Baptist Perry Backer Calls Mormonism a 'Cult'
Dallas pastor wants evangelicals to snub Mitt Romney
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2011 5:03 PM CDT
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas gestures during a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Rick Perry spoke today at the conservative Values Voter Summit, but the guy who introduced him seems to be stealing all the headlines. That would be Robert Jeffress, a Baptist pastor of a Dallas megachurch who told reporters later that Mormonism is a "cult" and that evangelicals should therefore pick Perry over Mitt Romney, reports ABC News. "I think Mitt Romney's a good, moral man, but those of us who are born again followers of Christ should prefer a competent Christian," said Jeffress, who runs the 10,000-member First Baptist Church.

Perry's spokesman distanced the governor from the remark later, notes CNN. "The governor does not believe Mormonism is a cult," he said. As for Perry's speech, he used it to question whether Romney was fully committed to pro-life positions, notes the Huffington Post. Romney addresses the summit tomorrow. Click here for more on the "cult" flap or here to read about Romney's call today for a new "American Century."

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Oct 9, 2011 3:44 AM CDT
I saw some clips of the Amanda Knox trial and what scared the crap out of Me was seeing the crucifix behind the judge. It was like conducting court in a church. Court biased right off the bat because there's no Star of David, Crescent Moon, etc..etc.. hanging alongside the crucifix. Scared Me enough to say, "it'll be a cold day in hell before I ever visit Italy so long as their court system is like that." But it looks like all those Republicans want to bring Italy to America. And that really scares the crap out of Me. All this religious stuff needs to stay out of our politics. Regardless of "cult"/"religion" status.
Oct 9, 2011 1:18 AM CDT
Aren't born again Christians even more cult-like?
Oct 8, 2011 4:00 PM CDT
The only difference between a "cult" and a "religion" is the size of the flock.