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8 January 2012

Romney, a Mormon, gets support from ex-ambassadors to the Vatican

January 7, 2012


Bypassing two GOP presidential candidates known for their Catholic faith, five former U.S. Ambassadors to the Holy See threw their support behind frontrunner Mitt Romney, a devout Mormon.


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Religion Aside, Vatican Ambassadors Support Romney

January 7, 2011


Mitt Romney’s Mormon background doesn’t concern five former Catholic ambassadors to the Vatican who endorsed him for President on Saturday.

Around 20 leading social conservatives signed an open letter to Senator McCain expressing their displeasure over the prospect of a Romney Vice Presidency, which was being pushed by Karl Rove, Fox News host Sean Hannity and other influential Republican voices. Among the anti-Romney signers were people like Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, who once supported Romney and then publicly regretted it.

Republican Mike Huckabee once keynoted a 1998 Southern Baptist Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah where the convention’s theme was — ironically — to fight against Mormonism. Utah is the home of the Church of Latter Day Saints, the church of American Mormons. Huckabee often chided Romney for his religious beliefs. Once, when asked whether he considered Mormonism a cult or religion the former Arkansas governor said, “I think it’s a religion. I really don’t know much about it.”


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Gov. Nikki Haley: Romney’s Mormon faith won’t hurt him in SC

January 8, 2012

Daily Caller

South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley says her own experience proves that Gov. Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith won’t be an obstacle for him to attract Palmetto State voters.

“You’re talking to someone who was just elected in South Carolina as a 38-year-old Indian female,” Haley said in the spin room after ABC’s GOP primary debate Saturday evening when asked by a reporter if Romney’s Mormonism would be an issue in South Carolina. “Don’t think that’s a problem.”


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New Romney Ad Embraces Mormonism

January 7, 2012

Daily Beast

Mitt Romney has realized that he can’t avoid the issue of his Mormon religion, so he might as well embrace it. The Republican frontrunner’s new South Carolina mail campaign emphasizes Romney’s deep religious beliefs and 42-year marriage, in an effort to win over 60 percent of the state’s Republicans that are evangelical or “born again” Christians. The ad, however, doesn’t dive head first into touting Romney’s Mormonism, but instead refers heavily to his “faith” and how it will influence him as president, also assuring South Carolina voters that the White House contender is “pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-family.”


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Romney Touts Faith, Avoids Mentioning LDS Church, in South Carolina

January 8, 2012

Utah Pulse

Curious…or maybe not. Mitt Romney’s campaign sends out a huge mailer in South Carolina touting his faith, but it does not once mention the LDS Church.

Romney’s Mormon faith is a big issue in South Carolina where Evangelical Christians tend to view the LDS Church with suspicion.


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Theological fissures for evangelicals, Mormons

January 6, 2012

Albany Times-Union

Romney has acknowledged his lifelong membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will cost him some votes. He defeated former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum by just eight votes in the Midwest voting, a week before the New Hampshire primary.
Numerous polls and anti-Mormon statements suggest that evangelicals’ disagreements with Romney are rooted, not just in the hot-button issues of banning abortion and gay marriage, but also in core elements of Christian theology.


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Evangelicals may face choice: electable candidate or ‘moral’ one

January 8, 2012


Robert Parham, president of the Nashville-based Baptist Center for Ethics and a frequent critic of the Religious Right, said the Texas meeting shows evangelical leaders are worried about losing their hold on the Republican Party.

Since many evangelicals are critical of Mormons, Parham said, they won’t have much access to a Romney White House, even though Romney shares many of their values.

“This is not about core values,” he said. “This is about access to political power.”


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A district divided: Racial, religious tensions stir up turmoil at CCSD

January 8, 2012

Daily Times (New Mexico)

The Navajo word for Mormon is “Gaamalii,” a term the Diné used to describe the fledgling religious communities and missionary efforts that started trickling onto the reservation a century and a half ago.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons, settled in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Shortly afterward, they started moving south, colonizing locations in Arizona, California, Nevada and northern Mexico.

Along the way — and continuing into the present — the Mormons interacted with American Indians, converting them to the religion, operating trading posts and transporting roughly 20,000 of their children to foster homes or student placement programs largely in Utah.

And so began a relationship between two cultures that are at once similar and disparate. At best, they co-exist; at worst, they lead to an impasse so complete outside entities must intervene.


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White House hopeful Mitt Romney’s missionary dad failed to convert boozy Scots

January 8, 2012

Daily Record (United Kingdom)

US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will pray that his White House campaign is more successful than his dad’s attempts to win over Scots as a Mormon missionary.
The frontrunner for the Republican nomination has described the late George Romney as his greatest inspiration – but his dad failed abysmally in converting Glaswegians back in the 1920s.

