December 3rd, 2007
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Romney ready to address Mormon religion head-on

Romney plans an address on his faith later this week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will make a much anticipated speech on his Mormon faith this week.

Romney's campaign says that the address, entitled "Faith In America," will take place Thursday, December 6 at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station Texas at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Romney campaign spokesman Kevin Madden, in a statement, says, "This speech is an opportunity for Governor Romney to share his views on religious liberty, the grand tradition religious tolerance has played in the progress of our nation and how the governor's own faith would inform his presidency if he were elected. Governor Romney understands that faith is an important issue to many Americans, and he personally feels this moment is the right moment for him to share his views with the nation."

As for the decision-making process, Madden says that "Governor Romney personally made the decision to deliver this speech sometime last week."

A senior Romney Campaign official tells CNN the speech has been on the table for some time and that there were lots of pros and cons to giving such an address. The official says that Romney believed that the speech was important and that once he "became comfortable with the construct of the speech" he gave the go ahead.

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  1. PW Va

    I often have young men of the Morman faith (in their white shirts, black slacks and riding their bicycles) knock on my door to promote Mormanism to me. I've yet to have any one of them explain to my satisfaction why I, a black woman, should be wiling to denounce my faith as a Christian to become a part or a religion that did not even view me as a human being prior to 1978.

    It will be interesting to see what (if he dares) Mitt's take will be on this.

    December 2, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I am more concerned with Mitt's dishonesty than with his Mormon faith. He will change positions on very important issues just to get himself elected. Only two years ago he was pro choice. He was also pro-gay. That got him elected in MA. Now he is taking the opposite stance to pander to the evangelicals. I hope that everyone is smart enough to see that he's a phony.

    December 2, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  3. AJ, IC, IA

    The hypocrisy of the "Christian Right" is so evident as they say "You are not 'Christian' because we say you aren't." Maybe you people should really think who you are persecuting! The fact is every Mormon, and yes it is spelled "Mormon" (J. Francis), I know are devout students of the Bible and are not as devilish as your pastors paint them.

    December 2, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. Edward, Portland Oregon

    Many people are saying to research the mormon religion. The Book "Inside Mormonism" is a great one, with about 20 pages that are really a reprinted "Rap Sheet" of founder Joseph Smith. Considering he was a liar, a thief and the best con man of his century, perhaps they have a place in our current political spectrum after all.

    December 2, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  5. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    You know, Tom Las Vegas, Nevada (you said: just because they have good family values doesn't make them Christians), that is exactly why Romney is running to become the president and not the Christian missionary of our land. We really need someone as president with good family values, someone with strong leadership and someone highly intelligent to run our country – and that someone does NOT have to be Christian. I am Christian myself and I envision Gov. Romney as one great president of the United States. He is that "someone" that possess all those aforementioned qualities.

    December 2, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. Steven L., Eugene, Oregon

    Good for Mitt. I look forward to hearing his speech.
    I get so sick and tired of hearing alledged "Christians" trying to tell us that we are not Christians. They use as their litmus test aged and flawed doctrinal statutes developed 300 or more years after the mortal life of the Savior by men using their own limited rationale while trying to please the masses. There is only one true litmus test and that is whether or not we (anyone) believes that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and the Savior of all mankind. Since we adhere to the believe that there is NO other name (Jesus Christ) under heaven whereby we can be saved in the Kingdom of God - that makes us Christians.
    The real question is will Mitt Romney's faith hinder him from administering the laws of the land or upholding the consitution of the US? I think not. Listen on Thursday and decide for yourself. If you prefer to listen to all the drivel and lies of the enemies of the LDS Church, nothing will change your mind anyway.

    December 2, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. Tim, Salt Lake City Utah

    Mitt's speech will be the beginning of this discussion, not the end of it. Personally I hope some of the questions he is asked in the upcoming weeks in defense of the Mormon church include:

    Do you believe that God was once a man and that you can also become a God?
    Do you believe that you, Satan and Jesus Christ are brothers?
    Do you believe there are other Gods that also have distinct universes they have created?

    Of course, Mitt cannot be honest and answer yes. Even their current "prophet" answered the first of these questions on 60 Minutes saying "I don't know if we teach that," so I guess we can't be too hard on Mitt. Even the church's prophet won't admit to this and other Mormon beliefs.

