dobson2.jpgThe Romney camp says a Focus on the Family video in which a top organizational official says Mitt Romney “has acknowledged that Mormonism is not a Christian faith, and I appreciate his acknowledging that” has its facts wrong, according to TIME’s Swampland. The video, released as part of a presidential voter guide by the political arm of James Dobson’s sprawling Colorado Springs group, attracted attention last week because of its generally glowing take on Romney, compared to more critical videos about Mike Huckabee, John McCain, and Rudy Giuliani.
Here’s what the Romney camp told TIME:

On Saturday, I read this quote to Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s traveling press secretary. He did not hesitate or mince his words. “The governor has not made that acknowledgment,” Fehrnstrom told me. “He has said that his belief is not the same as others. But there is no doubt that Jesus Christ is at the center of the LDS church’s worship.”
In fact, the Church of Latter Day Saints, also know as the Mormon church, holds as a central belief that it is a Christian faith. This belief is a concern for some evangelical Christians, who see Mormonism as a competing religion. On the campaign trail, Romney has avoided discussing his faith in depth, and he has acknowledged that there are differences between his faith and others. But he has not been quoted saying Mormonism is not a Christian faith.
“Now some people define ‘Christianity’ differently,” Fehrnstrom continued. “Some people believe that ‘Christianity’ is a group of evangelical churches. Others believe that ‘Christianity’ is any church that follows the teaching of Jesus Christ, and that is what the LDS church believes.” I asked Fehrnstrom if that was also what Romney believed. He said yes.


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