Ralph Reed: ‘There’s bigotry against Mormons. It’s on left.’

TAMPA — Ralph Reed, who has most definitely re-established himself as part of the GOP elite, dropped by earlier this week to talk about – among other things – religion and Mitt Romney.

The Republican presidential nominee will tonight take his Mormon faith front and center. Tonight’s invocation will be given by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

A longtime friend, who shared leadership roles in the Mormon church with Romney, will testify on his behalf.

Both Reed and I were struck by the fact that, for the first time in U.S. history, the presidential ticket of a major party will lack a Protestant. But Reed, who now heads up the Faith and Freedom Coalition, went deeper:

”What’s even more interesting is that you’re at a Republican convention that was founded specifically as a Northern, Protestant, anti-slavery party. Lincoln was critical to getting the Germans. That is why he got the nomination. A Republican couldn’t win without Pennsylvania in 1860.

“So if you look at it, this Northern Protestant party has become an evangelical party – but it’s an evangelical party where a Catholic cardinal [gave] the opening prayer, without a Protestant on the ticket, and a Mormon and a Catholic will probably get a larger raw number of evangelical votes than George W. Bush did in ’04.

“In fact, that’s not probable. That’s definite.”

Reed posited that most of the nation’s anti-Mormon prejudice doesn’t come from the right:

’What is more disturbing to me is that 41 percent of self-identified liberals in a recent Gallup poll said they wouldn’t vote for a Mormon. There is bigotry against Mormons. It’s on the left.”

Not that Southern Baptists have changed their mind, Reed said. But politically, they don’t matter as much:

”Remember, if you’ve got a grandma sitting in the third row of an independent Baptist , white sideboard church who can’t bring herself to vote for a Mormon because she believes it’s a heresy, she’s more than likely in north Georgia, upstate South Carolina or eastern Tennessee.

“And we don’t need her. But when you talk about the suburbs of Orlando, or the exurbs of Cincinnati, that’s not their deal. It’s not an issue.”

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My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy was with the Georgia delegation when Attorney General Sam Olens took the stage:

The scene on the floor during early evening speeches is one of delegates milling about, conversing, taking photos, looking for someone famous and generally paying about half attention to what’s going on at the podium.

But Georgia’s delegates rose to their feet when one of the Peach State’s own, Attorney General Sam Olens, approached the podium with his Florida counterpart, Pam Bondi. Then, most of them sat back down. The joint speech wasn’t much of a rouser – it focused on their efforts to repeal Obamacare and other examples in their mind of federal overreach – but the Georgians lustily joined in a call-and-response portion of the speech and pronounced themselves pleased and proud afterward.

“I was excited that somebody from Georgia is on that stage,” said state party chair Sue Everhart. “I thought all his remarks were really good. I’ve known Sam Olens since the ‘90s when he ran the first time for [Cobb County] commissioner. He was a great commissioner and just like tonight he always rose to the top, like cream, and tonight he made a wonderful speech.”

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said he did not consider the setting too overwhelming, as the Tampa Bay Times Forum was not much bigger than the arenas where Georgia state GOP conventions are held. But Kemp said speaking when the crowd isn’t hanging on your every word is a talent.

“One of the things you have to learn is just to be focused,” Kemp said. “It’s like that all the time. … You’re probably speaking more to the press than our audience to make sure that our message is out there and I think that’s what they were doing tonight.”

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Also from the AJC’s Daniel Malloy:

Grovetown state Rep. Lee Anderson, the all-but-certain Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Augusta, arrived Wednesday in Tampa and was a popular fellow on the convention floor – posing for photos with delegates and glad-handing with bigwigs like former Gov. Sonny Perdue.

According to Anderson, it was all about consolidating the state’s Republicans behind him in the state’s most watched fall congressional contest. Anderson leads a runoff with Augusta businessman Rick Allen, who has vowed a long-shot recount once the result is certified.

“We’re just seeing the Republican family,” Anderson said. “We’ve had the most important race [in] the state of Georgia and we need the family behind us, and that’s why we’re here. We’ve got great support from all over the state. I’m talking to all them, some great senators, we are putting a plan together to beat John Barrow and also send Obama home too.”

It was a contrast with Barrow, who is distancing himself from the president and is not attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week. Anderson also voiced his support for vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan – Wednesday night’s speaker and a figure Democrats plan to wield against Republicans, particularly for his plan to eventually make Medicare into a voucher system. Ryan and Mitt Romney are striking back forcefully, accusing Obama of raiding Medicare in his health care law, and Ryan gave a well-received speech Wednesday night.

On the Ryan Medicare plan, Anderson said: “We have to look at all the proposals but what they are looking at will be a large amount of our change in our medical area, and I support it.”

On Ryan’s budget as a whole, he said: “You know, we can’t change it overnight. And it’s going to hurt. … But we’re going to bounce back and we’re going to be stronger than ever.”

Anderson, who has sometimes struggled in debate and forum settings, declined to debate Allen during the runoff. Asked whether he would debate Barrow, he replied: “We’ll be looking at situations where maybe we could possibly have some debates, yeah.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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237 comments Add your comment

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
10:35 am

so the klan{gop} complains about bigotry…priceless

ByteMe

August 30th, 2012
10:40 am

’What is more disturbing to me is that 41 percent of self-identified liberals in a recent Gallup poll said they wouldn’t vote for a Mormon. There is bigotry against Mormons. It’s on the left

If by “liberals” he means anyone who is not a Republican, yes, that’s what the poll said. That included self-identified independents… the kind Republicans need to win elections.

18% of people won’t do vote for a Mormon president. That number hasn’t changed in years.

What’s interesting about the poll is that there’s only ONE Mormon they could be talking about, so I’m guessing people are confusing the one person that 41% won’t ever vote for with the 41% that wouldn’t vote for a generic Mormon… for example, someone like Jon Huntsmann.

worthington

August 30th, 2012
10:40 am

he’s so precious- a little, angel pocket jesus.

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
10:41 am

HARRY REID is a MORMON…maybe they wont vote for an incompetent draft dodging MORMON

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
10:42 am

Mormonism is just another racist religion

Marlboro Man

August 30th, 2012
10:47 am

Ralph Reed is a crook.

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
10:50 am

religion has been used to discriminate against people…when this country was the most religious it was also under JIM CROW…if religion was so good why did conservative christians use JIM CROW to keep blacks down? why didnt their JESUS open their eyes to see they were wrong to discriminate against blacks?…thank god we have more freedom now AND LESS RELIGION

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
10:51 am

ralph reed is just a monmey grubbing crook using religion for hate

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

August 30th, 2012
10:51 am

Mormonism was institutionalized sex perversion until a couple generations ago. Their putting forward its “damaged goods,” a transparently obvious worm, a spineless draft-dodging, hypocritical, lying Mammon-worshipper is just the false culture resulting from having sex perverts’ kids for grandparents.

The “Republican Party” in 1860 was a front for the Roman Catholic Church, just as it is today. For Ralph Reed to be pimping it tells us something about his grandparents too, even if they weren’t “Mormons.”

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
10:53 am

Ralph Reed……SATAN’s INCARNATE, says Its OK to call President Obama A Muslim, a non christian, A terrorist sympathizer and many other racist hateful names.

But How DARE any of you discuss the Religion of a MAN who wants to be President of These United STATES. This same Man Mitt “The Proud ONE” Romney belongs to and is an established ELDER in a pretty much unknown FAITH to the majority of the American People.

A Faith that even Mr.Romney himself refuse to discuss,share or even talk about. Ralph Reed in his own selfish and cynical statements would have ALL of US to believe his words, in which his whose own DISHONESTY and INTEGRITY has been called in to question in the recent PAST. Ralph Reed like Karen Handel is another opinion that has been championed by Jim and the AJC as one to look up too and take seriously.

Ralph Go SELL CRAZY someplace ELSE, we have SEEN your LIES Before! this time we need some questions answered.

Like does MITT really believe in Baptizing the DEAD? and exactly how does Mormonism differ from traditional Christianity. If this Man wants to be placed in the highest office of the Land. Then as Americans we deserve the MORAL RIGHT to inquire about any issue about a religion that even RALPH himself knows very little about. My question is why ALL of the secrecy. If it is a Faith that MITT truly believes in and honor. Most Christians would scream to ROOFTOP of their FAITH in Christianity…..LOUDLY and with Unwavering sharing!

