Robert Jeffress: Rick Perry Backer Calls Mormonsim "a Cult"
Southern Baptist Convention's Pastor Robert Jeffress Blasts Mitt Romney's Religion
Pastor Robert Jeffress was probably only trying to help Texas Governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry when he called Mitt Romney's church a cult. In blasting Mormonism within earshot of Perry, however, Jeffress did the opposite of helping.
During his endorsement speech for Rick Perry, Robert Jeffress said, "“I think the decision for conservative evangelical Christians right now is going to be, do we prefer somebody who is truly a believer in Jesus Christ or somebody who is a good moral person but is a member of a cult? And it’s not politically correct to say but it is true: Mormonism is a cult.”
Okay, that doesn't leave much room for spin.
Once again, Rick Perry will have to apologize for angering a rival.
He really needs to choose better friends if he wants to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Come on, Jeffress: even though you don't claim to be speaking for Perry, show at least a modicum of political savvy here. Is that too much to ask?
Also, write this down: even if you do plan on calling your opponent's religion a cult, don't do it in your official endorsement speech.
Another risk: making this campaign solely about who is the more religious candidate. While the USA is a very religious country, not every voter is a religious fundamentalist. Arguing over which Christian is more Christian is a surefire way to make all involved sound silly.
“So this is not some right-wing extremist view,” Jeffress said. “This is the view of the largest protestant denomination in the country and the world.”
That doesn't mean that it isn't also a right wing, extremist view. Also keep in mind that these are the words of a religious fundamentalist, who is trying to rally support among other religious fundamentalists, as well as draw attention to that same group. Jeffress will do whatever he can to make his demographic look as big and important as possible: he wants to be pandered to in the 2012 election.