Report: Marco Rubio has Mormon roots

posted at 1:20 pm on February 23, 2012 by Tina Korbe

A pop quiz for you. Marco Rubio is: (A) Roman Catholic (B) Nondenominational (C) Mormon or (D) All of the Above. If you answered (D), you might be right.

According to a Buzzfeed exclusive, the Roman Catholic who attends a nondenominational church in Miami was baptized with his family into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when he was eight years old and remained active in the LDS church for several years after that. While he and his family ultimately returned to the Catholic Church in time for Rubio to make his First Communion at age 13, the freshman senator has never requested that his name be removed from the LDS rolls, his spokesman told Buzzfeed. That means he’s probably technically still considered an LDS member.

Buzzfeed portrays this as a potential drag on Rubio’s supposed race to the vice presidency:

The revelation adds a new dimension to Rubio’s already-nuanced religious history—and could complicate his political future at a time when many Republicans see him as the odds-on favorite for the 2012 vice presidential nod. Vice presidential candidates are traditionally chosen to provide ethnic and religious balance to a ticket. Mitt Romney’s Mormonism and Rubio’s Catholic faith would already mean the first two members of minority traditions on a Republican ticket in American history. Rubio’s Mormon roots could further complicate that calculation.

It’s difficult to say with certainty what effect — if any — this would have on Mitt Romney’s consideration of Marco Rubio as a potential vice president. Eight-year-olds might be right around the Catholic Church’s “age of reason,” but does what Rubio believed from the time he was eight to 12 matter as much as what he has believed as an adult? Hardly. I’d say it’s more confusing that Rubio claims Catholicism while attending a nondenominational church.

Meanwhile, the story calls to mind what the Media Research Center discovered some time ago: The media covers the religious views of Republican politicians in far greater detail than it ever covers the religious views of Democratic politicians. Then, after playing up those religious beliefs, the MSM accuses the Republican candidates themselves of making everything about religion. That’s certainly happened to Rick Santorum. No matter how much he wants to talk about the economy, interviewers always ask him about social issues — and frequently throw in a little something-something like this: “Your campaign has been defined by your positions on social issues.” OK … Defined by whom? Rick Santorum hasn’t defined his campaign like that.

Marco Rubio should touch lightly on this and move on. It’s just really not a big deal — except maybe in that his experiences as a member of LDS probably give him a perspective and understanding of Mormonism the rest of us lack. Yes, religious views shape political views and, yes, deeply religious people will witness to their faith when asked about it, but that doesn’t mean Mormon politicians or Catholic politicians don’t understand that the president of the United States is president of people of all different religious persuasions. If anything, minority-religious candidates understand best of all why religious liberty is so important and will be more apt to seek to protect it than those whose beliefs have never been threatened by law or — more commonly — by the MSM.


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Lanceman on February 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

And the pudding. Don’t forget the pudding.

Jorge Bonilla on February 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

was baptized with his family into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when he was eight years old and remained active in the LDS church for several years after that.

This is an interesting remark, regardless of what denomination, just how active is an eight year old? I used to go to work with my dad at that age, was I active in marine salvage? I guarantee you I put in more hours at it.

Cindy Munford on February 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I think all the TruCons washed their hands with Rubio after he failed to criticize Romney harshly enough. If anyone really finds issue with this non-revelation revelation, they are scum.

antisense on February 23, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Criticize him for what? For being a big ol’ mean, meany?

jan3 on February 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM

OMG He was a MORMON!!! Maybe everyone should be a Mormon for awhile. Rubio is a star in our party; VP ? Absolutely!

BobScuba on February 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

What color bike did he get when he was 9? If it isn’t black he’s clearly a racist.

Kriggly on February 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I had a gray bike with a banana seat and big handlebars – much like this. What does that say about me?! 8)

Logus on February 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

The Mormons are coming! The Mormons are coming!!

portlandon on February 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Nice, Paul Revere! As a Mormon that was funny!

g2825m on February 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Important?

Only if you’re a lefty who is trying to push the “Republicans will hate on Romney because he’s a Mormon” theme.

