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12:35 PM on 05/03/2012
As a patriotic American, I am glad that the 1st Amendment of our Constitution establishes the right of each and every one of us, to choose which religion we want to practice. And also even the right to have no religion whatsoever.

However, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, two of our greatest Presidents, could not possibility be elected to the White House in this day age, because these two men were not church members.
02:18 PM on 05/03/2012
You're probably, at least partially, correct.

A self-declared atheist wouldn't stand a chance. However, not being a member of any particular Church might fly.
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mommytomany
02:40 PM on 05/03/2012
Churches corrupt normally sane men. Turning them into less than rational beings. Watch out for anyone who calls themself or claims to be "religious".
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Talossa
Liberal. Pro-Israel. Recovering atheist.
04:31 PM on 05/03/2012
As someone who only believes in objective fact rather than stereotypes and name-calling, I'm sure you can point me to a scholarly, peer-reviewed source that confirms that church members are "less than rational beings."

I await your link.
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12:11 PM on 05/03/2012
The Mormon Church is nothing more than a front for who they really are, a tax exempt Corporation.

The Mormon Church owns more Corporations than any entity in America, seeing as it is the duty of every member to tithe 10%. Anyone can see why they have such an extensive recruitment program.....oh thats right, they call it "Missions".

Mitt Romney tithes 10% of his earnings out of duty, not charity.

The Mormon Church is a front for " LDS INC. "
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sfcanative
01:47 PM on 05/03/2012
Truer words have never been spoken.
02:24 PM on 05/03/2012
Any stock in publicly-traded corporations would also be public knowledge.

You make a very good point about tithing, though. Jesus put an end to that practice, for good reason. Now, 10% may not be nearly enough, it's up to the individual.

Under the tithing rule, even if someone was desperately in need, the haughty parishioner could refuse to help, saying he/she had already met the charity requirement of 10%.
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sinbad usn
retired, sort of
04:55 PM on 05/04/2012
how would YOU know? Show proof
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MikeDu
Both salubrious and lugubrious concurrently.
02:02 PM on 05/03/2012
I recall following the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal the Boston Catholic church was obliged to sell off huge swaths of real estate it owned, tax exempt. The cardinal's residence was said to have been a veritable villa. When hard-pressed local congregations petitioned the Vatican for help they were told in no uncertain terms that the pope takes in money from the faithful, not the other way around.
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08:36 PM on 05/03/2012
The Vatican is no better than the LDS. I feel that all monies given in the name of charity and written off as a tax deduction, should 100% go to the poor. When I saw where the money goes in the Mormon and Catholic Churchs, I stopped giving.
12:09 PM on 05/03/2012
I was born into a non-kosher and non-observant Reform Jewish family. At the age of 20 in 1976, I fell into the fundamentalist Christian cult called "Messianic Judaism."

In 1981, I went through a very traumatic struggle to leave the fold. Since 1983, I have been a member of the FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION. I often visit the website: www.ex-christian.net. So I know there are many others like me who have had it with religion!

Therefore, I have no absolutely no intention of ever becoming a kosher-keeping observant Jew, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Christian again, and of course a Mormon, or following any other religion!
12:43 PM on 05/03/2012
Um, ok.
skeptical-human
It's easy to blame someone else for your own fault
06:57 PM on 05/03/2012
Become a Muslim, you will like it.
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NWBrunette
Blessed Girl
11:44 AM on 05/03/2012
The difference between Mitt Romney and a true cult (er Mormon) member? The cult member actually believes something.
02:28 PM on 05/03/2012
Just more hyperbole and exaggeration.

Keep it up, though.

For some reason, today I find it amusing.
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thomcat327
Devils advocate
09:45 PM on 06/03/2012
off you go Harley man.
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mommytomany
02:45 PM on 05/03/2012
The only honest Mormon is the ex-Mormon. Mitt's not honest -- not by a long shot. He is , a politician after all. ; )
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paulwl
11:13 AM on 05/03/2012
Lots of 'BRIDGES' to be sold! Barnum had it right . . one is born every minute, now we have them coming like EVERY 30 seconds!! Minds are getting smaller and it is painful to think, use logic or be a reasoned person. Those Pimps in those Pulpits are making a ton of cash. I hope they are paying their tribute( Independent Contractor's-- Ministers/Rev.-- Quarterly Payments to the IRS) to 'Caesar'!
12:00 PM on 05/03/2012
paulwl,
No one in the Mormon Church clergy gets paid money or property. They are all volunteers.
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12:06 PM on 05/03/2012
mrswarloch....Tell the truth regarding the Mormon Church, it is the largest tax exempt institution that has holdings and ownership of the most corporations in America. Mitt Romney is required to tithe 10% and it is not out of chairty, but duty....and he is allowed the full deduction.

