You can rest assured that the liberals asking the questions during the GOP debate Tuesday night in New Hampshire will gleefully try their best to make more hay from the idiotic remarks delivered by the minister of the First Baptist Church in Dallas at the Values Voter Summit about the Mormon religion and Mitt Romney. Maybe he didn't know that Jon Huntsman is also a Mormon. The Democrats and their willing rubes, the media, are having a field day with another circular firing squad launched among the GOP hopefuls running for the presidential nomination.
While deliberately brushing aside stories of the sermons delivered by then candidate Barack Obama's minister Rev. Wright in his Chicago church of whom Obama declared to be his spiritual mentor, like an uncle to him, now they wish to jump on some ignorant and divisive statements from a minister in Dallas who introduced Rick Perry at the Value Voter Summit. This minister, by the way, said he is not anything more than an acquaintance of Perry's. Perry doesn't attend his church.
The minister said that those in the Mormon faith are a member of a cult, not a Christian religion. A theological cult.
Never the less, Perry is taking the heat for Rev Jeffress's remarks. Perry's strategy is to out-Christian the other candidates, to go after the evangelic protestant voter who was supporting Michele Bachmann before he entered the race. It's worked up until now.
As George W. Bush policy adviser Peter Wehner wrote this weekend, Jeffress is “embarrassingly unequipped for American politics.”
“As a minister, Jeffress is certainly free to express his views of Mormonism to his congregation and in a Sunday school class,” Wehner wrote. “But it’s the clumsy and destructive manner in which Jeffress has injected religion into politics which has caused the stir.”
Wehner reminded readers that Jeffress’s own standard is at odds with the founder of Protestantism, Martin Luther, who famously said he would rather be ruled by a competent Turk than an incompetent Christian.
While declaring he could never support Romney for not being a Christian, he then admits that he would support the man he considers a member of a cult over a president whom he concedes is a Christian.
Wehner then rightly concludes, “The Reverend Jeffress is making this up as he goes along.”
I guess Rev Jeffress would not have supported a Catholic for President either unless it was the only Republican choice? Many evangelical protestants believe that Catholicism isn't the way to Heaven, either. And certainly not Jews.
Huntsman's response to the Reverend?
... former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, another Mormon candidate in the race, called Jeffress a "moron."
This minister did more harm than good for Rick Perry as he struggles to get back to top spot in the GOP field. Religious bigotry has no place in politics. Ministers, as beneficiaries of tax-exempt organizations, should remain out of political discourse. Their job is to preach religious thought, not politics.
The President of the United States is president to all Americans, not just those of his or her religious faith.
And those in the media, the liberal Obama voters, are the last people to vote for a Mormon, a recent poll tells us. Karl Rove stated recently that when Mitt Romney's father ran for President there were no articles concerning his religion. Now we see a media enjoying pushing religious differences in the GOP, but certainly not among fellow Democrats.
A Gallup poll shows that of those questioned on being comfortable with voting for a Mormon, 68% GOP, 64% Independent, and 49% Democrat answered favorably. Projection, much, media?