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May 31, 2005

Romney's Problem

Like Mark, I'm a bit skeptical that Romney will even make it out of the GOP primaries. I still think our best hope will be for George Allen to take the lead, and for Bill Frist to know when to step down and realize that he doesn't have the Presidential It. That said, I still think Romney's Mormonism can be a very real problem, particularly in the Bible Belt. Southern evangelicals in particular have been instilled with a distrust of the Mormon faith. I don't blame them for this at all, as Mormonism is a very complex and, at times, secretive, religion that presents itself to be as normal as the Baptist church down the street. Romney's real problem is seeking support from Christians whose churches have held cult awareness seminars that prominently feature Mormonism.

I'm willing to split some hairs on the matter, but I just don't think your average Bible belt voter is going to be so kind.

Posted by Matt at May 31, 2005 02:02 PM

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This Evangelical would rather vote for someone with NO religion as to vote for someone whose religion perverts the person of Jesus Christ.

Posted by: tgharris at May 31, 2005 03:23 PM

I am LDS and I have my doubts about Romney as well. But I will say to Mr. tgharris that we Mormons tend to think that "Evangelicalism" etc. is the non-biblical faith that perverts the person of Jesus Christ but that is a discussion for another day. However, we would rather vote for someone who believes in God than someone who denies him altogether. I guess its like Solomon with the two women. We LDS tend to let the baby live rather than demand that it be cut in two if we can't have it.

Posted by: texasviolinist at June 1, 2005 12:10 AM

Evangelicals and Mormons seem to find common cause on certain issues, but I believe the more one knows about Mormonism, the less one believes the proposition that it is a just a Christian sect with some curious extra material. The decency of many Mormons is irrelevant. I know very little about Mitt Romney other than that he is a Republican governor in the bluest of blue states.

Posted by: Douglas at June 1, 2005 03:45 AM

Christ says "by their fruits ye shall know them" and Douglas says "the decency of Mormons is irrelevant". Hmmm...

Posted by: texasviolinist at June 1, 2005 11:22 AM

What about Senator Brownback as a dark horse? He's the most evangelical of all the discussed nominees...yet he is very unlikely to get a nod as well. I had no idea that he was a Christian when I accepted an offer to work as an intern for him after college.

Two weeks went by and I found out that he led a 7am Bible Study every Wednesday when Congress was in session with any interested staff (Christian or non-Christian). One aide was not a Christian and lived with her boyfriend, but she had her Bible on her desk and showed up regularly...what her motivation was I do not know.

Anyway, I've heard the recent chatter about Sam Brownback throwing his hat in the ring.

What do others at SCO think?

Posted by: skibrian at June 1, 2005 02:34 PM

Talk theology somewhere else, if you don't mind.

Posted by: Matt at June 1, 2005 02:42 PM

Yes, let's keep religion out of this blog Mark.

Posted by: texasviolinist at June 1, 2005 05:22 PM

i really wanted to know what SCO people think of Brownback. it's tiring writing thoughtful responses to blogs and waiting for correspondence with the author and/or others and hardly getting any.

If SCO is intended to be a news roll without much real discussion of the topics (in line with the mission of your blog), then I think my attention will drift away from SCO again, even though Mark Sides asked me to keep watching.

If it is just's almost always way late, and the commentary is sometimes interesting, but not usually unique or profound. Links are usually provided for the more profound commentary. The interest I have is in the discussion that could be generated in evaluating the news from a Christian perspective. Not from reading old news and following links to other pontificating pundits and columnists.

I'll stick to the Drudge Report and My Yahoo! for the news headlines. I come here for the I did at when Mark Sides led that effort.

If you are serving your constituency well, good on ya. Just my two cents for SCO for whatever it is worth before my eyes wander to other sources of info and more interesting conversation.

Posted by: skibrian at June 6, 2005 01:08 PM

tv, Matt made the comment not me.


Posted by: Mark Sides at June 6, 2005 02:13 PM