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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Iowa Christian Alliance Chair: Withdraws Romney Endorsement As 'Poor Judgment'

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Iowa Christian Alliance Chairman Morris Hurd heads a conservative Christian group that seemed to give a boost to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign last week. But Hurd has retracted the surprise endorsement, which he now calls an error in judgment.

Initially, the endorsement was described as a blow to Mike Huckabee, the southern Baptist who hopes to pick up the conservative Christian mantle as he tries to stitch together a GOP coalition that will clinch the party's nomination. The Christian Alliance is pro-life and opposes gay marriage. It contends that it is possible for gays to switch their sexual orientation to heterosexual through prayer and perseverance.

Apparently, Hurd backed away because the non-profit group has tax-exempt status which may be jeopardized by active campaigning. Also, the group is trying to stay neutral, a policy Hurd admits he violated. Hurd is a Methodist minister, and he has issued a public apology for openly supporting Romney, a Mormon whose religious faith is considered a cult or cult-like by some conservative Christians. Romney's Mormonism has been an issue during the campaign. Hurd did not address it in his statement withdrawing the endorsement:

"I would like to apologize to the Iowa Christian Alliance bard and to those who support our organization for letting my emotions run away with me at a recent Romney event. I did not mean to endorse Mitt Romney and want to make sure that all those who support our organization understand that fact. I have deep respect for many of the candidates running and wish to clarify that no matter what I said on that day. ICA officers are prohibited from making endorsements, so I wish to make it clear that I have not, nor will endorse any candidate.

"If the board wishes to take action due to my poor judgment, I will be happy to accept whatever consequences they suggest. I love this organization and sincerely look forward to rectifying this unfortunate error on my part."

Notice any twisted bit of language use in that statement -- at one point Hurd contends he hasn't endorsed Romney, then he admits poor judgment and says he committed an "unfortunate error." Sounds like the minister wants to make a full confession, but just can't quite come clean.


  1. The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is often accused by Evangelical pastors of not believing in Christ and, therefore, not being a Christian religion. This article helps to clarify such misconceptions by examining early Christianity's comprehension of baptism, the Godhead, the deity of Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

    The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) adheres more closely to First Century Christianity and the New Testament than any other denomination. For example, Harper’s Bible Dictionary entry on the Trinity says “the formal doctrine of the Trinity as it was defined by the great church councils of the fourth and fifth centuries is not to be found in the New Testament.”

    One Baptist blogger stated “99 percent of the members of his Baptist church believe in the Mormon (and Early Christian) view of the Trinity. It is the preachers who insist on the Nicene Creed definition.” It seems to me the reason the pastors denigrate the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is to protect their flock (and their livelihood).

  2. Hi Mormons are Christians --

    I don't know what to say to you. All I know is that Mormons have served in political offices now for years, and they have either been good, bad or indifferent. Just like people from other faiths who hold political office. Perhaps this is a watershed year in presidential politics -- we have a Mormon, a woman, and an African-American -- and if either of the three gets to the White House it will be an historic event.

    Thanks for your comment.