The Anti-Mormon Card Gets Played

The Mormon issue is back with a vengeance in the Republican race for president. Will Mitt Romney’s faith weigh on him as he tries to cement himself as the frontrunner after activists’ serial flirtations with conservative non-Mitt alternative candidates?

It all started with some inflammatory remarks by a Texas pastor, a supporter of that state’s governor, Rick Perry, at the Value Voter summit of evangelical conservatives in Washington on Friday afternoon. Rev. Robert Jeffress said that he did not believe Romney is a Christian, and told reporters that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) is “a cult.”

“Every true, born again follower of Christ ought to embrace a Christian over a non-Christian,” Jeffress said. Perry campaign spokesmen said that the governor does not believe Mormonism is a cult, but refused to criticize Jeffress and did not address the question of whether members of the Church are Christians.


On Sunday, two Romney rivals who target religious conservatives in their campaigns pointedly declined to welcome Romney into the Christian fold.

“I’m not running for theologian-in-chief,” former pizza executive Herman Cain said on CNN. “He’s a Mormon. That much I know. I am not going to do an analysis of Mormonism versus Christianity for the sake of getting into that.”

A candidate’s religion “is a valid concern,” Cain said, apparently unfamiliar with the part of the Constitution that prohibits a religious test for office, “but I don’t think necessarily it should be a big campaign issue.”

On CBS Face the Nation, Cain again refused to answer the Christian question: “I believe that they believe they are Christians.”
My emphasis. Wow.

Well, it could be worse for Romney. He could be a Kenyan Muslim, right? Oh wait...

In other Mitt Romney-bashing news, the Democratic National Committee has launched in an effort to play-up Romney's penchant for flip-flopping:

So, the Republicans are attacking Mitt's religion, the Democrats are attacking his changes-of-position. I guess that covers most of the bases then, no?

The good news for Romney is that, when all of these people are attacking you, that means that people are talking about you. See: Oscar Wilde: "The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about."