Does religion matter?

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  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 9, 2012 8:28 a.m.


    Anyone who claims to know God's will is very frightening. They are either deluded, psychotic, or attempting to use psychological warfare to control other people for their own purposes.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    May 7, 2012 5:34 p.m.

    Roland, it would depend on the Unitarian. After all Thomas Jefferson was a Unitarian and I think that I'd have voted for him. Millard Fillmore? Not so much. As long as I agree with the candidates politics, I don't care if they howl at the moon to worship. By the way, I'd never vote for Harry Reid.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    May 6, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    We are seeing untruths slide through Mitt Romney's lips every day. How does that coincide with being an honest, God fearing, "save our nation" individual?
    That questionable behavior is acceptable for Republicans because Romney is "ultra religious"?

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 5, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    There is very great danger in setting a religious man in the position of authority over your freedom. However, the danger is no greater than setting any other strongly motivated man as your governing manager.

    The fact that he wishes to be president and leader of the United States of America is ample proof that he is a strongly motivated man. His actual motivation is not so easily determined. There are probably many religious men who exhibit their religion but hide their true motivation of greed.

    Religious leaders of some churches are counseling their members to oppose and disobey our laws on the basis of the members personal belief as learned from the church.

    If the person is a really religious person, he would obey the church instead of our nation. And would administer the law as dictated by the church and not as from the people of America.

    So we might end up with a Theocracy instead of a democracy or a republic.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    May 5, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    David King

    I agree whole heartedly. I am 24 and very involved in politics. I think it's so much fun to be able to know what is going on. I am not trying to toot my own horn, but it irritates me to see people around my age who have no clue what is going on.
    There are important issues of the day that we can help improve, yet so many people just don't care. As long as they have an X BOX, cell phone, and a skateboard they are happy.

  • Meowbeast Matawan, NJ
    May 5, 2012 1:09 p.m.


    Of course, the more a person does what's clearly against God's will, the less we should trust them also.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    @Mike Richards
    "Mr. Obama CHOSE to attend a church where the pastor preached hatred. "

    And people could attack the fact that Romney CHOSE to attend a church that (insert something here). So religious attacks on Romney are okay in your book is what you're saying.

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    May 5, 2012 11:07 a.m.

    Jessica, besides the Constitutional reasons, you can't frame a candidate in terms of his religion otherwise you would have to condemn all LDSaints for not living the 9th Commandment. My experience is that people are people in every setting and the ones in this state hold no more or less Christian values than any other place. I suggest you vote for people that will serve your best interest.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    The more a person claims to be doing "God's will," the less we should trust them.

  • Meowbeast Matawan, NJ
    May 5, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    @Anti Bush-Obama

    Yes, it's always best to cloak religious bigotry in political terms. That way you can pretend it doesn't exist.

  • Meowbeast Matawan, NJ
    May 5, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    All through the primaries the point was made that the Religious Right is uncomfortable with Romney. Since it was made by the mainstream media, take it with an enormous grain of salt. I'm an Evangelical, and the choice between the Obama administration with its dreadful record on religious freedom (we all remember the recent intrusion with the contraceptives and Obamacare, no?) or a Mormon, who at least shares a good many of the values that Christians do, is a no brainer.

    Evangelical Romney voter, right here.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    May 5, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    re: atl134

    Using YOUR words, I'm "attacking" Mr. Obama's choice of friends. I'm "attacking" Mr. Obama's choice of clergy. I'm "attacking" Mr. Obama's choice of ideology.

    Mr. Obama CHOSE to surround himself with friends who are Marxists.

    Mr. Obama CHOSE to attend a church where the pastor preached hatred.

    Mr. Obama CHOSE to stay in that church for twenty-years.

    Mr. Obama CHOSE to appoint to his administration tax cheats.

    Mr. Obama CHOSE to associate with Bill Ayers, a man who bombed the pentagon.

    Those were Mr. Obama's CHOICES.

    I have held positions of leadership within the LDS Church. Part of my responsibility was to council members of those organizations which I was called to lead. Part of that responsibility was to hold members ACCOUNTABLE for their choices and to remind them that although they had agency to choose their actions, they did not have agency to choose the consequences to those actions.

