Does Mitt Romney's religion matter?

Anyone who thinks that the presumptive Republican nominee's Mormonism will not be a factor in the 2012 election isn't paying attention. Already attacks are mounting on the left.

Lanaland

09/13/2012 06:40:21 PM

I don't know if "Faterick" is playing his own version of Punk'd or actually means what he said. Depressingly (and somewhat distressing), I think the latter is the case. Romney's religion "certainly does matter because it is false"? Really? Respectfully, who made you God? A decider of what faiths are genuine and which are not? As for the result of a Romney win ushering in "the final removal of Christianity's authority in America," would that be the outcome if Romney won, I would eagerly vote FOR him. Maybe you slept through American History and American Government classes as a student, but I did not. No matter how you wish otherwise, the purpose of settling the New World was NOT to establish a Christian authority. (Perhaps re-reading the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and other papers by our Founding Fathers would not be amiss, because you seem to have it all backward.) Sometimes there is a very fine line between devotion to one's faith and zealotry, fanaticism. You seem inclined to the latter. I DO agree with one statement you made, however. Perhaps you "ought to fall down before God now in utter shame, and ask His forgiveness." After all, Judge not lest ye be judged, no?

Lanaland

09/13/2012 06:22:57 PM

It is people like Dr. Kerwick and the spiteful and faith-intolerant people like the commenter Katterick who give organized religion a bad name. To Dr. Kerwick, a question. you asserted the following: "Those Republicans who suspect that President Obama and his legions of supporters in the media are going to attack Romney by attacking his faith are correct. Yet it is crucial that they know exactly why this will be their strategy of choice." Now might be a good time to issue a retraction, lol, as the president of course did not, and would not, denigrate Romney's religion for any reason (although apparently it is OKAY to denigrate the president's), not least among them as political strategy. So, Dr. Kerwick: Are you a 'good' enough Christian, a principled man, enough so to admit when you have falsely judged a man? I'm curious. Because on this you could not have been more wrong. Sadly some of the worst criticisms of the Mormon faith have come from the RIGHT, including some from Romney's running mates early in the race (who labeled Mormonism a "cult" or not a legitimate faith, etc.) Just like it was very often conservatives, when JFK ran for president, who let their paranoia slip loose of its leash when they criticized the very idea of a Catholic president, how he would let his faith guide him in how he served as president, that he would give the Pope power in the West Wing. My how times change. Fast forward to 2012 and NOW conservatives are not just harshly critical of any faith different from their own, but they believe a presidential candidate HAS to be religious, attend church. (Conveniently ignoring both the Constitution AND the reason why people eagerly came to America in the first place--to ENJOY religious freedoms. It is sad irony that the promise of religious freedom, freedom of AND from religion, that drew so many pioneers to the New World has been usurped over time by those who think they know best for EVERYONE.)

