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Evangelicals Support Mormon Mitt Romney For President

Meet David and Nancy French. David is a native of Kentucky and has been a commercial litigation partner for a large law firm, taught at Cornell Law School, and served as president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). After he left FIRE, he founded and directed the Alliance Defense Fund’s Center for Academic Freedom, and currently serves as a Senior Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice. Nancy French grew up in Paris, Tennessee. She began her writing career as a Philadelphia City Paper columnist tackling many subjects with a light, humorous touch; her articles have appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Sun, Newsmax, the Philadelphia Daily News, and National Review Online.

David and Nancy are two Evangelicals who strongly support Mitt Romney, the Republican Presidential candidate, who also just happens to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly referred to as the Mormon Church.) In fact, in 2006 they founded Evangelicals for Mitt which they say they started with one simple idea in mind:

To enlist the mighty machinery of evangelical activism behind the single best candidate for President of the United States, Mitt Romney. Even then we could see the need for a man of Mitt’s unique talents and now – with labor participation the lowest in 30 years and with the most sluggish recovery since the Great Depression – the need is even greater.

We were more idealistic back in those days. Convinced of Mitt’s merits, we saw our task as relatively easy. Introduce Mitt to evangelicals, deal with the relatively easy questions about theology and politics, and then watch him win social conservatives on his way to the White House. [1]

One of the main issues that David and Nancy are supporting Mitt on is his stand against abortion. Both they and Mitt agree that the Word of God is true, and that it unequivocally warns God’s people to always choose life. In the Holy Bible, in Deuteronomy 30:19 are recorded these words: “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.”

There is a stark contrast between the Democratic party and the Republican party on this important issue. The Democratic party platform essentially states:

The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. [1]

Now, compare that to the Republican party platform:

Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. [1]

As a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mitt is very familiar with the LDS Church document, “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” One of the statements embodied within that document is, “We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.” Also contained in that document is the following statement: “We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.”

David French commented:

In the six years that Nancy and I have run Evangelicals for Mitt, we’ve made a huge number of Mormon friends and learned a great deal from the LDS church.  In fact, we’ve taken flack for urging evangelicals to emulate Mormons in your approach to missions, service, and church growth.  We have long stood on the barricades against anti-Mormon bigots.  But now we’re asking you to take a page from the evangelical book: Engage fully, proudly, and without hesitation. [1]

Article was written by Keith brown

Additional Resources:

Learn more about Mormon Mitt Romney 

Basic Mormon Beliefs and Real Mormons

LDS Church and Political Neutrality