December 3rd, 2007
08:32 AM ET
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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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- CNN's John King and Paul Steinhauser


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  1. JR, Columbus OH

    Finally, we get a candidate that is willing to speak about his specific religious views and relate them to his political views. We have long heard candidates merely say they were Christians with no explanation of there personal beliefs.

    A true Christian would stand up and tell the world Jesus is the Christ. He would also live his life in the wholesome way that Gov. Romney does. Mormon's are a peculiar people these days because they are honest, hard working, educated, and have good family values. Sounds like a good president?

    December 2, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  2. Sick of Momon Bashing

    It seems to me that that on this ticker-blog-thing-y it is socially acceptable to be an open bigot....that is if the person that is being defamed is a Mormon. Did I miss Cooper Anderson announce, "Hello Americans....Free game on Mormons...say whatever you want!! Hmmmm...I don't think so.

    If these same comments were made towards other religions or particular races one might be considered an INGNORANT BIGOT. However, if it's about a Mormon somehow it's perfectly acceptable?

    Good luck on your speech, Mitt. We are pulling for you.

    December 2, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  3. Maybelle Wilson, Santa Cruz, California

    Mormonism is a dangerous cult that subjugates women and hates gay people. It would be extremely detrimental to have a Mormon as a President.

    December 2, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. Mattthew, Gilbert, AZ

    I'm simply praying for everybody on here and especially for the individuals who are spreading hatred...towards another Christian faith. Sad...

    December 2, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. Open-minded, PHX, AZ

    For anyone who wants to know what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) truly believes. Go to mormon.org It is a website approved by the church, and will answer any questions which you have.

    December 2, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  6. Sandi Giseburt, Lake George, NY

    I am most likely not going to vote for Mitt Romney, however it is not because he is a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am also of that faith.

    Politics is not a part of our religion in that it is not discussed in Church, no one is "told" who would be best to vote for, in short, when we go to Church, it is for the sake of giving that day to Heavenly Father which is one of the ten commandments.

    Romney's political persuasion is his own, though I would add that if he is and good and faithful Mormon, he will be the most honest candidate in the race. Just depends on if you like his politics or not. It has nothing to do with our religion. I go to Church every Sunday and politics is just not discussed. That is not why we go.

    December 2, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  7. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Only an American would admit his ignorance of a very old religion known as Mormonism. It is an embarassment that as a citizen of the United States, a candidate for President must explain and discuss his religion. Mormonism is an old religion and part of the History of the United States, and Salt Lake City, Utah. How can American citizens or any resident of the United States remain so IGNORANT and under-educated in this time of COMMUNICATION and INFORMATION? Didn't anyone study American History in High School? Go Mitt, sorry that the common man is so UNDEREDUCATED in the United States....something for you to work on!

    December 2, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  8. J.J., Ogden utah

    It is almost as if people are scared of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church). People that say Mormons arn't christians are clueless about the church. They are usually the religous bigots that are addicted to finding fault within the Mormon Church.

    December 2, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  9. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    To all suspicious Evangelicals, take a deep breath. Mormons are not to be feared. There are more similarities between the two groups than not, in terms of ultimate lifestyle. The only real difference (and big deal, by the way, when weighing political matters) is that of the Orthodox notion of God (the Trinity, which states that God is three-in-one and one-in-three) and the Latter-Day Saint God (the Godhead, which states that they, God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, are separate and distinct, but one in purpose), and of course, belief in a modern day prophet and 12 apostles, as in the same context with Peter's mortal ministry, with up-to-date revelation from God, if needed.
    The word "Christian", means belief in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world,and Mormons believe that too. Unfortunately, many Protestants feel the one has to be a Trinitarian to be a "Christian". So be it. Even if you still disagree with Mormons, fine. But if they are really so terrible, then think about what Christ told His disciples, "by their fruits ye shall know them". This was the measuring rod that the Savior gave to the disciples, in order to determine a group of people. Because, AS A WHOLE, the Mormons are quite exemplary citizens and neighbors. If you lived out here in the west coast you would notice them more, where they are much more prevalent. Of course, you will always have very disgruntled and vengeful traitors and tyrants, (many of which live in Utah, by the way, and often write nasty lies, as you can read in the above commentaries). The early Church in the Mediterranean had many traitors also. Additionally, the early followers of Christ were also considered a "cult", by the Orthodoxy of that time. Right? Ironically, the Mormons could consider the word "cult", as being in good company and a compliment, if the early followers where also considered such. You Evangelicals need to lighten up. Check out evangelicalsformitt.com. Romney is the real deal. He may have changed his position on abortion, but seems to be sincere about his mistake. Undoubtedly, he is very talented and capable of winning against Hillary, in many political expert's opinions within the D.C. beltway. Intelligent Protestants (and Catholics too,) by the way, know he is the most talented to help this great country through economic difficulties. He knows how to handle money and is very well read on many domestic AND international issues. His organizational skills are amazing. He has no real skeletons in his closet. Squeeky clean. And that really scares the Dirty Pool Clinton Camp. The only real dirt they will have to throw is his faith, (if you allow that to be dirt.)
    So, LIGHTEN UP EVANGELICALS.

