State lawmaker: Mitt Romney ‘a nice man, but I’m afraid of his Mormon faith’

Today’s Marietta Daily Journal carries evidence that the GOP will yet have a debate over presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney’s faith, quoting state Rep. Judy Manning of Cobb County, a Newt Gingrich supporter:

“I think Mitt Romney is a nice man, but I’m afraid of his Mormon faith,” Manning said. “It’s better than a Muslim. Of course, every time you look at the TV these days you find an ad on there telling us how normal they are. So why do they have to put ads on the TV just to convince us that they’re normal if they are normal? … If the Mormon faith adhered to a past philosophy of pluralism, multi-wives, that doesn’t follow the Christian faith of one man and one woman, and that concerns me.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Eli

January 4th, 2012
1:25 pm

Wow, Judy Manning is an ethnocentric b!tch.

“…it’s better than a muslim.”

Give me a break, since when is any person better than another because of their religion?

Dumb and Dumber

January 4th, 2012
1:32 pm

Give me that old-time religion…like Leviticus. Maybe the lunatic fringe a/k/a the Georgia Legislature will bring back public stoning as an apporpriate punishment.

Hey, its in the Bible and therefore beyond question.

Rickster

January 4th, 2012
1:33 pm

Did Ms. Manning even bother to check out the Mormon.org website? They have to run those ads to prove to uninformed folks like Ms. Manning that they are normal.

Dumb and Dumber

January 4th, 2012
1:34 pm

Well at least he’s not an agnostic or an atheist. Anything but that…

honest_abe

January 4th, 2012
1:36 pm

why must georgia be stuck in the 1950’s? the ignorance of a state representative is not only appalling it’s downright frightening! judy manning needs to resign immediately. the nerve of some people!

Southern Comfort

January 4th, 2012
1:37 pm

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Look before I leap...

January 4th, 2012
1:38 pm

Manning seems to be reading from a very old textbook. The LDS has prohibited multiple marriages for over 100 years.

And Eli, you are correct, it takes quite a bit of chutzpah to make the statement that being a Christian is better than being a Mormon which of course is better than being a Muslim.

I gotta wonder where Jews and Buddhists come in the ranking order in her feeble little mind?

JImmy G

January 4th, 2012
1:39 pm

And we elected this person? Sounds like as far as religion goes, it’s your way or the highway. Nothing like slamming the Muslim and Mormon religion in owe fell swoop. Next time Ms. Manning, stop and think before you say something stupid.

And by the way, I think MItt Romney has only one wife. The past is the past.

Billy

January 4th, 2012
1:40 pm

Mormonism is not Christianity. Sorry, but it isn’t. Anyone who says it is speaks out of ignorance.
As far as Romney, if he’s the eventual candidate, I’d be glad to vote for him–anything to get PBO and the Dims out of office.
Anyone who supports the Dims–that is true ignorance…

Mike

January 4th, 2012
1:40 pm

Talk about ignorant. I appreciate knowing that a man of faith and values is looking to be in the White House. I believe he has one wife of many years. Nice change.

Centrist

January 4th, 2012
1:40 pm

Romney does not wear his religion on his sleeve like so many other Republicans.

The leftist news media will attempt to highlight his Mormon religion, and those who oppose it, much more than the general electorate in order to sidetrack competition to their Obama favorite.

Joe Solomon

January 4th, 2012
1:41 pm

Comments like this just make us look like a backwards state. She should be replaced immediately.

Vivian Morgan

January 4th, 2012
1:42 pm

Sometimes politicians should keep their mouth shuts. When they open them they show just how ignorant they are. How dare she say what religion is better or worse than another. That is all so very sad. She is probably one of the same ignorant people who maintained (or still does) that President Obama is a Muslim. He is not, but what would it matter if he were? I am tired of people calling themselves Christians and then badmouthing everybody else.

LawDawg

January 4th, 2012
1:42 pm

Actually, there is no requirement in the new or old testament that a man have only 1 wife. Good rule, but nowhere in the Bible, Ms. Manning.

bjohndawg

January 4th, 2012
1:43 pm

I am amazed by such ignorance from an elected official.

Look before I leap...

January 4th, 2012
1:43 pm

@honest_abe 1:36P
What is more frightening is that a bunch of people showed up on election day and decided that Judy Manning should be their state representative.

At least Manning is out in the open where we can keep an eye on her. It’s the thousands of nitwits hiding in the bushes that keep me up at night.