Spliff Menendez on February 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Who cares if Marco was/is Mormon. Why is this germane? He’s a terrific Conservative and would be great as Romney’s VP. Full stop.

Slainte on February 23, 2012 at 2:27 PM

So when is the Heaven’s Gate cult like suicide going to happen here at Hot Gas?

rubberneck on February 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

When Romney loses MI

Mitch Rapp on February 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Cindy Munford on February 23, 2012 at 2:21 PM

If you were running for office I couldn’t vote for you because I’m a liberal obsessed with marine salvage.

NotCoach on February 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Important?
Only if you’re a lefty who is trying to push the “Republicans will hate on Romney because he’s a Mormon” theme.

Spliff Menendez on February 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Exactly. And sad to say if you read some conservative threads out there (the ones chock full of Bible quotes), it’s easy to see how a lefty would get this hopefully mistaken impression.

rhombus on February 23, 2012 at 2:31 PM

ArkyDore and Lanceman, thank you for your replies.

Schadenfreude on February 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

NotCoach on February 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

LOL!!! If you ever met some of the folks I met, it is not an illegitimate concern, liberal or otherwise!!!

Cindy Munford on February 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Important?

It’s just as important as Rick Santorum’s personal views on contraception.

That is, not at all.

mankai on February 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM

As I noted in the headlines, the most scandalous part of this story is that young Rubio was into Donny & Marie. Surely this disqualifies him as a potential Prez candidate…

Buy Danish on February 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Explains the unreasonable assertion he made that Romney is conservative. Rubio does not stand out in my eyes as some stalwart conservative. So, does the fact that he is Mormon mean anything? Certainly cheapens his support of Romney.

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Right!

Because we all KNOW that Mormons LIE!!! /s

Gunlock Bill on February 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

His parents took him to a Mormon church from the age of 8 to 12 or so, and “he is Mormon”? What a bozo.

peski on February 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Wondering where I said he was a Mormon. Are you what you call me? Evidence argues, yes, in fact you are…

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

As I noted in the headlines, the most scandalous part of this story is that young Rubio was into Donny & Marie. Surely this disqualifies him as a potential Prez candidate…

Buy Danish on February 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I don’t know about Donnie, but when I was a kid, I was into Marie too.

:)

mankai on February 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Right!

Because we all KNOW that Mormons LIE!!! /s

Gunlock Bill on February 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I wonder where I ever said Mormon’s lie… Is that you projecting?

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

young Rubio was into Donny & Marie

OMG, Donny and Marie are Mormons, too!

Emperor Norton on February 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I don’t care if he’s a UT graduate, as long as he’s a Conservative. Unlike Romney.

kingsjester on February 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

This story helps establish my argument that even though there are many more news outlets than in the past… the MSM still controls what we talk about. We get to give our opinions… but they control the debate.

We’re not talking about the debt or tax policy… we’re discussing Santorum’s views on contraception, Newt’s marriages and whether or not a GOP Senator from Florida was ever in a Mormon temple.

They win.

mankai on February 23, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I wonder where I ever said Mormon’s lie… Is that you projecting?

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Really?

Explains the unreasonable assertion he made that Romney is conservative.

Right, because we all know that Mormons LIE!! /s

Get it?

Rubio does not stand out in my eyes as some stalwart conservative.

Of course not. He doesn’t meet your trade mark standards for being a conservative. Very few conservatives do.

So, does the fact that he is Mormon mean anything?

Of course it does. It means he is a liar because we all know that Mormons LIE!!!! /s

Certainly cheapens his support of Romney.

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Of course it does. It means he is a liar because we all know that Mormons LIE!!!! /s

Got it.

Gunlock Bill on February 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

mankai on February 23, 2012 at 2:51 PM

+ One Trillion

Cindy Munford on February 23, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I get so tired of everyone being grouped by race, religion, nationality, ideology, or whatever. Rubio should note he is himself promoting grouping with his rants on Republicans involving illegal immigration and Hispanics in general. Are we not all Americans and is not our Nation being destroyed by separate and concur community organizers.

aposematic on February 23, 2012 at 3:25 PM

The media covers the religious views of Republican politicians in far greater detail than it ever covers the religious views of Democratic politicians.

