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:

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
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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