Dear Old Morehouse

January 4th, 2012
1:43 pm

If she votes for candidates based on their religion, maybe we should start voting for candidates based on their physical attributes. That way she’d never end up under the gold dome.

honest_abe

January 4th, 2012
1:44 pm

ms. manning = ms. bachmann

two bimbo’s trying to look smart? stop! for the sake of god, allah, bhudda, the tree’s, my sanity!!!!!!!!!!!

Sheila

January 4th, 2012
1:46 pm

The ads are for people who make idiot statements like the one you just made.

freddy

January 4th, 2012
1:46 pm

I am scared of Right wing GOP Christian Conservatism. That is a real threat to this country.

honest_abe

January 4th, 2012
1:46 pm

l.b.i.l – i concur.

NotYou

January 4th, 2012
1:49 pm

She is crazy, but she does not represent the state but rather a district. I am sure most in her district feel about the same we do. You forget politicians think on a different level-and it’s usually one level below everyone else.

Dear Old Morehouse

January 4th, 2012
1:50 pm

“It’s funny, Romney is the Mormon, and Newt Gingrich is the one with three wives.”

-Letterman

And who exactly is this woman backing for President………….. you guessed it.

vote

January 4th, 2012
1:50 pm

Well, it is between him, a man who converted to Catholicism for votes or the current muslim.
Take your pick

Look before I leap...

January 4th, 2012
1:52 pm

@Billy 1:40
And you of course are the ultimate arbiter of what is and is not Christian?
You do know that the official name of the Mormon Church is the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?
They have as much right to be considered Christians as do the Baptists, Methodists and Catholics.
Your obvious prejudice and ignorance aside, the ONLY requirement to be a Christian is to accept Christ as the son of God and mankinds Lord and Saviour.

GTPHISH

January 4th, 2012
1:53 pm

I think it is interesting that the people in the US who fear sharia the most are bible thumpers like Ms Manning of Cobb County who wants to force her religion on everyone else…

Mark

January 4th, 2012
1:53 pm

Centrist

January 4th, 2012
1:40 pm

Romney does not wear his religion on his sleeve like so many other Republicans.

The leftist news media will attempt to highlight his Mormon religion, and those who oppose it, much more than the general electorate in order to sidetrack competition to their Obama favorite.

Once again that nasty Liberal media is responsible for the Republicans missteps. LOL

Alex

January 4th, 2012
1:53 pm

Maybe she should research her history…southern redneck crackers are more of a danger to socieities than mormoms or muslims.

Lance

January 4th, 2012
1:54 pm

At least Romney stuck with his faith (like he did with his wife). Gingrich can’t stick with his faiths or his wives.

LMAO

January 4th, 2012
1:54 pm

Why are ya’ll acting so surprised? There’s a whisper campaign about Mitt and his religion that has been going on for a number of years. Grow up some people are bigots and sadly there isn’t anything we can do about it. You people and your party are sad.

BTW @Southern Comfort fantastic artwork!

Alex

January 4th, 2012
1:54 pm

Mark above is perfect example….CRACKER

DJ Sniper

January 4th, 2012
1:54 pm

Sorry people, but a person’s faith has absolutely nothing to do with what kind of elected official they will be. I’m not a Romney fan at all, but I want him to win the Republican nomination just to piss off the right wing Evangelicals who think that only a “Christian” can be president.

Stuck in GA

January 4th, 2012
1:55 pm

This has gotta be the most backward state. It really is amazing – the leaders we send to the state capitol continually trip over themselves trying to prove that ignorance is bliss. Why can’t we have some leaders with common sense. Leaders who have a clue. I know they’re elected…ugh.

Mason

January 4th, 2012
1:55 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Jessica G.

January 4th, 2012
1:55 pm

Comments like that from a legislator make me ashamed to be from Georgia. If she ever picked up a Bible and read it, she would know that Judeo-Christian roots embraced a tradition of having multiple wives, which really had nothing to do with religion, but more with the culture. Considering she is a legislator, she should really try picking up these things we call books and educating herself. I hate the idea of such a narrow-minded, self-righteous, so-called Christian making laws that affect me.

DJ Sniper

January 4th, 2012
1:55 pm

Vote, can you please provide us with any shred of proof that Obama is a Muslim?

