An Unholy War

Mitt Romney's faith has been called into question. That's bad for all of us

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It certainly lived up to its billing. Hailed as "the most exciting meeting there is in Washington"--the testimonial is from former Education Secretary Bill Bennett--the Values Voter Summit is a kind of Station of the Cross for Republican presidential candidates. The gathering at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in early October produced more than its share of excitement when Robert Jeffress, a Dallas Evangelical megapastor, introduced Rick Perry and then told reporters that Mormonism--the faith of Mitt Romney, Perry's chief rival--is a "cult" and that "those of us who are born-again followers of Christ should always prefer a competent Christian to a...

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