The Mormon Church should be known as...... LDS INC. !!!!
12:06 PM on 05/03/2012
The General Authorites are paid a stiped. Let's try to be accurate.
10:52 AM on 05/03/2012
They claim 14 million members world wide but they are lucky to have 5 million who attend at any given time. The majority of it's membership have little or nothing to do with it anymore but they still count them, it is all smoke and mirrors. I find this funny because I just read in the ABC News in Salt Lake that the number of faithful mormons is rapidly declining and that it is the biggest departure since before the days of Brigham Young. They may have 14 million names on record but only a fraction practice or believe in it. I guess we can thank the internet age for the rapid decline, the church can no longer hide or white wash it 's extremely questionable history. Thank god I no longer practice or belong to a CULT!
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NWBrunette
Blessed Girl
11:35 AM on 05/03/2012
Hear, hear!
12:01 PM on 05/03/2012
mcldc99,
Can you post a link to whatever article you read?
12:13 PM on 05/03/2012
http://www.abc4.com/mostpopular/story/Number-of-faithful-Mormons-rapidly-declining/rvih3gOKxEm5om9IYJYnRA.cspx

There was a story in salon too last week about the church hemorraging members.

Education and the Internet are real problems for the church: the top links on a search for Joseph Smith include links for "wives", "false prophet" and "felon". No doubt all these links have problems but they may stall anyone investigating the faith.

Thats no doubt why most new converts are immigrants with less education and those in developing countries. Though it has also been suggested that some of the latter see it as a route to the US.
rostee
Believe in yourself;and all things are possible!
10:27 AM on 05/03/2012
Just watch John Sweeney's top documentary, This World:THE MORMON CANDIDATE, and see for yourself, then decide! Very interesting, worth watching, must see documentary, that will answer any questions you may have!
12:10 PM on 05/03/2012
rostee,
I watched that video. Who proclaimed it a top documentary? I would like to know because it is nothing more than another anti-Mormon attack video disguised as a documentary but is FULL of half-truths, lies and distortions. TYPICAL
rostee
Believe in yourself;and all things are possible!
12:48 PM on 05/03/2012
Thanks for your comment. The unwed mother that Bishop Romney contacted, was that a lie? Romney's relative stating that he did not trust him, was that a lie?The statement that Romney's Great Grand Father was a Poligamist, was that a lie?The secret oaths and rituals Romney would have taken, was that a lie? The member of the church being interviewed, said about President Obama, was that a lie? Funny thing it is in their own words! You can't handle the TRUTH, which was stated by these Mormons, because they said they wanted it known to the public. Will say a prayer for you, GOD Bless!
12:49 PM on 05/03/2012
You just keep keep drinking your cult kool-aid.
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Candace8383
10:10 PM on 05/03/2012
http://www.mormonthink.com/lying.htm
shes a little off base and by a little i mean out in space read that and if you read her comments she is always calling others liars ...hmmm interesting isn't it?
rostee
Believe in yourself;and all things are possible!
10:23 PM on 05/03/2012
Thank you for your reply, it means a lot to me!
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Sephia8
Proud godless liberal heathen
10:04 AM on 05/03/2012
"Romney's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 2 million new adherents and new congregations in 295 counties where they didn't exist a decade ago, making them the fastest-growing group in the U.S."

Well this just discredits the study's claim all together now!

If the church is self reporting, then that is the first mistake. The Moron church does not remove members when they leave the church. Once you are a member of record, you will always be counted as a member of record.

