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Are You Concerned About Mitt Romney's Faith?
LDS.org ^ | 3/31/07 | Reaganesque

Posted on 03/31/2007 11:40:02 AM PDT by Reaganesque

There has been much controversy here at Free Republic about a Mormon running for President. Mitt Romney has been questioned about his faith and many people here have posted things here expressing concern about what they consider to be "weird" doctrines. Today and tomorrow, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is holding their 177th Semi-Annual General Conference in which the leaders of the church address the membership around the world directly.

In light of the many misconceptions regarding the LDS (Mormon) church here on FR, I offer the following links for those who have questions and concerns about Mitt and his faith. Conference is a great opportunity for those who know little about the Mormon church to have a few questions answered; to get your answers straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak. Therefore, here is a link to the broadcast website:

April 2007 LDS General Conference

There are audio streams available in multiple languages and video from KSL TV in Salt Lake City and KBYU, Brigham Young University's television station. The video links are in the first paragraph at the top of the page.

The next session begins at 4pm Eastern/3pm Central. Tomorrow's sessions will be at 12 noon/11 am Central and 4 pm Eastern/3 pm Central. Sessions are 2 hours long.

It is a public broadcast so no passwords or registration are required.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: election; faith; genconf; generalconference; lds; romney
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This is not a religion post. It is intended to give those who are interested in Mitt Romney an opportunity to allay concerns they may have about his faith. That said, many may listen to Conference and come away convinced that we are all heretics. Who knows? Others will have answers to their concerns about Mitt. It is for these people I post this thread. Now, I fully expect this thread will draw flames. Please do, I won't mind. The comparison between the Conference speakers, what they have to say and the way in which they say it versus those who feel the need to post contradictory information and they way they present their case will also be most enlightening for those who feel inclined to at least hear Mitt out and to take the time to find out for themselves about the controversy surrounding his religion.
1 posted on 03/31/2007 11:40:04 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Reaganesque

No.


2 posted on 03/31/2007 11:40:58 AM PDT by madison10
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To: Reaganesque

No


3 posted on 03/31/2007 11:41:41 AM PDT by Columbine
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To: Reaganesque

No. I have no problem with a member of LDS being President. It is Matt's past policy possessions that worry me.


4 posted on 03/31/2007 11:42:19 AM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: Reaganesque
Politely and respectfully... (not bashing)
Yes
5 posted on 03/31/2007 11:43:14 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The answers remain available; Wisdom is obtained by asking all the right questions!)
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To: Reaganesque

Politicians believe in power, for otherwise they have no business being in the business. Every other belief of theirs is at most secondary, and frequently fictitious.


6 posted on 03/31/2007 11:43:50 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: Reaganesque

His faith will have no basis as to whether or not I'll vote for him or not.


7 posted on 03/31/2007 11:44:39 AM PDT by desherwood7
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To: Reaganesque

No.


8 posted on 03/31/2007 11:45:19 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Reaganesque

NO!


9 posted on 03/31/2007 11:46:26 AM PDT by Wolfstar (When you whip the good guys into rage at the wrong enemy, don't be surprised when the bad guys win.)
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To: AmericanMade1776; bcbuster; Bluestateredman; cgk; Choose Ye This Day; circumbendibus; ...

Ping.


10 posted on 03/31/2007 11:46:30 AM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Reaganesque

I'd rather have a Republican Mormon than a Democratic Moron.


11 posted on 03/31/2007 11:47:17 AM PDT by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: Reaganesque

Yes. I think he's nuts.


12 posted on 03/31/2007 11:48:19 AM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: All

Nyet....


13 posted on 03/31/2007 11:48:46 AM PDT by KevinDavis (?To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual ways of preserving peace? ?)
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To: Reaganesque

Am I concerned?

No.

I am more concerned about the Secular Humanist faith of the leading Democrat contenders.


14 posted on 03/31/2007 11:48:56 AM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid!)
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To: hometoroost

"I'd rather have a Republican Mormon than a Democratic Moron."

Ditto!


15 posted on 03/31/2007 11:49:26 AM PDT by Let's Roll ("the left is rearranging the beach to make sure the tsunami comes in as unimpeded as possible." -)
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To: Reaganesque

As long as he doesn't send his kids to my door to proselytize.


16 posted on 03/31/2007 11:50:19 AM PDT by genetic drift
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To: Reaganesque

NO!!!
Mormons in general share the same Conservative values as most Christian faiths, but they live their values far more. I won't argue the issue if they are or aren't Christian here.. that is between them and God.


17 posted on 03/31/2007 11:50:56 AM PDT by mnehring (Hillary-Care is not a solution, for medicine or our military!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Reaganesque

I am not in any way worried about Romney's faith. I admire him because he is a man of faith.