    December 2, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  10. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Why don't some of you who comment on this board spend some time using your computers to find out the information you so desperately need to learn about Mormonism? Mitt's speech will fall on deaf ears of you who 'question the Mormon Religion and don't understand it.' Why don't you spend some time 'Googling' the Mormon Religion? May help your education, especially since you didn't learn about 'being a Mormon' in Junior or Senior High School....OR American History!

    December 2, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  11. redbeard

    anyone who defends Mormonism is either
    a) one of them decieved into thinking what the serpent said to Eve in the garden of Eden- "ye shall be as gods" ( the teaching of Mormonism

    b) someone who is totally ignorant of facts & details of Mormonism

    yeah sure, they can be & generally are good, decent people

    but what part of when you vote for Mitt you are voting the Headquarters in Salt Lake to deem decisions- can't you understand?

    Joesph Smith was found a fraud & liar in a court of law in Bainbridge, NY- and is not a prophet but a lier who is revered as a martyar-
    what martyar would shoot until death in a jail cell?

    sorry Mitt- no thanks

    December 3, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  12. Alan, Orem, UT

    More than a few people here have lectured us on who isn't "Christian" in their book. Sadly, their words don't sound at all like the words of Jesus Christ, whom they claim to follow and worship. Mitt Romney has more kindness, integrity and Christlike conduct in the tip of his little finger than many of the people writing here, and he also shows a whole lot more intellectual ability than those with an obsessive paranoia of anyone who believes in God.

    Angry people who can find only evil in Mitt Romney are actually fueling curiosity in Romney and Mormonism, and painting a rather unflattering portrait of themselves. Hopefully, they will adopt a more Christ-like attitude and save themselves the eventual regret of having spoken so poorly of their Mormon neighbors and fellow citizens.

    December 3, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  13. Phil, Iowa City IA

    "1. The Constitution says that there shall be no religious test to hold office.
    "

    Exactly, so it would be ridiculous to exclude someone because they are religious. I thought the Left preached tolerance...except against things they dont' believe in.

    And anybody who thinks that the majority of Mormons agree with polygamy are morons and do not know jack squat about their religion. I'm Catholic and even I know that stereotype is not true.

    December 3, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  14. JC Ohio

    Oh my! The Mitt is really going to hit the fan now...

    December 3, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  15. Nick L. from Kentucky

    The Zogby Poll that seems to be loved and quoted by Obama supporters almost as mush as FoxNews has one major flaw? It’s wrong! I took that Poll and Zogby has no way of making sure that the control subjects are who they say they are. Anything taken online should be subject to doubt and highly scrutinized. They can't be right just look at the numbers and every other Poll in existence and you see Hillary winning. The Gallup Poll came out the next day with Hillary winning against everyone of those 5 Hillary stumping Repubs by a minimum of 5% points and as much as 13%. That Zogby Poll had Tancredo beating Hillary…PLEASE??? I hope that you guys aren’t taking that Poll as seriously as you say? I know it showed Obama winning and so you have to hang your hats on something, and that I understand. But pull your heads out of you butts and get real.

    December 3, 2007 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  16. PW Va

    By RS, Phila PA

    I find it quite telling, on YOUR part, that you would label me a bigot when I'm merely stating FACT (something you should familiarize yourself with)!. Whether you want to accept it or not it is HISTORICAL FACT that the Church of Latter Day Saints DID not view blacks as humans prior to 1978 (I've lived long enough to have witnessed that). And it is my right as an American citizen to align myself with whatever religious denomination I choose!!! The Mormons that have approached me on numerous occasions have not given credible or viable information as to why it took until 1978 for blacks to be accepted into their circle (clearly Mitt was a member of CLDS dring this time frame). So, NO..I'm not at all convinced about the appropriateness of a Mormon for president...a person who should be representative of ALL the people.

    I deal with the facts, RS...perhaps YOU should do the same before being so quick to place a label on someone.

    December 3, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  17. Jordan, Eagle River, Alaska

    More people have died in the name of Christianity than all of our modern wars combined, and that was prior to Mormonism arising in the 1800s. I see more problems with a Lutheran who believes they are "saved by grace" and therefor "sinless" than I do with a Mormon who believes he is accountable to God for his actions. It's about time Mitt address this, lets hope he's upfront and honest.

    December 3, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  18. Blair Watson, Blaine, WA

    The main problem with Romney is that for the past 60 years, he's been indoctrinated by a deceitful, dysfunctional, authoritarian religious organization (the Mormon Church) that promulgated "eternal truths" such as polygamy, blacks being cursed by God with dark skin, and "penalties" in the LDS temple endowment ceremony involving simulated self-violence (throat-, chest-, and belly-slicing). Do Americans want someone to be president who has failed to recognize that he's been part of a cult for his entire life? I think not.

