Letter From Brad Pitt's Mom Supporting Romney Draws National Attention
Jane Pitt says a vote for Obama is a vote for "a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage."
UPDATED: July 10 at 12:35 p.m.
Will Mitt Romney's Mormonism be a liability in the upcoming election? Jane Pitt, mother of actor Brad Pitt, does not believe it should.
Pitt recently made national headlines with a letter to the editor of the Springfield, Mo. News-Leader in which she referred to President Barack Obama as a "liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage" and encouraged fellow Christians not to vote against Romney just because he is a Mormon. (Read Pitt's full letter here.)
Pitt's letter was in response to a June opinion piece by Richard Stoecker in which he wrote, "The conscience of many Christians will not allow them to vote for a Mormon."
"Like me, their vote will be for none of the above, or as Romney protester the Rev. Bill Keller has suggested, they might write in the name of Jesus on their ballots," Stoecker opined. (Read the full letter here.)
Citing concerns regarding the Mormon view of women and perceived tritheistic and polytheistic beliefs, Stoecker added "I hope that wealthy and powerful GOP leaders who feel Romney will guarantee their victory will come to see that he likely will guarantee defeat."
Pitt argued that regardless of Romney's Mormonism, Christians should still vote for him because to do otherwise would be casting a vote for a man who "sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years" and "did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer."
Pitt asked that Christians spend time in prayer before deciding to vote against Romney, a man she described as a family man with high morals, business experience and "shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality" and abortion.
Pitt has come under fire since penning the letter, according to Examiner.com.
One of the less profane anti-Pitt comments cited by Examiner was, "If you're opposed to gay marriage, kill yourself, you're a bad person."
However, Pitt is not without supporters.
"I'm always proud of someone who stands up for their right to speak... in spite of how it may be viewed by family or friends who may disagree. Mrs. Pitt not only has opinions... she has convictions and stands up for them," wrote one Springfield, Mo. News-Leader reader.
Will Romney's religious beliefs cost him votes? How serious of an issue do you believe Romney's religion is to Christian voters? Let us know in the comments.
(Editor's note: According to Mormon.org, the website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormons "believe first and foremost that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of God.")
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