Um, Tina, this just is not true.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure Obama’s religion has been covered in great detail almost everywhere for the last 4 years. It’s constant on this site. Santorum has been talking about it. The Jeremiah Wright thing was and has been EVERYWHERE. You are just making things up. Maybe that is historically true or something, but to act like no one is digging into Obama’s religious past is willfully ignorant.

sob0728 on February 23, 2012 at 3:26 PM

95% of Mormoms vote for Romney.

They are voting for him because he is a Mormon.

to h#ll with the issues

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

95% of Mormons would vote to fire Harry Reid (and take away his federal pension too!) even though he is a Mormon.

to h#ll with your analysis

robm on February 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM

g2825m on February 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

OT: I hope that you’re being alert out there. I’ve been hearing about the book burning unrest. My brother is in Kabul as a civilian contractor and they’re locked down. He’s concerned about a transition soon from security contractors to locals.

Stay safe and watch each others’ 6 out there!

MJBrutus on February 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

MJBrutus on February 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Amen!!!!!!

Cindy Munford on February 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I’m more concerned that he claims to be a Catholic but attends a non denominational church…add that to the Mormon phase and I think you’ve got someone severly conflicted…could be a problem.

ironmarshal on February 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I wouldn’t call it Mormon roots, more like a Mormon period.

sandspur on February 23, 2012 at 3:53 PM

MJBrutus on February 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Amen!!!!!!

Cindy Munford on February 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Amen, too!!!!

sandspur on February 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

If this story is in any way news, then Barack Obama’s time as a Muslim when he was a child certainly is news.

Rational Thought on February 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Um, Tina, this just is not true.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure Obama’s religion has been covered in great detail almost everywhere for the last 4 years. It’s constant on this site. Santorum has been talking about it. The Jeremiah Wright thing was and has been EVERYWHERE. You are just making things up. Maybe that is historically true or something, but to act like no one is digging into Obama’s religious past is willfully ignorant.

sob0728 on February 23, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Barack Obama was raised as a Muslim in Indonesia. Find me one newspaper article that details that time in his life — and makes his Muslim religion the focus of the article. Just one.

Rational Thought on February 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

We’re not talking about the debt or tax policy… we’re discussing Santorum’s views on contraception, Newt’s marriages and whether or not a GOP Senator from Florida was ever in a Mormon temple.

They win.

mankai on February 23, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Shout it from the rooftops! Focus on the Constitution, the debt, tax policy and the economy!

Squirrel!

Crap! They win.

Fallon on February 23, 2012 at 4:05 PM

This is a non-issue. It is just people afraid of Marco Rubio preemptively bringing him down. But it seems they will fail.

ojfltx on February 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

mankai on February 23, 2012 at 2:51 PM

+ 100..Thread Winner!!..:)

Dire Straits on February 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Explains the unreasonable assertion he made that Romney is conservative. Rubio does not stand out in my eyes as some stalwart conservative. So, does the fact that he is Mormon mean anything? Certainly cheapens his support of Romney.

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Oh, for pity’s sake, let’s give it a rest already. Rubio can be an idiot without a religious motivation.

ebrown2 on February 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Personally I found his recent remarks about immigration linked in the headlines more interesting than this one. I agree this is a big nothing burger.

rose-of-sharon on February 23, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Rubio is an apostate. There will be a fatwa against him. Oh, wait …
he was a Mormon, not a Muslim. My mistake. Never mind.

hepcat on February 23, 2012 at 4:22 PM

His parents took him to a Mormon church from the age of 8 to 12 or so, and “he is Mormon”? What a bozo.

peski on February 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Wondering where I said he was a Mormon. Are you what you call me? Evidence argues, yes, in fact you are…

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Explains the unreasonable assertion he made that Romney is conservative. Rubio does not stand out in my eyes as some stalwart conservative. So, does the fact that he is Mormon mean anything? Certainly cheapens his support of Romney.