The ugly rumors, the shrill rhetoric, the nasty prejudices surrounding Romney's campaign remind me very much of where we were almost ffty years ago when Jack Kennedy was running for Prez.

And before that, going back to the 1928 campaign, it reminds me of the vicious anti-Catholic rhetoric employed against Al Smith.

http://libraries.cua.edu/achrcua/anticath.html

The bigots we will have always with us.


18 posted on 03/31/2007 11:51:17 AM PDT by Palladin (Surrender is not an option.)
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To: Reaganesque

No.


19 posted on 03/31/2007 11:52:01 AM PDT by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABELER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: madison10

No, I am not. I served several years in the USMC with several Mormons, and all were of high character. And, I have known others of that faith and never known one of low quality. I am, however, concerned about Romney's politics, i.e., does he have the truly conservative principles I want in a candidate?


20 posted on 03/31/2007 11:52:20 AM PDT by izzatzo
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To: Reaganesque

I have known many folks in the LDS church, a number of them I count as good and trusted friends. No problem with their belief, in fact I find them for the most part to be more likely than most to live their faith.

The problem I have with Romney is his propensity to shift his political priorities/beliefs depending on the crowd. I want a staunch, unbending conservative for president. Alas, Romney does not fit the requirements.


21 posted on 03/31/2007 11:54:04 AM PDT by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: Reaganesque

No.


22 posted on 03/31/2007 11:54:45 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: izzatzo
I am, however, concerned about Romney's politics, i.e., does he have the truly conservative principles I want in a candidate?

THAT is where my hesitancy lies, with his lack of conservatism, not with his faith. I have no problem with his faith, Mormons are honorable people, but he is borderline, if not total RINO. RINOism make me ill.

23 posted on 03/31/2007 11:56:09 AM PDT by madison10
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To: Reaganesque
Are You Concerned About Mitt Romney's Faith?

No, I'm concened about his politics.

24 posted on 03/31/2007 11:56:10 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Reaganesque

No, but I am concerned about his politics and his honesty.


25 posted on 03/31/2007 11:57:58 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Reaganesque

I'm not particularly concerned about his being Mormon.

I do have concerns about his apparent lack of vision. He is an excellent administrator, but he doesn't seem to have much in the way of a strong philosophy or belief system, at least with regards to public policy.


26 posted on 03/31/2007 12:01:05 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If the GOP were to stop worshiping Free Trade as if it were a religion, they'd win every election)
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To: Reaganesque

No. But I am concerned about his flip flopping and lack of being a consistent Conservative.


27 posted on 03/31/2007 12:02:56 PM PDT by conserv8ive1
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To: Reaganesque

The way mitt is sinking in the polls, I don't think there is much point in discussing it. Go FRED!


28 posted on 03/31/2007 12:06:18 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Waiting impatiently for a conservative party to rise from the ashes of the wimpy republican party.)
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To: Reaganesque

No.


29 posted on 03/31/2007 12:09:56 PM PDT by ellery (Anyone who thinks he has a better idea of what's good for people than people do is a swine-PJORourke)
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To: Reaganesque
No.

I AM concerned about his recent political conversion, however.

I could vote for a CONSERVATIVE Mormon. He doesn't need to account for the MORMON part of that equation, but rather, the CONSERVATIVE part.

~faith.

30 posted on 03/31/2007 12:12:19 PM PDT by ziravan (winning the lotto one vote at a time.)
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To: Reaganesque
No. I find the LDS faith very strange, but I don't see how it affects a man's fitness to be president.
31 posted on 03/31/2007 12:13:53 PM PDT by curiosity
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To: Columbine
I don't care a fig about Romney's religious faith. I care about his faith in Constitutional self-government, the free enterprise capitalist system and personal freedoms and liberty.
32 posted on 03/31/2007 12:14:09 PM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: Reaganesque
..some, but that is not why I do not support him

The way he has hopped around concerning social issues, and the way he caved in his run against Ted Kennedy--he is simply not a good candidate--nice hair and good looks notwithstanding...

33 posted on 03/31/2007 12:16:17 PM PDT by WalterSkinner ( ..when there is any conflict between God and Caesar -- guess who loses?)
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To: Reaganesque

Yes, I would never vote for a Mormon as President, just as I would never vote for a Muslim or Buddhist, or anyone other than a Christian.

I respect people's right to worship as they will, but I support only Christian candidates because I want someone in there who believes what I believe.

At the same time, I'm sure Mitt is an fine person, but I wouldn't want him as President.