    December 2, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. cap, new bern, nc

    this is very important his performance is pivital in this – with veyone asking him when he would address it he can finaly take the center stage and do it, in my opinon i'm glad he will – good for him.

    December 2, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. Joeley Reno, Nevada

    So is he going to admit that Mormonism is a cult?

    Come on Mitt, you're the one who says marriage is between one man and one woman yet your religion says it's OK for one man to marry as many (underage)females as he wishes. Mormonism, as practiced by your Grandfather.

    Sure Mitt, tell us about your cult religion and how you stand for Family Values.

    December 2, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. Jason, Saint Louis, Missouri

    To Lee in Mays Landing, New Jersey, and to everyone else that thinks like they do.

    "They are not Christian. Then again I don't think Pat Robertson, George Bush and many self-identified American Christians are actually Christians either"

    Who are you to decide who is a Christian and who is not? What authority do you have to decide what criteria merits the "Christian" classification? You have the Bible and your own interpretations, just like everyone else. Why are your interpretations of certain scriptures that much more superior than that of others, so much so that they can no longer be called Christian, despite their belief that they are?

    Is it based on majority vote? So because there are more people that are Protestants than Mormons, the Protestants get to decide that the Mormons don't count as Christians? What if the Mormons outnumber them? Would the Mormons then get to declare that they are the only Christians out there?

    If Pat Robertson declared that Lee in Mays Landing, New Jersey is not actually a Christian, would that mean that Lee isn't anymore? Would it make Lee think that he wasn't anymore? Would it change anything at all? Then WHY this incessant argument of who gets to be Christian and who can't?

    December 2, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. Lisa, San Diego, CA

    I'm actually kind of sick of all these Christians complaining that the rest of us are backing them against a wall because of their religious beliefs. If you don't want to address it, don't advertise it! Don't tell me how you believe in creationism and abstinence, and expect me not to question you as a candidate. If you want to advertise your beliefs and blanket your explanation under religious freedom, I'm going to utilize my democratic right and question your authority.

    December 2, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  12. Darin Hobert, Osceola Iowa

    Morman's reject the following Apostles creed.

    I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
    the Creator of heaven and earth,
    and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

    Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried.

    He descended into hell.

    The third day He arose again from the dead.

    He ascended into heaven
    and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
    whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and life everlasting.

    Unlike Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christianity, Mormonism does not include belief in a Trinity, in which the one God consists of three persons. Instead, Mormons believe that the "Godhead" is made up of three distinct beings who are "one in purpose" but not in being.

    In addition, the Book of Mormon, although about Jesus Christ, contains a different Jesus than traditional Bibles who is “not the only begotten Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, or the one through whose death on the cross we can be saved from our sins.

    December 2, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. Jose

    They all use their religion to bash people anyway so who really cares. They are all a bunch of hate mongering, fear mongering bigots

    December 2, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. Melissa, Detroit, MI

    Because Mormons do not believe Jesus is God, and because they do not believe He is the Messiah, they are not Christians.

    December 2, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  15. KW Houston TX

    There is a vast array of fantastical misleading information about the Mormon church. If any of you would like to know the truth about what the church and Mitt Romney bleieves you can find it at the LDS web site...

    Or you can get your information from hysterical, finatical, bigoted, Mormon hating people that want nothing more than to mislead you for their own corrupt purposes. It's up to you. 🙂

    About Mitt Romney for president.
    #1 He has a strong record on illegal immigraton. He puts America first and he will put America back into the hands of her legal citizens. Huckabee will not, neither will McCain. We are currently being overrun by illegals; in fact,Texas is drowning in them. HELP!

    #2 He is a financial genius, and we need his business sense in Washington now more than ever. Huckabee's economic record is a disaster! Do not let him get ahold of our current economy!

    #3 He has shown himself an intelligent man when it comes to our military. He stated emphatically that he thought that it was unwise to discuss the US military's interrogation tactics. McCain on the other hand wants to reassure the terrorists on national TV that they will never be made the least bit uncomfortable while in the custody of the United States. Not too bright for someone who is supposedly a "military expert". Still there are those who did not quite grasp the debate and are determined that Mitt Romney endorses torture. Never mind that he repeatedly stated that he did not.

