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11 March 2012

Romney may register breakthrough in South, but his Mormonism may hurt him among evangelicals

March 10, 2012

New York Daily News

Moreover, the percentage of evangelical voters in either Alabama or Mississippi could top nearly 50% of the turnout — and that may not bode well for the Mormon candidate.

“A recent poll of evangelicals around here showed that 30% would simply not vote for a Mormon — and the number who wouldn’t admit that in a poll is probably a lot higher,” Fording explained.

“There’s nothing Romney can do about it,” the professor continued, “but for some people in the South, Mormonism isn’t Christianity, it’s a cult.”


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Romney’s evangelical problem on display in South

March 10, 2012

Tampa Bay Online (Florida)

Romney also is lacking in the kind of charisma that has buoyed other candidates, especially in the South, said Jim Guth, a political scientist at Furman University in South Carolina. “Evangelicals like their leaders with a little zing — and that Romney doesn’t have,” Guth said. “And, of course, his social milieu and cultural expression just doesn’t match theirs very well.” Many Christians do not consider Mormons part of historical Christianity, although Mormons do. Republicans who say Mormonism is not Christian are less likely to support Romney for the GOP nomination, according to a November 2011 survey by the Pew Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.


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SXSW: Mormons, Olivia Munn, and Magic Johnson

March 10, 2012

Entertainment Weekly

Writer/director Rebecca Thomas’ debut feature film tells the story of a young Mormon girl (Garner, who’s kind of exquisite and raw) who believes she’s had an immaculate conception after listening to a pop song on a rogue cassette tape. She flees her fundamentalist Utah community with her banished brother (Aiken) and the two end up in Las Vegas, hanging around a pack of skateboarding street rats. I went in expecting a minor film and 24 hours later I’m still thinking about the honest tenderness that blooms between Garner and Culkin.


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Reverend tells Romney to renounce ‘racist’ Mormon faith

March 11, 2012

Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

A reverend has called on Mitt Romney to give up Mormonism because the religion is prejudiced against African-Americans, Native Americans and the Jewish community.
Reverend O’Neal Dozier, who has been a vocal supporter of Rick Santorum, said black voters will never stand behind the former Massachusetts governor because of his beliefs.
The pastor has planned a news conference tomorrow at the Worldwide Christian Center Church in Pompano Beach, Florida.


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Santorum Supporter Demands Romney “Renounce” His Religion

March 10, 2012

Buzz Feed

A Florida pastor at whose church Rick Santorum spoke in January, and whose endorsement Santorum touted in a press release yesterday, will hold a press conference Monday to call on Mitt Romney “to openly renounce his racist Mormon Religion,” according to an unusual 979 word press release under his name.
The press release from the Rev. O’Neal Dozier includes a litany of quotes from the Mormon Church’s past of barring blacks from the priesthood, a practice that ended in the late 1970s, and concludes:
Because of the aforementioned facts, we believe that a Romney Presidential nomination for the Republican Party would widen the racial divide to a point of no return, because the Republican Party would be viewed as a racist political party. Romney’s nomination would cause the erroneous view that has long existed in the minds of black people, that the Republican Party is prejudice to become a reality. Also, if Romney gets the nomination, President Obama’s super pacs will educate the American people about his racist religion and he will probably lose to Obama.


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VIEWPOINTS: Can Christians vote for Mitt Romney? (Yes)

March 11, 2012

Birmingham News (Alabama)

For a number of my friends and colleagues, the decision is particularly difficult because of the religious affiliation of the three leading candidates. Mitt Romney is Mormon, while Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are Catholic. For many of the approximately 90 percent of Alabamians who are Protestant, choosing between a Mormon and two Catholics is an unattractive option because of the deep theological differences Southern Baptists have with the Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — the Mormon Church.

Many who are struggling with this choice are settling on Santorum or Gingrich because they cannot stomach the thought of voting for a man who is a member of a church that stands outside orthodox Christianity.


