Friday, February 08, 2008

Mormon in America

Front page of the WSJ today, "Mormons Dismayed by Harsh Spotlight":

At the Life Point Bible Church in Quincy, Ill., last month, evangelical apologist Rocky Hulse told 35 members that Mr. Romney should not be considered a Christian. Mr. Hulse, a former Mormon, told the group that Mormons believe in more than one god and that they believe God impregnated Mary in the normal fashion, not by granting her a virgin birth. The audience sat rapt.

Scott Gordon, president of the Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research, a Mormon group, says Mr. Hulse is wrong on the facts. Mormons pray to one God, he says, and believe, like most Christians, that Mary was a virgin. Mr. Gordon went on talk-radio shows to rebut claims of other apologists.

In December, while campaigning for the Iowa caucuses, former Baptist preacher and Republican candidate Mike Huckabee asked a magazine reporter: "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?"
Yes, this has been akin to anti-Semitism. And besides his merits as a candidate, that's what propelled me to go to Iowa and volunteer for Mitt Romney--Mike Huckabee's sly and ugly talk, as well as a double standard by secular humanists.

As a Catholic who believes in religious principles in the public square, I write this still in anger, and in sorrow.

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