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Manning Apologizes to Mormons

The Cobb County state legislator denies that Mitt Romney's Mormon faith affects her presidential preference.

State Rep. Judy Manning apologized Thursday for her comments this week about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion.

“I have made a terrible mistake with my reckless words,” the Marietta Republican, whose district runs into Kennesaw and West Cobb, wrote on her Facebook page.

Those “reckless words” appeared in Wednesday’s Marietta Daily Journal in response to .

“I think Mitt Romney is a nice man, but I’m afraid of his Mormon faith. It’s better than a Muslim,” said Manning, a supporter of Newt Gingrich’s.

That comment popped out in a lengthy article about Cobb County lawmakers’ thoughts on the Republican presidential race. It came amid continuing questions over whether Romney’s religion will block his presidential hopes.

Was Rep. Judy Manning wrong to talk about Mitt Romney's religion? Tell us in the comments below.

A national survey conducted by Poll Position in December and reported Tuesday found that 36 percent of Americans said they would not vote for a Mormon.

Romney during an appearance in Charleston, SC, on Thursday, St. Andrews Patch reported.

In her Facebook post, Manning said reporter Jon Gillooly “manipulated my comparison using verbal judo and made my choice for a Republican Presidential candidate appear to be motivated by religion. NOT SO!”

She promised to vote for the Republican nominee against President Barack Obama in November and apologized to Romney and Mormons.

She did not, however, apologize to Muslims.

And her Facebook statement came too late to avoid a flood of online responses:

