Two very different responses to my quotes in the Washington Times:
I must say that as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am growing a little weary of the “I wouldn’t want Romney to teach my son’s Sunday school class” comments.
I certainly wouldn’t mind having a non-Mormon teach Sunday school class as long as they taught from the Scriptures and they were not doing so with an agenda to tear down my faith, which unfortunately a surprising number of Baptists and Evangelicals enjoy doing.
Dear reader, I get what you’re saying. I was quoted as, “I disagree with Mormonism, and I wouldn’t want Governor Romney to teach my son’s Sunday school class. But there is no difference between Romney and evangelicals and their positions on moral issues.” But in actuality, I believe I told Julia Duin I wouldn’t want him teaching my Sunday school class. To say I wouldn’t want him teaching my son’s give the statement a more ominous tone… as if I wouldn’t trust him with the young minds of my kids. I was just trying to make the point that Sunday School is (usually) the place where people of the same faith and denomination get together to learn about God. There is much good that Gov. Romney could teach the kids at Zion Presbyterian Church — however, Sunday school is reserved for catechisms and flannelgraphs, if you know what I mean. (Surely in LDS churches, I wouldn’t be welcome to show up and teach the Five Points of Calvinism.) My point is that people of differing theological views can agree Gov. Romney is the right man for President in ’08.
Also, a different take from an evangelical friend:
“…we do not see him as a person of faith in the sense of what we believe is the true meaning of faith. We actually care about him as a person who has a misdirected faith…His speech should be short and sweet: We live in America where freedom of religion is one of our founding principles, he’s exercising his freedom of religion by belonging to the Mormon church, end of story. The important thing is the values he brings to the public arena are social conservative values which any evangelical supports. We are totally comfortable when Mitt speaks about the social conservative issues, but not when he speaks about his personal faith.”