8 ways faith will matter at the Republican National Convention
August 27th, 2012
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8 ways faith will matter at the Republican National Convention

(CNN) – For the next four days, the eyes of the political world will be on Tampa, Florida, the site of the Republican National Convention. And though politics will be the name of the game, it's a safe bet that religion will also play a major role. The convention opens with a prayer from a Hispanic evangelical leader and closes with a benediction from a Catholic cleric who's sometimes called "America's pope."

In between, balloons will drop on the first Mormon to be nominated by a major political party to be president of the United States. Here are eight ways faith will matter this week. What did we leave out? Let us know in comments and we'll expand our list as warranted.

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  1. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    Paul Ryan's budget is not aligned with Catholic doctrine and Willard's mormonism is a cult which will drive TEAvangelicals away. Religion: The Great Divider

    August 27, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republicans have used faith to try to eliminate women's rights, end social programs, start wars, attack the poor, chastise the needy, laugh at the poor, and prevent constitutional rights to all Americans. It seems that the GOP is using their religious faith to promote hate and divisiveness.

    August 27, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  3. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    What a Gop bafoons party joke,,church and state are supposed to be seperate ,except if your in the extremest Gop bafoons party ,that's one of the many reasons they will lose big ,the other reason is romney the tax cheat and atkins Ryan who both should have been aborted !!!!

    August 27, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. Phyllis G Williams

    Can a Mormon agree with St.Paul in Galatians 1: 6-9 and Deuteronomy 13: 3?
    Salvation requires that we believe the Word is God (St.John 1: 1)

    August 27, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Phyllis G Williams

    "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth,: but
    The Word of Our God shall stand for ever" (Isaiah 40: 8)

    August 27, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    the American Taliban would have no problem forcing everyone in the country to accept their views on issues they have no business being involved in. All because they have "values" and "faith" all the while dropping $20's into the scantily clad dancers clothing

    August 27, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Dyslexic doG

    Why do Americans ignore the First Amendment. What a crock!

    August 27, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Ah, yes. The Mormon and the Catholic. One follows Joseph Smith and the other follows their Holy Father the Pope. And neither one recognizes the other as true followers of Christ. And Evangelicals? Who is it they follow?

    Without doubt, the one thing all three of these groups follow to a T is the almighty dollar. After that, who really knows. What a strange cast of characters, to be sure. All vying for a Lord not one of them will ever recognize ... in this world or the next.

    August 27, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Marie MD

    This is what gets to me. It will only matter to the bible thumping right wing zealots who vote against their own best interst. That's about 30% of the population of the US.
    The rest of us, religious or not, know that the flip flopper and his boy toy ARE the worst that could happen to the country. The altar boy is even more dangerous than what's her face from AK because as a member of the House he can write bills and he can vote no on so many important issues that will affect the 99% of us. Just read H.R. 3

    August 27, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Marie MD

    This is what gets to me. It will only matter to the bible thum ping right wing zea lots who vote against their own best interst. That's about 30% of the population of the US.
    The rest of us, religious or not, know that the flip flopper and his boy toy ARE the worst that could happen to the country. The al tar boy is even more dangerous than what's her face from AK because as a member of the House he can write bills and he can vote no on so many important issues that will affect the 99% of us. Just read H.R. 3

    August 27, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's dog catcher

    Way#1: Religious loyalty oaths for all americans.
    Way#2: Eliminate govt,privatize nuclear weapons.
    Way#3 All questions must be approved.

    Way#4-10 shall be revealed when it is decided by Republistan overloads.

    August 27, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    What about the religion of trickle down economics?

    On a more serious note, though, the right wing seems to think religious freedom exclusively means being a Christian. The concept that freedom OF religion also means freedom FROM religion does not match their world view. They feel that it is a constitutional right to impose their morals on everyone, which is exactly the opposite of the guaranteed right given to us with freedom OF religion.

    They need to be told that they can only define the morality for those members of their religions and congregations, and that they have no authority over people on the outside. They come across religious fanatics striving for a theocracy when they overstep their bounds.

    August 27, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Romney, in a Fox interview, said in comments broadcast Sunday that the fallout over Akin's remarks "hurts our party and I think is damaging to women," adding: "It really is sad, isn't it? With all the issues that America faces, for the Obama campaign to continue to stoop to such a low level."

    Mitt might want to check in on what his running mate is saying. Something about rape being just another method of conception as far as he is concerned. Got to give Romney credit though. Damaging comments directed at women is stooping to a low level. Unfortunately for Mitt, he hasn't figured out that it is his own people who are making the remarks, not President Obama. Or that rape is a big issue to women.

    August 27, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Anthony

    Romney will need people to trust him on faith, because he won't provide specifics on what he will do if elected. There is a good reason for this– he has no specifics. The numbers do not add up in his plans. Romney's budget plan can't be evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office, because the plan is too vague. Romney will cut taxes more than he will cut spending, so his budget plan will actually increase the deficits.

    August 27, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that you see so few members of anything but variations of Christianity in the GOP circles. There are the occasional Jew, but I don't see much else. I guess that may be the reason why they don't see problems with calling this a Christian country when it isn't.

    August 27, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Randy

    This weekend I saw a very interesting story on Hitler and his economics. After more than 5 historians shared their perspectives, and after listening to translations from Hitler speaking and reviewing a plethora of his antics, as a natural philosopher I noticed a number of similarities between Hitler and Romney, especially the hypocracy and acts of secrecy regarding personal finances.

    August 27, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. GI Joe

    I don't deny God - but I don't fully trust what human men wrote 2000 years ago.

    Their view of life, the world, women, etc., HAD to be totally different from what the reality is today.

    Each MAN has his own prejudices, his own beliefs, his own story. Some were wise, some were not.

    August 27, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |