Pastor to GOP: Don't vote for Romney because he's Mormon
Pastor Robert Jeffress told reporters he thinks Mormonism is a cult.
October 7th, 2011
06:46 PM ET

Pastor to GOP: Don't vote for Romney because he's Mormon

By the CNN Political Unit

(CNN) –- A pastor of a mega church in Dallas said Friday that Republicans shouldn't vote for White House hopeful Mitt Romney because he's a Mormon and described the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a "cult."

"I think Mitt Romney's a good, moral man, but those of us who are born again followers of Christ should prefer a competent Christian," said Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, which has a congregation of about 10,000.

Jeffress, who's endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry and introduced him at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, told CNN Political Correspondent Jim Acosta that the Southern Baptist Convention "has officially labeled Mormonism as a cult"

"That's why I'm enthusiastic about Perry," Jeffress said, later adding: "I again believe that as Christian, we have the duty to select Christians as our leaders…Between a Rick Perry and a Mitt Romney, I believe evangelicals need to go with Rick Perry."

This isn't the first time the Dallas pastor has hit Romney over his religion. During the 2008 campaign, he made similar comments.

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soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. morpunkt

    Let the truth be known. This pastor is a surrogate to do the dirty work for Perry. He makes the claim. Perry denies believing in it. But the damage gets done.
    Let the truth also be known. The preacher industry of the Bible Belt feels their business is threatened by other growing religions, especially the Mormons. It translates into lost dollars.

    October 9, 2011 at 3:09 am |
    • Underappreciated

      The Mormon Church believes in the Book of Mormon in addition to the Bible. What preachers have a hard time with the Mormon Church is that the Book of Mormon talks about the evils of having a paid clergy. Let's set the record straight. They don't want to be put out of a job.

      October 9, 2011 at 6:36 am |
    • El Flaco

      So which religion is whackier? Evangelical Christianity or Mormonism? That's a tough call. I find that they have many more similarities than differences myself. They are the same kind of people with different theologies. To them, bickering over which theology is true and which is false is a big issue. To the rest of us, both theologies are equally nutty and equally unimportant in the grand scheme of things.

      October 9, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  2. Abinadi

    If anyone would like to know the truth about Mormons, they can go to this site: Mormon.org

    October 9, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  3. Melanie

    Very saddened to hear Mr. Jeffers make such hateful remarks about the Mormon Church. Sad he is using such terrible statements to further his political agenda!!! Mr. Jeffers I am sure you have never been interested in really knowing about Mormonism, if not you would have asked a Mormon!!

    October 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • hippypoet

      this is not the least people are willing to do to further there political agenda... it is infact as old as rome, saying onething to get elected then once in, fuk it – do whatever you have the power to do, then try to push your power forward so you have more.
      nothing has changed execpt the expectations of the little people...thats because social ignorance is on the rise!

      October 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
    • LDS

      I am a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. First I would like to say, Mormonism does not exist- We do not worship Mormon, We Worship God the father & his only begotten son Jesus Christ. WE fallow the Teachings of Jesus Christ by reading & studying The Bible & The Book of Mormon. By learning & fallowing the lessons in the two great books, this will help us stay on the path of righteousness, obey the commandments & return to our father in Heaven.
      Second ... The church is not the church of Mormon. It is The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints

      October 10, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  4. hippypoet

    don't vote for any religious person, they may have the ablity to have rational thoughts but they make choices based upon belief, which is bad for any creature that doesn't adhere to there dogma. In nearly all relgions the followers truly believe that they and no one else are the chosen people, hence the fighting between religions. Those of the same faith based religions may differ on keys things so they now fight as well. By electing any religious nut to any office is asking for religious bs to become national policy. Furthermore,religion is the reason for actions taken by most any religious person as they won't get into heaven unless they do so. INSHORT, THEY DO NOT THINK FOR THEMSELVES AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE OFFICE, THEY ARE EQUAL TO INSANE FOLKS WHO TALK TO INVISIBLE FRIENDS ALL DAY EXPECTING ANSWERS. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES SOMETHING DOESN'T WORK INSANE PEOPLE STILL TRY EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS, THATS THE BASIS FOR RELIGION, KEEP PRAYING AND THE SECOND COMING WILL HAPPEN, THE END IS NEAR, HEAVEN AWAITS YOU, BUT ONLY A THIRD BECAUSE CHRISTIANS HAVE A MONOPOLY ON HEAVEN! yeah i want that dude in charge!