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
10:55 am

during vietnam MITTENS went to FRANCE to spread his propaganda instead of fighting for the country he says he love…now hes a tough talking patriot…lol

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

August 30th, 2012
11:09 am

FYI on “connecting the dots”: Jefferson made importation of slaves illegal. Rome was “Big Slavery,” “the Wall Street of slavery” for over 2,000 years, so the controlling families of Rome – descended of caesars and popes living on the same hills in the same castles for two and three thousand years, known in Europe as “the Black Aristocracy” – knew they had a big problem.

As Our Founders’ generations passed away, just as Republican fascists promote illegal immigration to pay lower wages and weaken the Working/Middle Class now, and recently; Quakers, and others focussed on money then, promoted cheap immigrant labor, and the Roman Catholic Church, in cahoots with Ireland’s Protestant Ascendancy, fabricated the Potato Famine (Viz. “Trinity,” Leon Uris) by selling all the crops to mainland Europe and England to starve out the peasants, pushing them to America, along with poor German and Italian Roman Catholics, as a counterbalance to the universally Protestant young U.S.A.

Rome then created the “Whig Party” in the 1820’s-30’s claiming Freemasons were stealing America and to try to thwart Andrew Jackson, an opponent of the papacy’s Rothschild-branch money manipulation JFK ended with EO11,110, which got him killed by Vatican banker Rockefeller-fronts Nixon and GHWBush using the Roman Catholic CIA and FBI.

When the America People got wise they “shape shifted” and, with their “grassroots” developed in the “Union League,” became the “Republican Party.” Using abolition as their “propaganda” to “divide and conquer” the anti-Roman Catholic, Jeffersonian South, with their Irish, Italian, and German Roman Catholic cannon fodder, in victory they nailed their symbol, the Fasces, to the front wall of the U.S. House and now Roman Catholics control Congress, the Supreme Court and Washington, D.C. with the knowing complicity of the Khazarite Talmudic Zionists who’ve been the Roman shark’s “suckerfish” since tens of thousands were crucified for twice denying Caesar was G-d Almighty.

They all know what they’re doing, and so does Ralph Reed in his transparently obvious service to Satan.

Mild Mannered Moderate

August 30th, 2012
11:13 am

Prejudice is so wrong! My very rightwing Republican uncle from Indiana has a lawn jockey in his front yard but he is ok with Romney. He still believes Obama is a secret Muslim and thinks Donaltrump should run in 2016. Then my liberal friend keeps insulting Ann Romney by say she was in the car with shamus the dog when Governor Romney roofed him. I asked him to prove it and he sent me some stupid link about a family vacation.

Whatever. She must have been using the bathroom at the time. Ann Romney is nice. She would NEVER do that!

I think Ralph Reed is right. Te left are more prejudiced than the right against Mormons. Another lie…i know for a fact Mormons allow exceptions to rape, incest and murder in abortion but my friend says he tried to stop a woman from getting an abortion whilst Governor that she needed to save her life. That’s just stupid, because Mormons allow you to have an abortion when the mother’s life is at risk!

Why are both sides do meanie?

DJ Sniper

August 30th, 2012
11:13 am

Most people I know who are on the liberal end of the specturm don’t give a rat’s arse about Romney’s religion. They have plenty of other reasons not to vote for him. On the flipside, I can guarantee you that there are conservative voters who have reservations about Romney due to the fact that he’s not a “true” Christian.

td

August 30th, 2012
11:18 am

You leftest are on the attack this morning with your mean spirited and vile remarks about Paul Ryan, Dr. Rice and the rest of the speakers last night. This is the best news I have seen today. The more angry and vile you are means the more the conservatives are winning the argument and the closer to the day that your messiah and chief leaves office.

GaBlue

August 30th, 2012
11:18 am

And why should I give rat’s fuzzy what that slimy little crook says? Anyone who gives RR any cred must also be a slimy little crook, or PRO-slimy little crooks. Just sayin’.

