Sometimes, especially within the African-American community, the roles of politician and preacher have overlapped. Even Republican contender Herman Cain is, in addition to being a businessman, a minister. This intersection has been tolerated because the black church historically was the only place those isolated by segregation could congregate and speak openly about issues of concern, including voting rights. The tradition remains, but the need for the overlap has expired. Bless Cain for saying so last Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
Asked about the Mormonism-as-cult comment, Cain replied:
"I'm not running for theologian in chief. ... I am not going to do an analysis of Mormonism vs. Christianity."
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