Robert Jeffress, the Dallas minister who made the controversial comments about Mormonism being a cult, isn’t backing down from his contention that a candidate’s faith should matter to voters. “The question is not whether personal spiritual beliefs shape a politician’s values and policies, but what spiritual beliefs mold those values and policies,” he wrote. Still, he said, “while I prefer a competent Christian over a competent non-Christian, religion is not the only consideration in choosing a candidate. Frankly, Christians have not always made good presidents. We also must consider whether a candidate is competent to lead and govern according to biblical principles.” But, he argued, “at this point, we have the opportunity to select both a competent leader and a committed Christian.”
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