Maybe I Was Wrong About Romney and Evangelicals

Earlier today I suggested that evangelicals would forget about Mitt Romney’s Mormonism because the apparent GOP nominee is their only hope to derail the prospects of a second Obama term.  Perhaps I was wrong.

The students at Liberty University are very upset about the university’s decision to invite Mitt Romney to be their commencement speaker.  CNN reports:

Washington (CNN) – Liberty University students and alumni are accusing the Christian school of violating its own teachings by asking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints whose adherents are called Mormons, to deliver its 2012 commencement address.

By Friday morning, more than 700 comments had been posted on the school’s Facebook page about the Thursday announcement – a majority of them decidedly against the Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr.’s invitation, citing that the school had taught them Mormonism isn’t part of the Christian faith.

“I can’t support Romney and I am happy I decided not to walk (in the commencement) this year,” wrote student Josh Bergmann. “Liberty University should have gotten a Christian to speak not someone who practices a cult. Shame on you Liberty University.”

Janet Loeffler, a 53-year-old freshman at Liberty, expressed her anger at the decision when contacted by CNN. She also sent a copy of the page of the freshman textbook “The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics” which includes the passage, “Mormon doctrine stands in stark contrast to Jewish and Christian monotheism, which teaches that there is only one true God and that every other ‘God’ is a false god….”

What I find interesting about all of this is that it was Jerry Falwell, the founder of Liberty University, who regularly teamed with Mormons and other non-fundamentalists in his Moral Majority days in the 1980s.

4 thoughts on “Maybe I Was Wrong About Romney and Evangelicals

  1. I'll concede that Obama would probably speak at Liberty if invited.

    Although Falwell's such a bogeyman with Obama's left flank, they might protest him going into the devil's den.

    What Obama would say, I dunno. He's on record with his disdain for the “clingers.” OTOH, Romney could at least pitch a black church on how hard the recession has hit blacks in particular.

    Not that it would change a single vote, mind you.

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  2. Facebook? A 53-yr-old freshman?

    Speaking @ LibertyU will be a triumph for Romney.

    Not only that, but Jerry Falwell turned out to be an OK guy. Pals with Larry Flynt, even, just like the Master did, hanging out with the lowlifes and all.

    Mitt Romney would walk into any black church that would let him speak.

    Barack Obama couldn't and wouldn't walk into LibertyU, John. “Clinging to their guns and religion.”

    He hates them, he mocks them, and so do his supporters.

    And this is the difference between the two men and why Mitt should be our next president, brother, policies and politics be damned.

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