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Hatch denounces Perry-affiliated preacher who called Mormonism ‘not Christianity’

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Pastor Robert Jeffress introduced Gov. Perry (R-Texas) at the Values Voter Summit last Friday in Washington and said in remarks to reporters afterward that the view that Mormonisim is a cult was not a right-wing fringe” view, but rather a mainstream view. 

Rick Perrys a Christian. Hes an evangelical Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, Jeffress said Friday in remarks to reporters. Mitt Romneys a good moral person, but hes not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. It has always been considered a cult by the mainstream of Christianity. 

At a Tuesday news conference, Romney called on Perry to denounce the pastor, a request the Perry campaign declined.

Its not right, Hatch said. The Constitution says in Article 6 there is no religious test for office. He added that Romney is a man who lived his faith. 

You dont have to worry about scandal with Mitt Romney or his family, Hatch said. 

Both Perry and his son later told reporters that they do not believe Mormonism is a cult, although they have declined to speak at length on the topic.

I appreciate both Rick Perry and his son saying that, Hatch said. Its certainly not a cult; its the fourth-largest church in the country today.