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DES MOINES, Iowa - Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee personally apologized to rival Mitt Romney previously about a disparaging remark Huckabee made about Romney's Mormon religion.
But Huckabee's Web site continues to host comments posted by supporters blasting the Mormon faith.
Some blog posts were littered with rhetoric about Mormonism.
"As evangelicals, we cannot stand for this Mormon garbage to get into office," wrote Chase Colasurdo. "They even believe Jesus and Satan were brothers. My vote is God's vote, Huckabee 08."
Huckabee himself raised the question of whether Mormons believed that Jesus and Satan were brothers in an interview with the New York Times magazine, but later apologized for using those words.
"I said, I would never try, ever to try to somehow pick out some point of your faith and make it an issue, and I wouldn't," Huckabee said at the time.
On Dec. 12, in response to such questions, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement: "Like other Christians, we believe Jesus is the divine Son of God. Satan is a fallen angel. As the Apostle Paul wrote, God is the Father of all. That means that all beings were created by God and are His spirit children. Christ, however, was the only begotten in the flesh, and we worship Him as the Son of God and the Savior of mankind."
Some of Huckabee's supports now are writing on his Web site that they don't think he should have said sorry.
"Finally," Suzanne Hultquist wrote in a blog post with four exclamation points. "Mike Huckabee has the courage to tell the world [who does not already know] what Mormons truly believe about Jesus. Thank you."
Another said someone should be bold enough to "completely expose the strange beliefs of the Mormon cult" on television so that the public would know it doesn't want a Mormon for president.
Huckabee spokeswoman Alice Stewart did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday afternoon.
Romney addressed various attacks on his religion on Tuesday while making visits to several supporters' homes near Des Moines, two days before the Iowa caucuses, the first official test of the presidential primary contests.
Despite his much-hyped speech in December trying to allay fears about his Mormon faith - a religion viewed as heretical or a cult by some evangelical groups - the attacks on Romney's religion have continued.
Voters in two early states have reported receiving anti-Mormon literature, and phone surveys recently raised critical questions about Mormons in Iowa and New Hampshire.
"There will always be some people for which [my religion is] the most important issue," Romney told a group of reporters.
"I think that's a small minority of the national population. But time will tell. I don't have a way of gauging that."
Poll after poll has shown a sizable number of Americans are wary of voting for a candidate who belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Romney, who would be the first Mormon president if elected, has attempted to assuage fears about his faith by citing "shared values" with other mainstream Christian faiths.
Romney offered stump speeches in the home visits on Tuesday, with every home packed to the brim with Iowans and reporters.
At the first home, the host asked Romney to sign a copy of conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt's book, A Mormon in the White House, while at the second, Romney addressed reporters in front of a bookshelf that featured an LDS Church version of the Bible.
Romney also criticized an anonymous anti-Mormon whisper campaign.
"There are others who ask religious questions and as you know there's been some effort on the part of some groups to try and stir up religious controversy, that's just not the American way," Romney said.
But, he added, "I don't think that will be successful in the final analysis."