I was just reading an article by an Evangelical about why he couldn’t vote for Mitt Romney:
I have to give the man credit for originality: he tells us that Mormons can’t be trusted to stand firm on principles because any day a revelation might change the church’s position on some issue (apparently, he’s assuming that all Mormons will turn on a dime when the church say so). But even worse, he says, electing a Mormon president would give the church a lot of free press, and we can’t have that.
I’ve interacted with a lot of Evangelicals over the years in these online forums. Most of them have been reasonable and fair in their discussions with me about Mormonism, whether I was a believer or not. But there’s always been a subset of Evangelicals who seem to go unhinged at the drop of Joseph Smith’s white hat. It’s as if Mormonism is this huge threat to “real” Christians, so much so that they must be shunned so believers can avoid getting contaminated by their Mormon ways.
You may think I’m overstating things. We had neighbors in Texas who would not let their kids come into our house (who knows what Mormons do behind closed doors?). A family we knew had neighbors who refused to speak to them and would quickly gather their kids into the house whenever the dreaded Mormons were outside. And of course, more than one person told me that he/she would not pray with Mormons because that would be offensive to God.
I understand why Evangelicals strongly disagree with LDS theology, and I even understand why they say Mormons are not Christians, though I disagree with them. But I don’t understand the abject terror that comes over some Evangelicals whenever Mormons are brought up.