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According to Reuters/Ipsos polling data, 35 percent of voters said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who is Mormon.
Even though the church has now renounced the practice, it is widely known for polygamy. And until the 1970′s, the church was openly racist against blacks. This, along with Mormon doctrine which seems to suggest that humans become Gods after death, and that God was once human, have caused many Christians to regard Mormonism as a cult instead of a religion.
So when Billy Graham met with Mitt Romney and gave him his endorsement, Graham’s website was forced to remove Mormonism from its cult list. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed on Tuesday that it had removed all references to Mormonism as a “cult” from its website.
“A cult is any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith,” the website said prior to last week. “It is very important that we recognize cults and avoid any involvement with them. Cults often teach some Christian truth mixed with error, which may be difficult to detect.”
So, apparently, whether or not a group should be deemed a cult rests on whether or a high profile Christian leader supports one of its members. There doesn’t seem to be any real standard at work here on how to define a cult. It seems that Graham and other evangelicals are allowed to remake definitions at will.