The Unexpected Evangelical Silence on Mitt Romney’s Mormonism

In 2007, Southern Baptists responded to Mitt Romney’s “Faith in America” speech by calling Mormonism a “theological cult” and a “false religion.” In 2012, Religion News Service’s Jonathan Merritt observes that a growing number of evangelicals are reticent when it comes to judging Romney’s religion. Merritt writes, “[m]ore recently, evangelicals have been more than willing to work with Mormons in the fight against gay marriage,” a political coalition that has led some evangelicals, according to president of the National Association of Evangelicals, Leith Anderson, to see Romney “more as the Republican candidate for president and less as a Mormon.”  

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