Regent Students Upset With Romney

Students and alumni from Virginia Beach's Regent University are debating the decision to have former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speak at the school's upcoming commencement ceremonies.

E-mails both criticizing and defending the move have appeared on Regent's electronic billboard.

Those opposed to Romney speaking say his Mormon faith clashes with the Evangelical Christian views of the school.

Regent University was founded by Evangelical icon Pat Robertson. Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network discusses Mormonism on its Web site under a section, "How Do I Recognize a Cult?'' where it describes Mormon beliefs as "simply, wrong.''

The site also says the Mormon faith has "many people of exemplary character.''

Romney was invited to speak at Regent in mid-February.

The Romney campaign has not yet responded to press inquiries about his appearance at Regent.

Another Republican candidate for the presidency who has drawn criticism from Evangelical Christians, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is scheduled to speak at Regent in April.

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)

This program aired on March 2, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.


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