In a clash that smacks of religious bigotry, that could cost Mitt Romney the election, Romney today called on Rick Perry to reject Reverend Jeffries for saying Romney's religion was un-Christian, and a cult. Perry refused to do it. The AP reports:
"I would call upon Gov. Perry to repudiate the sentiment and the remarks made by that pastor," Romney said at a news conference in Lebanon, N.H., hours before a GOP presidential debate.
Perry, through a spokesman, refused to disavow the pastor, Robert Jeffress, who heads a 10,000-strong Baptist congregation in Dallas.
Romney's challenge on a highly charged, emotional issue raises the specter of religious bigotry and brings into sharper focus the difficulty Romney faces in appealing to evangelical Christians, a bed rock of Republican support.
Religious bigotry in the form of Reverend Jeffress is taking the day, and encouraging Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain to also refuse to say that Mitt Romney is a Christian. Michele Bachmann says the beauty of this country is that we're tolerant of all faiths–except for Mitt Romney's, of course.