Faterick

08/14/2012 03:25:20 AM

Mitt Romney's religion certainly does matter because it is false. Should he by the hand of legitimate Christians ascend to the highest office in this land, to become the leader of the free world, then this alone will usher in the final removal of Christianity's authority in America. For the first time in our history, we believers will set before us, as our representative to all nations, an open cultist. If an openly declared Mormon can lead the world, then so can any other cultist. We ought to fall down before God now in utter shame, and ask His forgiveness. As believers we should insist upon leaders who place themselves under the banner of the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. We should condemn the false God of Mormonism. Do not be deceived by it. Mormonism teaches its adherents to deceive, to confuse, to obscure. Our God is remarkably clear about Who He Is, and Who His Son Is, and He is nowhere in the Mormon Cult. We have permitted a wicked and cursed offspring of Christianity to be hatched in hell and dropped among us to fester and grow, so that now it has risen up, stolen from us, cheated us, and seeks even to destroy the name of our Savior in this land. Our precious Jesus is not a dog, that He can be compared with Lucifer as a brother. Indeed He, in substance is not even a man that He can be compared with us as a brother. Yet wicked Mormonism would have you believe Him both. It is the height of blasphemy, and we Christians-- Catholic and Protestant -- ought never stand by silently, as blasphemers publicly declare the wretched things that Mormons declare now as a matter of course. Political Correctness should never be so powerful that it causes us to fear our duty to proclaim The True Christ, Second Person of the Triune God, One in Substance with the Father and Spirit. Jesus is by no means a brother of Lucifer. Neither is He our brother except through what the Church fathers called His second birth, the birth of the flesh, The Incarnation. You ought not let them deceive you – and you ought to reject their secretive and patently double-minded leaders. It does not matter that Obama will win another term. Our God is not so weak that should we honor Him by openly rejecting leaders who adhere brazenly to a false gospel, He would fail to honor us. His will cannot be stopped, whether we are faithful or faithless. Nevertheless we should be faithful. I refused to vote for Obama because I thought him too removed from the mind of God. I refused to vote McCain for the same reason. And we ended up with Obama. But God is merciful. The lights still come on, and the mail is being delivered. You will not gain much by chasing after the Mormon. He is not a brother, not under the banner of God, not in the family of God's people. He is an admitted Mormon, which is a cultist through and through. No Christian has any business following him.

wendesign

05/07/2012 01:49:32 PM

OK bigricky you may want to get your facts right before spilling them all over the comments. Mormons real title Is "The church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints" and we absolutely are Christian!!! Everything we believe is based on Jesus Christ our Savior and as far as Joseph Smith in 1830, he was a prophet who brought the church back into existence from records from Christs time, he didn't invent our church and he certainly did not sleep with his maid as the story above implies...he was not even married at this point in his life. Of course everyone is going to try to pick apart our church and make it look bad but in reality I hope people will really look into what it is truly about. The Family is at the center of everything we do as is Jesus Christ and loving and serving others as this is what we believe our Heavenly Father wanted us to do while we we are here, which is why for a very brief time some of the men took on more than one wife(polygamy). It was not as many believe for sexual deviance or power, but during a time when there were women and families left without fathers who were then taken in by other men as part of their families to help care for them. To prove that point further if you look at polygamy today in regards to the mormon church, those who practiced it unrighteously after it was no longer needed and still practice it have been excommunicated from the mormon faith and have broken off to start their own church. As far as the blacks and the priesthood, they have all rights and equality as anyone else in our faith as do gay people, yes we discourage the practice of homosexual behavior as it goes against our strong family values but we love the person none the less and welcome them into our faith. I would hope this helps clarify some of what many have heard of our faith...

chriwayn

05/03/2012 11:21:19 AM

Democrats will not attack Romney on his religion. That has already been done by the Republican party and the Democrats stayed out of the fray. Romney will be attacked on his own record of not being true to his word, flip-flopping at every turn. Incidentally, when a person tells an outright falsehood, not once, but almost each time he opens his mouth, they are lying. Falsehoods are lies, which is against the teachings of Jesus Christ and all religions, including the Mormon faith. Romney uses his religion as a shield, not because he necessarily practices the faith faithfully, which I mean, beyond the superficial acting out a perceived behavior that some equate conservatism with being some how religious. I would ask, what is nonreligious about wanting to help and protect the middle class, environment, health of all its citizens? What is is nonreligious about disagreeing about corporations having the same say and vote in politics as the average man or woman? What does it say about some whom claim they are more religious, when their main focus is about money and how they can make more at the expense of those that actually do the work to make businesses successful? What does it say about a man who would buy up a business in order to destroy them and the small business jobs which had been created by others, in order for one man to fill his pockets and move on to the next small business he could buy, destroy and capitalize on? Romney will be judged on this, because you cannot claim to be in favor of small business and jobs, while he bought them up and dismantled and destroyed them for personal profit. Ask the former employees if he did any good for them, then you will have an honest answer. Do not ask a vulture, while feeding, whether the food was good and whether he did the hunt himself, or fed off the work of others.

