Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Bob Jones to support Romney

From The Wall St. Journal:

A top official at Bob Jones University, the Evangelical Christian school with a history of anti-Mormon rhetoric, plans to throw his weight behind Mormon presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

Robert R. Taylor, dean of the university’s college of arts and sciences, said he believes the former Massachusetts governor is the only Republican candidate who both stands a chance of winning the White House and will reliably implement the anti-abortion, antigay marriage, pro-gun agenda of Christian conservatives. (
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“The fact that I’m seen as a Religious Right person would hopefully get others to step out for him,” Taylor said in an interview in Greenville, S.C., the university’s hometown.

Taylor’s endorsement, which he said he plans to announce in the near future, marks a stunning move for such a high-placed academic at Bob Jones University. In 2000, Bob Jones III, then president of the university, wrote a public letter that referred to Mormonism and Catholicism as “cults which call themselves Christian.”

Taylor acknowledged that endorsing a Mormon for president risked alienating the university’s conservative donors and alumni. But, he said, “we’re not electing a pastor — we’re electing a president.”

This will be a bitter disappointment to the left-wing moonbats who desperately want to see their bigoted view of Christians as a bunch of bigots confirmed. What Dr. Taylor says about how we are electing a president not a pastor is true. What we need as a person who upholds a certain group of values, not a specific theology. We will support anyone who upholds those values even if we profoundly disagree on theology.

While I am convinced that Thompson would be a better candidate in the general election and I am not happy with Romney's multiple changes of position on abortion I believe that he would govern well and would not hesitate to support him if he were the nominee next year.