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Just reading your words. What was that about evidence?

peski on February 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

a mormom fatwa. they come over and make you eat homemade pie while they prosthletize. then build you a barn or something.

t8stlikchkn on February 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM

ted bundy was also, briefly, a mormon…. for the political advantage he thought it would garner him when he went to law school in utah.

mittens on February 23, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Oh well, there goes the bigoted evangelical vote.

John the Libertarian on February 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Explains the unreasonable assertion he made that Romney is conservative.

Right, because we all know that Mormons LIE!! /s

Get it?

That requires you to make a HUGE assumption in what i said. People of similar backgrounds do not need to lie to give unreasonable support for them. They just ignore internally those things that if it were anyone else they would would not. Lying to himself maybe, he probably actually imagines that Romney is conservative, like many people imagine that Rubio is some super conservative.

Rubio does not stand out in my eyes as some stalwart conservative.

Of course not. He doesn’t meet your trade mark standards for being a conservative. Very few conservatives do.

Yeah, few do, fortunately we only need a few, there are only 532 seats that need to be filled out of 300M Americans. he is pretty good, but he is certainly worthy of significant praise.

So, does the fact that he is Mormon mean anything?

Of course it does. It means he is a liar because we all know that Mormons LIE!!!! /s

Glad you argue it does mean something.

Certainly cheapens his support of Romney.

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Of course it does. It means he is a liar because we all know that Mormons LIE!!!! /s

Got it.

Gunlock Bill on February 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

/blockquote>
That requires you to make a HUGE assumption in what i said. People of similar backgrounds do not need to lie to give unreasonable support for them. They just ignore internally those things that if it were anyone else they would would not. Lying to himself maybe, he probably actually imagines that Romney is conservative, like many people imagine that Rubio is some super conservative.

GOT IT?

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Report: Marco Rubio has Mormon roots

So what?

Blaise on February 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Oh, for pity’s sake, let’s give it a rest already. Rubio can be an idiot without a religious motivation.

ebrown2 on February 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Oh for pity’s sake, lets give it a rest. I never said it was a religious motivation. I said it explains why he made a poor choice. I seriously doubt his religion played any role in it, just simply the fact that they have a similar background. Certainly shows who the religious bigots are here that so many jump to conclusions.

astonerii on February 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

That’s certainly happened to Rick Santorum. No matter how much he wants to talk about the economy, interviewers always ask him about social issues — and frequently throw in a little something-something like this: “Your campaign has been defined by your positions on social issues.” OK … Defined by whom? Rick Santorum hasn’t defined his campaign like that.

Sorry, Tina. I have to take exception with the above statement. It seems to me (my opinion as a fan of none of the remaining GOP candidates) that Santorum could avoid this issue, but he either can’t help himself or conciously chooses to engage interviewers on religous topics. He could say his beliefs are his own, between himself, his family, and his creator, and not for political consumption. Then he could refocus the questions back to his economic or foreign policy or whatever other views are for the political arena. Rinse-repeat at every subsequent religious question. But he can’t seem to do that. Everytime he is asked about it, he seems more than willing to engage interviewers in a theological or moral discussion. That is why he keeps getting asked these questions (much to the whining of his campaign apparently) while the other candidates don’t, and why he keeps getting painted with the religious zealot brush. He needs to quit getting suckered into these things, but he can’t seem to help himself. It gives the appearance that he wants to preach from the bully pulpit, rightly or wrongly… it’s the political optics of it… and that doesn’t sit well with a lot of people. I have other issues with Santorum on economics and such, but I would be more open to listening to what he has to say if he could just avoid walking into the MSM’s religious traps.

I’m certainly no Mitt Romney fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I have to give Romney credit for keeping his religion from being a campaign issue so far. He doesn’t bring up his religion, he doesn’t wear it on his sleeve, and when he is asked about it he deftly maneuvers the discussion away from it. And there is no doubt that his religion is far more controversial than Santorum’s Catholicism.

