First District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador told a national TV audience Sunday that likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney shouldn't attempt to mediate concerns about Mormon theology.
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday as part of a panel on religion and politics, Labrador suggested Romney talk about his work as a missionary and as a bishop and stake president. Moderator David Gregory asked Labrador, who also is LDS, whether Romney should squarely address "discomfort" with theological concerns. Some evangelicals question Mormonism, even labeling it a cult.
Said Labrador: "Well, he should talk about who he is and what formed him. And I think he discusses missionary work. I was a missionary for two years in South America. My son-- my oldest son is now a missionary in South America. It's one of the most formative things that you can do in your life.
"It informs who you are for the rest of your life. I think he could talk about that. He could relate to the people that he has taught as a bishop. He was a bishop and a stake president in the church which means that he actually dealt with a lot of different issues dealing with poverty and other issues. He should talk about that a little bit more. But...I mean, you shouldn't be getting into the theology because every church has a different dogma, a different teaching. And... we shouldn't be judging. Our constitution tells us that we shouldn't be having religious tests."
Labrador made his third appearance on the show Easter Sunday.
He also critiqued the Obama administration for its controversial contraception rule, saying, "There is an attack on religious freedom at this point."
Labrador also blasted MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell for "just saying some really nasty things about the Mormon religion...that it was based on some guy just waking up some morning and deciding that he wanted, that he had and extramarital affair and that's how the religion was founded."
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