Denise

January 4th, 2012
1:56 pm

Please don’t misunderstand this statement because I love, love, love my country. But I can’t wait to get the heck out of Georgia. Talk about back woods thinking. Remember, Christians would lynch people after church and would bring their children along to watch. So when they talk about the “good ole’ days”…heads up.

Atlanta Native

January 4th, 2012
1:56 pm

Religious bigotry is alive and well in Georgia.
So what’s new?

Hezekiah Abdul

January 4th, 2012
1:56 pm

What a great example of someone who takes in everything they hear as gospel truth without investigating the facts. I am sure she declares that the only person she would vote for would be anti abortion–whether or not they can keep a budget, think with wisdom, or tell the truth. I don’t know how much Romney even adheres to his religion but the Mormons I know have more character than 90% of my fellow Southern Baptists. With this lady, I’ll be praying more!

Big Jim

January 4th, 2012
1:57 pm

Judy is a bigot . She probably would vote for a KKK candidate.

DW

January 4th, 2012
1:58 pm

Doesn’t the Old Testament tell stories about men with multiple wives? Are those stories invalid?

Mean Gene

January 4th, 2012
1:58 pm

And to think all these years I believed that this country respected andpromoted freedom of religion. I guess that is why I never have been chosen to run for public office. Thank goodness I do not live in representative Manning’s district. Those who elected her, deserve her.

DJ Sniper

January 4th, 2012
2:01 pm

GTPHISH, you speak nothing but the truth in your last post. The Christian Taliban won’t stop until everybody believes as they do. They are just as bad as the radical Muslims they profess to hate.

jawja

January 4th, 2012
2:01 pm

Is she saying the Dough boy doesn’t support plural marriage? I’d say 3 wives and probably multiple rent to owns would prove that he does.

Look before I leap...

January 4th, 2012
2:02 pm

I have many friends who are Mormons. We don’t see eye to eye on a lot of issues, but they tend to be respectful of my heretical views. The running joke with them is, I would rather have them knocking on my door than a Jehovah’s Witness because at least the Mormons will back off and not come back.

td

January 4th, 2012
2:02 pm

DW

January 4th, 2012
1:58 pm
Doesn’t the Old Testament tell stories about men with multiple wives? Are those stories invalid?

Yes it does and I still have not seen anyting to say it is wrong except women do not want to share.

David

January 4th, 2012
2:02 pm

I can hear the question in the general election, “Mr Romney, is it true that you follow Mormon beliefs which teach that you will one day – if you live your life good enough – you will become a god of another world?”

If he answers that question honestly, how many votes will that sway?

So lets see…
- Mormons believe in multiple Gods for other worlds, Christianity does not
- Mormons believe Jesus was created, Christianity does not
- Mormons believe in multiple heavens, Christianity does not
- Mormons believe everyone (regardless of religion) goes to one of the heavenly kingdoms, except those who leave the Mormon faith. They are cast into “outer darkness”.
- Mormons believe in baptism for the dead, Christianity does not.
- Mormons believe humans (of the Mormon faith) can become gods for other worlds, Christianity does not
- Mormons believe the god of earth was once a man who became god, Christianity does not
- Mormons believe god must have a wife in order to become a god, Christianity does not
- Mormons believe all humans existed prior to life on earth, Christianity does not
- Mormons believe Jesus and Lucifer are spirit-brothers, Christianity teaches that Jesus created Satan
- Mormons believe Jesus should not receive the same worship as God the Father, Christianity teaches Jesus should receive the same worship as the Father.
- Mormons teach that god curses certain individuals with dark skin, Christianity does not
- Mormons teach the Bible is incomplete for faith, Christianity teaches the Bible is reliable

There are many differences between Mormonism teaches and what Christianity teaches. And some of these beliefs will probably cause issues with even agnostic voters.

RedNeck Rick

January 4th, 2012
2:02 pm

A man of faith and values is already in the White House.

honest_abe

January 4th, 2012
2:03 pm

401 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
404.656.7868

480 Davis Carnes Lane
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.2890 – Home

feel free to reach out to her.

Cap Pistol

January 4th, 2012
2:03 pm

Judy prefers a serial adulterer to a cult-worshiper. Would someone ask Willard if he really believes the angel Macaroni spoke to Joey Smith and told him where to find the gold tablets? Does Willard also believe in the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny? Does Judy agree with Newt’s philosophy that a b.j. does not constitute “cheating”? All GOP candidates are looney. Or liars. Or both.