-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger
In a desperate attempt to distract the media away from the “Niggerhead” story, the Perry campaign used Rev. Robert Jeffress to claim that Mormonism is a cult. Jeffress, pastor of Dallas’ First Baptist Church, introduced Perry at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. Perry hasn’t been doing too well recently and his latest problem was the revelation that his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp was known by the name painted on a flat rock near its gated entrance: Niggerhead.
Jeffress’s views on Mormonism are well-known to the Perry campaign. He has previously claimed that Mormonism is a cult and that “it is not Christianity, it is not a branch of Christianity.” Like a dog with a new toy, the media went chasing after this new story, forgetting all about the Niggerhead story. Perry just has to deny that he thinks Mormonism is a cult, and the media is left searching for a new toy.
Most evangelical Christians don’t consider Mormonism a Christian sect, so it doesn’t hurt Perry to remind those voters that he is a true Christian and his number one rival is not. If one believes that their faith is the one true faith, then different faiths are necessarily false and not to be tolerated.
I won’t be shedding any tears for Romney. You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. You pander to bigots, don’t be surprised when they turn on you.