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When Mormons all lived in Salt Lake City and environs, before radio and television, when people were filled with bigotry and hatred for anything they didn't understand, this kind of invective was expected. Dreadnaught, I hope you have the opportunity someday to visit temple square in Salt Lake City, or have a Mormon neighbor. We have congregations all over the country, but you appear either to be from another century, or to have avoided ever knowing a Mormon. I can assure you that our feelings toward you are totally warm and fuzzy compared to your feelings toward us.
Louie13, I am impressed with your creativity. I'll bet you could come up with thousands of additional epithets for Romney. Got any original ones?
Thanks, Joel176. As a Mormon, I have a different perspective on religion than you, of course. I believe that Mitt's character reflects the religious teachings he gained from his childhood on. I believe that his real nature (not the one the press and his political opponents have been distorting) is as you characterized it. But for political purposes, I agree with you that the important thing is that he will follow an honest conscience and try whole heartedly to do what is right for this country. Thanks for being sensible about what the role of religion should be in the political arena.
Louie, you tell CLF he has resorted to name calling. CLF responded to Capt-Call's "facts" calling Joseph Smith a sex addict and a con man. Those are facts? I am a Mormon, one of very many with PhDs. Mine is in economics, so I have studied the lives of Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, Josef Schumpeter, Adam Smith and many more, having taught PhD level courses in the history of economic doctrines. I have also studied the life of Christ and have read thousands of pages of Joseph Smith's history and writings. You may speculate about Joseph's psychiatric characteristics, but I can assure you that his writings, including his role in bringing forth the Book of Mormon, demonstrate a profundity that you have not personally encountered.
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Romney Understands America

philbryson Wrote: May 16, 2012 1:56 PM
We Mormons don't worship Satan. The name of our Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are not heathens, but are mostly gentiles. We not only have the Bible. We read it. Keep your eyes on Romney, what he says and how he says it. He is a gentleman and does not resort to pure name calling and epithets, as his "Christian" detractors do.
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Evangelicals Will Rally for Romney

philbryson Wrote: May 10, 2012 2:17 PM
Elect Obama and fight the cult!
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Evangelicals Will Rally for Romney

philbryson Wrote: May 10, 2012 2:17 PM
Once his friends convinced him he should run for governor, Romney recognized that if he made a big show of his belief in life (and no active Mormon can have access to the Mormon temples if they are involved in an abortion. No member can be a bishop [pastor] as Romney has been if he supports abortion.) He could not be elected attacking Roe vs. Wade, so he said, fine, I'll willingly support the state's culture and work on other problems. After he was governor, stem cell issues brought him openly into a pro-life position. But believe me, Romney has never favored abortion and never will. He was not a governor of South Carolina and had to work with a solidly liberal state. Thatcher did that in England and it did not mean she was a liberal.
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Evangelicals Will Rally for Romney

philbryson Wrote: May 10, 2012 2:10 PM
Mormonism has been designated a cult by evangelicals because the LDS Church denies the Nicene Creed. Mormons accept the Biblical version of Christ's nature. He was crucified and resurrected and will return as a resurrected, corporeal being. The Nicene creed was developed by philosopher theologians who couldn't agree on whether God and Christ are physical beings or whether they are merely spirit. The quoted creed says He was resurrected and now sits on the right hand of the Father. They allow Him a hand, but want Him to be everywhere and dwell in your heart, so they add that God and Christ are one substance, without body, parts or passions. Mormons believe in Jesus Christ just as you do. But not in Arianism and philosophy.
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Evangelicals Will Rally for Romney

philbryson Wrote: May 10, 2012 1:58 PM
Elect Obama and teach the Republicans a lesson?
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Evangelicals Will Rally for Romney

philbryson Wrote: May 10, 2012 1:57 PM
Your method assures that the greater evil will always win.
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Mormon Doctrine Leads to Socialism?

philbryson Wrote: May 09, 2012 10:34 AM
Dear Doubting Thomas2124, Jesus, too, apparently believed in prophets. "Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify. . ." In Ephesians, Paul writes that Christ's church has a foundation of prophets and apostles, Christ himself being the chief corner stone. Amos 3:7 says "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." So, Doubting Thomas2124, Jesus was also a cultist? Christ believed that God has not ceased to be God nor ceased to do things for His children, therefore He sent Christ and Christ sends prophets. These, as he suggested, we tend to believe or we may try to persecute and kill them.
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