Shane Vander Hart at Caffeinated Thoughts has a good post up about recent actions taken by the Billy Graham Evangelical Association (BGEA) after Graham's meeting with Mitt Romney. The BGEA has removed from its website an article that described the LDS church as a "cult."
Ken Barun of the BGEA said, "We removed the information from the website because we do not wish to participate in a theological debate about something that has become politicized during this campaign." But it seems to me that such a debate is precisely what they've sparked by doing this now.
There's plenty of room for a discussion about how to describe the Mormon faith, and about whether softening our language might help us better reach out to Mormons. However, the timing of this action leads easily to charges that it was politically motivated. And whomever we vote for, and however good our reasons are, we shouldn't be tempted to downplay religious differences that are real and important.