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Beyond Rick Perry's high-profile Friday endorsement from Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress, who openly calls Mormonism a "cult", Perry has worked closely with the charismatic evangelical tendency known as the New Apostolic Reformation, which dominated Perry's August 6th presidential campaign launch event, The Response, and whose top leaders advise burning Books of Mormon.

On Friday, October 7th 2011, Texas Baptist megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress introduced Rick Perry's speech at the 2011 Family Research Council Voter Values Summit and endorsed presidential hopeful Perry (a key endorsement for Perry's campaign according to the LA Times.) Perry's presidential campaign specifically approved of the choice of Jeffress to introduce Perry's speech at the event.

On the same day, pastor Jeffress attacked Mormonism, the faith of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. As Jeffress stated in an interview with American Family Association spokesperson Bryan Fischer, "We need to understand, it [Mormonism] is not Christianity, it is not a branch of Christianity, it is a cult" (see video at Right Wing Watch.)  

The Perry campaign, now in damage control mode, has responded with a statement that "The governor does not believe Mormonism is a cult." But Perry's ties to overtly anti-Mormon tendencies include his alliance with the rapidly growing movement on the charismatic evangelical right known as the New Apostolic Reformation, whose leading figure C. Peter Wagner has also labeled Mormonism a cult and whose top leaders (Wagner included) advise burning  books of Mormon.

[this story continues here at Alternet.org]

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