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  • Religion News: Top 10 anti-Mormon comments of 2011

  • Weekly Religion News with the top 10 anti-Mormon comments from public figures, "The 40 Day Soul Fast: Your Journey to Authentic LIving" by Cindy Trimm and more.

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  • MormonVoices, a volunteer group dedicated to providing accurate information about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has released a list of the top 10 anti-Mormon statements made by public figures in 2011.
    "Our intent in compiling this list is to both hold people accountable for inappropriate statements, and to help others see that certain claims about the LDS Church are incorrect," said Scott Gordon, a managing director of MormonVoices.
    1. “By any standard, Mormonism is more ridiculous than any other religion.” Bill Maher, Oct. 15, 2011,
    2. “[Mormonism is] one of the most egregious groups operating on American soil.” Christopher Hitchens, Slate magazine, Oct. 17, 2011.
    3. “The theology comes across as totally barmy. We can become gods with our own planets! And the practices strike me as creepy. No coffee and tea is bad enough. But the underwear!” Michael Ruse, Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 30, 2011.
    4. “The current head of the Mormon Church, Thomas S. Monson, known to his followers as ‘prophet, seer and revelator,’ is indistinguishable from the secular plutocratic oligarchs who exercise power in our supposed democracy…” Harold Bloom, The New York Times,Nov. 12, 2011.
    5. “That is a mainstream view, that Mormonism is a cult… Every true, born again follower of Christ ought to embrace a Christian over a non-Christian.” Robert Jeffress, Values Voter Summit, Oct. 7, 2011.
    6. “I believe a candidate who either by intent or effect promotes a false and dangerous religion is unfit to serve. Mitt Romney has said it is not his intent to promote Mormonism. Yet there can be little doubt that the effect of his candidacy — whether or not this is his intent — will be to promote Mormonism.” Warren Cole Smith, Patheos.com, May 24, 2011.
    7. “Yes, it is my opinion that an indoctrinated Mormon should never be elected as president of the United States of America.” Tricia Erickson, CNN.com, July 7, 2011.
    8. “Mormonism is not an orthodox Christian faith. It just is not… it’s very clear that the Founding Fathers did not intend to preserve automatically religious liberty for non-Christian faiths.” Bryan Fischer, Focal Point radio show, Sept. 2011.
    9. “Can you name the candidate that’s running for president that believes that if he’s a good person in his religion he will receive his own planet? … Would you vote for someone for president who believes in their religion, if he’s a good person, he’ll get his own planet? … Do you want to get your own planet?” Ben Ferguson, Fox 13 News, Memphis, Tenn., July 6, 2011.
    10. “The Christian coalition, I think [another candidate] could get a lot of money from that, because Romney, obviously, not being a Christian …” Ainsley Earhart, Fox and Friends, July 17, 2011.
    -- ReligionNews.com
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    Survey Says
    In the recent New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney –– who won the overall vote –– won the most evangelical votes, with 31 percent. Rick Santorum got 23 percent of the evangelical vote, while Ron Paul landed 21 percent and Newt Gingrich received 13 percent.
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    "The 40 Day Soul Fast: Your Journey to Authentic LIving" by Cindy Trimm
    When all is well with the souls of humanity, all will be well in the world. When you have peace in your soul, you will bring that peace to bear on the world around you. You will become the change you are hoping to see. 
    Churches, organizations, small groups and families are encouraged to travel together on this 40-day journey to greater mental, emotional and spiritual health. If everyone who picks up this book takes it upon him or herself to encourage others to participate, we would create an unstoppable movement. You may think that one healed soul cannot heal the world, but it can.
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