended Trinity United Church of Christ. Therefore, Mr. Obama appears to be a non-denominational Christian.

Diet-Mormon
Cache county, USA

Lds liberal.
I agree with all your comments, cause I'm diet Mormon, your new friend.
Together we can fight to make sure Obama gets elected in this country.
Lol

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Mr_IT
LAKE FOREST, CA - you are correct. And now even alt134, who was so clear on the issue, is asking questions.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Mr_IT and Tom in CA
The Episcopal Church and Trinity United Church of Christ are both Protestant Christian churches.

And Tom... I'm not asking questions... Obama is clearly a Christian that attends various protestant, christian churches. That's just a fact. Calling him Protestant infers a sense of non-denominationalism since I am not specifying a particular denomination (since protestant is a category of Christianity, not a denomination) much like calling someone a Christian doesn't tell you what denomination, if any, they belong to.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Since this is a national election, I believe it would not be as likely to happen. South Carolina and Massachusetts and Arkansas probably would but other states may not be as strong in doing that.

Obama has done some odd things and isn't necessarily rational when it comes to politics. He spends a lot of time campaigning, which then leaves him open to make mistakes and then make misstatements.

J-TX
Allen, TX

Democratic strategists have discussed "what might be called the nuclear option: unleashing an attack on Romney's Mormon faith via the mainstream media."

She adds: "There has been no indication of that kind of attack yet."

No, it's been far more subtle than that. There have been articles rife with half-truths (Bloomberg), TV programs that focused on LDS fringe and Ex-LDS as sources (Rock Center) and a variety of other deceptive liberal media devices to keep that question of "weirdness" out there, just as the Obama campaign stated they would do as soon as Mr. Romney became the presumptive nominee.

Outright attacks? No, they are far too devious for that.....

J-TX
Allen, TX

fkratz;

You forget where the Declaration mentions that men are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights".

J-TX
Allen, TX

"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."

Craig, "God" on coins and currency is not Religion. Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Christians all believe in a God or gods. "God" on coins and currency is a reflection of our overwhelmingly religious populace. Even those who never attend church regularly invoke the name of God. (Although not always appropriately).

Mr_IT
LAKE FOREST, CA

@Alt134
I find this very interesting. When I, an Evangelical, try to categorize Mormons by their observed behavior I'm reprimanded by them for doing so and am told that I'm ignorant of your religion. I'm told that ONLY Mormons really understand their religion.

However, when I produce evidence that demonstrates that your categorizing of Barak Obama's religion as "Protestant" is in error and that he correctly belongs in the box labeled "Non-Denominational Christian" you reprimand me for being ignorant of my own religion. I see a pattern here!

Can you see how it would be easy to conclude that in the eyes of Mormons we Evangelicals are just an ignorant, uninformed lot who need to subjugate ourselves to the superior "light and knowledge" of Mormons.

Or put another way, there seems to be one set of rules for Mormons and another for everyone else.

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