Sorry, Santorum can’t have it both ways… he can’t wear his religion on his sleeve and tell us all how immoral our nation has become, and then get all indignant that the press makes his religion a campaign issue.

gravityman on February 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

As for Rubio’s religious roots… or Mitt’s… or Gingrich’s… or whoever’s…

I could care less if they are Catholics, Buddhists, Taoists, or disciples of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, as long as they don’t use the bully pulpit to advance their religion (or give the impression they might… see: Santorum).

gravityman on February 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Who cares?

ladyingray on February 23, 2012 at 5:34 PM

If anything, minority-religious candidates understand best of all why religious liberty is so important and will be more apt to seek to protect it

A decent argument for Islamic, Jewish, perhaps even atheist candidates–but one that might be prone to ecological fallacy. Especially given our minority president’s respect for individual rights.

Free Constitution on February 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM

So when is the Heaven’s Gate cult like suicide going to happen here at Hot Gas?

rubberneck on February 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

When Romney loses MI

Mitch Rapp on February 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

I laughed so hard when I read this. First for the main quote which was witty and then for the response’s handle. How ya doing Mitch Rapp? :)
btw: i’d like romney to split. he can win arizona but lose michigan. arizona does have that great pastel camp up on its border with Utah and Jim Jeffords as its hero. i’m feeling sorry for arizona. its borders are surrounded by strange! california fruits and nuts, mexico fast and furious, new mexico’s 1950s UFO landing site and now Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceport, Utah/Arizona pastel. Its kitty corner to saul alinsky colorado. I think Arizona needs to go to the UN and apply for nationstate, declare itself the Switzerland of Northamerica, and be the 1st of the union to leave. Obama’s gunning for it anyways.

athenadelphi on February 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Romney/Rubio/Reid for world takeover. Maybe beck as press sec.

hanzblinx on February 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Don’t forget Donny Osmond, Steve Young, Gladys Knight, and Oprah.

(Just kidding on that last one!)

sidemeat on February 23, 2012 at 6:22 PM

95% of Mormoms vote for Romney.

They are voting for him because he is a Mormon.

to h#ll with the issues

liberal4life on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

In my Ward (yes I am Mormon) I know of several members who will not vote for Romney. My own brother (leans liberal) in CA will not vote for Romney. Where you get this 95% statistic is beyond me.

DuctTapeMyBrain on February 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I believe there was an exit poll in Nevada showing a 95% voting rate for Romney. Obviously, those numbers may not hold true in other places.

tom on February 23, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Rubio has Mormon roots………should I care?

Vanilla Salt on February 23, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Rubio has Mormon roots………should I care?

Vanilla Salt on February 23, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Partly. When you rank a candidate’s viewpoints, you’d like several scales. One is how close the candidate’s viewpoint is to your own on the topics you consider important. Another would be how closely the candidate’s viewpoint is to their professed religious belief.

Rubio as a Mormon? You use the Mormon yardstick.
Rubio as a Catholic? You use the Catholic yardstick.
Rubio as a cafeteria Christian? Well, use the cafeteria Christian yardstick — whatever that is.

Check out what his co-religionists believe. If he is running on a platform significantly different, there’s something odious going on.

It’s what we did, and everyone else didn’t do, for Barack Obama. Had they truly vetted his religious beliefs, as viewed through the lens of the good Reverend Wright, they might have made a different decision than they ultimately made.

After a few Beer Summits, we now understand that Wright’s sermons “took” with respect to Obama’s base beliefs. His lip service as a non-racist is just that.

Look at Nancy Pelosi — can anyone recognize any hint of Catholicism? I don’t. I’ve checked my Bible and my Catechism repeatedly, and I don’t see it. It’s odious when someone claims to be knowledgeable about her faith and takes its teachings of individual works being part of a person’s salvation, and turns that into Caesar’s works becoming part of their salvation….

unclesmrgol on February 23, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Gosh, this story is so idiotic on so many different levels. First, Rush quoted this story today, saying…”Some say we cannot have 2 Mormons..” Some means Rush, and speaking of idiotic.