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Florida Pastor Urges Romney to Denounce “Racist” Religion

March 11, 2012


Can a Mormon win the presidential election? Florida’s Reverend O’Neal Dozier doesn’t think so. The senior pastor, who has publicly expressed support for Rick Santorum, wants Mitt Romney to denounce his Mormonism. And no, it has nothing to do with posthumous baptisms.

The Mormon religion is prejudiced against blacks, Jews and the Native American Indians. These allegations are substantiated and validated by the writings of the former prophets and seers of the Mormon church.

Until 1978, black people weren’t allowed to become Mormon priests, and because of that, Dozier believes that black voters will never stand behind Romney. Of course, as the “honorary chairman” of Santorum’s Florida campaign, Dozier does have a clear bias.


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Goldman Sachs finds unlikely second home

March 11, 2012


Some 2,000 miles away from the hustle and bustle of Wall Street, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has found an unlikely second home: Mormon country.

Low taxes, tax breaks and a cheap but well-educated workforce persuaded Goldman to go on a hiring binge in Salt Lake City. The bank now employs 1,300 people here — putting Utah’s capital city on a path to become Goldman’s fourth-largest global operation, behind only New York, New Jersey and London.

Goldman’s image as a Wall Street powerhouse dominated by hard-charging traders and swaggering bankers might seem at odds with Salt Lake City’s reputation as a family-oriented town where the bars close early and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the most powerful local institution.

But by bulking up in Utah, which boasts one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the United States, the bank is taking advantage of a series of lucrative tax breaks offered by the state to woo its business.


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After Gandhi baptism, Hindus want Mormon Church guarantee of no ancestor baptism

March 11, 2012

The Jet (Fiji)

Hindus appalled at the reports of proxy baptism of peace icon Mahatma Gandhi by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) are still waiting for an official apology from its leadership.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Gandhi baptism reports appeared in the media on February 27, but the LDS President Thomas S. Monson or its other leaders are yet to come out with an apology and explanation on how this happened despite calls by Hindus. It was insensitive and hurtful to the feelings of about one billion Hindus spread worldwide.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that LDS being a responsible organization with over 14 million membership and worldwide presence should show some maturity and transparency in this matter. Besides immediate apology, they should also come up with detailed report on how many Hindus had been baptized without the will or request of their living relatives.


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SXSW 2012: Two sides of opening night with ‘Cabin’ and ‘Babymakers’

March 10, 2012

Los Angeles Times (California)

On the first night of South by Southwest, there were plenty of films playing around Austin on Friday, including the psychedelic-tinged Mormon pregnancy movie “Electrick Children” and the age-inappropriate rage-rampage of Bobcat Goldthwait’s “God Bless America.”


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The lives less lived: Sons & daughters of perdition

March 11, 2012

Daily Maverick (South Africa)

“The Mormon Church is very difficult. I was at an ex-Mormon convention in Salt Lake City and there I saw that people go through a huge amount of fear in leaving. I didn’t realise it was that bad or that intense. I ended up calling Mormonism the mafia of religion,” says Winell, speaking to iMaverick from Berkley in the US. “Leaving that church altogether after being sealed in the temple confines you to the worst level of hell. If you have been a Mormon and you leave, you are called a son of perdition. It is the worst thing that can happen to you.”

Mormon exit sites like I Am An Ex Mormon and PostMormon.Org carry their own painful accounts. “I view the years I spent as a Mormon as a kind of mind rape. Mormonism gave me a terrible self-image (I could not live up to the impossible, ‘perfect’ expectations) that I am only recently recovering from. The farther I get away from that church, the better,” writes one person. “Until a person leaves Mormonism, they have no idea how painful it can be. When I left Mormonism (the last and final time) I was filled with fear and guilt. I was angry at a huge religion that had taken so much of my time, energy and money for so many years,” writes another.


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