Anti-Mormon sentiment persists in campaign

“Eighteen percent of Americans say they would not vote for a well-qualified presidential candidate who happens to be a Mormon, … Continued

“Eighteen percent of Americans say they would not vote for a well-qualified presidential candidate who happens to be a Mormon, virtually the same as the 17 percent who held this attitude in 1967.”

-Gallup poll highlights persistent bias against a Mormon presidential candidate.

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  • RickBangkok

    It is a cult. The missionary threatened violence to my brother and me if we did not agree to be baptized when were 12 and 8 years old in Dale City, VA.

  • bytebear

    Give me a break. They couldn’t baptise you if they wanted without parental consent anyway. And they don’t generally proseltyze to pre-teens.

  • bytebear

    The irony is that the WaPo is a major contributor to anti-Mormon sentiment.

  • joelwcannon

    “The missionary”? Mormon missionaries are ALWAYs in pairs. Did you tell an adult? A church or mission leader? Such a threat is extremely contrary to LDS practice.

    Sorry, but your story sounds slanderous….

  • Tornogal


    Can you be specific with how the Washington Post “is a major contributor to anti-Mormon sentiment”?

  • Tornogal

    Laman Lemuel,

    You might want to consider another source:

    John Taylor, who became the third President of the Mormon Church, made these statements concerning the death of Joseph Smith:

    “Elder Cyrus H. Wheelock came in to see us, and when he was about leaving drew a small pistol, a six-shooter, from his pocket, remarking at the same time, ‘Would any of you like to have this?’ Brother Joseph immediately replied, ‘Yes, give it to me,’ whereupon he took the pistol, and put it in his pantaloons pocket…. I was sitting at one of the front windows of the jail, when I saw a number of men, with painted faces, coming around the corner of the jail, and aiming towards the stairs….

    “I shall never forget the deep feeling of sympathy and regard manifested in the countenance of Brother Joseph as he drew nigh to Hyrum, and, leaning over him, exclaimed, ‘Oh! my poor, dear brother Hyrum!’ He, however, instantly arose, and with a firm, quick step, and a determined expression of countenance, approached the door, and pulling the six-shooter left by Brother Wheelock from his pocket, opened the door slightly, and snapped the pistol six successive times; only three of the barrels, however, were discharged. I afterwards understood that two or three were wounded by these discharges, two of whom, I am informed died.”

    (History of the Church, Vol. 7, p. 100, 102 & 103)

    Joseph Smith should not have been shot by a mob in any case. But the notion that he went “as a lamb to the slaughter” is anything but correct. He died in a shootout.

  • reformthesystem

    It does not constitute “anti-Mormon sentiment” to ask for explanation about how full conformity with all LDS tenets would be consistent with performance of all constitutional roles of a POTUS, for which no religious test may be imposed.

  • gbrown4

    It is so cute that Tornogal is trying to teach Laman Lemuel. Apparently Tornogal does not know how Laman Lemuel works and that they are both actually trying to do the same thing, to convince people to stay away from or leave the LDS Church.

    Gentlemen, you have left the Church, but you just cannot leave it along, can you? The basic reason for this is quite simple. Once you received a witness of the Spirit and accepted it, you left neutral ground and now having listened to the promptings of the evil one you have lost your testimonies, that is for the most part. Ironically, the fact that you two are so active on the Internet is an indication to me that there is still a little hope for you, but you need to make some changes and the sooner the better. I suggest you start by reading the New Testament.

  • gbrown4

    The question isn’t “anti-Mormon sentiment,” it is just inappropriate. As a Mormon, this is something that Romney would have to deal with as President just as he did as Governor of Massachusetts. Just as other Presidents have always had to reconcile their beliefs with the job.

    Ezra Taft Benson, who was an apostle for the LDS Church was Secretary of Agriculture for eight year during the Eisenhower administration had to do it. Bay Buchanan had to it as Secretary of Treasury in the Reagan Administration. Harry Reid has to do as majority leader in the Senate. Just as all of us have had to do every day at our jobs, for those that have jobs.

    When hearing questions relating to how full conformity with all LDS tenets would be consistent with performance of all constitutional roles of a POTUS I am reminded of another Mormon’s response to a question he felt was out of line, “That’s a clown question bro.”

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