As for Hot Air comparing the media hitting on the fascination of Rubio’s Mormon experience compared to Rick Santorum. There is no comparison here. Rick has made an issue of his religion. One, he claims Obama is not a Christian, two, he states other Protestant religions are not Christians, three, his makes an issue of contraception based on religion. Marco Rubio didn’t go around saying, I am Mormon…..

Bottom line, let’s just face it, the Republican Party and especially the Anti-Mitt crowd are against anyone who is not a White Holy Rolling Extremist.

mark cantu on February 23, 2012 at 8:20 PM

As I noted in the headlines, the most scandalous part of this story is that young Rubio was into Donny & Marie. Surely this disqualifies him as a potential Prez candidate…

Buy Danish on February 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Never cared much for Donny, although Marie is a babe. Liking Marie shows good taste.

Gladtobehere on February 23, 2012 at 8:20 PM

In other news – the middle east is ablaze, Greece and Europe are in the throes of collapse, O’bama doesn’t understand economics, the constitution, math and geography. BUT THIS IS WHAT HOT AIR SPENDS TIME ON. LET”S GO MITT!!!

Fuquay Steve on February 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

A cubano-americano mormon cultist?

He’s definitely checked all the boxes.

CorporatePiggy on February 23, 2012 at 8:55 PM

BUT THIS IS WHAT HOT AIR SPENDS TIME ON. LET”S GO MITT!!!

Fuquay Steve on February 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I believe that only liberals are unable to walk and chew gum at the same time.

unclesmrgol on February 23, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Gosh, this story is so idiotic on so many different levels. First, Rush quoted this story today, saying…”Some say we cannot have 2 Mormons..” Some means Rush, and speaking of idiotic.

As for Hot Air comparing the media hitting on the fascination of Rubio’s Mormon experience compared to Rick Santorum. There is no comparison here. Rick has made an issue of his religion. One, he claims Obama is not a Christian, two, he states other Protestant religions are not Christians, three, his makes an issue of contraception based on religion. Marco Rubio didn’t go around saying, I am Mormon…..

Bottom line, let’s just face it, the Republican Party and especially the Anti-Mitt crowd are against anyone who is not a White Holy Rolling Extremist.

mark cantu on February 23, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Golly gee, I’m a Christmas, Easter, watch on tv in the summers reruns of the mass on EWTN catholic when I feel the need so I’m NOT a holy rolling extremist. Let’s just put that one to bed. I like Santorum and what he’s saying. I like Newtonian and what he’s saying. I don’t like Mittens because he’s not saying ANYTHING. There’s a vacuum there, an emptiness that a VP slot could fill – like a square peg in a square hole. Who knew Rubio was a mormon? NOT ME. This is news to me and now…….with the more I’m learning about how he’s still on the active list of LDS and he goes to not a catholic church but a non-denominational church, I’d like Rubio to tell us WHY he’s not going to a catholic church if he’s catholic? Even though I go Christmas and Easter its to a Catholic church. Rubio calls himself a catholic. So do I. Yes Rubio doesn’t go to a catholic church. THIS is a PROBLEM for RUBIO. And if Mittens picks him for VP, it becomes a wtf moment for catholics who would vote for santorum but now are being asked to vote for mittens + a quasi-catholic? I think we need a verdict from the bishop of Florida or better yet, take it out of Florida and politics down there and get a letter from Italy – Can Rubio be catholic if he’s not going to catholic church even though he’s taken communion? Has he done the next step? Confirmation? Was he married in a catholic church. Are his kids being raised catholic? These are all matters of the catholic church oversight on what makes on catholic. Is he catholic in his heart? Has he left the catholic church for a reason and gone non-denominational for a reason? I’d like to hear that reason. IN TOTAL.

athenadelphi on February 23, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Only Tina Korbe would portray Santorum’s constant references to his faith as a media manipulation.

contrarytopopularbelief on February 23, 2012 at 9:58 PM

My empahsis below:

Bottom line, let’s just face it, the Republican Party and especially the Anti-Mitt crowd are against anyone who is not a White Holy Rolling Extremist.

mark cantu on February 23, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Generalize much?

