Monday, October 3, 2011

Pat Robertson calls Romney an "outstanding Christian"

The AP, in a weekend interview with Pat Robertson:

Robertson said he would continue to comment on the news of the day and noted he likes Mitt Romney's politics.

He said he considers the Mormon candidate "an outstanding Christian," but declined to say if he would be OK with a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the White House.

Half-wow, and half-not-wow on this one.

The wow part is that it's way outside of the evangelical mainstream to consider Mormons to be Christians. Doctrinally, they're worlds apart on key issues, and most evangelicals consider Mormonism to be a cult.

The half-not-wow part is that Robertson has been a bit unpredictable over the past, few years. In 2008, he endorsed the pro-choice Rudy Giuliani. That kind of move would have been unthinkable for Robertson ten years ago.

And last month, he said that it was theologically-okay to divorce spouses with Alzheimer's because Alzheimer's is like "a kind of death" that frees a spouse to remarry.

So Robertson has been a wildcard the past few years, and his personal influence has faded dramatically.