Skip to comments.Can we please keep comments about the Mormon faith off the political discussion threads?
Posted on 05/24/2011 4:07:08 PM PDT by ken5050
As we enter the GOP primary season, I'm starting to notice more and more an annoying trend here in FR. It seems as though everytime there's an article, or someone posts a comment about Romney, either pro or con, it nearly always devolves into an extended, and acrimonious discussion about the Mormon faith. Those who defend it, and those who, for whatever reasons, can't abide it, both sides seem determined to wage an "end of times" batte on all the FR threads. Frankly, I'm tired of it, and just wish it would stop. I think that probably 99% of others here feel the same way.
Can we declare a truce?
It's ruining FR, and I expect it's only going to get worse. Most here tend to ignore it, and just leave the thread, so you can argue sillyamongst yourselves. However, that means that often a serious. meaningful article is totally ignored and overlooked.
These secterian comments do NOT belong on the political discussion threads, else FR will soon resemble Ireland a decade ago, where politics AND religion were cojoined.
So what to do? As I mentioned, most here just ignore those comments, and/or leave the thread. I think we should be more proactive, and start hitting the ABUSE button, because the pattern and practice of doing the same thing over and over is abusing the privilege of posting on FR.
The mods will soon become aware of who's causing all these problems, and maybe it will be necessary for a few extended "time outs" for some.
If you think my comments are uncalled for or unfair, please explain why, or pull the thread. I just think it’s time to stop this before it gets much worse.
What if an athiest was running?
Or a muslim?
Or a scientologist?
I agree, let folks fight it out in the Religion Forum under the very watchful eye of the Religion Mod.
The acrimony on this topic is one of the less attractive things about FR.
I gotta agree. I get pretty tired of it being inserted into conversations that have nothing to do with religion.
I agree with you, however you’re pissing into the wind.
When that happens and they’re a major candidate we can cross that bridge.
Being neither for or against the Mormon faith I have to say that the people who discuss the pros and cons of it on FR have a perfect right to do so. Personally, I do not read Romney threads as I can’t stand the guy and would never vote for him, hence no interest in the threads.
Is this another thread defending Romney’s magic underwear?
Because I’m really tired of hearing about Romney’s magic underwear.
I think it’s dirty politics to discuss Romney’s magic underwear
and doing so serves only to dirty the topic of Romney’s magic underwear.
No more dirty magic underwear!
Thanks Ken! I’m Lutheran, but I agree with your comments.
What if Arnold Schwarzenegger really wanted to be a Mormon and was living his polygamist fantasy?
In honor of Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, make that, blowing in the wind. I predict a Romney purge. Just a matter of time.
Yeah, good luck. There are people on here who can think of nothing but bashing Mormons. They’re fanatics. I would think there are websites for that kind of silliness. But they come here and inflict their ignorance on those of us just wanting to discuss current affairs, politics, economics and the elections rather than going where that kind of bigotry is wanted, pathetically.
I believe that LDS is considered by management as an anti-Christian religion, making it fair game on all threads.
Excellent point - romney/huntsman's beliefs are part and parcel to the whole package. Their judgement in this matter SHOULD be considered - especially since the prophet Joseph Smith was as bad, if not worse, than the prophet Harold Camping - and a fundamental requirement for a temple mormon is to acknowledge that smith was THE true prophet.
Given the block voting for romney by mormons (>90% voted for romney in the primaries) - they viewed religion as a deciding factor - and not his rino background.
Why don’t you start a thread titled, “Why I disagree with the Mormons” or “Why I hate Joe Smith”? Then you can “speak your mind” till you’re blue in the face.
I am in agreement with you.
I am not personally supporting Mr. Romney or Mr. Huntsman.
But, if one was a Roman Catholic and one was a Southern Baptists, the “News” forum and the political threads on it would not be consumed by Roman Catholics and Southern Baptists dragging their theological differences and debates into their opinions of the two candidates.
The same consideration DOES SEEM to NOT be given to “News” forum political threads when a person who is part of the subject of the thread is Mormon.
I too wish this would stop and saying this is not a “pro” Mormon position. It’s a “take your theological disputes to the Religion forum” position.
