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A prominent South Carolina evangelical endorsed Rick Santorum on Wednesday, and slammed Mitt Romney for his Mormon faith.

The criticism from the Rev. Huey Mills, the head of the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools, is the must public attack on Romney's religion in the state so far.

"My attitude is first 'anybody but Romney,' and second, 'let's get Santorum elected,' said Mills, whose organization includes 85 schools in South Carolina. Mills told The Hill that Mormonism is a "cult" and said he could never vote for Romney partly because he is a Mormon.

"I know there have been many people who said they'd hold their nose and vote for Romney if he gets the nomination, but I'’m not [one of them], I won't vote for him," he said. "It is a cult, most definitely."

Attacks on Romney's Mormonism are nothing new in South Carolina: In 2008, thousands of fake Christmas cards bearing Romney's name were sent out featuring a quote from a 19th-century Mormon leader endorsing polygamy.

Mills's comments about Mormonism came in the context of an interview about his criticism of Romney's views on homosexuality. The criticism surfaced in a press release Mills sent with Rev. Ray Moore, the South Carolina campaign director of Pat Robertson's presidential campaign in 1988.

"In obedience to the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, most South Carolinans and I have a sane and healthy homophobia, while Mitt Romney has a very bad case of homophilia," said Mills in the statement. "Romney's liberal support for homosexuality is not only at doctrinal odds with traditional Judaism and Christianity, it's even at odds with latter-day cults like Islam and Mormonism."

He slammed Romney for favoring "the homosexualization of our U.S. military" and for allowing civil unions while he was governor of Massachusetts. "His positions are simply unacceptable," he said.

Mills said he had not discussed his endorsement with the Santorum campaign. A Santorum campaign spokesman asked to see in writing the specific comments Mills had made before commenting on the endorsement, and after receiving them did not promptly get back to The Hill.

Romney's campaign also did not respond to a request for comment.

Sounds a tad tamer then Bill Keller, of course.

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Guys like this are why Obama might win a second term.

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I'm taking a class right now that is strictly a study of Holocaust so my emotional sensors are tuned to this kind of stuff right now, but his position is really kind of creepy.

Can you imagine the reaction if his quote was spoken about a Jewish candidate? Though i don't fear for my life or my freedom (and am not comparing my position to that of the Jews in previous decades), it's still unsettling belonging to a religious minority that America (as a whole) has decided it is acceptable to speak about in such a way.

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I'm taking a class right now that is strictly a study of Holocaust so my emotional sensors are tuned to this kind of stuff right now, but his position is really kind of creepy.

Can you imagine the reaction if his quote was spoken about a Jewish candidate? Though i don't fear for my life or my freedom (and am not comparing my position to that of the Jews in previous decades), it's still unsettling belonging to a religious minority that America (as a whole) has decided it is acceptable to speak about in such a way.

just as aside my dad was born near Dachau and raised during the war plus he had an Uncle in a camp for political prisoners. Very tough times

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I'm taking a class right now that is strictly a study of Holocaust so my emotional sensors are tuned to this kind of stuff right now, but his position is really kind of creepy.

Can you imagine the reaction if his quote was spoken about a Jewish candidate? Though i don't fear for my life or my freedom (and am not comparing my position to that of the Jews in previous decades), it's still unsettling belonging to a religious minority that America (as a whole) has decided it is acceptable to speak about in such a way.

Yes, I can. You know the Jews didn't fear for their lives either, they believed being loyal Germans was more than enough to obtain the respect and protection of their fellow Germans. They shrugged it off. That is, until it was too late.

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However he is in a ever shrinking minority.

I don't think it is as shrinking as we would hope. I think alot of the Anti-Romney sentiment is driven by deep seated anti-Mormonism but those engaged in won't admit it. They use other excuses, when pushed for justification, it ends up revealing their hypocrisy/double standards.

That has been my experience.

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Yet look at the fact that fewer and fewer critics are going after Romney's faith these days, compared to 2008.

Even if it's because they don't want to get smeared with the religious bigot label- the fact that opposition to the idea of a LDS president is waning more and more each day is quite significant and ever growing.

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And by that time, if Romney's the nominee, expect the majority of attacks on the church come from the Left.

There would still be one or two coming from the Right, but it would be from a fringe minority that the Democrats would try to amplify.

But I believe by then, the criticism of us would be mainly secular.

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And by that time, if Romney's the nominee, expect the majority of attacks on the church come from the Left.

There would still be one or two coming from the Right, but it would be from a fringe minority that the Democrats would try to amplify.

But I believe by then, the criticism of us would be mainly secular.

I think the criticism will be more cleverly anti Mormon without mentioning Romney but making sure Romney is labeled.

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The storm hasn't started yet. Wait until post nomination...

I would like to pedict If Romney doesn't take Florida, he will not get the nomination. But I've not looked at when other big states with less of an EV influence and more of a moderate base (New York?) have their primaries. That of course will depend on by how much Gingrich wins SC by and how much that translates to Florida. Romney's group says "it's tight" in SC while the latest poll has Gingrich at 40% and Romney at 26%.

Romney's best answer to his lack of conservative credentials has been "a Republican governor in a Democratic state". It's a weak argument and understandable why other conservatives don't trust it. But I believe Romney will do or attempt to do all the main conservative things he's promised. Romney is being hit from all sides with both pro and anti free market arguments, being uncomfortable with his religion, and a GOP who is now dazzled with Gingrich's debating prowess. The GOP had better get behind one candidate soon and not make the same 2008 mistake of picking a McCain or they will loose this golden opportunity.

It's in the media's best interest to keep this thing going as long as it can (for a variety of reasons) as evidenced by the debate on whether or not to release the Gingrich marriage scandal before the SC primary. Ironically, that could help Romney in the long run. But the GOP base may be immune to such things now after having gone through it already with Cain.

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Ugh here we go again. Please someone demostrate how America as a whole.finds it socially acceptable to pick on the LDS. what we have in the OP a subculture within a subculture, hardly society as a whole.

Let me clarify.

When i said that society as a whole supported this kind of abuse, i meant that, compared to how society would respond if the exact same statement had been about Judaism, society supports it.

If this man had said this about Jews, it would be all over the news-hollywood would be reporting on it (especially if he said in trying to support a candidate hollywood didn't like). When the man said it about mormons though, no one cared (unless i missed something-if i did someone please point it out so i can amend my statement).

The non-reaction gives people like this the impressing that it's allowable (in a similar way to how the U.S. and other countries turning away a boat load of 900 jews trying to escape Germany gave Hitler and his followers the idea that the world did not care what happened to the Jews).

I'm not comparing the Jewish situation in the 1930's and 40's to mormons situation in America right now, but even though the difference between the two is magnitudes, it's still creepy, especially considering that i'm currently neck-deep in holocaust material. (My point of view is definitely being influenced by my current studies.)

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Anti-Mormonism and anti-Romney are two separate things that just happen to overlap during an election year. If Romney were a serial adulterer or had a series of questionable relations with employees he would get the Gingrich and Cain treatment. But as Mormonism is the most peculiar thing about him this is the political target of choice. The side effect is everyone from career anti-mormons to late night comics get an extra 15 minutes of material from the current events.

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Off the subject, he should have released his damn tax returns; that's one of the reasons why he's dropped in the polls, if he keeps dodging the issue, maybe it could cost him the nomination.

BTW, thanks mods.

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