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Graham Axes Mormonism From His List of Cults

Just in time for a 'WSJ' ad backing conservative candidates

(Newser) - Billy Graham moved this week to obviously embrace Mitt Romney for president. But there was something he had to do first: remove Mormonism from his website's list of "cults." Until this week Mormonism was on a list with Scientology on the reverend's Evangelistic Association site. The...

Harry Reid: Mitt Romney Has 'Sullied' Mormonism

'He is not the face' of the religion, fellow Mormon Reid says

(Newser) - Harry Reid is a Mormon, and he wants you to know that Mitt Romney is not the poster boy for his religion, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Speaking on a conference call Friday about Romney's upcoming visit to Nevada, where many Mormons live, Reid said that he agrees with...

Sullivan: Obama Could Be the Next Reagan
Sullivan: Obama Could Be the Next Reagan

Sullivan: Obama Could Be the Next Reagan

And Romney is a uniquely religious data cruncher: New Yorker

(Newser) - From poll numbers to political vision, President Obama most resembles one iconic president: President Reagan, argues Andrew Sullivan in Newsweek . After waging a spirited defense of Obama's "long-term" policies in January, Sullivan has the president's back again, saying Obama could "resolve the three-decade-long battle between taxes...

Fox Host: Where Are Feds in South Park's Holy War?

Nobody's condemning cartoon's attacks on Christianity, says Todd Starnes

(Newser) - A Fox News commentator is getting into the spirit of religious protest. Todd Starnes , host of Fox News & Commentary, wants federal officials to investigate South Park for its attacks on religion, reports Today . "We have seen the administration say, 'We condemn anyone who denigrates religious faith,'...

Author to Mitt: You Owe My Family 130-Year-Old Debt

Romney's great-grandfather never repaid $1K bail, she claims

(Newser) - Mitt Romney seems like the type to pay his debts, but now he's being plagued by one that went unpaid—130 years ago. Author Judith Freeman explained this week in the Los Angeles Review of Books why Romney owes her family $25,000: It seems that, back in the...

Chris Rock Blasts Mormons for Racist Past

'Romney's crew' thought black people were 'the devil' until 1978

(Newser) - Chris Rock has no problem criticizing Mitt Romney for his religion. Asked about the election on Jimmy Fallon last night, Rock replied, "I just heard this the other day: The Mormons, Mitt Romney's crew, they believed black people were the devil 'til 1978! I'm not making...

300 Mormons March in Utah Gay Pride Parade

'Love' extended to LGBT members who face excommunication from church

(Newser) - A group of Mormons made history yesterday when the largest number ever marched in Salt Lake City's Gay Pride Parade. The 300-strong group, dressed in their conservative Sunday best, are members of Mormons Building Bridges, and participated to "extend a message of love and support to our brothers...

Get Ready for Outrage Over Mormon Jokes

Conservatives prepare 'manufactured umbrage': Alex Pareene

(Newser) - Mitt Romney is set to be the first Mormon to become a major presidential nominee—so it's inevitable that we'll be hearing a lot about his religion. And as conservatives coalesce around his candidacy, they'll want to make his Mormonism off-limits for attacks. That means that soon,...

Heretic Nation: At Last Our Candidates Fit
 Heretic Nation: 
 At Last Our Candidates Fit 
Ross Douthat

Heretic Nation: At Last Our Candidates Fit

Ross Douthat: But is religious diversity a good thing?

(Newser) - In the 20th century, most US presidents and presidential candidates were Baptists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians—in other words, Protestants. But in the 2012 presidential race? With a Mormon, a traditionalist Catholic, and a nondenominational Christian with ties to liberation theology, "we finally have a presidential field whose diversity mirrors the...

DNC Chair: Romney, GOP 'Rooting for' Economy to Tank

Debbie Wasserman Schultz also blasts war on women

(Newser) - Debbie Wasserman Schultz blasted Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans today for actively "rooting for economic failure" and narrow-mindedly focusing "on one job, Barack Obama's, for really the last two years." The DNC chair spoke this morning on CNN , saying that while the economy has been...