I’m against Romney because he’s a fake, a Massachusetts Liberal (like Kerry and Dukakis) pretending to be a moderate while running for POTUS, see The Romney Scorecard: RINO.

I also personally despise Romney because of his very convient flips on abortion whenever he runs for political office, see, for example, The Conversion: How Mitt Romney became pro-life.

Anyone who supports Romney for POTUS has to ignore his record: his previous pandering public statements, blatantly opportunistic policy changes, lack of public support (only elected to political office once), and Romneycare.

Note: I am pro-Newt; more or less neutral on Santorum; and anti-Romney for the reasons I’ve given above. In the general election, I’ll be ABO (Anybody But Obama).

Gladtobehere on February 23, 2012 at 10:23 PM

As an adult he is a practicing Catholic. So why is what he did as a child news space worthy? It must be a slow news day…

mubando on February 23, 2012 at 10:24 PM

“The media covers the religious views of Republican politicians in far greater detail than it ever covers the religious views of Democratic politicians. Then, after playing up those religious beliefs, the MSM accuses the Republican candidates themselves of making everything about religion…”

That’s the issue, right there.

Except that most of us on the Right have been citing that issue for years now, to no avail — the Leftmedia rejoices in silence about their affiliates’ religion or, mostly, lack thereof. It’s some sort of badge of honor among the Left to be “unreligious” or associated with certain practices that are contrary to Jewish Orthodoxy or Christianity, and certainly a stumbling block issue for Leftmedia to even discuss religious theology.

BUT, it’s a hot topic for Leftmedia to run ongoing “exposes” on Republican political figures and the Right in general as to theological associations, beliefs, practices, all of which continue to be targets for attack by the Left as to the Right, however irreverently and/or ineptly they do such attacks.

Sum it all up: if you’re not Muslim, Pagan, a wicca, a satanist, a member of the Church of Bob or the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the Left doesn’t like your beliefs and will work feverishly to let you know they don’t.

Lourdes on February 23, 2012 at 11:46 PM

I’d say it’s more confusing that Rubio claims Catholicism while attending a nondenominational church.

I agree with that, also, on a theological basis. But at least he’s attending church. I wonder why he’s not attending a Catholic Church, though.

Lourdes on February 23, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Rubio’s Catholic faith

Marco Rubio is a bigoted theocrat and part of the POPISH PLOT!!!!111!11

Rubio’s Mormon roots

It is bigoted to focus on a candidates personal religious beliefs!!11!111

/Mittwits

steebo77 on February 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Didn’t Palin make it a public tale (or one of her promoters such as yourself) that she was at some point in her life a Catholic, yet she’s “left” the Church and now is “nondenominational” for some unrevealed reason? Why her departure?

Just asking.

Lourdes on February 23, 2012 at 11:51 PM

…if Rubio attends a non-demoninational church, then he is not a Catholic, no matter where he made his First Communion or what religion he claims to be.

Shump on February 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

He was confirmed as Catholic, he can return to the Church with certain decisions and practices involved. Anyone can, and is welcome to, if ever departed.

Lourdes on February 23, 2012 at 11:54 PM

The media covers the religious views of Republican politicians in far greater detail than it ever covers the religious views of Democratic politicians.

Partly because Repubs tend to be more religious?

davidk on February 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

And the Democratic Party continues to run with a platform that insults Christian theology and any Christians who are genuine in those beliefs.

The Left, socially and economically (and emotionally) also ridicules anyone who is Christian, who takes their beliefs seriously and tries to live by them. Try praying in public and watch the shock and awe on the faces around you while in a Left-dominated locale. Or talk about your beliefs and reasons for them in any business in a Left-populated industry.

Lourdes on February 23, 2012 at 11:58 PM

“If anything, minority-religious candidates understand best of all why religious liberty is so important and will be more apt to seek to protect it than those whose beliefs have never been threatened by law or — more commonly — by the MSM.”

