Texas Gov. Rick Perry this morning called the controversy over GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney’s faith a campaign distraction, ]saying out of work Americans aren’t interested in “side issues and sideshows.”
Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Perry again said he didn’t agree with a statement from one of his key Texas supporters, a Southern Baptist pastor who asserted that Romney is not a Christian, and that Mormonism is a cult.
“We clearly said we didn’t agree with that statement,” Perry said.
However, others do. Among them the Rev. Bryant Wright, pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta and president of the 16 million-member Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.
Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) has posted this interview with Wright. Some excerpts:
”It is a cult, in the sense that it does not adhere to what would be traditional or orthodox biblical teaching. It’s really been kind of comical at the outrage of some folks when it’s called a cult….
“But the fact is, if a guy from Exxon said Apple was not in the energy business, everybody would understand what they were talking about. The only thing Apple and Exxon have in common is that they’re both corporations.
“Mormon and Christianity have in common that they’re two of the world’s religions, but the teaching from biblical or traditional Christianity is so different – that’s why it would be classified as a cult.”
On whether Baptist voters should take Romney’s religion into consideration at the polls:
”I think one thing we want to remember about the presidential election – I think Herman Cain is the one who made this remark – is we’re not electing a theologian-in-chief, we’re electing a commander-in-chief….
“It’s kind of like when I get on a plane to fly to L.A. I’m very thankful if the pilot’s a Christian, but I really hope he can fly the plane, most of all.”
And why not just call Latter Day Saints part of a larger Christian tent?
”They’re not a part of the big tent if you look at the founders. When you look at the life of Joseph Smith, he really had more in common with Mohammad than he did with Jesus Christ. Both men saw themselves as bringing a purification to what had been distorted in Judaism and Christianity [--a heretical position, Wright later declared]….
“Both of them were polygamists and taught polygamy and practiced polygamy. There’s some really radical differences. Both brought into existence new books of authority – the Book of Mormon, the Koran, versus the Bible being our authority.”
CBS News included this paragraph in a report of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s doings in Ohio:
Outside, where his book was on sale, Cain told reporters he hasn’t ruled out become a Fox News Show host “in the unlikely event I don’t win the nomination or the presidency.” Where the former pizza executive’s true ambitions lie remains a subject of some speculation largely because of his unorthodox campaign schedule.
And the liberal group Think Progress points out that, in his days as head of the National Restaurant Association, Herman Cain struck an alliance with tobacco companies:
Blurring the lines between restaurant industry caretaker and tobacco company representative, Cain accepted hefty donations from tobacco corporations. Cain worked to snuff out a Senate bill that would have reigned in smoking at restaurants and other facilities around the country. The lobbying drive, which defeated the bill in 1998, occured just after the NRA started to see money coming in from tobacco firms.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Herman Cain’s contention that “Medicare will go bankrupt by 2017, while Social Security will bottom out by 2037.”
On Wednesday night, Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife Sandra hosted past governors and their spouses at the Mansion for dinner. Zell Miller and Sonny Perdue sent their regrets. Below are, from left to right, Roy Barnes, Carl Sanders, Deal, Jimmy Carter and Joe Frank Harris:
Shirley Franklin’s Blogging While Blue today reports that redistricting in the city of Atlanta is likely to produce a more conservative government:
[A] large part of the city’s growth over the last ten years has occurred in areas where people vote more conservatively. Districts 6 and 9 have traditionally been represented by progressives. However, with the heavy population growth of Buckhead these districts may gain enough conservative voters to tip the balance of the next election.
The city’s most Democratic leaning districts are 1, 3, 4, 10, 11, and 12. These districts voted Democrat over 90% in the 2008 US Senate elections. All of these districts, with the exception of 11, lost residents over the last ten years.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider