October 10, 2011


Influential evangelical defends Romney, but says Mormonism's not Christian (Cydney Weiner, 10/10/11, NBC)

As controversy over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormon faith continues to stir among conservatives and other candidates ahead of tomorrow night's debate, some have questioned whether Mormons can be considered true Christians.

According to Richard Land, President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the answer is no.

"Most Evangelical Protestants and most conservative Catholics would say no, it is not," Land told NBC's Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, refuting the notion that Mormonism is a Christian faith. "It is another religion.  It does not have an orthodox view of the Trinity and the full and complete deity of Jesus Christ."

He continued: "Perhaps the best way to look at Mormonism is it is the fourth Abrahamic religion. Joseph Smith playing the role of Muhammad, and the Book of Mormon playing the role of the Quran."

That said, Land doesn't think Romney's religion should be a disqualification for political office nor affect his ability to be president, comparing the controversy over Romney's Mormonism with the controversy that once surrounded President John F. Kennedy's Catholicism.

Posted by at October 10, 2011 6:31 PM

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