George was 19 when he was sent to Glasgow by religious leaders.

He went door to door in a bid to attract converts but had a tough time in a city where just 250 Mormons were living at the time.

His quest wasn’t helped by the fact that followers of the religion have to abstain from alcohol.

“The penny-wise Scots, exporters of whisky, had never encouraged this bone-dry teaching,” said one of his biographers.

The Mormons’ association with polygamy also hampered his cause – even though the church had banned plural marriage by then.


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William Farrar Jr.: ‘The Only Viable Candidate’ … And he’s getting trashed by GOP because of his religion

January 8, 2012

Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia)

A good, practicing Mormon does not smoke or drink; doesn’t cheat on his wife. He pays a full tithe; serves in the church voluntarily without pay, including serving occasionally for a five-year period as the minister; believes in honoring, sustaining and upholding the laws of their land (because of prejudices it was easier to build a Mormon Temple in East Germany than it was in Atlanta); believes we have the freedom to worship God in our own way, and grant to every person the same privileges; and finally if there is anything lovely, virtuous, or of good report we seek after these things. Mitt Romney epitomizes these values in his life.

Collectively the Mormons have given tons of food, clothing, shelter and millions of dollars not only in our country but all over the world. When a disaster occurs anywhere the Mormon Church responds. A mechanical engineer has developed a plastic chair/wheelchair enabling hundreds of third-world countries to provide mobility for their citizens. Eighteen-wheelers were en route to New Orleans before the hurricanes ever hit, well ahead of any FEMA activity. I was in Florida as Florida was preparing for another hurricane. Jeb Bush, then governor, mentioned the Mormons and their stake centers as part of their strategic emergency preparedness program.


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Editorial: These fine people in Hunterdon County endured prejudice springing from ignorance and cynicism

January 8, 2012

Hunterdon County Democrat (New Jersey)

Sometimes, no good deed goes unpunished. The proof is on nj.com, where a Democrat article about a Clinton Township resident’s participation in “Mormon Helping Hands” drew some sharp criticism.

David Bean belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He joined church members there and elsewhere and volunteered in the Helping Hands program, assisting more than 1,200 New Jersey residents in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Lee and the “October surprise” snowstorm. They cleared fallen trees, helped clean flooded basements and sprayed to kill mold, for example.

“We would just work until the job got done,” Bean explained. The group sure sounds like a godsend, doesn’t it? Certainly, some readers thought so, and said so. But not everyone.

One contributor questioned why the article contained a link to the church. They apparently thought that unusual, even though nj.com articles frequently contain helpful links. Another writer questioned not only the Mormon’s program, but their billboards, and wondered where they got the money to pay for them.


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Letter: The ‘other sheep’?

January 8, 2012

The Columbian (Washington)

At that time, no one had ever heard of an Angel Moroni, nor do I believe that there ever was such an angel. It is my opinion that Moroni was a figment of Joseph Smith’s often incorrect imagination.

People should also give serious thought to the Holy Scripture in Revelation 22:18 and 19 where Jesus states that if anyone, including, but not limited to, the Mormon church, adds to or takes away from the Holy Scriptures, he is condemned to hell and “God will add to him the plagues described in this book” (the Bible). That is a serious warning.


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Serving overseas

January 8, 2012

The Observer (New York)

Fredonia resident Kristin Deas recently returned home after completing an 18-month mission trip to Chile, South America. She got firsthand knowledge of how Chilean people live and had the opportunity to spread the Gospel and give hope to these people.

Deas got the idea to go through her church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly called Mormon for short.

“I was born in the religion but there comes a time when everyone has to branch out and find out what they believe. I decided that this is true and we claim we are the only church with all the power and authority to do things like marriage and baptisms. I just wanted to help other people and tell them what I know and give them the joy that I have with my family and the church and things that they can have,” said Deas.


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Jan. 8 Open Line

January 8, 2012

Journal Courier (Illinois)

To the person who says we need to rally around Romney because he can beat Obama: I don’t think so. I wouldn’t vote for a person who wasn’t a Christian. He’s a Mormon. Read the Book of Mormon and you’ll find out why I would never vote for a Mormon.


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Rick Santorum Campaigns to the Death, and Sir Charles Mimics Shaq

January 8, 2012

The Atlantic

When a man low on campaign funds sets off to try to win a long Republican primary battle, he must be prepared for even the direst eventuality. Such is the fatalism of Rick Santorum (as played by Andy Samberg on Saturday Night Live). Our brave hero faces fate unflinchingly: “If the lesbians don’t get me, the Mormon death squads probably will.”


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