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Mormonism is more like Islam, says Southern Baptist president

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 …

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Mitt Romney returns to Atlanta next week

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in Atlanta next week for a high-end fund-raiser in the backyard of two of his rivals, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney at last week's Faith and Freedom Coalition gathering. AP

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney at last week’s Faith and Freedom Coalition gathering. AP

See the June 16 invite list – always a good measure of who’s lining up behind whom – by clicking here. It’s loaded with business types. Tickets are $5,000 per couple (photo included) or $1,000 per head for general admission.

The event is at a private residence. No word yet on any public appearances by Romney.

Hosts include Attorney General Sam Olens; former state House leader Mark Burkhalter; and John Brock, CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises and current chair of Metro Atlanta Chamber.

Long-time Romney supporters Eric Tanenblatt, Mark DeMoss and Ric Mayfield are part of the shindig – but the freshest name may be that of Heath Garrett, former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson.

- By Jim Galloway, Political …

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Your morning jolt: The first U.S. vote to ban male circumcision

A world of campaign slogans come to mind, but few of them are printable. From the Associated Press:

A proposal to ban the circumcision of male children in San Francisco has been cleared to appear on the November ballot, setting the stage for the nation’s first public vote on what has long been considered a private family matter.

But even in a city with a long-held reputation for pushing boundaries, the measure is drawing heavy fire.

Opponents are lining up against it, saying a ban on a religious rite considered sacred by Jews and Muslims is a blatant violation of constitutional rights.

If the measure passes, circumcision would be prohibited among males under the age of 18. The practice would become a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. There would be no religious exemptions.

The proposed ban appears to be the first in the country to make it this far, though a larger national debate over the health benefits of circumcision has …

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Mark DeMoss shuts down his effort to require politicians to play nice — for lack of interest

Two years ago, just before Barack Obama was sworn in as president, Christian publicist Mark DeMoss of Buckhead hooked up with Democrat Lanny Davis to launch something called the Civility Project – a movement to require people in politics to play nice.

It was a match of opposites. DeMoss, a Republican, had just finished a stint as Mitt Romney’s liaison to evangelicals in the ’08 presidential campaign. Davis is liberal, and Jewish.

In May, the pair sent a letter to 585 members of Congress and all 50 governors, asking them to sign the following 32-word pledge:

– I will be civil in my public discourse and behavior.

– I will be respectful of others whether or not I agree with them.

– I will stand against incivility when I see it.

Only three members of Congress complied – Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut; U.S. Reps. Frank Wolf, a Republican from Virginia; and Susan Myrick, a Republican from North Carolina.

Last week, only days before the rampage in Tucson, Ariz., …

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