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Georgia State Rep: ‘I’m Afraid’ Of Romney’s Mormon Faith, But ‘It’s Better Than A Muslim’

6 January 2012 General 69 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
State Rep. Judy Manning (R-GA)

State Rep. Judy Manning (R-GA)

By Zaid Jilani

One obstacle that Mitt Romney may face as he asks for the support of Republican primary voters is bigotry against the Mormon faith.

Marietta Daily Journal story published yesterday demonstrates the bigotry that Romney may have to overcome. The Journal quotes Republican state Rep. Judy Manning saying that she’s scared of Romney’s Mormon faith. But at least he’s “better than a Muslim”:

“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.”

Manning’s criticism of Romney’s faith and her attack on Islam as an even more inferior religion — in addition to other comments she has made against LGBT rights — demonstrates an important point. Progressives and others who oppose bigotry and preach tolerance must denounce discrimination of every kind, not just because all discrimination is wrong, but because validating discrimination against one group can lead to increased discrimination against other groups in the future. (HT: @GregFrayser)Original post: Georgia State Rep: ‘I’m Afraid’ Of Romney’s Mormon Faith, But ‘It’s Better Than A Muslim’


  1. eyeroll.

  2. OMG!!!! America 2012!!? Sounds more like 1912 or 1812!!!!!

  3. wow,,,,, thats stupid?

  4. Good grief

  5. Wow… REALLY? A person’s faith shouldn’t have ANY bearing on how they govern in the first place, but in the second place, she proved herself a bigot not once, but twice!

  6. That is unacceptable coming from anyone but especially a person that is supposed to represent all people, no matter their faith, color, etc. He should be fired for what he said!

  7. interesting history about Romney…his grandfather immigrated from Mexico during the revolution where the family had gone to avoid federal laws on bigamy.

  8. Wow indeed

  9. Stupid chick. Nothing wrong w/Mormons or Muslims. It’s so wrong when people blame Muslims for the 9/11 terrorist attack; it isn’t true Muslims who are terrorists, it’s those who use Muslim as their reason; just like most Christians are NOT like those wretched extremists who protest at military funerals.

  10. I can’t believe people like this represent my state.

  11. To compound am sure she is referring to Obama for double ignorance points.

  12. “I don’t like Mormons….but…” I love those types of excuses.

  13. What a scarey pea-brain! She is beyond being small-minded and self-righteous. Pathetic…

  14. geesh…

  15. I’m not afraid of his religion as much as his untreated psychosis

  16. How open-minded.

  17. What on earth?

  18. if malcmom x still alive he will show u wats mean of real justice

  19. Not very Christian of her

  20. I wonder if she really knows anything about Islam? It’s clear that she based her judgment on assumptions and preconceived ideas..who would trust someone like that?

  21. Rep. Judy Manning is the type of “Christian” that worries me!

  22. in 2002 Gallup did a poll asking how many Americans knew anything about Islam; 52% said no. Poll was repeated in 2008; 58% said no. Given this lack of willingness to learn what else can we expect?

  23. My take on Romney: he’s got 99 problems, but his Mormonism ain’t one.

  24. WOW, JUST WOW. well, at least they aren’t hiding their feelings

  25. Wow, what a decision America may have to make: Should it put muslim-follower Obama (at least that’s what the Tea Party says) in office, or choose a Mormon? However, its okay to put pathological-liar Santorum in office. America is so heading in the right direction.

  26. Do your true homework!

  27. When religion enters politics, at any level, brains go out the window.

  28. I’m impressed with all these intelligent comments….I am sure the reflect the

  29. Ugh

  30. REALLY…I am so glad she does not represent any of those who commented on this post….

  31. Well in that case Islam is okay since we don’t have any adds to reassure people like her we are normal! however her problem is the one man one woman! (she should instead check the number of one man one man who have already gotten married in Christian places of worship). Well going back to her statement, she is against polygamy. I guess she should also state her disapproval of any candidate who might have something going on the side if those happened to be married! or are those exempt because they do not have any religious marriage contract? What a hypocritical view!

  32. SMH…./”’….

  33. This kind of makes me disgusted to be a Manning – hope I’m not in any way related to her..

  34. I am once again sorry that so many lives were lost in a horrifying civil war just to keep these racist/feeble minded southern states in the union. Can they have another chance at secession? Would anybody fight to keep them this time? Can’t we just let them go back to the 17th century?

  35. I just don’t know what to say. Shameful. Coexist!

  36. I still dont understand why it matters.

  37. Does she consider herself a Christian? The Muslim faith did not attack us anymore than Christians invaded Iraq or Afghanistan. Dumb and ignorant.

