Thursday, January 04, 2007

Does Mitt Romney Have a Chance to Be Elected President?


Outgoing Republican Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, whose one term heading the state ends today (January 4th), filed papers yesterday forming an exploratory committee, the first step towards running for president in 2008. Romney is entering a crowded Republican field, led by more the well-known Senator John McCain and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. Romney, best known for his work on the 2002 Winter Olympics, would be the first Mormon president. Despite his one term as governor being his only experience in elective office, the 59-year-old Romney has a political pedigree as the son of former Michigan Governor George Romney.


Do you think Romney's Mormon religion would be a handicap? Would it bother you?

What do you know about the Mormon faith?
Check out- What Do Mormons Believe: The Primary Differences Between Mormonism & Christianity and Mormonism Research Ministry

Republican Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential bid should be viewed skeptically by Christians, critics tells CNSNews.com Staff Writer Kevin Mooney, since Romney has recently “flip-flopped” over to traditional Christian positions just before announcing his candidacy.

While Romney now touts his opposition to same-sex “marriage,” abortion, and judicial activism, critics point to “reams of evidence” contradicting his new conservative stance – such as his pro-gay actions as governor – and say his “late life” conversion to a pro-life viewpoint should “raise eyebrows” among Christians.

See full story http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=/Politics/archive/200701/POL20070104b.html">HERE

27 Comments:

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could care less what religion Romney is. The reason I would never vote for Romney is that he was the Governor of MA. I also would never vote for Giuliani. How about a true Republican candidate, from a "red" Republican State, not the liberal/socialist Northeast. I won't vote for any of current RINO's running. That includes McCain, whom I would also never vote for.

Looks like I'll be bailing out of the Republican party, and voting 3rd party, unless something changes soon. With Mel Martinez the head of the RNC, it sure doesn't appear it will.

So my prediction at this point is President Hillary, and VP Obomba..

Another 15 years or so, the USA will be another third world country, with probable sporadic race riots.

 
At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Momonism is certainly not main stream Christianity. There are several cults within what many consider to be a cult. They will not reveal their inner most beliefs, therefore it is difficult to understand where they stand. The basic belief is that Joseph Smith in 1827 met with an angel and was given golden tablets revealing that Jesus appeared to some Native-Ameican tribes who were supposed to be descended from the Levi Tribe of Israel. The tablets were translated by Smith and supposedly taken back to heaven by the angel. No archaelogical research supports this, however like any religion you either believe it or not. Unfortunately, Mormonisn has a bad rap with a history of abuse of women and children especially in some of their families of unlimited polygamy. On the positve side, they do much humanitatian work and they help each other with a strong communial bond.

 
At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I followed the link for what Mormons believe and would suggest something with more credibility. That link is like suggesting early Christians should have gone to the Sadducees to find out what the story was on Jesus. If you want to understand what Democrats believe, don't go to the Republican National Committee website. What does George W believe about government? Be sure to ask Nancy Pelosi.

The first two sentences on the "What do Mormons believe" site contradict each other. The first says that Mormons have two sources of authority. The next sentence lists four.

 
At 7:04 PM, Anonymous Brett said...

wow, what a non-biased view of what mormons believe...allaboutcults.org.

Its like directing people to moveon.org to inform them conservative views.

Did it ever cross your mind to send people to, oh, I don't know www.mormon.org?

 
At 8:10 PM, Blogger Pat Campbell said...

Alma & Brett
Where would one go for an unbiased view of the Mormon faith?
I checked out "The Latter-day Foundation for the Arts, Education and Humanity" and the "More Good Foundation" but they are fronts for ther Mormon church. Please send me the URL for an unbiased view.

PC

 
At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You notice Glenn Beck never criticizes the Mormon faith of which he belongs, yet he never misses an opportunity to bash Islam. I hope Romney runs so that the Evangelicals can crucify him. Let's watch Beck try to defend polygamy, child abuse, spousal abuse, as well as manipulation of welfare and social services that Mormans are known for. Not to mention that in Utah these crimes are seldom prosecuted due to the the state government being controlled by, you gussed it.......Mormans.

