Editor and Publisher is reporting that Mike Huckabee–the Baptist candidate for President–is about to slam his rival, Mitt Romney, along with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with that tired old anti-Mormon question: Don’t Mormons believe Christ and the devil are brothers:
Published: December 11, 2007 9:15 PM ET
NEW YORK Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, asks in an upcoming article, “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?”
The article, to be published in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, says Huckabee asked the question after saying he believes Mormonism is a religion but doesn’t know much about it. His rival Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, is a member of the Mormon church, which is known officially as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The authoritative Encyclopedia of Mormonism, published in 1992, does not refer to Jesus and Satan as brothers. It speaks of Jesus as the son of God and of Satan as a fallen angel, which is a Biblical account.
A spokeswoman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Huckabee’s question is usually raised by those who wish to smear the Mormon faith rather than clarify doctrine.
“We believe, as other Christians believe and as Paul wrote, that God is the father of all,” said the spokeswoman, Kim Farah. “That means that all beings were created by God and are his spirit children. Christ, on the other hand, was the only begotten in the flesh and we worship him as the son of God and the savior of mankind. Satan is the exact opposite of who Christ is and what he stands for.”
So, watch this Sunday’s New York Times for Huckabee’s foray into anti-Mormonism in the midst of his race for the Republican Presidential nomination. How timely for the article slamming a fellow Christian and his religious beliefs to be published on a Sunday, a traditional day of worship throughout the Christian world. So much for Huckabee’s claims that he doesn’t evaluate others’ doctrines and that he respects anyone who practices their faith:
Earlier this month in Iowa, Huckabee wouldn’t say whether he thought Mormonism _ rival Romney’s religion _ was a cult.
“I’m just not going to go off into evaluating other people’s doctrines and faiths. I think that is absolutely not a role for a president,” the former Arkansas governor said.
While he said he respects “anybody who practices his faith,” Huckabee said that what other people believe _ he named Republican rivals Romney, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton _ “is theirs to explain, not mine, and I’m not going to.”
This isn’t Huckabee’s only flirtation with anti-Mormon rhetoric. See here, here, here, and here. With such fellow Christian Brothers, who needs enemies spreading lies about cultism? Thanks Brother Mike.
Update 8:47 p.m. See Adam Greenwood’s related post over at Times and Seasons.
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