Monday, July 18, 2011

FOX News host says Mormons are not Christians

Capture19.jpgWith Utah ranked as one of the most conservative states in the union, and FOX News the predominate news source for the politically conservative, some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may feel conflicted by a recent statement on FOX News.

Fox News host said Sunday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is "obviously not ... a Christian," a view that, if widely held, may have repercussions for the Mormon candidate's election odds.
During a conversation about the Republican presidential field if Texas Gov. Rick Perry were to get into the race, "Fox & Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt speculated that Perry would have a much better chance of raising funds and rallying the social conservative base since Perry is Christian and rather open about his faith. During an exchange with co-host Dave Briggs, Earhardt said :
"Well the Christian coalition … I think [Rick Perry] can get a lot of money from that base because [of] Romney obviously not being a Christian … Rick Perry, he's always on talk shows, on Christian talk shows, he has days of prayer in Texas," she said.
The question of whether or not Mormons are considered 'Christians' is sensitive and controversial. It is also consequential for Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Hunstman, whose Mormon faith puts them at a disadvantage in the polls. From the L.A. Times' report on a June Gallup poll:
About one in five Republicans, or 18 percent, said they would not vote for a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ... About the same proportion of independents said they would oppose a Mormon, while a larger number of Democrats, about 27 percent, said they were opposed, according to the poll.
Catholic and Protestant churches believe that Mormons errantly revere the Book of Mormon and the teachings of LDS leaders and prophets such as Joseph Smith. To non-Mormons, the Latter-day Saint revelations are extra-biblical, even heretical, though in recent months a number of prominent Christian leaders and thinkers have defended Mormonism's values.
A radio ad titled 'Faith' from Pawlenty's campaign is more blunt, asking: "How well do you really know the presidential candidates who are asking for your vote?"


Anonymous said...

You people are a sad excuse for believers! You pass as ignorant and intolerant bigots, but that is pretty much it!

Anonymous said...

Mormons aren't Christians.
They don't believe in the full sacrifice of Christ for forgiveness of sins.

Anonymous said...

Mormons certainly DO believe in the full sacrifice of Christ for forgiveness of sins. Start getting some information from sources that aren't anti-Mormon for a change, and maybe you'll get a more accurate picture.