Someone who is not Christian will likely not be in line with what I support politically. For example, Mitt supports embryonic stem cell abortion. I believe that is abhorrent in God's eyes and is killing a human being. Same with his pro-gay stance and pro-euthanasia stance.

If you think about it, you can't realistically separate the man's religion from his political motivations, which means, basing one's vote for president, at least paritally, on the person's religion is very valid. It certainly is not bigotry to do so.


34 posted on 03/31/2007 12:16:18 PM PDT by jatopilot99 (Mitt Romney is pro-abortion, pro-gay, and pro-euthanasia!)
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To: hometoroost
I'd rather have a Republican Mormon than a Democratic Moron.

Quote of the day nominee!

35 posted on 03/31/2007 12:19:46 PM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Reaganesque

No problem with it. From my standpoint, it's just another version of Christianity.


36 posted on 03/31/2007 12:21:47 PM PDT by Celtjew Libertarian (WWGD -- What would Groucho do?)
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To: Reaganesque

No


37 posted on 03/31/2007 12:23:45 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: Reaganesque

Absoluteyl note. It certainly wasn't a problem for anyone when he was our Governor.


38 posted on 03/31/2007 12:28:46 PM PDT by surrey
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To: jatopilot99
... basing one's vote for president, at least partially, on the person's religion is very valid.

I agree. There is always the potential for someone's fruitcake beliefs to influence their decisions/actions in a manner contrary to sound wisdom. Not to say that it would happen during the time span of a presidency - but, the potential exists.

39 posted on 03/31/2007 12:32:18 PM PDT by KMJames (Hyperbole is killing us.)
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To: hometoroost
The next bumper sticker...

BETTER A

REPUBLICAN MORMON

THAN A

DEMOCRAT MORON

I love it

40 posted on 03/31/2007 12:34:49 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Reaganesque

No!

It's better than being a FAKE-christian like Hillary!

I'll never forget seeing Hillary and Bubba strolling to church with that HUGE Bible - which meant nothing to them except a photo op!

I may not agree with the whole philosophy of Mormanism, but they have most of the basics right.


41 posted on 03/31/2007 12:36:08 PM PDT by CyberAnt ("... first time in history the U.S. House has attempted to surrender via C-SPAN TV ...")
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To: Reaganesque

I could care less about Mitt Romney's faith. What does it matter. clintin walked around carrying a bible...I sure as heck knew he was a hypocrite.


42 posted on 03/31/2007 12:44:23 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: jatopilot99

I thought Mormons are Christians?


43 posted on 03/31/2007 12:46:23 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: Reaganesque

No


44 posted on 03/31/2007 12:51:41 PM PDT by Dave S
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To: Reaganesque; kkmo9; Safford; T. P. Pole; TChris; VegasBaby; Sundog; Spiff; maui_hawaii; ...

CTR


45 posted on 03/31/2007 12:55:36 PM PDT by restornu (Accept Nothing Until It Is Verified)
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To: Reaganesque

I have no problem with Romney being a Mormon. The entire issue is ridiculous, IMO.


46 posted on 03/31/2007 12:57:59 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Remember, don't shoot food!)
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To: Reaganesque

No.


47 posted on 03/31/2007 1:00:05 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Reaganesque

Mormon, Martian, who cares?

I am surprised that his being a Mormon is considered negative. What year are we living in? Every religion is "weird" if you weren't raised in it.

I'm not a Mormon, nor am I planning to vote for Romney.


48 posted on 03/31/2007 1:01:03 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: All

Video Streams
Live video streams of each session of conference (except general priesthood meeting) will be available in English at www.byu.tv or www.ksl.com, in Spanish at http://www.byu.tv/international/index.html?show=es, and in Portuguese at http://www.byu.tv/international/index.html?show=pt. The video player will work on all known PC and Macintosh browsers with a broadband Internet connection. Please also note that any time you click the links above, you will see the current live video feed of that broadcast organization. The KSL link is a test feed and may not be available after conference weekend.

Interpretation Quality Survey: English: Survey, Español: Encuesta, Português: Pesquisa


Audio Streams
1. Download and install a multimedia player. http://www.lds.org/broadcast/listen/0,5159,5391-1,00.html#2
2. Click on a link under Available Streams for the language in which you wish to


49 posted on 03/31/2007 1:04:33 PM PDT by restornu (Accept Nothing Until It Is Verified)
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To: Reaganesque

I have no problem with Mitt's faith or the LDS Church in general. I am an American. However, I don't trust Mitt's character and I don't think he and I have the same political values and agenda. I am glad that conservatives seem unsmitten with Mitt so that a more conservative alternative to McCainiani has a chance to get in. I am ready for Freddie.


50 posted on 03/31/2007 1:13:54 PM PDT by rogue yam
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