Jim Loomis January 07, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Better to keep silent and let people think you're a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.
Jim Loomis January 07, 2012 at 04:38 AM
What nonsense! And what a waste of time! Certainly not a waste of brain power. Precious little of that on display here!
J. Brown January 07, 2012 at 05:57 AM
President Ronald Reagan's administration was full of members of the LDS Church. Three served on his personal White House staff - David Fischer, Gregory Newell, and Stephen M. Studdert (Special Assistant to President Reagan). Ted Bell served as Secretary of Education, Angela Buchanan was Treasurer. Rex Lee was Solicitor General. His White House included Roger Porter, Brent Scowcroft, Richard Beal, Blake Parish, Jon Huntsman Jr., Dodie Borup and Rocky Kuonen, and there were many other Latter-day Saints throughout his Administration. President Thomas S. Monson served on a Presidential Commission on Volunteerism. Others were ambassadors. LDS senators and representatives were held in special regard, and the Tabernacle Choir was his special inaugural guest. I wonder how President Reagan would feel about Republicans who don’t want to support Romney because he is a Mormon. How do these anti Mormons justify their opposition to Romney’s Mormonism when the most respected Republican in decades seemed to have no problem at all with Mormons.
Joe Bozeman January 07, 2012 at 08:29 AM
FlaCracker, don't worry , I won't drink the Kool Aid. I am a supporter of Romney. I have never voted for a Democrate and never plan on voting for one. Every time I have been around Judy Manning, I needed a stiff drink of bourbon, not Kool Aid.
Mara Miller January 07, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Mara Miller I'm from Michigan, but have lived in Georgia for 33 years. George Romney, Mitt's father, was our Governor during the 1960's and was very well liked and held in high regard as I remember it. His belief in Mormonism was not an issue as I recall. Even though I personally do not embrace Mormonism, the Mormons I know are fine people and good neighbors.
Randy Smyrna realist January 07, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Mormons are great people from my personal experience. They were persecuted more tgan any other group in the US. Unfortunately their religion is so funny. They all wear magic underwear . They believe Jusus Christ was American Indian with multiple wives, children etc........Romneys grandfather was a polygamist who left the US for Me ico to practice his lifestyle. I believe the media is silent about all of it to make sure Romney gets the nomination and then Jon Stuart and the rest of them will go to town with it for a couple of months to ensure Obamas second term.
Tom Barksdale January 07, 2012 at 02:14 PM
What in the world has this got to do with Mitt Romney? By this logic, every Georgia white person with deep family roots in the state is unfit for public office because their ancestors rebelled against the USG, supported slavery, and/or supported 100 years of sgregation and discrimination against blacks. What a pathetic comment.
Tom Barksdale January 07, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Is that the same Bible that was used to justify slavery and segregation and, in fact, to establish the Southern Baptist Convention as a religious instrument to maintain slavery forever?
Pam J January 07, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Let's remember that the Osmonds are Mormon and they are nice people. The only things I really know about the Mormons (which I learned because of the Osmonds) is that they don't drink caffeine, so no coffee or soft drinks in the White House, and they are running neck to neck with the Jehovah's Witnesses on who can knock on more doors. The bottom line here is that Judy Manning can have her opinion. She should not be criticized for having an opinion.
Tom Barksdale January 07, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Are you kidding? People should not be criticized for having an opinion? What planet--er, galaxy--have you just arrived from? Go tell Republicans they can't criticize Democrats for their opinions. Or vice versa.
Pam J January 07, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I'm from the planet of nice people :). Maybe what I should have said is she should not be criticized for her beliefs. Like, if you like snakes, I am not going to say you are wrong. Your belief, your right.
Joe Bozeman January 07, 2012 at 03:48 PM
This entire thing has gone off the wall. I think I will divorce myself from reading anymore of these absolutely stupid rants that have no revelrance to Romneys ability to be President.
john A January 07, 2012 at 03:58 PM
She is a good example of Georgia's REPUBLICAN base. They blame Obama for every negative that has happen to this state. They vote for these sit in office and say no congressmen and compliant about where are the jobs. What the hell are you paying your reps for? As for the Mormon comment, I am an Independant and I prefer Obama,but if it does come down to a Repulican winning I hope it's Mitt. Georgia's bible toting evengilicals and other church bigots need to examine their lives. they need help bad. Only in Georgia we have the most uneducated fools.
john A January 07, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I just found out that eighty percent of the students accepted at UGA have parents that are not from this state. This tells me a lot about the true Georgian. Most of them are bible bigots. They use their faith to hide their bigotry. This Manning chick is a good example
Mrs Lyon January 07, 2012 at 06:08 PM
When you truely respect yourself you can respect others. Mutual respect does not mean you have to agree; it does, however, remove the defensiveness and citical judgements. The dissing and judgements, as posted here, is very immature and disrespectful. It is no wonder the country is in the shape it is in.
Shawn Cannon January 07, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I hope the irony of this comment does not always escape you.
Shawn Cannon January 07, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Not an issue of free speech. It's an issue of what is appropriate protocol for a government official who represents those she/he casts aspersions on.
Gary Herber January 07, 2012 at 08:51 PM
