In Iowa, Mormon Issue Is Benefiting Huckabee
While the Constitution specifies there will be no religious tests to hold office in America, most voters feel otherwise. Take Mitt Romney (please!) – he of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Will voters be turned off by his Mormon religion? Aren’t Mormons Christians? Depends on who you ask:
Mr. Huckabee’s rise in Iowa – some recent polls now put him in a dead heat with Mr. Romney, who had led surveys for months – has been fueled by evangelical Christians, who believe Mormonism runs counter to Christian orthodoxy.
On Monday, Mr. Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, raised the stakes when he began broadcasting an advertisement in Iowa that emphasizes his faith and declares him to be a “Christian leader” – all in capital letters – which some might view as a shot at Mr. Romney.
The issue is a delicate one for Mr. Huckabee. He has waffled in recent interviews about whether he considers Mormons to be Christians. The Southern Baptist Convention, the denomination he is a part of, does not consider Mormons to be part of historic Christianity.
Barbara Heki, 51, from Johnston, Iowa, who began volunteering for Mr. Huckabee over the summer, compared Mr. Romney to Senator John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who was dogged by accusations of flip-flopping when he ran for president in 2004. Nevertheless, Ms. Heki admitted that her evangelical faith also figured prominently in her choice.
“Mormons spend two years of their lives as missionaries, preaching an anti-Christian doctrine,” she said. “I don’t want someone out there, if I can help it, who’s going to be acting on an anti-Christian faith as the basis of their decision-making.”
How will Romney defend America from terrorists? What will Romney do about the collapsing economy? Who will Romney appoint to sensitive positions in government? What’s Romney’s plan for health care reform?
Nevermind, all that doesn’t matter. See, Romney believes that God lives on a planet near Kolob, Satan is Jesus’ brother, and women can’t get to heaven without breeding. We can’t elect a president who has such strange beliefs! Better that we pick Huckabee, a man who believes that a virgin gave birth, a man once walked on water, and the entire universe is only 6,600 years old. (See, you can only get elected in this country if you believe in the popular fairy tales.)