Dallas pastor Jeffress speaks out
Last week, I talked to a local Southern Baptist leader and a Mormon leader about a political flap that resulted from a remark a Southern Baptist pastor in Dallas said at a political function.
Controversy arose when the Rev. Robert Jeffress (pictured), pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, said that Mormonism is a cult. He made the statement at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.
This week, Jeffress addressed the controversy surrounding his statement through a Washington Post op-ed piece. The op-ed is entitled “Why a candidate’s faith matters.”
Jeffress wrote: “Hearing Mitt Romney’s surrogate Bill Bennett refer to me as a bigot and Jon Huntsman call me a “moron” last week after my controversial comments on Mormonism, amid calls for civility and tolerance in public discourse, reminds me of the exclamation: “We will not tolerate intolerance!” But beyond the personal insults, I am concerned that these men are attempting to prematurely marginalize religion as a relevant topic in elections.”
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