 
At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You won't find an unbiased view on any religion - only pro and con. So how about listing websites on both sides and let the viewer decide????

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger esryle said...

Pat, This is a pretty good link to
learn about the Mormon religion.

http://www.jefflindsay.com/LDSFAQ/index.html

Other than the typical links lds.org or mormon.org.

 
At 9:30 PM, Anonymous bill "the future antichrist" clinton said...

They said the same stuff about JFK when he was running for president.

I suspect that one does not go as high as a governorship if one takes one's religion seriously, so it's unlikely that Romney's religion will be an impediment to governing as would any other secularist.

 
At 9:32 PM, Anonymous vince said...

How do I put a photo in the comment box?

 
At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does Glenn Beck send his daughter to a Catholic school? If he's a Mormon, why does he claim to be a former alcoholic? Are you sure Glenn Beck is a Mormon.. That'd be similar to a muslim drunk who was dating a jewish girl, wouldn't it?

 
At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Muslim who's faith has been dragged through the mud by talk radio, the media, the looney right, and in some cases official government policy, it will be interesting to watch debates on the pros and cons of Mormonism. I am openminded and I see Mormons as peaceful people. They have worked well with many Islamic agencies in tsunami relief work. They have very strong family values and all those that I know do not practice polygamy. This is also allowed in Islam, but rarely practiced. It seems that Mormonism has its weird side just like radical Islam, radical Judaism, and radical Christianity. I am sorry, but it seems that when the Mormon debate erupts with Mitt Romney's run for president, the hate mongers will paint all Mormons with the same negative brush that we Muslims have had to endure. Let each follower of his/her faith be judged individually by their good and bad deeds. I think that is the true test of faith.
Peace
Mustafa

 
At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mustafa you're right we don't see Mormons hijacking planes and slamming into buildings or beheading infidels or strapping bombs to themselves and walking into crowded shopping centers. Great point!

 
At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Mustafa: From the Looney right.. How about a bike race between a Mormon and a Muslim. Would you lose fair and square? Or cry racism, bigotry? Revenge 5 times over? Lead by example! No muslim has done that, yet. how about you? We have seen the Islamic example of right and wrong, and do not want it in America. You have the nerve to accuse American's to be "hate mongers"?? If I was an usher at the movie theater of life, I would show you the exit door to the theater of America. Allah Akbar!

 
At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anon:
I am a Vietnam veteran, 1 purple heart, a retired police sergeant from New Jersey, and as I write this I have a nephew in the Marines fighting in Iraq. Where do you suggest I go? I was born here. Perhaps you were not and if you were what have you done for your country besides denegrite others who are not like you. And boy am I glad I am not like you.
Peace
Mustafa

 
At 6:33 PM, Anonymous bill "the future antichrist" clinton said...

I don't know much about mormonism. If a mormon wins a bike race against a muslim, does the mormon get 72 virgins?

 
At 2:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mustafa...........ignore the ignorant bigots who think God loves some of his children more than others. Thanks for serving our country! Guess what guys--the way the majority of mainstream Christians act towards other people of different faiths is disguting. Sometimes I wonder if even Jesus would consider himself Christian, because I'm sure he's disgusted too.

 
At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glenn Beck has never criticized Islam ONCE. He does criticize Muslims, however. (The people, not the religion..) I am sure Mitt Romney, Glenn Beck, Harry Reid, and Orrin Hatch all have a secret love of child molesters and spouse abusers. Think before you speak, you bigotted hack....

