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Video: Voter Confronts Romney by Quoting From Book of Mormon at Town Hall Event


There was an awkward moment at a Mitt Romney town hall this morning in Green Bay when a man started to list controversial quotes from the Book of Mormon.

It appears that one of Romney’s staffers looks like he’s trying to stop the man from continuing and then Romney says that he’s not here to have a conversation about religion.

The man's question to Romney was as follows:

Man: Okay, well, in the Mormon Book it says there was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan.

Romney: I'm sorry, we're just not going to have a discussion about religion in my view, but I can, if you have a question, I'd be happy to answer your question.

(inaudible from man)

Man: (difficult to hear) Do you believe it is a sin for a white man to marry and pro-create with a black woman?

Romney: No. Next question.

Watch the video from The Brody File iPhone below. The full quality video coming in a little bit.

Romney may not want to talk about his Mormon faith, but the problem is if he becomes the nominee, you can be sure Democrats will bring it up behind the scenes with reporters in a stealth-type way.

In addition, he’s going to have to be ready for stories about the potential for the first “Mormon President.” He may not want to talk about it but the media will and do their best to define the narrative with help from liberals.

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# RE: Video: Voter Confronts Romney By Quoting From Book Of Mormon At Town Hall Event

It is too bad that people don't actually take the time to check things out before they start spouting off. I did a word search of the Book of Mormon and there isn't one reference to the word "Canaan" People get stuff off of the internet and assume it is true. I am sorry that this fellow made such a fool of himself in front of so many people.
Left by rwc on Apr 02, 2012 3:04 PM

# RE: Video: Voter Confronts Romney By Quoting From Book Of Mormon At Town Hall Event

I tried to look up in the Book of Mormon where it says this and it is no where to be found. I would think Sir, that you would have looked it up too. Please provide the reference.

There are no African Americans or "blacks" mentioned in the Book of Mormon. Nor Canaan. The Book of Mormon is a story about a family in the Americas somewhere, thousands of years before any African Americans came here.

I would therefore think that those who say such things are very dishonest themselves and this would be easily pointed out. Any critics of Romney would be discredited themselves if they chose to follow this line of attack.

I myself am extremely critical of the evangelical movement's anti-Mormon bigotry and how it has marginalized evangelicals to insignificance politically if Romney fails to become President or as "back stabbers" if he does win.
Left by laughsalot420 on Apr 02, 2012 3:16 PM

# RE: Video: Voter Confronts Romney by Quoting From Book of Mormon at Town Hall Event

I'm not a Mormon but religion, as long as it isn't Islam is ok with me. We are electing a pastor but the president and if Romney gets the nomination, he's our man to beat Obama and he definitely will
Left by Marlin Covert on Apr 02, 2012 6:43 PM

# RE: Video: Voter Confronts Romney by Quoting From Book of Mormon at Town Hall Event

I consider the article and video a kind of a cheap shot. After the video shown came back Romney went on to describe his service in his church in a very articulate manner. That was left out.
Left by olblugill on Apr 02, 2012 7:58 PM

# RE: Video: Voter Confronts Romney by Quoting From Book of Mormon at Town Hall Event

Obviously, this question was to disrupt Romney and bring about divisiveness. Romney handled it very well. If the person asking the question had any regard for the GOP candidate, then he would have written or emailed the question regarding what is written in the Book of Mormon. I'm tired of disruptive people who just want their 5 seconds of fame. Let's not bring this kind of behavior too much attention, shall we.
Left by Betty on Apr 03, 2012 1:49 AM

# RE: Video: Voter Confronts Romney by Quoting From Book of Mormon at Town Hall Event

yes David I think thats true and I thank you for bringing it to us. This may well be an issue in the general election. And we should be aware of it.
Left by kelly on Apr 03, 2012 12:08 PM

# RE: Video: Voter Confronts Romney by Quoting From Book of Mormon at Town Hall Event

So why not also talk about how Romney DID discuss how he LIVED his religion, through years of unpaid service as a pastor to Mormons of all races in Boston, including Haitian immigrants and Cambodian refugees?

