Monday, July 9, 2012

Mormons Reject 'Cult' Label Ahead Of US Polls

Mormons give an insight into their normally secretive religion as one of their members battles to become US president.

A senior figure in the Mormon church has dismissed claims the religion is a 'cult' and told Sky News that America is learning to love the faith.

Republican Mitt Romney will become the first Mormon president should he beat Barack Obama in November's election.

But doubts persist among evangelical voters who believe the Mormon faith clashes with their own beliefs. Many Christians have labelled Mormonism a 'cult'.

MIchael Otterson, managing director of the church's public affairs, told Sky News: "Obviously I would say that that is completely wrong."

Speaking at the Salt Lake City headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the official name of the Mormon church, he added: "In reality we have very good relations with evangelical churches, there is no religious war going on here.

"I think there is a genuine interest in trying to find out more about what we really believe."

The church has launched a television advertising campaign across the United States featuring people from all walks of life. Each ad ends with the line 'And I am a Mormon'. Read More