I was arguing that Mitt Romney was likely to be the Republican nominee--that a happy family and five kids and talks about Jesus a lot would be powerful pluses. Tyler Cowen was arguing that theological wars between Mormons and Fundamentalists were a major factor that might sink Romney. Today brings more evidence that Tyler was, as is usually the case, correct. Let's give the mike to Pam Spaulding:
Pandagon: Mitt may have gotten an endorsement from the head of Bob Jones University, and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council is spinning about the alleged growing support for the former Massachusetts governor, but when it comes down to it, they aren't convincing the hardcore bible beaters. From the Dallas News:
A prominent Dallas minister told his congregation that if they wanted to elect a Christian to the White House, Republican Mitt Romney wasn't qualified. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, encouraged his congregation to elect a Christian. 'Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise,' he said…"Even though he talks about Jesus as his Lord and savior, he is not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. Mormonism is a cult." Some in the large crowd began to applaud as Dr. Jeffress continued with his remarks.
"What really distresses me is some of my ministerial friends and even leaders in our convention are saying, 'Oh, well, he talks about Jesus, we talk about Jesus. What's the big deal?' " he said. "It is a big deal if anybody names another way to be saved except through Jesus Christ."... "I have conservative friends who are saying, well, he believes in Jesus, we believe in Jesus, let's just hold hands and sing kumbaya," he said. "It doesn't work that way. If a person is supporting Romney, that's fine. But don't confuse him with being a Christian."... "It's a little hypocritical for the last eight years to be talking about how important it is for us to elect a Christian president and then turn around and endorse a non-Christian," he said.
Hmm. I think there's still a bit of a problem out there in fundie land.