If you were to ask this SAME church the number of members who LEAVE their religion, they would NOT provide those numbers. If they actually did, then I might entertain the notion that Mor(m)onism is the fastest growing cult. But until they give accurate numbers to how many members are current active members, who go to church a minimum of once a year then NO they are NOT the fastest growing church/religion.
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dawacu
Jesus loves you
10:14 AM on 05/03/2012
They may not be the "fastest" growing religion, but they are definitely growing. This page from the US Census shows a few studies on church growth and the one study that relies on individuals reporting their religious preference also shows that Mormonism is growing. http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0075.pdf
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brownies4breakfast
Stand as a witness of God at all times & places
10:32 AM on 05/03/2012
Not True Seph,

Ask to have your name removed and it's removed and gone from the records. You do have to ask though. Your hating underwear is showing. Active membership has always been around 30 to 40 percent of total membership.
10:56 AM on 05/03/2012
You are 100% correct, I used to be a ward clerk and I had to report these percentages to the leadership. The 30-40% only applies to the US and Canada, when you go to any 3rd world country, it is usually in the mid to low teens. This is a result of you being able to be baptized with out having any extensive knowledge what you are getting yourself into. They like to call it the milk before the meat.
12:52 PM on 05/03/2012
You cant just ask to be removed. Get real. I am an ex mormon and it is like jumping through hoops of burning fire to get your name off the records. I finally just gave up. Best decision I EVER made was to get out of that mess.
09:58 AM on 05/03/2012
Actually, the number of active Mormons is in decline, and the church has a serious problem with apostasy. The only reason this "report" (and I use the word loosely) shows them growing is because the "report" uses self-reported membership statistics. And in the Mormon Church, once you are in, you can never leave -- unless they excommunicate you. That's right. Once you are baptized in the Mormon Church they consider you a member for life. You can "resign," join another church, and never go to a Mormon Church in three decades -- they will *still* consider you a member. As a result, nearly half of the people that the LDS Church calls "members" don't consider themselves to be Mormons. In short, Mormon statistics regarding membership are along the lines of Enron's creative accounting gimmicks. It gives the sheeple the illusion that the church is growing, when in fact, it's not.
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Eleventh Hour
10:06 AM on 05/03/2012
Please offer your supportive links to justify what contradicts the information in the article. Without it, all you've offered is your opinion, and we all have one of those that may differ.
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sfcanative
02:34 PM on 05/03/2012
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/31/us-mormonchurch-idUSTRE80T1CM20120131

Membership growth has slowed. Year-over-year it hasn't been this slow since 1947, despite a record number of missionaries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Church_of_Jesus_Christ_of_Latter-day_Saints_membership_history
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dawacu
Jesus loves you
10:07 AM on 05/03/2012
Studies that rely exclusively on individuals reporting their own religious preference also show that Mormonism is growing, while many other religions are shrinking.

Here is a link to one such study on the US Census website. You have to scroll down a little to get to the study I'm referring to: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0075.pdf
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MarcEdward
likes all cats more than most people
09:23 AM on 05/03/2012
Kind of like a story "Star Wars fans soon to be outnumbered by Star Trek Fans"
09:32 AM on 05/03/2012
Are you mocking that genre?

Sheldon Cooper will have your head.
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thomcat327
Devils advocate
09:50 PM on 06/03/2012
I perceive the Mormon Church much like the Scientologists - much ado about nothing.
08:56 AM on 05/03/2012
I just have to laugh at the lunacy on this discussion board. Just supports the fact that religion of any sort is a bane on society.
09:11 AM on 05/03/2012
And political lunacy isn't?!

Don't make me laugh.
09:18 AM on 05/03/2012
Didn't say anything about politics...but yes, religion should definitely have nothing to do with politics!
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Eleventh Hour
09:13 AM on 05/03/2012
Yes, there's been some genuine lunacy but it has little to do with religion. Just look at who was doing it, those who have badgered the Mormons for hours, as well as anyone else who would let them, including Christians, the Tea Party, the GOP, etc.....it's been a real eye-opener to just how below-the-belt some are willing to get.
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Eleventh Hour
08:33 AM on 05/03/2012
anewdaywilldawn --- "They have never in their lives had to really worry about anything. They both are very insensere, I cannot believe people actually fall for their little act."
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Talk about being JUDGMENTAL.

Mitt worked as a janitor to get through college. He earned his bachelors from BYU, with two majors, one in Finance. He went to Harvard for his MBA and JD, so his education is first rate.

"Never had to worry about anything," you say? ---------------------
Don't you think he worried when Ann was diagnosed with BREAST CANCER? They faced it together!
Ann has MS and it's painful, causes weakness, can affect vision, balance, coordination, lung function and other trials you have no clue about.

How can you say "They both are very insensere (SIC), I cannot believe people actually fall for their little act." ????----------------------
Your lack of sensitivity and your indifference seems to be rooted in jealousy of the life they worked for and earned as a team.

After his Dad's death he donated the entire inheritance to CHARITY.
Insincere? NO--grateful.