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
11:19 am

Mitt Romney is not a true American Patriot. A True patriot would not abandon the Country they love and cherish in a time of Battle and go and live on another foreign soil. A true Patriot would stay and fight…Even Die, if it means standing UP for the principles of a land that MILLIONS have sacrificed and died to uphold.

Mitt has none of these long held principles inside of HIM. When America needed MITT. Mitt bailed on America. This is not a opinion, but a verifiable FACT! How can we as Americans really put our trust and Faith in ONE, who has less Faith in a Nation as we DO?

If you could only hear the weeping of the spirit of America. SHe called out to Mitt. Mitt responded with…”AU REVOIR America, I will see you when its over in VietNAM!”

Now Mitt returns to America and wants to be her most Cherished LEADER and TOP Defender? How can this BE? what would you think George Washington, Paul Revere, Abbott, Brigadier General -Henry Livermore (KIA), The Buffalo soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen, Pat Tillman (KIA Afghanistan) , and the 1,203,640 millions who did not want to fight but was given No choice other than for America.

How is MITT so much BETTER than these TRUE patriots and Heroes of America that gave their ALL?

Are we in such FEAR of decline that MITT has ALL of the Answers and is the TOTAL answer to ALL of America’s financial woes.

America was HERE before MITT and will STAND LONG after MITT!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

August 30th, 2012
11:20 am

Mormons believe they “control G-d,” which is why Mitt (obviously a satanic zombie) doesn’t want to talk about his “religion.” lol

Dirty Dawg

August 30th, 2012
11:22 am

Can you imagine how much Ralphie must have ‘ratted out’ Jack Abramoff (sp?) to keep himself out of jail? I mean just think how terrified Reed must have been, and still is, of the thought of having to spend anytime in ‘lockup’…talk about being everybody’s B###-Boy.

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
11:24 am

td

youre on here everyday ranting and raving about OBAMA…so its you who must be woirried especially after EDDIE MUNSTER and the lying CONDI spoke last night…

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
11:26 am

MITTENS THE MESSIAH iss here to save AMNERICA…priceless… the MESSIAH and EDDIE MUNSTER is the answer to our problems

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

August 30th, 2012
11:27 am

Condi Rice, from her property records a known lesbian, and an accomplice to 9/11: Bush’a and Cheney’s abomination against G-d and treason against the United States of America.

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
11:29 am

MITTENS THE MESSIAH and his little vp sidekick EDDIE MUNSTER will save AMERICA …lol

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
11:30 am

CONDOLEEZA the lying lesbian got a standing ovation last night..i thoughnt the gop hated gays

Bernie

August 30th, 2012
11:31 am

td @ 11:18 am – Today’s republicans are the children and grand children of JIM CROW! one the meanest and most Hateful group of Americans that have inhabited this land since the arrival of the filled and over capacity of HUMAN CARGO of the GOOD SHIP JESUS!

Their Anger is even more displayed in the many Lies that are spewed everyday across this Land. Todays Republicans have systematically reversed the many RIGHTS of Minorities, Women and Immigrants of this GREAT NATION in the past (3) three Years ALONE. Rights that were hard fought and WON with pain,tears and YES even BLOODSHED!

We will not allow YOU or THEM to take America back to a time of RACIAL and HUMAN STRIFE. No matter how loud or often you whine about taking YOUR country BACK!

America Belong to ALL of US…..Not just to the Republican & Tea Party and their many supporters. WE TOO have a VOICE,,,,and in November YOU will HEAR IT!
LOUD & CLEAR!

worthington

August 30th, 2012
11:35 am

condi was out shopping for shoes on 911.

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
11:35 am

how insecure must you be if you need the president to tell you that youre exceptional?

Debbie Dooley

August 30th, 2012
11:37 am

Ralph Reed makes my skin crawl. I definitely need a shower after spending any time with him.

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
11:38 am

@worthington

did she get any for her girlfriend?

wendy

August 30th, 2012
11:42 am

where’s the beef? where’s gw?

