Romney Is Not Mormon Enough

In a Politico interview today, Richard Land observes the irony that many evangelicals may view Romney as not Mormon enough:

“There are lingering concerns about whether he’s really committed to the pro-life cause,” Richard Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, told POLITICO on Thursday. “I’m not questioning it because I’ve had the opportunity to hear him personally explain it.”

Land said he has heard Romney publicly tell stories about researching embryonic research and recognizing that the embryos are human life.

But he recognizes that not every evangelical voter feels the same way because of Romney’s past.

“Not all evangelicals have had the chance to hear him say it personally,” he said.

Still, Land said evangelicals would turn out in a potential general election match-up between President Barack Obama and Romney, if only to vote against Obama.

“That’s what’s ironic about Romney … they know who they’re voting for,” Land said. “In large part, they feel he’s not Mormon enough. If he had the same position on life and on marriage the Mormon faith has, there wouldn’t be a question.”

“The fact is that he’s so far off the reservation that there are lingering concerns about whether he’s really committed to the pro-life cause,” he said.

Read the rest here.

6 Responses to Romney Is Not Mormon Enough

  1. Bart Barber November 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Count me as one in the group that Dr. Land is describing. I’ve often said that the M-word that troubles me about the prospect of President Romney isn’t Mormon, it’s Massachusetts.

  2. donsands November 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    I like Latter Day Saints. They are very moral, and remind me of many evangelicals. There’s such a huge Moral Culture out there in the world. And if you upset them, like I have, on one of the bigger “Christian” radio stations, then be ready to be deleted quite often, and in the end un-friended. The Gospel, and all that it speaks to is not very popular in the evangelical wave-lengths we have in America. Sad to say.

    If it comes down to Mitt vs. Barak I suppose I shall vote for Mitt, but it surely won’t do any good as far as I can see. All of our Republicans are the same old bureaucrats. Except Ron Paul, but many conservatives don’t like him, because he keeps himself within, and under the US Constitution, which has become unpopular in our day.

    have a great evening and weekend! May our Lord come back soon! Oh, how sweet that would be for us, His elect!

    • Barry Applewhite November 7, 2011 at 12:55 am #

      Don, you might want to educate yourself about those parts of the US Constitution that Ron Paul loathes. Any part of the Constitution that does not fit current Republican doctrine gets the sharp side of his tongue. But he wraps himself in it often enough to make people think he supports it.

      -Barry

  3. Robert I Masters November 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Under no condition will I ever vote for Mitt Romney
    …..prediction if Mitt gets the republican nomination it will be Obama in 2012 and the end of the Republican party.

  4. TT November 4, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    “That’s what’s ironic about Romney … they know who they’re voting for,” Land said. “In large part, they feel he’s not Mormon enough. If he had the same position on life and on marriage the Mormon faith has, there wouldn’t be a question.”

    Unless, of course the Prophets change their minds. Can they be trusted not to? In that sense Romney is as solid a Mormon as they come, changing with every wind of popular opinion that comes along to maintain power and appeal.

    Oh well, barberian ignorance is bliss.

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