What "act" is it you are so gifted to perceive that no one else has? I think they're genuinely that nice, that good, that happy and loving and it must bother some people who don't have those qualities in their lives. But that doesn't justify being so jealous that you turn it to untrue comments about them. Yet, you accuse other posters of being judgmental....maybe you should think about that one.
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middlerunner
08:38 AM on 05/03/2012
Mitt was given a trust that he would tap into while he was in college and that is what he and Ann lived on. Read more.
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MarcEdward
likes all cats more than most people
09:24 AM on 05/03/2012
"Mitt worked as a janitor to get through college"
Mitt is a spoiled brat with no emotional connection to working class people.
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Eleventh Hour
09:44 AM on 05/03/2012
Based on what, your opinion? If you're going to so staunchly make that claim please support it with your references, links, etc. Biased self-serving opinion is worthless without substantiation.
10:16 AM on 05/03/2012
Did he tell you that over a grande recently?

Or did one of your envious Liberal comrades plant that notion in your head and now you're touting that emotional and juvenile opinion as fact?
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DougSmith
What isn't potentially sensitive?
08:06 AM on 05/03/2012
What makes a religion a cult?

If you look at the belief systems of each major mainstream religion most would consider not to be cults, they are all equally nonsensical and require belief in what we would otherwise consider to be silliness.

It seems to me that a religion is no longer a cult when it has what most people believe is a significant number of members and is around long enough.

Mormons believe in magic underwear and owning planets when you die. Is that nuttier than believing in talking snakes and a holy ghost whatever that is.
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middlerunner
08:32 AM on 05/03/2012
They also believe that God and Mary had sex and produced Jesus and Satan (so they are brothers), and Jesus was a polygamist. They also have to shed their own blood for some sins to be forgiven. Also they have 3 passwords (secret handshakes and names) that the angels do not know but will allow them into the gates of heaven if they provide these. Well if the angels don't know these 3 passwords, then how do they know they are the right ones to let them in. The Morman belief is insane on so many levels, but the one thing I came away with is they teach that man can become God if they do as their belief teaches them to do.
08:46 AM on 05/03/2012
You have been relying on sources who lie to you. Unfortunately, you have outlined popular gossip that is absolutely not true. I am sure you are not a person who wishes to gossip or spread misinformation, so let me correct a few things: First, Mormons do not believe God and Mary had sex. The Book of Mormon and the Bible both state that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was born. We do not know how the conception occurred, only that it was respectful to both. Even science can create a baby without sex today--I am certain God knows how. They do not teach Jesus was a polygamist--I've never even heard that gossip. The Bible does not even say He married and Mormons don't know or care whether or not He did, since it has no impact on our eternal salvation. Your comment on angels and getting into Heaven is unresearched. Mormons don't believe they will get their own planets. What we know is that we continue to grow and progress even after death. The Bible says we are joint-heirs with Christ, but we don't know exactly what form that will take. Some Mormons might believe it, but it is not doctrine. Where there is no canonized teaching, Mormons are free to believe whatever they want.
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09:15 AM on 05/03/2012
I don't agree with or condone a lot of their beliefs, but the fact remains that they're a non-violent religion, and I'll defend their right to believe as they choose. It's their right just as much as it's mine or yours.

I remain amazed that Mormonism would be the target in view of some that aren't non-violent.
08:35 AM on 05/03/2012
It truly is a numbers game. If I were to create a new religion tomorrow, it would most certainly be considered a cult. It wouldn't be until my flock grew by several million before it would be considered a "true" religion. All-in-the-same...
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RobertFromMN
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07:37 AM on 05/03/2012
Does this mean legalized polygamy is right around the corner?
Get in line, ladies.
07:52 AM on 05/03/2012
And gentlemen?

You're not Hphobic, are you?
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Eleventh Hour
08:42 AM on 05/03/2012
Please get current. They haven't believed in or condoned polygamy for a long time. Only a few isolated sects still practice it, without the blessing of mainstream Mormonism.

I don't believe in it, either, but is it worse than having babies out of wedlock, raising them in one-parent homes without the sense of family that kids most thrive with? I don't know the answers, just the questions.
skeptical-human
It's easy to blame someone else for your own fault
07:08 PM on 05/03/2012
Why is a man with a wife, a girlfriend and a prostitute okay but not a man with 3 wives?
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RobertFromMN
Fiercely secular Luxemburgist
10:35 PM on 05/03/2012
"Please get current."

Please get a sense of humor and learn to recognize a joke.