At RD Magazine, Sarah Posner reports that Rick Perry supporter, the Rev. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church Dallas, excludes Mormonism from Christianity, quoting him as saying the following:
[Mormons] have never been considered by evangelical Christians to be part of the Christian family.
By contrast, Jeffries describes Rick Perry as “a proven leader, a true conservative, and a committed follower of Christ.”
I think the way JFK frames Mormonism in the below video is certainly more expansive and generous—and, dare I say, more obviously Christian than the Dallas minister.
But, given the way that Mormons have, historically, treated blacks and gays—and the way that Romney has so shamelessly played anti-gay politics in pursuit of the Republican nomination—you can hardly be blamed for feeling a bit of Schadenfreude in watching him struggle with evangelical voters. Like blacks and gays, Romney seeks to be treated as an individual, not a caricature.
I wish him luck. If he wins the Republican nomination, I’m far less worried about the country’s general political direction than if he loses. It’s far, far better to know that either Romney or President Obama will be at the country’s helm in 2013 than thinking that a chaotic potato-salad-head like Rick Perry might be.