Does /did Romney mention that he is a practicing Mormon? Did he say or suggest that the faith is important to him, helps him, defines him?
If so then it’s 100% legitimate to discuss it. Maybe if he gets elected he will try to impose some of his views on all of us.
Personally I would love to never hear about mormonism ever again for the rest of my life, but Smith seems to possess them from the grave...
I agree with you somewhat. I don't care about the Mormon thing because Romney is carrying so much low hanging fruit to hit him on, but how are you going to keep this free of religion when Romney and maybe Huntsman are involved in Mormonism and they make no bones about it. It seem an appropriate discussion on some level. I do see your point on the threads that are just endless one note bashing though.
Is this correct?
I think that is little overstated.
Mormonism is considered by all main stream Christian belief systems to not be a part of Christianity.
Their own writings also substantiate that fact.
And in my experience, the mods deal with wacky posts from both sides of the argument fairly.
“It seems as though everytime there’s an article, or someone posts a comment about Romney, either pro or con”
Wait...there are pro-Romney articles posted here?
I agree with you, but am not holding my breath.
I have to agree with Ken.
There is available the Religion Forum. All discussions about religion should belong in the Religion Forum!
I come to Freerepublic to look for Conservative discussions including scientific comments, and politics. Even a few sane Democratic discussion
It I want to read Religion Discussions, I can always go to the Religion Forum. That is what it is for!
I disagree. If the candidate in question happens to be Mormon that is an important detail on how that person may govern. Hell the president we have now is muslim, and you see what is happening.
Go back and read my reply, which was to #3. The statement I was responding to wasn’t about the Mormons.
I wish it were true, but there are just as vocal and unhinged anti-Catholicism posters as there are anti-Mormonism, from what I have seen.
The bible thumpers invade the scientific threads as well.
is your agenda to pimp Romney?
Any candidate’s espousal of any false religious worldview, such as Mormonism, is a matter of concern and a legitimate topic for discussion.
I’ll rephrase. If someone would criticize Sarah Palin because they found her Evangelical views wacky and bizarre, I think that would be considered off-limits by mgmt...Mormons won’t get the same consideration. There was some thread the first of the year where I got that impression (Joseph Smith Apostle or something similar).
“I wish it were true, but there are just as vocal and unhinged anti-Catholicism posters as there are anti-Mormonism, from what I have seen.”
I see what you are talking about, when the topic is a religious pronouncement or news about something in religion or on the religion forum. I don’t see it when it is candidates and their policy positions - like I believe I do when a candidate is Mormon.
I guarantee that if Romney is the nominee, the MSM will start exposing the stuff about the Mormon Church that is regularly put out here on FR, and the Democrats will exploit it to the hilt.
I don't think John Kerry counts. ;)
I guess I mean on OUR side. The best parallel would be when discussing GOP possible nominees - would Catholicism bring up as much divisiveness as Mormonism?
I don't know. But I wouldn't assume, based upon past conduct, that it wouldn't be a major issue.
Can we please keep comments about the Mormon faith off the political discussion threads?
Can Williard Mitt Romney go away and leave us alone ???
MYTH FLIP SLICK WILLARD RINO ROMNEY is a degenerate liar and snake oil salesman, but last I heard Mormons weren't doing any serious harm to mankind and provide lots of amusement.
That's an understatement.
There are enough reasons to oppose Romney that his religion doesn’t have to enter every single thread.
For example his support of socialized medicine.
You bet they would.
But it wouldn’t be religious bigotry when THEY did it - it would be framed as concern Evangelicals being bigots over the rather outlandish beliefs of Mormonism - which we will detail here.....
Just get Romney to quit and your problem will go away!
>I see what you are talking about, when the topic is a religious pronouncement or news about something in religion or on the religion forum. I dont see it when it is candidates and their policy positions - like I believe I do when a candidate is Mormon.
You're too new to FR.
Back in the 1840s, though, we had some threads that were real doozies!
Heckuva lot more Catholics than Mormons, and Catholicism has been around a lot longer than Mormonism, thus it is more legit in the eyes of most people.
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