Walking along Cannery Row, Monterey you expect to be handed cards. Free samples of candy. Get a free dessert at this restaurant. Check out our sunglasses store.
So being handed a card with the comment, "This is for you" by a pair of young girls (maybe 19-21) in and of itself didn't surprise me.
What did surprise me was mosaic of "hip" young faces on the card.
The only writing: mormon.org.
Perhaps I am reading too much into this. Maybe the Mormons are on a branding blitz at the same time there not one, but two Mormons running for POTUS and these campaigns are parallel but unrelated.
What do you think?
I've seen various websites with adverts for mormons appearing lately - and no, they weren't religious websites.
I know one of the issues is that LDS didn't always appreciate being called 'Mormons'. There are misunderstandings that come with the term, and other groups that consider themselves Mormons other than the main LDS sect.
But, I think they realized that no matter what, people will always call them Mormons, so they are trying to make sure that the term is associated with them, rather than with outlying groups such as the FLDS. Probably just trying to get rid of the bad connotations.
Personally, I don't see anything wrong with what they teach.
Good point. The FLDS have gotten a LOT of play in the media. The series "Big Love" on HBO prompted at least one, maybe more reality shows (one is called "Sister Wives."). Barring any direct experience to the contary, this perpetuates Average Joe's misconception that Mormons = polygamists.
It's been stated here before that if you look closely at ANY religion it's going to look bizarre to an outsider.
Personally, I hope I live to see the day when one's religious affiliation is a non-issue when it comes to running for office.
I honestly couldn't tell you specifically what religion any of the other GOP candidates are. "Christian" is assumed. But surely they are not all of the same denomination. Why is it important???
And Mormonism is a "hurdle" (big one) for Romney.
We barely hear it mentioned vis a vis Huntsman. Then again, we barely hear Huntsman mentioned at all. But I think that's going to change....
The only time I would worry about someone's religious affiliation would be if it were a religion with a message of war, lying, etc... But other than that, I agree that it shouldn't really be an issue.
I would like to hear *why* Mormonism is a hurdle for Romney. I wonder what people actually think the problem would be there.
I can't speak for myself here, but the objection to Romney's Mormonism is that it's not the "right" kind of Christian (if it even IS Christian).
Some people believe Mormons to not believe in Jesus Christ but substitute Joseph Smith as their savior (not just a prophet).
It's easier to vilify what you don't understand than to take the time to understand it.
And let's face it, magic underwear, golden plates, an American prophet and the spectre of plural marriage -- that's all the average Joe knows (or cares to know) about the religion of LDS. That's actually a lot of hurdles to overcome.
Kennedy only had the Vatican...
Right, I understand all those misconceptions that people have... and it's incredibly arrogant and ignorant for people to assume so much about things they don't care to learn about.
What I was wondering(I haven't look into it, so maybe some here have opinions) is if there are any solid objections to Romney's faith, based on what 'Mormonism' actually is, instead of the notions people have about it.
I would think it has something to do with Romney. I have serious reservations, as do many Americans, and that is a hurdle he'll have to jump if he expects to snake the Republican nomination.
Too bad. The JW own the sidewalks and parking lots here. I'd hate to see the start of a turf war if the Mormons try to shoulder their way in with cards and pamphlets
JW v Mormon. That could be an interesting fight. "the mighty power of your Watchtower cannot harm me for I am wearing my sacred undergarments!!!". :p
I thought the mormon surfer girl in the add was pretty hot!
But you know... she can get her board dinged just the same as all the rest!
The Duggars are the reason I'm sort of afraid of Mormons.
I just can't help it.
But Mormon people I've actually met (most of them) are incredibly nice.
The Duggars deserve their own forum thread. I'm not even sure where to classify it, however. My paternal grandparents both came from large families of 12+ kids. My mother-in-law is one of 16 kids.
Is there something inherently weird about having lots of kids?
So what is it about the Duggars that is so friggin' creepy? Cuz I think they are skeevy city and obviously at least one other hubber agrees.
I have tremendous respect for the LDS faith... I have many friends among them, and just like any group you have your good apples and your bad apples. Some of the kindest people I have ever known are Mormons.
Good luck with that query. It's a very good question.
I suspect you'll get the usual Christian backlash and sputtering.
It would be good to hear from residents of the Commonwealth who have lived with Romney as governor. Did his Mormonism come up at all? Did it hold him back? Did it influence legislation?
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