    October 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • hippypoet

      besides, we already had that moron bush jr....... enough said!

      October 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  5. Anglican

    Do not vote for him because is the a perfect example of what is wrong in Washington, and because of his hair.

    October 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  6. Colin

    Which of the following is a silly story only a naïve child would believe and which is a cherished religious belief?

    Harry Potter stared into the big black hat. Inside were magic gold tablets – which nobody else would ever see- which told Harry the secrets of the Universe, of life, death and the afterlife. They explained to him how, if he wore certain magic underwear, he would be protected from evil spirits in this life and in the end times.

    Joseph Smith stared into the big black hat. Inside were magic gold tablets – which nobody else would ever see- which told Joseph the secrets of the Universe, of life, death and the afterlife. They explained to him how, if he wore certain sacred underwear, he would be protected from evil spirits in this life and in the end times.

    October 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • David Johnson

      A young woman, named Mary, looked down at her growing belly...

      "Yes baby", she said. Your father was god Pantera and he blessed me. You are going to be the Messiah.


      And an earthquake occurred and the sky darkened and the dead rose from the grave and walked around for several hours.


      Jesus promised to be back in the 1st century. Its been 2000 years. People are still looking up. I find that hysterical.


      October 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      Once again david johnson spouts lies and fiction as facts,misrepresenting what he disagrees with and desperately looking for the approval of some self anointed atheist who will kiss his butt and tell him how smart he is,well fact check ,david johnson shows no wisdom or knowledge at all.God bless

      October 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Sid

      herbert juarez is a spineless coward .

      October 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Hey herbie!

      Colin started this thread and David J just provided similar stories to reinforce Colin's point. Why don't you attack Colin the same way you attack David J? On second thought, why don't you address the arguments Colin and David J and others make rather that attacking them? Could it be that you have absolutely nothing to refute their very well stated positions with?

      October 9, 2011 at 1:18 am |
    • sidebar

      From time to time,herbert juarez will post as he sees fit,herbert will never reply to hot air as he feels hot air is beneath contempt and as always herbert is correct.

      October 9, 2011 at 6:40 am |
    • HotAirAce

      So sidebar, when you get done pleasuring herbie, how about you explain why I am beneath contempt and herbie is always right?

      October 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  7. hpny

    What happened to love thy neighbor, Pastor? Isn't that what you are supposed to do whether that person is alike or different? Isn't "difference" what America is about? I didn't see anywhere that Romney was running for a religious appointment. I believe a man, whose faith is different than yours Pastor, is running for a political appointment. We seem to only "like" or "approve of" what benefits us. Don't think that's what the bible was saying! Can we move on now?! I have family members fighting in Afganistan and I would like something else on the news to remind the country to remember what is truly important when voting for our next President.

    October 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Samsword

      How do you know? 😉 Furthermore, isn't that a "prophetic" statement?

      ...Just saying.... Cheers!

      October 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • Samsword

      Sorry that was meant for one comment down... Sorry!

      October 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  8. Reality

    Mormonism will slowly fade from society as will contemporary Christianity and Islam because of the obvious problems with the founders of these religions especially their angelic/satanic hallucinations and related prophecies. "Pretty and ugly wingie or horn blowing thingies" simply do/did not exist.

    October 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Samsword

      How do you know? 😉 Furthermore, isn't that kind of a "prophetic" statement?

      ...Just saying.... Cheers!

