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Official challenges media use of “cult” to describe Mormons
Michael Otterson, director of public affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints challenged the media’s usage of cult when reporting about the church. In an “On Faith” column in the Washington Post/Newsweek, Otterson said, “As part of the rhetorical warfare that has come to characterize modern American political discourse, it was only a matter of time before someone once again used the term “cult” to describe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We saw it often during the 2008 presidential campaign. It surfaced more recently when Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) was fighting to retain his Nevada Senate seat (his opponent’s pastor accused him of belonging to a cult that “pretends to embrace Christianity”).”