Mitt Romney Scheduled to Speak at LDS Church Conference at Arizona State University

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Remember Mitt Romney?

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee is listed as one of the keynote speakers for this weekend's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "Young Single Adult" (YSA) conference at Arizona State University.

You may recall that Romney's religion was a fairly big issue in that campaign, as the country's never had a Mormon president. Political-science professors from Notre Dame, BYU, and Akron later questioned whether Romney's candidacy was "doomed from the start" due to public perceptions of Mormons.

This weekend, he'll be one of several speakers at the Arizona "YSA Conference," something of a meeting of members of the YSA stakes around the Valley.

For those keeping track, the church's presence on ASU campuses has been growing. In 2007, the Tempe Institute of Religion, an LDS institute, opened right at the campus.

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The LDS "Institute of Religion" at ASU.


Construction started a few months ago on a new, 24,000-square-foot LDS facility on ASU's Polytechnic campus in Mesa.

And this weekend, this conference expects a few thousand young people at the Tempe campus. (You don't have to be a church member to attend, but the website says "LDS standards" still apply.)

Other speakers include ASU President Michael Crow and former ASU and NFL quarterback Danny White, among several others. According to the event website, Romney's wife, Ann, is speaking, too.

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lennygarbo
lennygarbo

Because American Indians are one of the lost tribes of Israel, who wiped out another lost tribe, and so God turned their skin dark as punishment, and young Joseph Smith, a dreamer who loved reading dime novels which involved fantastic stories about a great civilization which built the mounds common in the eastern U.S., just happened to be roaming about the woods one fine day when an angel appeared before him and gave him some golden (that's right, golden, not lead or granite, no sirree!)) tablets that only he could interpret, using magical divining stones. Yet another great "small-town boy makes it big in America" story. L. Ron ain't got nuthin' on Joseph. 

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

And that is just where he should be contained!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

HipTip -- that you're a Mormon ... and still single ... might be related.


Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Someone need to shoot spit wads at him while he talks. Lol.

Patrick Bohler
Patrick Bohler

Nah, he's an asshole, and deserving of all the hate.

Patrick Bohler
Patrick Bohler

Go back where you came from, Mitt. And don't come back!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Why?  Couldn't they get GW to paint pictures of his cows while on stage?  Palin showing pictures of her 3 grand kids all born out of wedlock?  A same sex marriage certificate from Utah?

Ryan David
Ryan David

Damn, just when I thought he had given up and gone away....

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

Strange how much hatred people still have for this guy. He lost the election. Time to let go of the hate. It is a toxic worthless emotion anyway.

Roberto Murphy
Roberto Murphy

Why can this IDIOT go far far far away no body gives a s..it of what u have to say...

Brandon Brian
Brandon Brian

Burn that fukin place down with him in the building

Craig O'Dell
Craig O'Dell

I just vomited a little. Blahhh, there it is again! What is it about this man that's so disgusting? Oh, yeah, it's Mittens Romney, the GOP's ex-darling.

logicman
logicman

I would guess $150k for this appearance?

Elba Villa
Elba Villa

Is he coming to Arizona to adopt a Hispanic kid now?

Lisa Kaiser
Lisa Kaiser

Yuck, to bad for us. romney should stay home and leave us alone. And what is a public university doing hosting a an LDS conference????? Oh right, the Ira Fulton bought out Michael Crowe with big donations to ASU. So now Crowe is a tool of the LDS.

Joe Ploskonka
Joe Ploskonka

Yeah it sucks that congress did that. I can't believe they are so incapable with money.

Jamie Burke Hodges
Jamie Burke Hodges

Better than coming in and saying this country is in debt...I'm going to fix it...then doubling the debt.

Joe Ploskonka
Joe Ploskonka

Is he going to teach people how to buy a company, bet on it to fail, then bankrupt it to make a profit?

G Paul Hudak
G Paul Hudak

At first I thought it said LSD Church. I was like, "Now that's a good idea for a church"

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

What's objectionable is having a religious facility on the campus of a public university. An all-faiths chapel is probably ok. But a sectarian edifice? Nonononono. That said, what the hell is Mittens up to?

logicman
logicman

I know, we were all hoping he would go the way of Joe Biden

logicman
logicman

you must be one of those "open minded" liberals

800poundsound
800poundsound

@eric.nelson745 The LDS owned the land before ASU expanded to wrap around that area. It would be one thing to sell state property for the center, but since they were there first, you'd run into a gigantic First Amendment issue if you tried to force them off of it. 

logicman
logicman

@yourproductsucks2 did I miss reading he did it for free?  I just figured it would be like an Al Gore appearance

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@800poundsound @eric.nelson745 Doesn't matter if they gave up/sold the land to ASU, it is NOW state land.  And it is therefore unconstitutional.


See "Eminent Domain" laws.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

you just wasted a perfectly good explanation on a fella incapable of understanding the first sentence.

800poundsound
800poundsound

@WhoKnows  They never gave up the land. They owned the land, ASU grew around it, and any dealing that the University would do with them in order to ease that relationship wouldn't violate the establishment clause because you're dealing with regular old real property interests. States sell public property to private interests all the time. Also, any taking, even by eminent domain, would require due process and a balancing of constitutional interests, and the ASU would be facing an uphill battle to prove that their interest in taking the LDS land would outweigh the interests of the University trying to build a single building in it's place. Eminent domain has the most force when used in cases where there is a large, publicly essential projects like highways or dams, and swapping out one university building for an established religious building probably wouldn't meet the burdens. Also, the University has been trying to figure out a way to get that land since the 60s, and even the full might of the law faculty hasn't been able to figure out how to do it.  

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