Park Romney: Mormonism Is a Fraud

Mitt's cousin, former high priest, has left their religion

(Newser) - Not all Romneys are as enamored of Mormonism as Mitt. Take Park Romney, Mitt's cousin. He used to be a Mormon high priest, but finally left the religion. "I became convinced that it's a fraud," he tells the BBC . He doubts many aspects of the religion,...

Mormons Also Baptized Daniel Pearl

Posthumous baptisms continue to cause uproar

(Newser) - The Mormon Church is already under fire for posthumously baptizing Anne Frank and the parents of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal , and now it turns out the church did the same thing to Daniel Pearl. The Wall Street Journal reporter, who was killed in Pakistan soon after 9/11, was baptized last year...

Marco Rubio Was Mormon for a Few Years

When he was a kid; but revelation could complicate shot at VP nom

(Newser) - Marco Rubio is seen by many as the GOP's frontrunner for the 2012 vice presidential nod—but that could change for the faction of the GOP that's ill at ease with the Mormon church. BuzzFeed reveals that the Florida senator was once a Mormon, having been baptized into...

Mormons Baptize Anne Frank
 Mormons Baptize Anne Frank 

Mormons Baptize Anne Frank

Member of church conducts ritual in Dominican Republic

(Newser) - The Mormon Church last weekend appears to have once again baptized Anne Frank, defying an agreement with Jewish leaders to refrain from posthumously baptizing Jews in general and Holocaust figures in particular. Former Mormon Church member Helen Radkey discovered the baptism on a Mormons-only database used to chart genealogy and...

Mormons Baptized Parents of Nazi-Hunter Wiesenthal

Simon Wiesenthal Center appalled, Mormons apologize

(Newser) - In a ritual that doesn't sit well with many, Mormons last month baptized the deceased parents of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. Now they're sorry. Asher and Rosa Rapp Wiesenthal were baptized in proxy ceremonies by church members in Arizona and Utah, reports the BBC . "We are outraged that...

Romney Keeps Touting Dad's Mexican Birth

But leaves out crucial detail that could upset evangelicals

(Newser) - In an effort to win over Florida's wealth of Hispanic voters, Mitt Romney trotted out a little-mentioned piece of family history more than once this week. "My dad was born in Mexico," he often said, expressing sympathy for immigrants. "I wish I could claim that I'...

What Mitt&#39;s Loss (and Newt&#39;s Win) Mean
 What Mitt's Loss 
 (and Newt's Win) Mean 
Reaction Roundup

What Mitt's Loss (and Newt's Win) Mean

GOP voters angry, stuck with bad candidates, say pundits

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich's big win in South Carolina has the Republican establishment squirming and political experts churning, trying to explain what the results mean:
  • GOP base in revolt. "People are mad as hell they are about to be stuck with another boring, moderate, uninspiring choice that has at best

Romney's Bain Gave Millions to Mormon Church

Including $1.9M in Burger King stock; was part of his tithing

(Newser) - If Mitt Romney does lift the veil on his tax returns, one thing that voters will get a look at is how much he gives to the Mormon church, and the answer might be a lot more than anyone thought. ABC News finds that Bain Capital routinely cuts the Church...

&#39;Tin Man&#39; Romney Is Mormon at Heart

 'Tin Man' 
 Is Mormon 
 at Heart 
maureen dowd

'Tin Man' Romney Is Mormon at Heart

'Proudly square' persona provides key to Mitt: Maureen Dowd

(Newser) - Spock vs. the Tin Man? That's how Maureen Dowd sees the likely matchup between President Obama and Mitt Romney for the Oval Office: "Neither the president nor his likely challenger are bon vivant, backslapping types," she writes in the New York Times . "Both like to see...

Gingrich Aide Canned Over 'Cult of Mormon' Comment

Iowa political director out after less than a week

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich's Iowa political director is out of a job after less than a week because of disparaging remarks he made about Mitt Romney's Mormon faith, the Des Moines Register reports. "A lot of the evangelicals believe God would give us four more years of Obama just...

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