Don’t you think that Rick Perry has some problems now that Robert Jeffress, the senior pastor of the
in First Baptist Church , has endorsed his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination? Dallas
If you don’t then read on.
Jeffress endorsed Governor Perry because his main opponent in the race for the nomination, Mitt Romney is a member of a cult.
From the Perry Presidential blog on The Chron:
“‘Rick Perry is a Christian,’ said Jeffress. ‘He’s an evangelical Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. Mitt Romney’s a good moral person, but he’s not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. It has always been considered a cult by the mainstream of Christianity. So it’s the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian.’”
Perry’s camp responded with a denial that Mitt Romney is a member of a cult, and that he is a Christian. The distancing from this endorsement couldn’t be more clear.
Now I’ve said this before. I have no dogs in this hunt. I couldn’t care less if Rick Perry or Mitt Romney were Wiccans, religious belief is not on the menu when choosing the leader of our nation. But this is an issue with a lot of people who vote. Perry made a decision to back away from these extremist viewpoints because, heck, they’ll probably vote for him anyway. Down the road, it is the Independents who will decide this race in November.
And the last thing Rick Perry needs to do is to alienate the Independent voters.