Tricia EricksonAn author who grew up in the Mormon Church says she isn’t surprised that a recent survey of Latter-day Saints (LDS) shows that they overwhelmingly consider themselves to be Christians.
The survey, “Mormons in America: Certain in Their Beliefs, Uncertain of Their Place in Society,” was conducted by The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. It shows that 97 percent of Mormons consider themselves Christians. But an earlier Pew survey of the general public found that only 51 percent of Americans agree.
Tricia Erickson is the author of Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters? The Mormon Church Versus the Office of The Presidency of the United States Of America. While the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as it is officially called, comprises less than two percent of the U.S. population, it has been in the spotlight because it is the religion of GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney. Erickson says she knows why most Mormons believe they are Christian.
“I grew up as a Mormon bishop’s daughter, so I know how they think; I know how they program their members,” she accounts. “Mormonism is no different than any other cult. It’s very likened to Islam because they’re not really allowed to have critical thinking.”
And Erickson says the LDS Church wants the outside world to think it is part of Christendom. “If they are termed as Christians, they’re more acceptable, which would make a Mormon president more acceptable to the American people,” she explains. “So this has been a plan all along for Mormons — to assimilate into Christendom — over the last five years, or maybe longer.”
Fifty-six percent of the Mormons surveyed say the U.S. is ready to elect a Mormon president.
Chad Groening – OneNewsNow – 1/18/2012 7:30:00