 
At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are you talking about? The guy Mustafa never crticised Christianity or Mormonism. In fact he praises it but points out that there are fanatics in all religions. Glenn Beck has a seething hated for Islam and Muslims. This was seen when he interviewed Rep. Keith Ellison. If it was me and Beck was asking me insulting questions about my faith I would have walked out. Ellison was the better person, he sat there and took it while Beck made an idiot of himself. The Christian right will crucify Mitt Romney because they consider Mormonism to be an evil cult. Beck should do an expose an the polygamy cults in Utah before he attacks others.

 
At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to apply Beck's argument against Muslims who do not speak out on radical Islam, then the silence is deafening when it comes to Mormons. Beck, Romney, Reid, and Hatch never speak out against Mormon polygamy, spousal abuse, child abuse, and welfare fraud, therefore they must CONDONE it!

 
At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys may want to get your facts straight before you just start slamming someone's religion. Perhaps you should all check out Mormon's actual beliefs before you tell them what they believe. And those responsible for the terrible crimes against women and children are not Mormons to any extent, theough they try to use the name. They all live in Colorado City. Look up what the Mormon Church has to say about them. For some basic Mormon beliefs visit www.mormon.org before you star naysaying. Its just a simple statement of beliefs they have, nothing else.

 
At 6:27 PM, Blogger Pat Campbell said...

You're afflicted by that curious malady common to many Latter-day Saints: You cannot tolerate criticism of your Church, however objective, dispassionate, constructive, or valid. It makes one wonder, what are the hiding? Your church was started by a man 200 years ago, not by Jesus Christ.
Read
Problems with the Book of Mormon http://www.catholic.com/library/
problems_with_the_book_of_mormon.
asp
This might open your eyes to some of the problems.

 
At 6:49 PM, Blogger Pat Campbell said...

“It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.”
-G. K. Chesterton

 
At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat Campbell, all religions have a history of controversy, not just Mormonism. All religions from Judaism, to non-denominational Christianity, to Catholicism, to Islam, to Protestants and Baptists. They all have a history of controversy and dark sides.

Frankly from reading religous histories, (and I have read some hairy things about the history of the Mormon faith), I find Catholicism to have the darkest history of all. Yes, Catholicsm, the link you made which talks about he problems with the Mormon faith. Catholicism has some of the darkest and most controversial pasts. Yes, I find the history of Catholicism to be even darker than that of the history of Mormonism. And yet I am not anti-Catholic. There are many aspects I love about the Catholic faith. Yet there are many aspects I love about the faith of Mormonism, Islam, non-denotional Christianity and others as well.

Instead of accusing them of being closed Pat, which I had admit some Mormons can be very closed, take a look at others and perhaps yourself. See how closed everyone can be. No one likes controversy and dark secrets being pointed out about their religion.

I do agree however. I wish we could all look at the controversies and put everything in perspective, and realize that every religion has people inflicted with flaws, and to not get offended by it.

sincerely Jonathan

 
At 3:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By there works ye shall know them. Mormons follow the 10 commandments. Mormons don't drink, don't drink, don't smoke, don't have sex before marriage, don't practice polygamy and actively volunteer throughout their communities. I truly believe they are nothing but an asset to any community and further more this country. It's so interesting to parallel all the negative things being said about Mormons to what the Jews said about Jesus. Despite all his good works they hated and persecuted him. I think an individual such a Mitt Romney should be judged by their works not by their religious affiliation. If you want to know what Mormons believe read their 13 Articles of Faith (The Mormon Creed). After reading them please let me us know that you disagree with anyone one them.

 
At 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Takes a while to find that article of faith thing, but here is the link.

http://scriptures.lds.org/en/a_of_f/1/

Hum. It seems to be void of multiple wives and the we believe in meetings, meetings about meetings.....

Oh well.

 
At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romney can and should win. He is the only candidate strong enough to beat Obama who I would seriously consider if Romney did not win). Romney is honest and therefore it may be difficult to live and function in a corrupt government, but someone needs to bring back core values to the United States. Romney, I believe, can do that

 

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