How sad. Mormons are Christians, as are Presbyterians. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all trace their origin to Abraham. Jews, Christians and Muslims are ALL brothers of Abraham. When Rep. Manning disrespects Islam she disrespects her own faith.
Gary Herber January 07, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Joe, Could you do me a favor and spell 'democrat' correctly? I noticed you've done this twice in the thread. Otherwise I might get the idea that you are doing it on purpose to be disrespectful of those here and others, the Democratic party, that you don't agree with. Best regards,
Cody Leon Anderson January 07, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Thanks for recognizing us as "good people"....many people in there criticizing rampages against us they seem to forget that little fact about us. ;) As it is definitely your rightful opinion to think of our theology as funny, may I clear up some misconceptions you have about our doctrine. 1) We find calling them "magic underwear" as disrespectful (for we find them most sacred to us)...and I guess you would call the garments that Adam and Eve, Aaron and the Levites wore as funny as well? 2) We believe the history of Jesus that is found in the KJV of the bible, that he was born a Jew from the house of David and was born in Bethlehem. Jesus being married is a fascinating topic and many theologians and bible scholars are at much debate whether Jesus was in fact married during His mortal ministry. In my opinion and through my research, I feel there is much viable evidence to conclude He was, in fact, married. But that is my opinion, the Church hasn't come out with it's stance on the matter. 3) Many of our ancestors were polygamist....your point? To humor you, let's take the stance that polygamy was a horrible thing.....in what instance in American History has a candidate been judged and weighed for the actions of his grandfather? It's not even like we're talking about his own dad. Anyways, I do agree with you that men like Jon Stuart will have a fun time making fun of us.....but hey, we are used to it. Interesting though, do you ever see Mormon's making fun of others? I doubt it.
Stephen Buck January 08, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Why do these Conservatives continue to look for ghost and fail to realize many of the problems faced by America were caused by Conservative Protestants? To wit: Southern Baptist endorsed slavery before, after and during the Civil War. Can anyone forget the numbers of blacks lynched by persons in the south who thought they were defending America? Come to think of it can anyone name a true Evangelical believing President who has saved America from destruction? J. Carter? When will the people of the south rid themselves of the curse of biased preachers, who often fall far short of the righteousness they require of others?
Joe Bozeman January 08, 2012 at 07:52 AM
Gary, I am sorry I spelled Democrat incorrectly. I ment no disrespect to anyone, unlike most of the posts concerning this article. Please accept my apology.
Gary Herber January 08, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Joe, Explanation and apology accepted, And I would agree that there are more than a few posters, from both ends of the spectrum, who appear to have forgotten their manners. Best regards,
Joe Bozeman January 09, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Thank you, Gary.
Gerald Smith January 09, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Let's use your logic. Chances are you and Ms Manning are both Southern Baptists. The Southern Baptist Convention broke away from American Baptists over slavery. Later, they promoted the KKK and Jim Crow laws. So, since your ancestors in Georgia were all slave owners and racist, you are obviously pro-slavery and racist, and therefore should never be allowed to run for president. BTW, polygamy ended in 1890 for Mormons. SBC still supported Jim Crow laws in 1960s. Now, we can either deal with modern Baptist and Mormon belief, or we can sit here showing just how terrible each religion used to be.... And I guarantee you that slavery and the KKK is more terrible than polygamy or escaping Pancho Villa's bands of marauders.
Gerald Smith January 09, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Sally, you really need to learn more before you speak. Mormons use the KJV. Please do not call it an abomination. We also have the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Christ. To call it an abomination would be inferring that Christ is also an abomination. Try reading the book first, before you pass judgment on it. Otherwise you are guilty of breaking one of the Ten Commandments, "thou shalt not bear false witness". You cannot bear witness to something you have not read or known, without bearing falsely to it. Someone else below noted that we only accept the Bible as it is translated correctly. This is true, however we often interpret the Bible more literally than our evangelical counterparts! While we do not believe in Martin Luther's sola scriptura, we do believe the Bible to be the word of God, and use it constantly. I blogged on the Old and New Testaments over the last 2 years in fact, at www.joelsmonastery.blogspot.com
Mrs Lyon January 09, 2012 at 07:47 PM
**smile**
Gerald Smith January 09, 2012 at 07:49 PM
And I fully agree with this. There are good and bad people in every one of the Abrahamic religions. There are good and bad teachings in every sect of Islam, Christianity (including Mormonism) and Judaism. As I read Genesis, I note that God made great promises to Ishmael and Isaac. God also made great promises to Christians. But as John the Baptist noted to the Pharisees who claimed Abraham as their father, "God can raise up children of Abraham from these rocks!" IOW, claiming to be a Christian and BEING a Christian are two different things. And we all fall short of the example Christ set. That being the case, perhaps each of us in our own sects should consider a lot more humility and a little less judgment of others' beliefs (Matthew 7:1). There is, after all, a beam in my own eye....
Terry Lenahan January 12, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Judy Manning is a JOKE. Everyone should work to see that she is never elected to any public office again. She really crossed the line with her ignorant diatribe...disgusting!! Terry
Mrs Lyon January 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Because we all know that everyone else in the world is absolutely perfect at every given moment, right?

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