Skip to comments.Are You Concerned About Mitt Romney's Faith?
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.
No. I have no problem with a member of LDS being President. It is Matt's past policy possessions that worry me.
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.
His faith will have no basis as to whether or not I'll vote for him or not.
I'd rather have a Republican Mormon than a Democratic Moron.
Yes. I think he's nuts.
Am I concerned?
I am more concerned about the Secular Humanist faith of the leading Democrat contenders.
"I'd rather have a Republican Mormon than a Democratic Moron."
As long as he doesn't send his kids to my door to proselytize.
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.
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.
The bigots we will have always with us.
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?
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.
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.
No, I'm concened about his politics.
No, but I am concerned about his politics and his honesty.
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.
No. But I am concerned about his flip flopping and lack of being a consistent Conservative.
The way mitt is sinking in the polls, I don't think there is much point in discussing it. Go FRED!
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.
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...
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.
Quote of the day nominee!
No problem with it. From my standpoint, it's just another version of Christianity.
Absoluteyl note. It certainly wasn't a problem for anyone when he was our Governor.
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.
I love it
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.
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.
I thought Mormons are Christians?
I have no problem with Romney being a Mormon. The entire issue is ridiculous, IMO.
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.
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.
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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.