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October 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Romney's religion called 'cult' by Perry backer

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All religions were once cults

Editor, The Times:

I find it amazing that a leader with the standing of pastor Robert Jeffress would stoop to mindless name-calling. [“Perry backer: LDS Romney is in ‘cult,’ not a Christian,” News, Oct. 8.]

His silly assertion that Mitt Romney is not a Christian makes one wonder whether he knows anything about Romney’s church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), which teaches that Jesus is the son of God and the savior of the world.

Sillier still is his accusation that Romney’s church is a “cult.” The term brings to mind satanic rituals, but in fact merely is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “a quasi-religious group, often living in a colony, with a charismatic leader who indoctrinates members with unorthodox or extremist views, practices or beliefs.”

The difference between a cult and a religion, then, is the size and age of the movement. By this definition, Romney’s church was once a cult, but no longer is. The same can be said of all world religions, including Christianity.

— Lara Updike, Sequim

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