In my previous post I linked to the Caucus Cooler's story about the City Councilman, Craig Adamson, from Marion, IA condemning Romney and Mormonism via email. Well, now ABC News' Jake Tapper interviewed Adamson and he's digging himself in even deeper. And, we find out that he's a Huckabee supporter (sadly unsurprising):
The "I'm campaigning against Mitt Romney" and the support for Huckabee is, again, sadly unsurprising. Those objecting to Romney on theological grounds seem to have found a home with Huck from Hope.
The Mormon faith of presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues to receive scrutiny and criticism in ways that would likely not be so vocally aimed at any faith other than, perhaps, Islam.
In Marion, Iowa, City Councilman Craig Adamson -- a registered Republican who considers himself a supporter of Mike Huckabee -- sent out an email asserting that if "you think religion, especially Christianity, is being marginalized by ACLU and other organizations" then "you would be piling on" if you vote for Mitt Romney because "Mormonism is a cult. In case I didn't type it clearly enough … Mormonism is a cult."
As first reported on the Iowa Caucus Cooler blog, Adamson wrote that "based on my knowledge of Mormonism, I would not trust him as my president as he might be fooled into believing most anything. How could he possibly be trusted to negotiate with Islamic radicals? He might believe Muslim and Mormons are the same, just like he tries to pass off Mormons as Christians."
Adamson . . . suggests his objections to Romney are not just faith-based.
"Whether or not you believe what Mormonism has to say, Romney has flip-flopped on important issues such as whether or not he's pro life," Adamson says.
But he goes on to say that Romney's faith bothers him. "If you've delved into the Mormon faith at all there's a lot to swallow," he says. "Mormonism tries to assimilate itself as mainstream Christianity."
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Adamson intends to attend the Republican caucuses in Iowa on January 3. While he's strongly leaning towards Huckbee, a former Baptist preacher, he considers Huckabee weak on illegal immigration and likes the views of Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., on that issue. The only matter he seems sure of is that he's "going to campaign against Mitt Romney. He's a very educated man -- there's a lot of very educated people that are Mormon. Orrin Hatch is a Mormon; he's been in the Senate for like 100 years. But if you're going to be in positions of responsibly it does trouble me."
"Mormonism is a cult," he says again. "I'm not going to back down on this."
Says Romney campaign spokesman Kevin Madden, “Governor Romney continues to believe that this campaign should not be about questioning a candidate’s faith. While it is fair to criticize a candidate’s record or policy positions, we would strongly disagree with anyone who would choose to make disparaging remarks about a candidate’s personal faith."
And he notes that Romney said in his speech at the George Bush Presidential Library just last week, "I am an American running for President. I do not define my candidacy by my religion. A person should not be elected because of his faith nor should he be rejected because of his faith."
In other anti-Mormon news, a Baltimore Sun columnist actually weighs in on whether or not Romney wears the garments preferred by some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. (60 Minutes' Mike Wallace took a look at this LDS practice HERE.) A Sun reporter used a bathroom at one of the Romneys' many mansions and took a peek.
This is one of the reasons why people hate the media.
And on Bloomberg TV, Huckabee is asked what he meant when he asked a New York Times Magazine reporter, "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?"
"Where were you going with this comment and is it reasonable for people to question how an ordained minister would ask this kind of question?" asked Peter Cook.
"No, because I don't know that much about the Mormon faith," Huckabee responded. "I haven't studied Mormonism. I have enough trouble keeping up with Baptist theology. I'm a Baptist. The reporter actually knew more about the Mormon faith than I did. It was a question that was asked, 10 words, in the context of about a three- to four-hour conversation that we had over a period of several days. Somehow, 10 words got lifted out of an 8,100-word article and it’s unfortunate. I’m not, you know, talking about somebody else’s faith. It’s not my job to discuss it."
Would any religious belief, if practiced by a minority population, withstand such scrutiny?
Also, I love the irony of how this Adamson clown objects to Romney because of his "Flip-flop" on abortion, but can still be a strong supporter of Huckabee despite his "deathbed conversion" on immigration. The Huck-a-flops are starting to pile up (taxes, Guantanomo, Immigration, crime rhetoric, etc . . .).
It's easy to see how unflappable and presidential Romney has acted through all this. He definitely is the one standing on higher ground.