Trolls Bane

August 30th, 2012
11:45 am

A good true Christian would not vote for someone who adheres to a know heresy …

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
11:46 am

@wendy

why trot out a lying loser like DUBYA,,,,he just reminds peopole how utterly incompetent the gop is…thousands of soldiers dead and crippled for their lies

cc

August 30th, 2012
11:46 am

td:

Yep, the retards are in full panic-mode this morning! We know when they go on the attack that they feel very threatened.

Kinda makes you feel good all over, doesn’t it?

You ain’t seen nothing yet! Just wait until the election returns are in on the November elections! President Romney will have his hands full just comforting the poor, poor, pitiful losing dims!

shav

August 30th, 2012
11:49 am

yes some people were laid off by Romneys companies, but ultimately he created way more jobs than he laid off which = a net gain in jobs. Obama didn’t create 1 single job in his entire personal life.
So whats so hard to figure out about who the better job creater is?

yuzeyurbrane

August 30th, 2012
11:49 am

It’s nice to hear Ralph Reed’s thoughts on bigotry with his unblemished record on that subject. If only he had warned Nevada voters before they reelected Harry Reid. I guess this means that Obama will lose Utah.

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
11:49 am

@cc

thought you wewre gone ,MITT THE MESSIAH and his vp sidekick EDDIE MUNSTER musta got u nervous…lol

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
11:51 am

@shav

is that why MASSUCHUSSETS was 47th in job creation when MITT THE MESSIAH was guvna

shav

August 30th, 2012
11:51 am

@liberlefty

so Obama does not have troops’ blood on his hands either? Can you post us the numbers of lives lost under both presidents as to educate all of us this morning?

shav

August 30th, 2012
11:52 am

MASS had less than 5% unemployment. WOW! what a nightmare!

shav

August 30th, 2012
11:53 am

@liberlefty

so you never answered – you are saying Obama the better job creator? really?

yuzeyurbrane

August 30th, 2012
11:54 am

td, me thinks you protesteth too much. Could it be that you fear that most of the country is not getting excited by the Republican theatrical event? You know, The Weather Channel had higher ratings.

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
11:54 am

@shav

they were still 47th in job creation…

shav

August 30th, 2012
11:55 am

I want to vote for whoever will create jobs, so just educate me and give me facts on who you think I should vote for and why?

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
11:55 am

yuzeybrane

the weather channel is more exciting than that klan rally

Mild Mannered Moderate

August 30th, 2012
11:55 am

Cc, you are soooo right. When you make up nick names and tell lies it DOES prove that you are afraid! Why can’t the left see that all of their mean name calling and insisting that Romney give up his tax returns are wrong? The birth certificate is different . Its in the constitution that he has to have it.

No, when you tell lies you area loser. When you call other people names you are a MEAN loser. All of these personal attacks. I have seen td attack people but you don’t. Good job!

Take it down a scooch. Stay civil and we in the middle will make our decision based on who plays the most fair.

Play nice or we will take your toys away.

liberalefty

August 30th, 2012
11:56 am

@shave

OBAMA has added jobs each month, unlike DUBYA who lost 4 miullion jobs

shav

August 30th, 2012
11:56 am

i dont care what “place” that comes in, what matters is that less than 5% were putting food on their own tables…
what was the difference in unemployment between the top job creating state and MASS?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

August 30th, 2012
11:57 am

Buckhead Betties whose “husbands” put Romney signs in their front yards should not be surprised when they come to discover their “men” in the arms of another “man,” for no man would support pansy fascist draft-dodging scum like Mitt Romney.

Debbie

August 30th, 2012
11:58 am

Bigotry? I was a Republican for 35years. I am now an Independent. I am a Christian. I believe Romney has the right to run for President as a Mormon, Jew, Muslim, etc. However, with that said that does not mean that I have to believe in his faith. I personally do not believe Mormons are Christians. Jesus is central to their beliefs alongside Smith. There are numerous issues within standard Christian doctrins/scripture that seem to me to show Mormons as decieved people. I think Mormons are very nice and have high standards but they are decieved and are not Christians. I think God loves them and I pray they are guided to the Truth. Because you don’t believe Mormons are not Christian does not make you a bigot, zealot, or partisan. It just means you don’t believe in their faith.

wendy

August 30th, 2012
11:59 am

romneybot torqued his magic undies to awesome level for this eve’s spewl.