bigricky

05/03/2012 09:52:06 AM

by the way Dr. the blacks and the hispanics didn't use millions of tax free charitable contribution dolllars to defeat Prop 8. Romney's claim about how much he donates to charity are basicly contributions to his cult wich acts as a political action pack whenever they see fit.

bigricky

05/03/2012 02:34:29 AM

what a crock. The left is going to attack Mitt's cult. How about all the holier than thou rollers on the right. Mormon is not a Christian religion period! "I have fortold you of all things to come" The closest thing Jesus ever said about Mormons was that false profits would follow, Hello Mr.Smith and the majic underwear. All these good "Christian fundies" are going to have to vote for a non Christian to lead our country. The right wingers should be outraged that the republicans are trying to turn over the leadership of our country to a non christian. We do have freedom of religion in this country, so you can believe anything you want. I believe Obama's early religious ties were to Islam, but after hearing the true word of God, he found Christianity. religion is learned. No one is born Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Catholic, etc. You have to be taught and you have to chose. Do you really believe what you have been taught. All the tea baggers and fundamentalist should do some research on just what your nominee believes in. Magic underwear, your own planet for you and your sister wives. You hardley ever hear any Mormons give you details of their religion or info on their crooked founder, I am sure that a man being born of a virgin, dying and being resarected, celebrating his death by sybolicaly drinking his blood and eating his body would seem insane to a stranger, but we proudly believe and profess these things. Try getting the details of Mormonism from them. DO you know the story of the Angel Moroni? God bless America!

bigricky

05/03/2012 02:34:15 AM

what a crock. The left is going to attack Mitt's cult. How about all the holier than thou rollers on the right. Mormon is not a Christian religion period! "I have fortold you of all things to come" The closest thing Jesus ever said about Mormons was that false profits would follow, Hello Mr.Smith and the majic underwear. All these good "Christian fundies" are going to have to vote for a non Christian to lead our country. The right wingers should be outraged that the republicans are trying to turn over the leadership of our country to a non christian. We do have freedom of religion in this country, so you can believe anything you want. I believe Obama's early religious ties were to Islam, but after hearing the true word of God, he found Christianity. religion is learned. No one is born Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Catholic, etc. You have to be taught and you have to chose. Do you really believe what you have been taught. All the tea baggers and fundamentalist should do some research on just what your nominee believes in. Magic underwear, your own planet for you and your sister wives. You hardley ever hear any Mormons give you details of their religion or info on their crooked founder, I am sure that a man being born of a virgin, dying and being resarected, celebrating his death by sybolicaly drinking his blood and eating his body would seem insane to a stranger, but we proudly believe and profess these things. Try getting the details of Mormonism from them. DO you know the story of the Angel Moroni? God bless America!

bigricky

05/03/2012 02:33:26 AM

what a crock. The left is going to attack Mitt's cult. How about all the holier than thou rollers on the right. Mormon is not a Christian religion period! "I have fortold you of all things to come" The closest thing Jesus ever said about Mormons was that false profits would follow, Hello Mr.Smith and the majic underwear. All these good "Christian fundies" are going to have to vote for a non Christian to lead our country. The right wingers should be outraged that the republicans are trying to turn over the leadership of our country to a non christian. We do have freedom of religion in this country, so you can believe anything you want. I believe Obama's early religious ties were to Islam, but after hearing the true word of God, he found Christianity. religion is learned. No one is born Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Catholic, etc. You have to be taught and you have to chose. Do you really believe what you have been taught. All the tea baggers and fundamentalist should do some research on just what your nominee believes in. Magic underwear, your own planet for you and your sister wives. You hardley ever hear any Mormons give you details of their religion or info on their crooked founder, I am sure that a man being born of a virgin, dying and being resarected, celebrating his death by sybolicaly drinking his blood and eating his body would seem insane to a stranger, but we proudly believe and profess these things. Try getting the details of Mormonism from them. DO you know the story of the Angel Moroni? God bless America!

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