Thursday, January 5, 2012

"A Vote for Satan"

I have been wondering when the anti-Mormon backlash would start. It's already under way. This comes from yesterday's Religion News Service:
The good news for Mitt Romney: he won the Iowa caucuses. The bad news for Romney: evangelicals remain reluctant to support him.
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A prominent Texas pastor (and Rick Perry supporter) has called Mormonism a non-Christian “cult.” A Florida pastor says a vote for Romney is “a vote for Satan.” The associate publisher of a leading evangelical magazine said a Romney presidency would “normalize the false teachings of Mormonism.” A former staffer for Newt Gingrich’s campaign said thousands of evangelical pastors stand ready to “expose the cult of Mormon."[link]
I have brought this up a couple of times in the last few months with a couple of liberal Democratic voters I know. They did not think it would make a big difference in either the primaries or the general election. But I recall listening to some talk radio--both of the conservative and the public-radio variety--back in '08, and Christians' comments about Mitt Romney's Mormonism were not pretty. They just can't trust a Mormon.

Source: Daniel Burke, "Mitt Romney's evangelical problem starts with theology," Religion News Service (January 4, 2012).

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