Crowley Political Report is packing a lot of infomation about Florida Mormons and Mitt Romney in today's edition of CPR. But first, let's start with this observaton, Rick Perry's little friend, Robert Jeffress, is a moron.
The pastor of the Dallas First Baptist Church is clearly a religous bigot. He is fond of accusing other religions of being cults - and not just Mormons.
Jeffress also believes that John F. Kennedy belonged to a cult - Catholicism.
Crowley Political Report tracked down this little sermon Jeffress gave about Catholicsim which he believes is a religion of Satan. This will not help Perry with Catholic voters. An excerpt fron his sermon about Catholics:
"This is the Babylonian mystery religion that spread like a cult throughout the entire world. . ."
"You say, pastor how can you say such a thing that is such an indictment of the Catholic Church, after all, the Catholic Church talks about God and the Bible and Jesus and the blood of Christ and salvation. Isn't that the genius of Satan?
"You know if you want to counterfeit a dollar bill you don't do it with purple paper and red ink. You're not going to full anybody with that. If you want to counterfeit money you make it look as closely related to the real thing as possible.
"And that's what satan does with counterfeit religion. He uses, he steals, he appropriates all of the symbols of true biblical Christianity and he changes it just enough in order to cause people to miss eternal life."
In 2007, Romney was shouted down during a visit to The Villages, a mandatory Florida campaign stop for Republcian candidates, by an angry man who accused him of pretending to be a Christian. The man refused to accept the idea that a Mormon could be a Christian.
That outburst, led to the following 2007 story about Florida Mormons - a story that is even more important today as Romney leads in most polls.
By Brian E. Crowley - Palm Beach Post Politcal Editor
There are always questions.
Some are merely curious: Why do Mormons avoid coffee and tea? Shun tobacco?
Others are more pointed: Are you polygamists? Are you Christians? Are you a cult?
None of this is new to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But what is new is the presidential campaign of Republican former Massachusetts governor and devout Mormon.
Romney has made Florida a key state in his bid to win the GOP nomination, bringing with him a spotlight on his religion and the 125,000 Mormons who live and worship in the Sunshine State.
Members, including more than 15,000 in South Florida, also must deal with this sobering fact: A USA Today/Gallup poll in February found that 24 percent of those asked said they would not vote for a well-qualified Mormon to be president. Among Republicans the number was 30 percent.
"You, sir, are a pretender. You do not know the Lord. You are a Mormon," a man yelled at Romney during a campaign stop last month at The Villages, a retirement community near Ocala.
The man was shouted down by the crowd of more than 800, but he offered a view of the church that is not uncommon. The Southern Baptist Convention describes Latter-day Saints as a cult.
Jacob Weisberg, editor of the online magazine Slate, wrote in December that the religion is based on "a transparent and recent fraud," which is why he would not vote for Romney.