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Liberal HBO pundit refers to Mormon Church as 'cult'

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - HBO talk show host and Barack Obama supporter Bill Maher referred to Mitt Romney's LDS faith as a 'cult' in a Twitter post on Monday.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Controversial HBO talk show host and Barack Obama supporter Bill Maher referred to Mitt Romney's LDS faith as a 'cult' in a Twitter post on Monday.

Maher tweeted:

"Why even listen to #MittRomney on foreign policy? His entire FP experience is 2 yrs trying to brow-beat Frenchmen into joining his cult"

- @billmaher, May 21, 2012


Maher is no stranger to criticism toward The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In 2008, Maher produced the documentary Religulous, in which he ridiculed many tenets of the LDS faith, mostly using scenes taken from evangelical Christian anti-Mormon films and interviews with two men who left the church.

Presumtive GOP nominee Mitt Romney is a life-long member of the LDS faith and served a full-time two-year proselyting mission to France in the 1960s.

Romney has been faced with the 'cult' moniker in reference to his religion in the past.


The most recent reference to Mormonism as a 'cult' came in October from Texas Pastor Robert Jeffress, who was introducing Rick Perry to a gathering of conservatives in Washington D.C. and spoke to reporters afterward.

Jeffress has since toned down his rhetoric about the LDS faith and has thrown his support behind Romney.

In February, Maher donated $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC that supports President Obama's reelection.

Maher has been criticized for other controversial remarks on women, causing the Obama campaign to distance themselves from him.


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