Last October, Rev. Robert Jeffress, a Baptist megachurch pastor and supporter of then-presidential candidate Rick Perry, launched a media firestorm of reaction and criticism when he belittled Mitt Romney's presidential bid by referring to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – to which Romney belongs – as a non-Christian cult.
On Sunday, Rev. Jeffress officially endorsed Mitt Romney for president because President Barack Obama "opposes Biblical principles."Jeffress said also that he was never opposed to people voting for Mitt Romney, just his Mormonism which he remains opposed to. I'll take that. We are guaranteed religious freedom in this country, and he is entitled to his opinions and beliefs just as I am entitled to mine. I still hate the word entitled - it is all to often misused in our political discourse. But as we actually do have the right of freedom of religion so it is safe to say we are entitled to it under the Constitution.
I, like all other Mormons, maintain that we are Christians. We believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. The first and third articles of faith in the LDS Church are:
1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
Back to the politics. Politico has essentially the same story about Jeffress, combined with results of a poll showing that evangelicals would overwhelmingly support Romney over Obama. This is my favorite part:
Taken together, the two raise a question that doesn't get asked much: what if Romney's faith hardly matters at all? While it's naive to think it won't have any effect, it's not like there is a wide body of evidence that proves significant bias against Mormon candidates. And it's becoming clear through polling -- and from the statements of evangelicals like Jeffress -- that resistance to Obama on the right is so strong that it's probably enough to overcome any marginal reservations about Romney's LDS faith.Panic on the left! Their ridiculous stories trying to drum up fear of Mormons and their religious beliefs aren't working! Mormon's family values and good characters are resonating too much!