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  •  I know a lot of Mormons (2+ / 0-)
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    TexMex, houyhnhnm

    And that sort of stuff is no where near their consciousness. If they even know about it.

    •  But Romney does. And he is not just any Mormon. (1+ / 0-)
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      He was a bishop, a rank of high importance in that faith.  

      Many people of faith, of any religion, are not fully aware of many of their faith's tenets and beliefs and therefore do not practice them and some do know and simply choose to disregard them (i.e. Catholics and birth control).  But for those who are fully instructed in their theology and who adhere to it, more questions will be raised as to how far those beliefs will/may tread upon our constitution.  I don't believe that is a bridge too far.  

      •  More Credit Than He Deserves (6+ / 0-)

        I find it fascinating that people think Romney is a "high ranking" Mormon official.  

        I have a lot of Mormon family and friends.  And they never heard of Romney until the Utah Olympics.  They have only heard of him since in the news, not in the church.

        I am also willing to bet that none of my Mormon family and friends know that Harry Reid is Mormon.  (There is a basic disconnect there.  If he isn't Republican, the thought that he could be Mormon never occurs.)

        While it is true Romney comes from a "Mormon Dynasty," that isn't all that special.  The Mormon founders had several of wives and dozens of kids who went on to have dozens more.  I've lost track of the number of Mormons who, when we're introduced, tell me they are the 5th great-grandson of Hyrum Smith or Brigham Young or whomever.  (All have been overtly saddened when I failed to be impressed.)

        The fact is that Romney failed to move up the Mormon ladder.  He was a bishop and stake president -- both local callings.  But then failed to keep moving up.  From there, "prominent Mormons" become Mission Presidents, Regional Representatives, Seventy, and Apostles.

        If you were to compare Romney's positions in the church to a political career, he would have gained some attention in his city, moved on to do some stuff at the county level, then failed to gain any state or national attention.  Hardly a "high ranking" official.

        Most of my Mormon family and friends will vote for Romney because he's Mormon.  But they have never considered him a "high ranking" Mormon.

        •  I would venture to guess (1+ / 0-)
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          that Mr. Romney, while not a "household name" amongst rank-and-file Mormons, is certainly well known to the Quorums of the Seventy and of the Twelve. He is an incredibly wealthy adherent who tithes to the sum of millions of dollars per annum.

          You yourself tell us that your relatives will vote for Mr. Romney simply because he is a Mormon. I doubt seriously that your family's situation is unusual, meaning that Mr. Romney will receive essentially 100% of LDS votes this Fall.

          Mr. Romney certainly knows this; thus, it makes little difference to him whether "regular" Mormons "know" him...in fact, you point out that he will receive votes despite his lack of name recognition.

          And, based on his and his wife's statements, Mr. Romney is probably pleased as punch that the hoi polloi don't keep track of his every move. They're not the Romneys' preferred class of people, after all.

    •  The Community of Christ (RLDS) (0+ / 0-)

      also believes in the Book of Mormon. I've had friends who belonged to the Community of Christ and they were among the most progressive, broadminded people I've known.

      In any religion, people get into it on different levels.

      Light is seen through a small hole.

      by houyhnhnm on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 06:18:52 PM PDT

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