Baptist reverend: Mitt's Mormonism a bigger issue than Newt's infidelity

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 20 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, left, speaks as Mitt Romney, listens during the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate at the Benjamin Johnson Arena, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Spartanburg, S.C.

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Rev. Brad Atkins, the president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, which includes nearly 2,000 churches and 1 million members, told South Carolina's Patch newspaper on Monday that both Romney and Gingrich could struggle in the Palmetto State because of these issues.

"In South Carolina, Romney's Mormonism will be more of a cause of concern than Gingrich's infidelity," Atkins said. "Conservatives can process and pray their way through the issue of forgiveness toward a Christian that has had infidelity in their life, but will struggle to understand how anyone could be a Mormon and call themselves 'Christian.'

Read the full report by Andrew Moore and Reilly Moore here: SCBC President: Forgiven Gingrich Tops Mormon Romney.

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