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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:03 PM
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Mitt Romney's Mormonism costing him support among religious Republicans
Source: The Guardian

Mitt Romney's Mormon beliefs are costing him crucial support among some deeply religious Republican voters as he slips back from his former position as frontrunner in the race for the presidential nomination.

A poll by the Pew Research Centre released on Wednesday shows that one-third of Republican voters do not regard Mormon beliefs as Christian and two-thirds say that it is a "very different" religion from their own.

Importantly for Romney, 53% of evangelical Protestants say that Mormonism is not a Christian religion and 15% said it would make them less likely to vote for him.

Evangelical Christians are the single largest voting bloc in the Republican party. They made up more than 40% of voters in the 2008 Republican primaries and are particularly important in states that select their candidates early in the race, such as Iowa and South Carolina.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/23/mitt-romney-mormonism-republican-voters
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get the red out Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:06 PM
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1. Mormon ads
Is this part of the reason the Mormon Church is running a big ad campaign to try to make sure people see them as just like anyone else?
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qb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:16 PM
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6. I remember lots of Mormon ads whose message was merely being kind to others.
Of course I now know that "others" excludes LGBT people.
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get the red out Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:29 PM
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10. I read about their new campaign
There's a new ad campaign out which is supposed to "normalize" Mormons in the eyes of non-Mormons. I read that was the purpose of it in an article http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/us/mormon-ad-campaign-seeks-to-improve-perceptions.html?_r=1, so I'm not trying to say anything negative, personally.

I just wonder if the ad doesn't have another purpose, to help Mitt with Evangelical Christians?
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 02:41 PM
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12. You bet. n/t
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Tom Ripley Donating Member (418 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:36 PM
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18. They ran lots of "normalizing" ads during the 60s and 70s that were instrumental in
changing perceptions from "cult" to "denomination"
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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:08 PM
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2. romney will soon flip-flop on his mormonism.....
....and say he's really a baptist and has never been a mormon.
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Jim__ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:13 PM
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3. If he thought he could get away with it - he'd do it in a NY second.
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HockeyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:13 PM
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4. Look at where Santorum is in these polls
He is probably the most religious of the bunch, BUT he is also Catholic. Maybe these people just don't want to come right out and say why they don't want him also? How many consider Catholics a cult too, but they don't want to advertise that and lose the big voting block?
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apnu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:15 PM
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5. So is Newt, Calista converted him. (nt)
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:20 PM
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9. The Catholic JFK won election 51 years ago!
I thought that most Americans won't give JFK the Romney treatment now.
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HockeyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:25 PM
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14. The Right Wing Religious element
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 03:26 PM by HockeyMom
of the Republican Party will, especially in the Southern Bible Belt. Who was that Baptist preacher of one of the candidates who said something about the Catholic Church being a Cult? I don't remember which Republican candidate it was, but he or she really distanced themselves from that preacher's comment.
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:27 PM
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17. Rick Perry
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spin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:17 PM
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7. My mother and step father converted to Mormonism ...
and of course tried to convert me. However I like coffee and beer, consequently all their efforts failed. I have no problem with those of the Mormon faith. To be fair I have not really spent a lot of time studying their beliefs although some that I know of are a little strange. Overall Mormons strike me as good people.

However one of my step dad's sons is a fundamentalist Christian and he was outraged when he father converted to Mormonism. He feels the religion is a cult and of course all who believe in it are not in any way Christian. It amazed me just how much he hates Mormonism. He would never vote for a Mormon although he definitely is a conservative Republican.





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arbusto_baboso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 05:01 PM
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16. There are some major issues with mormonism, and you don't have to be a fundie to
have problems with them.

If you have a day or two, you might want to visit exmormon.org and check out the short topics board.

If you want to know about mormonism.... ask an EX-mormon and ask WHY he's ex-mormon...
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 01:18 PM
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8. Can you be religious and not be republican
I know that according to the religious right, you must be republican if you are religious.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 02:42 PM
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13. Ask Joe Biden or any of the Kennedys. n/t
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Ship of Fools Donating Member (899 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 02:05 PM
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11. No worries. Obama is so detested, they'll pull the lever for Mitt anyway.
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 03:29 PM
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15. Convert! Repent! The end is near! (or is that supposed to be capital End?)
You heathen!!!11!11!!!1!
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:05 PM
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19. "Mitt Romney announces that he is a born again Christian - an Evangelical and always has been
Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 07:06 PM by Douglas Carpenter
and that he never really was a Mormon." If he thought he could pull that off - I think he would try.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 07:42 PM
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20. Rush the leader of the GOP doesn't like Mittens or Kittens. Damn him to hell.
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