    Mr. Obama has chosen his actions. He has also chosen to accept the consequences to those choices - whether he wants to face the consequences or not.

    I CHOOSE to hold Mr. Obama accountable for HIS choices.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    May 5, 2012 10:35 a.m.

    In Romneys case I hope the anti-mormon sentiment prevails because he is a corporate puppet just like Obama is and as phony as a 3 dollar bill

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    May 5, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    Let's see, the GOP Administration under Bush bombed to rubble a small country that never attacked us and tortured who knows how many people. Homicide and abuse? It's not the religion that scares me, it's the GOP ideology...

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    May 5, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    Romney will not repal obamacare, a bill he wrote by the way, or create jobs or reduce the national debt. It will be as if Obama is still in office if this guy is elected. All of his promises are 100% pure campaign rhetoric. Anybody who votes for him or Obama will be sorry.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    @Mike Richards
    "If a man lives his religion and if that religion teaches honesty, integrity, hard work, and accountability, shouldn't that man be favored over a candidate whose religion teaches class warfare, divisiveness, hatred and intolerance?"

    So you're attacking Obama's faith? Treat others the way you'd like to be treated.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 5, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    I grow tired of Utahns complaining about how some folks won't vote for Mitt because of his religion.... In reality, how many Utahns will blindly vote for him BECAUSE of his religion?

    It works both ways.

    Jessica, what plans does Mitt have to offer that will help us? He plans to lower taxes on the rich, privatize Medicare by giving them vouchers, and plans to GREATLY increase defense spending. If Mitt had his way, he would have let thousands of Americans go unemployed by not helping out the car industry.

    Then again, we don't know if he would have done those things/intends on doing those things.

    See Jessica, Mr. Romney changes his opinion every week depending on who he is speaking to. He will do and say anything to be elected.

    Do you really want that as President? He could say one thing to your high school and then the complete opposite to your rival.

    Is that the leadership we need?

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 5, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    How many Utah residents would vote for a Unitarian candidate?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    May 5, 2012 8:56 a.m.

    If a man lives his religion and if that religion teaches honesty, integrity, hard work, and accountability, shouldn't that man be favored over a candidate whose religion teaches class warfare, divisiveness, hatred and intolerance?

    Look at Mr. Obama's actions during the last three years. Can anyone say that spending a life-time listening to Marxist rhetoric and spending twenty-years in Paster Wright's church did not influence Mr. Obama? Mr. Obama has proven that you do what you think and you think what you experience.

    We are not electing a religious leader, but we cannot ignore the fact that every one of us is a product of the thoughts that we think and the experiences that we live during our lifetime.

    We need to look very carefully at the man, at the man's friends, at the man's social activities, and at the man's religion. All of those things will telegraph how the man will conduct himself when he sits in the Oval Office.

    No President changed his character just because he wore the mantle of President.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 5, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    If someone were to vote against romney because he's mormon that would be OK too, right?

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    Where has Romney gotten a lot of criticism for being a Mormon? There have been a few high-profile religious zealots make comments, but how does that translate to "criticism"? In my opinion, persecution complex is very common here.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    May 5, 2012 7:19 a.m.

    You won't need to convince many people here to vote for Romney. After all, we are in Utah, and I wouldn't expect the state to vote any other way.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    May 5, 2012 7:12 a.m.

    When one believes in total delusion, yes..., Religion matters.

  • David King Layton, UT
    May 5, 2012 12:45 a.m.

    I don't really wish to comment on Mitt Romney or the issue of religion in politics. For now, I just want to say thank you for being involved and committed to voting. It's a rare thing for the 18-25 age group. As one on the upper end of that bracket, I was disappointed to see so few of us at the recent caucus. There were maybe seven of us in a room of seventy five to eighty people. I fear that a great number in our age group try to get engaged in the process, but become turned off by the incendiary rhetoric, the name-calling, and the doublespeak coming from all sides. We can't give in to cynicism and become non-participants, because there are many grave problems facing our country that we will inherit. You mentioned one of the biggest issues in reference to our national debt. Though it may seem unlikely, imagine if our generation could be the one to say to our children, "We will not make you pay for what we have consumed. Your birthright is not debt but opportunity." But to do that we have to be involved.