Besides, the accusation by the heckler was a "when did you stop beating your wife" question. The truth is there has NEVER been a Mormon doctrine forbidding "interracial marriage". I am a 62 year old Mormon, born in 1949 to a Japanese mother and a Swedish American father who met at a church meeting during the US Occupation of Japan. My dad was called as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I was born in Japan.

When I returned myself to serve as a missionary in Japan, several of my fellow missionaries were, like me, children of multi-racial Mormon marriages in Hawaii and California, such as Elders Hanamaikai, Kapolulu, and Wai. If you visit a Mormon congregation in Hawaii, you will find people representing all of Polynesia and Asia.
Left by coltakashi on Apr 03, 2012 2:20 PM

# RE: Video: Voter Confronts Romney by Quoting From Book of Mormon at Town Hall Event

The quote about blackness that the questioner wanted Romney to address is actually not found in the Book of Mormon. It's found in the Book of Moses. Joseph Smith went through parts of the Bible to provide what he thought/claimed was a better translation and understanding. In some instances, he simply created commentary that was an addition to the original text. Here is the actual language that the person wanted Romney to address:

Moses 7:8
"8 For behold, the Lord shall curse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth forever; and there was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people."
This language is similar to what can be found in parts of the Old Testament. It's the type of Biblical language churches in the southern States used to justify slavery. Mormon doctrine does not prohibit inter-racial marriage. Like most Americans until recently, Mormon culture discouraged inter-racial marriage
Left by johnwesley60 on Apr 03, 2012 3:03 PM

# RE: Video: Voter Confronts Romney by Quoting From Book of Mormon at Town Hall Event

This is what I have been saying all along. We need to find out what Mitt actually believes and how much influence will the prophet in Utah will have on the WH if Mitt is elected. Think about it before you vote.
Left by KellieC on Apr 03, 2012 6:16 PM

# RE: Video: Voter Confronts Romney by Quoting From Book of Mormon at Town Hall Event

"Mormon" membership in Africa is growing by 45% in a single year. There are temples in Ghana, Nigeria, Johannesburg, and ground breaking for a new one in the Congo. More sites are being reviewed for upcoming temples in Africa. A temple is built where there is significant membership and chapels in that region. There are black and white missionaries in Africa, Haiti, and in predominately black communities in the USA. There is a temple in Haiti and the church played a very significant role following the devastation of Haiti last year. Some of the children of Haiti who were in the last stages of adoption when the disaster struck were being adopted by "Mormon" families and their adoptions were rushed through so the black Haitian children could go quickly to their new "Mormon" families in the USA.

Church doctrine says that all people are the children of God and loved equally. I know a number of mixed marriages and their bi-racial children and they attend church with me.
Left by Bells on Apr 09, 2012 6:11 PM

# RE: Video: Voter Confronts Romney by Quoting From Book of Mormon at Town Hall Event

Responding to Kellie C.... you said we need to find out more about what Romney believes. He has answered many times but the media only prints the parts they want to print. As someone else posted above, in this case Romney went on to give a very good response on his beliefs. Is it printed here? No... the media does not want you to hear the whole response.

As for the prophet...oh, my goodness,...you have no idea how inappropriate it would be for Romney to take White House orders from the prophet. There are political leaders all over DC, including Congress, democrates and republican who are Latter-Day Saints. Nobody worries about them being influenced. Harry Reid is a "Mormon". So, how would you get influence on both sides of the fence? The two, Romney and Reid are opposites.

The same argument was made against Kennedy when he ran for office. Nope...I don't think the Pope told him what to do.
Left by Bells on Apr 09, 2012 6:24 PM

# RE: Video: Voter Confronts Romney by Quoting From Book of Mormon at Town Hall Event

To find out what Romney believes, why not go to www.mormon.org? Stop listening to people who have no idea what they are talking about.
Left by Bells on Apr 09, 2012 6:26 PM