Whether or not Mitt Romney makes it to the White House, his candidacy signals that Mormons have arrived in American political life. Just as President Obama’s nomination and election marked a sea change in the country’s tortured racial history, so Romney’s nomination has changed religious boundaries that have persisted for more than 160 years. No religious group has been more persecuted by the U.S. government, or more derided by other faiths present in the country, than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or the LDS Church, as many Mormons refer to it).
Comments: The best advertisement for Mormonism is the kind of society it creates, notes Kotkin, stressing the importance of education, ambition and charitable giving that make Utah a magnet for development and STEM jobs.
I like the part where the author says there was a "sea change" in America's tortured racial history. The change was that blacks and whites are more divided than at any time in American history. There were certainly pockets of violence in slave days (Nat Turner, John Brown) and in civil rights days, but they will pale in comparison to the divide coming between whites and blacks if Obama wins again.
I am not a Mormon, but I have been involved with the Boy Scouts for over 55 years. The LDS Church encourages their boys to participate in Scouting, and the adults are very active in leadership roles.
I have to wonder what America would be like today if more families were to encourage their children to join organizations that promote such a value system, helping the youth to make responsible decisions.
After Obama gets through with us we're all going to need magic underwear.
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Douglas DC, 10/20/2012 10:34:12 AM (No. 8947838)
I have serious theological problems with the Mormon church.However they do not worship Death like the Muslims who are engaged in a war upon all of US... Mitt;s got this Evangelical's vote.. Left the Lutherans, now Baptist...
God help America, we cant survive another four years of this un-American socialist; communist; apparent head of the mooselum brotherhood who covers for the terrorist involved in the horrible Benghazi Deaths. The CIA document just released proves Obozo/ Hilderbeast are criminally negligent and there is no way for them to ever get the innnocent blood off their hands..
Fast&Furious another Obozo/Holder deadly impeachable offense against America and Mexico that result in over 300 lives lost
My instructor in AF Jet pilot training was a Mormon and he was everything that Mitt stands for ... a God loving family man with a concern for his fellow man, hard working,a heart of gold, no cusing, no drinking, no lieing etc Someone a young man of 23 like me looked up to as a role model
I stopped in a fast-food restaurant for lunch the other day. At the table next to me were a father and his son who appeared to be about 10-11. They were talking and filling out a paper for an organization the boy wanted to join. It may have been the Boy Scouts. I wish every father and son were like these two. They talked about values and what the boy wanted to do as he grew up. It was such a great discussion between the two. The boy then mentioned some things he'd like to do that would prepare him for his mission. As they left the father thanked the boy for having lunch with him and the boy also thanked his father for inviting him. It was so refreshing to see this and I really would like to see the whole family and their interactions. We need more fathers/sons like this. Who is teaching the fatherless boys how to be great men?
I think of Joe Smith as a false prophet and a fraud. That being said, after attending an evangelical college and briefly teaching at an evangelical high school, I'll take the Mormons I know over the bulk of the Christians I worked with and for any day.
I believe the Mormons have long been hoping (and 'praying') to get one of their own elected President of the United States, perhaps hoping they will finally receive the "respect" they feel they deserve. The old saying, "Be careful what you hope for" comes to mind, because not only will the liberal, atheistic, media be all over them because of their uber-morality and belief in a 'god', but now there will be millions of people seeking to know what Mormons really believe (not just practice). That will be a great opportunity for Christian evangelism to occur. It's important for everyone to understand that the Jesus and God of Mormonism are NOT the Jesus and God of Biblical Christianity. Belief in their faux deity does not give salvation. Only faith in the God-man, the second member of the eternal Holy Trinity, who took the form of sinless man to bear mankind's sins in His body on the cross, that Jesus Christ, does that, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
By the way, being called a "religious bigot" is a badge of honor for a practicing Christian.
Reed Smoot was elected US Senator from Utah in 1903; he was Mormon. There are currently 12 Mormons serving in Congress, most famously Harry Reid.
I'm Mormon, and I'm Christian. Lots of folks claim that me and my fellow adherents aren't Christian. That's unfortunate. But as long as my Savior Jesus Christ believes I'm a disciple, I really don't care what anybody else thinks.
I've known many Mormons in my life. My sons have Mormon friends. I returned to my Catholic faith about ten years ago, so I have major theological differences with the Mormons, of course. However, Mitt's got my vote and Mormons in my community have my support. Here on the Northern Plains, their church isn't as common as in California, but I see missionaries around once in awhile and I'm glad for their presence. They add a positive influence wherever they go.
My beliefs are very different from the Mormon beliefs - but every Mormon I know is an outstanding citizen and great contributor to society.
To be honest I am voting not on social issues (although I care very deeply about the state of our society) as much as economic issues this election - if we don't turn this ship around financially and grow more jobs (and I am not sure we can, really) we will not have to worry about the religion of our neighbors or elected leaders.
I'm a Christian next door to BYU for the last five years. It's a great place to raise my kids on my own. I've had to work hard to keep things going and stay off welfare, and having a safe and sane environment to do it in is greatly appreciated. Mormons have got the whole clean living and good works thing down pat. It certainly does fulfill the laws of Moses and brings about a blessing on earth, though it doesn't answer the question of eternity.
I've experienced niceness here...though no one will allow us into their hearts or homes. There is a great deal of hypocrisy, arrogance and favoritism...not much different than what I've experienced within the evangelical community. It's called sin. Everyone is infected. Mitt may be decent, hard-working fellow who has the smarts to keep America working after all the damage Obama has done, but he's no god...no one is or ever will be.
Men are brought forth in history to change things, but it is the prayers of repentance and the awakening of truth in the heart of the people that bring them forth. That is the reason I have hope. Mitt will be a good leader for a necessary time in our history.
#6 – The liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) does NOT represent all Lutherans. The ELCA is considered “Liberal Protestant.” The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS) are conservative “Confessional Lutheran.”
In the small but cohesive Mormon community where he grew up, Hans Mattsson was a solid believer and a pillar of the church. (Snip) But when he discovered credible evidence that the church’s founder, Joseph Smith, was a polygamist and that the Book of Mormon and other scriptures were rife with historical anomalies, Mr. Mattsson said he felt that the foundation on which he had built his life began to crumble. Around the world and in the United States, where the faith was founded, the Mormon Church is grappling with a wave of doubt and disillusionment
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