    December 3, 2007 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  19. John Smith

    In the fourth Mormon Bible called "the Pearl of Great Price" in the chapter called "Joseph Smith History" verse 19, Joseph Smith had said that he was told by God not to join any sect because, "they were all wrong, and...all their creeds were an abomination". I would like to know if Romney agrees that Joseph Smith is a true prophet. He started an intolent sect claiming others were corrupt then went and took several new wives claiming that God gave them to him. This upset his first wife Emma Smith. Then Joseph claimed that God commanded Emma to receive the other wives that God had given to Joseph. Romney served a two year mission in France in 1966, and he went around giving testimony that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. These Mormon scriptures can be checked by going to the website http://www.scriptures.lds.org/en and doing a word search on "creeds" and on "Emma".

    December 3, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  20. Greg, San Diego, CA

    Some of you "Christians" are bashing Mitt for what you consider weird beliefs, but you probably have no problem with Huckabee who believes the Earth is only 6,000 years old.

    December 3, 2007 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  21. Josh, Lincoln, CA

    Read the comments before mine to find some of the most profound hypocrisy one can see.

    If you're religious, the bible I read contains a Christ who tries to include, not exclude.

    This aim to make "Christianity" a small limited group is disgusting as it actually goes against the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    I don't agree with many other religions, but if they claim to accept Christ as their Savior who a I to say if their personal relationship with God is acceptable or not.

    The accusation that Mormons are not Christians shows a major beam in the eyes of those making such an accusation.

    It's an insinuation of hate in the name of the God of Love.

    It's a cry from those who claim to have read Christs words beaconing men to come, yet saying to other "go away".

    It's disgusting to see. Harry Reid was appointed leader in a party that is viewed as the anti-religions party.

    So while you read these comments understand that calling a large amount of people racists and cultists (a term which technically refers to ANY religion) is bigotry at it's best. Is a bigot so much better than a racist?

    Vote for issues. It's not can you vote for a Mormon, it's can you vote for THIS Mormon.

    If Rudy can put away his personal beliefs on abortion to win support of evangelicals, then what a great hypocrisy to assume that Mitt cannot keep his personal beliefs personal.

    December 3, 2007 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  22. Chris Sacramento, CA

    A religion is deemed Christian when it can affirm the Nicene Creed (with filioque or without). Mormonism will not do this. Besides, calling oneself a Christian does not make one a Christian. Regardless, one's religious beliefs should not make a difference when evaluating a candidate for political office.

    December 3, 2007 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  23. Mark Austin, Texas

    Let's see here. Mormonism is, yes, another religion that doesn't exactly treat all people equally. Is there anything else that should be said? I don't think so. If you look back, there are probably quite a few people that lost relatives in 1857 in a little place called Mountain Meadows, Utah, due to things I don't want to speak of. That situation is just another that should tell people that we shouldn't vote for anyone who has any major religious devotions. Isn't that supposed to be private? You can rail against any religion, and all of them have their bad sides, as well, but I think we need a person that will unite everyone. No person can be a Mormon, Catholic, Muslim, etc. all at the same time. We aren't all the same, and we don't all believe in the same thing. JFK managed to put religion aside, perhaps Mitt can do the same. Catholics are responsible for more deaths (so far) than Mormons, so, who knows? Maybe it could be a good thing, but I doubt it. Anyone who promotes their faith (in the words of John Wayne) "don't get my vote!"

    December 3, 2007 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  24. Joe Black, Durham, NC

    How sad that all of these "Christians" display such hateful and unchristian like attributes/attitudes. It basically voids any negative comment posted here. All of the Mormons I know are more Christian than any other group of people I've ever seen. While all of you "Christians" believe that all you have to do is accept Jesus Christ and you will be saved, the Mormons actually act upon their beliefs and serve their fellow man on a daily basis. Whether you think Mormons are Christians or not, if we are to be "saved" according to how much we follow Christ's teachings in the Bible, I'm afraid to say that there will be more Mormons in heaven than any of the rest of us.

    December 3, 2007 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  25. Mark Austin, Texas

    Now that I have said that, I should add that there probably aren't that many people out there with relatives (other than Mormons) who were at the Mountain Meadows Massacre. (1857) (and it is because nobody that was there, minus mormons, had a chance to have any family) That is because Mormons butchered the wagon train of "white settlers" because they were essentially the same thing that many extreme Muslims call us "non-believers" now. -infidels! I don't really want to compare Mormons to Muslims here, but, both have their extreme sides, and history factually tells us that they are not that far apart. Mormons have just become more civilized, that is all. Unfortunately, religious people seem to have a pension for killing people in the name of "their" religion. Thanks, folks.
    🙁 Our country was founded on freedoms of all sort, which is great, faith (other than in one's self, and in their fellow man or woman) should have no bearing on our politics, EVER!

    December 3, 2007 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
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