  38. Republican stupidity at it’s best (or worst)!

  39. Sometimes, I really fear for this country’s future…

  40. Tolerance….use it.

  41. .. another Bug-Wit !!

  42. freedom of religions does not include islam,we have to tell you what you should believe in ok.this is how it works

  43. U.S. Constitution, Article 6, Paragraph 3. When will these yahoos read their constitution?

  44. Get over it. 90% of America feels this way. Deal with it.

  45. Which is scarier yet…to think that 90% of Americans feel this way…to think that there are people like THIS scares me a whole lot!

  46. This is the stuff that breeds hate. And war.

  47. @ Abe Campbell: Wish I could like your comment more than once!!!!

  48. When you get elected to office south of the mason-Dixon line do they suck out part of your brains?

  49. This is not just a southern thang, y’all. There’s ignorance everywhere. I’ve met rednecks from up east and out west… so don’t stereotype.

  50. The point of this arrogant ignorance is that for once, it is pointed at the repub party itself. When one lives from ignorance, eventually it gets pointed at those within your own circle and this is why the GOP will self-destruct… and why respect for each other will always overcome the ignorant.

  51. what a dumb and stupid bigot!

  52. Someone really needs to ask her to explain precisely what she is afraid of. No one ever asks these lamebrains the obvious follow-up questions.

  53. wow

  54. May all of you who comment on this post accept Islam. The truth. The truth is always persecuted, its been like this since Moses, and Solomon, and Jesus. Muhammad is the last Messenger/Prophet of God. I swear by God (Walahi). This is how the truth is treated.

  55. id rather have anyone then a muslim in the white house but unforutunalty there is already one in there……….damn black man

  56. Disgusting and very UN Christian.

  57. I am afraid of ignorance. I bet Judy says she is christian too…NOT!!

  58. What a wonderful Group of human beings Republicans are. I mean really-what an ignorant statement this was. Why don’t they just bust out the Bed sheets and Burning crosses already. I mean we are back to that point evidently already. I am just so sick and tired of the hate and ignorance and that these fools think its okay.

  59. i think we should throw her a party when she finally comes out from under her rock

  60. The Mormons are in a similar position as the Amadi – they have accepted another prophet beyond Jesus, and many Christians think they are heretics.

    No need to be afraid though. I doubt Romney would try to impose Mormon law – no divorce, no Coca Cola – on the rest of us.

    Progressives spit on Chritianity regularly. They never think it is bigotry if it is done by progressives.

  61. I don’t think progressive “spit” on REAL Christianity. Many of them follow the teachings of Christ, which is my understanding of what Christianity should mean. The folks that “progressives” & many others have a problem with are the ones who CALL themselves Christians but do not follow ANY of Christ’s teachings like don’t judge love your brother, help the poor etc. They actually are more into the extreme things from the old testament, many of which Christ said were NOT the way to be.

  62. will you people just snapp out of it. Afraid of Muslims, afraid of Mormons, affraid of Catholics? I am afraid of you. Get REAL you all.

  63. It shows that she is twice ignorant! I wonder what she thinks of Judaism, Hinduism, etc.

  64. Okay, so I’m a Mormon. About 5 years ago a group of us from BYU were in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul comparing our religion with some French Muslims. Funny how many similarities there were. It was a really sweet and spiritual moment to be God’s children in a beautiful place of worship sharing with our brothers and sisters what we believe.

  65. The progressives I know don’t like it that many Christians are against abortion and gay marriage. They also underestimate what Christians do for the poor, etc. Many of them have stereotyped thinking which is quite as bad as stereotyped thinking by any other group.

    They want Christians to slide into a moral position that says everything is just as good as every other thing, and many of them won’t do that.

  66. Ayman, I’m sure he hates those too.

  67. I am a Christian, and I want to respond to Salim who brought up the number of homosexuals being married in Christian churches. Any church that allows the marriage of same sex individuals is not a Christian church. They may call themselves Christian but it would be the same as if I called myself a Muslim that did not believe in Mohammad as a prophet. Then when you confront me on the Issue I simply call you a close minded bigot who is not open to new ideas. A person can say anything but that does not make it so. Some of these congregations used to be Christian but they have been influenced and led down paths not supported by biblical teachings. I admit that Christianity has a range of beliefs as does Islam but same sex marriage is simply being pushed by activists who have taken the mantle of Christianity and perverted it to their own use.

  68. These nut jobs should start thinking before they make Islamophobic remarks

  69. :/

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