    #4 Romney has stated and laid out a plan to decrease our dependence on foreign oil. YAY! It's about time that someone took that seriously.

    #5 Romney has repeatedly come down on the side of socially conservative values. Everyone wants to call him a flip-flopper but I would challenge you to find a time when Romney voted pro-choice or in favor of gay marriage! He has consistently protected socially conservative values.

    You will not find a better candidate than Mitt Romney. As a matter of fact, the only ammunition of those who oppose him is to call him names and attack his relegion. Brilliant!

    Why is it that the bigots are so willing to turn their brains off and hurt thier own country in the name of their own hatred? Amazing. The ultimate betrayal.

    December 2, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  16. Denis, NJ

    I don't see how Mitt being a Mormon is relevant to the election or why this talk would be needed. I am not looking forward to it because I think it's difficult for politicians during an election year not to use something like this as another tool for positive spin. Religion is a private matter and talking about it should not be a pre-requisite during an election. Perhaps religion or lack thereof does influence one's values and worldview, but people judge your values by how you've lived your life so far and the choices you've made, and that's ultimately what we need to be learning about Mitt and other candidates. By constantly referring to religion at every possible opportunity we're making it common.

    December 2, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. Dee Cook

    Gov. Romney took an oath in the Mormon Temple and vowed to consecrate all that he does and will ever to building up the kingdom of his church here on earth. He pantomined slashing his throat and disembowling himself during this "covenant".
    You don't think the Mormon religion is going to influence his decision making. Come on. Get real.

    December 2, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  18. Bill Morrison LaGrangeville, New York

    Gov. Romney, if he is faithful,to his beliefs,must submit hinself to the caucasian overseers of the Church of Latter Day Saints. This submission to these men takes precedent over the United States Constitution. This body of men have, in the past, banished men and women from heaven, according to their beliefs.

    December 2, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  19. RS, Phila PA

    To PW in VA. Some of the earliest members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were African-Americans, and yes this was back in the 1860's. Please do a little research before you recite such false statements, which were probably told to you by your preacher. Also, if you are so inclined to take the position that you could never be a part of an organization, or group that did not want you prior to 1978, you seem awfully to quick to claim the US who didn't want to give you basic human rights until the 1960's although your and my ancestors had been on this land since the 1600's. Please come up with a better argument for not liking someone because basing it on their beliefs (which by the way is the farthest thing from being Christ-like and a Christian) is pretty ridiculus and bigoted (or did you not know that Christians and African-Americans could be bigots). Also, since your pastor is afraid to tell you the truth, and you don't have the guts to find out the truth for yourself, Mormons or Latter Day Saints, are indeed Christian. A Christian is anyone who belives in Jesus Christ and accepts, knows and belives that He is our Savior and the Son of God.

    December 2, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  20. Daniel, NY

    With Huckabee now leading outside of the margin of error in Iowa, Romney has to win back some social conservatives - and this is the way to do it for him!

    December 2, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Mr. Romney is a great leader but unfortunately, not for our country. I am an evangelical Christian & a Republican & am very uneasy about his faith because I know the truth about it. Mormons are not Christians & everyone needs to know that. What's sad is they think they are. I don't want some cult leader running America!

    December 2, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  22. Val Molina, Del Rio, Texas

    Mr. Romney is a great leader but unfortunately, not for our country. I am an evangelical Christian & a Republican & am very uneasy about his faith because I know the truth about it. Mormons are not Christians & everyone needs to know that. What's sad is they think they are. I don't want some cult leader running America!

    December 2, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  23. Ba Gua Zhang, Chico, CA

    When will Romney, the Evangelicals, etc. realize America is NOT a theocracy? If they want to make it one, then trouble is a brewin' sure as bears you-know-what in the woods!

    December 2, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  24. A Real Christian

    Maybe he will speak about the Mormon Church's history of racism against African Americans? Or about the Magic Underwear? Or about the countless cases of Polygamy within the organization? Or about how Jesus was hanging out in America?

    December 2, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    If this thread is any indication of a Christian welcome. you can count me out.

    December 2, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
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