      October 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • Reality

      It is called the Infamous Angelic Con:

      Joe Smith had his Moroni.

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

      Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.
      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.
      Some added references to "tink-erbells".

      "Latter-day Saints also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

      Apparently hallu-cinations did not stop with Joe Smith.


      "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."

      Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

      "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

      And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

      "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

      "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

      "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

      October 8, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
    • .........

      plz hit report abuse on all reality garbage

      October 9, 2011 at 6:12 am |
  9. Christian

    I read some of the comments yesterday and there were many who supported reason. Today the comments are filled with ignorance and hate. Our country is doomed if the ratio is similar in those who vote. I'm not concerned with your religion. Please educate yourself and vote for the candidate you find most qualified to lead our nation.

    October 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  10. dsellers

    No matter what god politicians say they believe in, all they really worship is the almighty $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    October 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  11. dsellers

    Conservatives are trying to stray voters one way or another based on religion . This is why we must keep religion and government separate. If you want a good president and policymaker pick one who believes in science over religion.

    October 8, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  12. akteddy

    hey...i had a dream: God told me to start a new church: the Banana church. See God came to this world and decided to the the form of the most beautiful fruit...the banana. Whenever we eat his banana flesh we become a little like God. The more banans we eat, the more we bocome like God. Reply if this message appeals to you!

    October 8, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • Kristen McFarland

      Frankly I don't see why...the American people voted for Obama and he spent twenty years ensconced in Black Liberation theology, racist bigoted against the white race and a sometime practicing Muslim...actually, all things considered why isn't there a death sentence from the Muslim community on Obama's head; he's an apostate...that's a conundrum and a mystery and a valid question..they kill their apostates...the Catholic Church only excommunicates their heretics...it is the twenty-first century after all...but to Islamic theology, they still live in the seventh century still...there's no comparison here...comparing or contrast or equivalency for that matter...read the Qur'an...it says so in Arabic and in English...there's no nuance there....just because Americans stupidly believe CNN is no one's problem but their own....and all you Muslims out there, your time to be shown who and what you are is coming...just like the Nazis you aligned yourself with over seventy years ago in Hitler's Germany; your time to be revealed is coming...I do know history...and God isn't the only one who knows who you are...

      October 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • News Flash

      Teddy you snake. It told us NOT to eat of the fruit of the banana tree, lest we become like banana gods. Get thee behind me, Satan.

      October 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  13. akteddy

    this is what happens when you don´t seperate state and religion! USA has become a joke. The moment you start asking politicians about religion.....you fail!

    October 8, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  14. James


    October 8, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • Christian

      Why would someone spend so much time producing a video of lies? Hate? This is not what the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe. Nor would we ever produce a cartoon of our beliefs. Jesus Christ is real and he is the Savior of the World.

      October 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  15. James


    October 8, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  16. James

    This Is The Stupidest thing i'hv ever heard in mylife It actually makes me mad that some people believe this http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=0a3eJC3qAFU

    October 8, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  17. Ashlyn

    Perfect example of why a candidate's religion should not be on trial. For those of us who are neither Christian nor Mormon, we could care less which version of the Bible that Romney or Perry chooses to read. Their positions on the issues are what matter.

    October 8, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  18. James

    "Sadly, and while all religions are ridiculous, Mormons win the stupid award." No Scientologist are the Dumbest, And muslims are the worst because of there aggressiveness.

    October 8, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  19. AGuest9

    How about not voting for him, because his policies aren't sound? We need to stop making the presidential election some sort of popularity contest (or worse, a religious debate!) and focus on the skills and abilities of the candidate. I know the electorate isn't capable of doing that from time to time, as Bush was elected after his first term and everyone saw what a stooge he was But, we can always hope.

    October 8, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  20. TC

    Please do not judge all Christians on this guy.

    October 8, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      Who am I to judge anyone, including him?

      October 8, 2011 at 8:05 am |
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