Mitt Romney is getting some support from evangelical leaders.
Read below from the Religion News Service.
More than two dozen Christian conservatives are trying to put theological debates about presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Mormonism to rest by focusing on the policies outlined in the GOP's new national platform.
In a letter delivered Friday (Sept. 7) to Romney the leaders acknowledged that some conservatives have "tempered their enthusiasm for sound governing principles by their concern over differences in a candidate's theological doctrine."
But, the leaders said, "it is time to remind ourselves that civil government is not about a particular theology but rather about public policy."
Signatories of the letter include the two sons of the late Jerry Falwell, leading Catholic anti-abortion activist Rev. Frank Pavone, and GOP strategist Ralph Reed. Polls repeatedly show that, while most social conservatives favor Romney, nearly a quarter still express discomfort with his Mormon faith.
The 28 signers of the letter to Romney said the principles of the GOP's platform -- with planks opposing abortion and defining marriage as between one man and one woman -- are "squarely within the Judeo-Christian tradition."
On NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Romney spoke of "the Judeo-Christian ethics that I was brought up with" and credited them with helping him decide to run for president.
Other signatories of the letter include Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham, former Vatican Ambassador Raymond Flynn, Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, and National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Samuel Rodriguez.
Folks, this is all about beating President Obama. Most evangelicals are choosing that path over the theological one.
So let me see if I have this straight. We have Muslim terrorists storming our embassies, killing Americans, burning the American flag and flying the al-Qaeda flag in its place and the media is focused intently on the protocol of Mitt Romney’s comments about the situation in the Middle East?
The outrage from the media (including some Democrats and Republicans) is about political etiquette? Really? Wow. Now all of a sudden the media is the protocol police.
While the timing of Mitt Romney’s comments can be called into question, should it really be such a huge focus? Of course not. Why is the media not focused on how the U.S. Embassy in Cairo put out that wild statement about not hurting the feelings of Muslims? Why are they not focused on how President Obama’s policies may have contributed to this mess? Instead, the headlines we get say this is the will be a “challenge” for the president.
Romney’s comments might not be playing well with the liberal media but they play well with the conservative base. The winning ticket for Romney is to hit the president hard on his foreign policy choices with regards to the Middle East.