Is there any evidence that representatives with minority religions are less likely to belong to the partly that routinely attacks Christian values and creates impediments to Christian customs?

And what if members of some religious minority such as Muslims become over-represented in politics? Will you still count on their special understanding of religious liberty then?

Even if politically active members of minority religions should put a higher value on religious liberty for all, including Christians, they don’t.

David Blue on February 24, 2012 at 2:27 AM

I’d say it’s more confusing that Rubio claims Catholicism while attending a nondenominational church.

I agree with that, also, on a theological basis. But at least he’s attending church. I wonder why he’s not attending a Catholic Church, though.

Lourdes on February 23, 2012 at 11:47 PM

It is my understanding that Rubio goes to Mass every week and that his wife and children go to the nondenominational church. I assume his family goes every week.

Rubio also goes with them besides going to Mass. I don’t know if he does that every week or often or sometimes.

Rubio and his wife have contributed alot of money to the nondenom church.

Rubio makes it a point to say he is still Catholic. Until that changes, I will take him at his word. While it is confusing, this new revelation makes the 2 church thing a little more understandable to me. Because it is very unusual.

Elisa on February 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Elisa on February 24, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Marco Rubio should touch lightly on this and move on. It’s just really not a big deal — except maybe in that his experiences as a member of LDS probably give him a perspective and understanding of Mormonism the rest of us lack. Yes, religious views shape political views and, yes, deeply religious people will witness to their faith when asked about it, but that doesn’t mean Mormon politicians or Catholic politicians don’t understand that the president of the United States is president of people of all different religious persuasions. If anything, minority-religious candidates understand best of all why religious liberty is so important and will be more apt to seek to protect it than those whose beliefs have never been threatened by law or — more commonly — by the MSM.

Tina Korbe on Feb 23, 2012 1:20 PM

I don’t think people realize that we are talking about the Judge of the universe and we need to worship the right Creator. There is only One God and He gave us the 2nd Commandment which says you shall have no other gods before me for a reason (Exodus 20:3). I mean, think: A Mormon god is different from the God of the Bible and so is the jesus of Mormonism so when an LDS President cries “god bless America” in a time of war you’ll have a nation that won’t even know which god they’re praying too. Absolute confusion for a nation of over 300 million people and a complete violation of the 2nd Commandment.

apocalypse on February 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Yes, religious views shape political views and, yes, deeply religious people will witness to their faith when asked about it, but that doesn’t mean Mormon politicians or Catholic politicians don’t understand that the president of the United States is president of people of all different religious persuasions. If anything, minority-religious candidates understand best of all why religious liberty is so important and will be more apt to seek to protect it than those whose beliefs have never been threatened by law or — more commonly — by the MSM.

Tina Korbe on Feb 23, 2012 1:20 PM

It’s not about his belonging to whatever religion. Would be that he had a true faith and adheared to it. He is in violation (sin) by deliberately attending regular services at a church other than his Catholic faith. It is scandal and needs to be remedied at risk to his soul. If he believes in what he hears, at that non-denominational church (a euphamism) he must follow his conscience and join it.

His serious violation of his Church’s doctrine raises serious questions about his character.

Don L on February 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM

apocalypse on February 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM

“Need”?

Nothing like a little conservative authoritarianism. Hey, remember that free will thing we say that god granted you? Yeah, forget about that.

Kooks.

Dante on February 24, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Only Tina Korbe would portray Santorum’s constant references to his faith as a media manipulation.

contrarytopopularbelief on February 23, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Only people afraid of Christians who actually practice their religion would portray Santorum’s references to his faith as “constant” – and that’s even when we give them the (unwarranted) leeway of allowing his RESPONSE to the media asking him ABOUT his religion to count in that regard when you run the tallies, which is of course, ridiculous.

CanofSand on February 25, 2012 at 12:03 AM

apocalypse on February 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM

“Need”? Nothing like a little conservative authoritarianism. Hey, remember that free will thing we say that god granted you? Yeah, forget about that. Kooks.

Dante on February 24, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Spoken like a true false god worshipper

apocalypse on February 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

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