After reading the guest column by the Rev. Larry Taylor in Tuesday’s MDJ (“Is it OK for Christians to vote for a Mormon?”) I took a time warp back about 150 years and between. He has judged an entire religion with one fell swoop of his misdirected keyboard. It brought back recollections of racism, slavery, Nazis, Holocaust, genocide of cultures and peoples all through history. We are not so removed by time that these horrific instances based on uninformed and evil minds still raise their ugly heads once in a while. Now there it is in my local newspaper.
Larry Taylor is not the first minister I have heard proclaim Mormons as a non-Christian religion and group. I’m Christian and I know that Larry Taylor cannot know the hearts of every Mormon. He has judged them on what is a matter between them and their Lord. He has, once again, allowed Christians to be scrutinized as a group with no tolerance of others without even looking at his own religion’s history.
He also is extremely misinformed by his stated facts as well. I don’t know where he found his polls but most Christians and the general public view Mormons as Christians. Less than one third believe that Mormons are not Christians, according to Pew Research in June 2010. And another interesting poll by the Washington Post in 2011 found that one in four ministers say Mormons aren’t Christians. It is always the leaders, isn’t it?
I suggest that Taylor go back to seminary college and study Bible 101 again, especially James 4:12.
Mikel Sutton Crowley