By Justin Sink - 10/12/11 03:24 PM EDT
“Rick Perry’s a Christian. He’s an evangelical Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ,” Jeffress said Friday in remarks to reporters. “Mitt Romney’s a good moral person, but he’s not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. It has always been considered a cult by the mainstream of Christianity.”
At a Tuesday news conference, Romney called on Perry to denounce the pastor, a request the Perry campaign declined.
“It’s not right,” Hatch said. “The Constitution says in Article 6 there is no religious test for office.” He added that Romney is a man who “lived his faith.”
“You don’t have to worry about scandal with Mitt Romney or his family,” Hatch said.
Both Perry and his son later told reporters that they do not believe Mormonism is a cult, although they have declined to speak at length on the topic.
“I appreciate both Rick Perry and his son saying that,” Hatch said. “It’s certainly not a cult; it’s the fourth-largest church in the country today.”