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The Splintered Religious Right’s Endorsement


A follow-up on an earlier post (Religious Right Leaders to Meet and Plot Strategy on How to Stop Romney)

WASHINGTON — A week before the South Carolina primaries, more than 150 conservative evangelical leaders met in Texas and voted to throw their weight behind former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum. The endorsement, which will likely come with grassroots support and fundraising assistance, marks a last-minute effort to help a socially conservative candidate dethrone current frontrunner Mitt Romney.

“Rick Santorum has consistently articulated the issues that are of concern to conservatives, both economic and social,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, speaking on behalf of the attendees.

The group of religious conservative leaders met on Friday and Saturday at the Brenham ranch of former judge and Southern Baptist leader Paul Pressler. The assemblage did not release a full list of its members, although radio host James Dobson, Don Wildmon of the American Family Association and pastor John Hagee were among the invited.

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Wonder if these self appointed bellwethers are under the delusion that Christians across America will now blindly follow their lead?  I said it 4 years ago and will say it again:  A lot of us sheep stopped drinking the kool-aid a long time ago.

16 comments on “The Splintered Religious Right’s Endorsement

  1. You can move up to 1:48 if you don’t want to watch the rest. Santorum, with a smug smile, nods his head and agrees that he voted to go to war in Iraq despite all the hype being false, being ‘propaganda’ as Ron Paul says.

    This is the man they choose to support? An Imperator puppet?

    How can anyone claim to speak for the Church, to speak as a Christian who, authoritatively, uses the Gospel of Jesus Christ ever support an Empire?

  2. When it’s down to Romeny and Obama – What will the authors of email from last election who urged Christians to vote for a “real christian” say this time around? One of the underlying belief of the religious right explicitly or implicitly stated is that America is a Christian country (which is not and has never been)and therefore must be ruled by the ‘right christian”. That notion needs to be thoroughly discredited in the wider American church community. Any qualified citizen regardless of their faith should be able to aspire to the presidency of the US and ONLY genuine Christians are qualified to lead God’s church. I’m really waiting to see what they will say when Romeny clinches the nomination. Like I’ve said before I’m looking forward to what they we say. Pat Robertson is already on record saying Romney is a ” wonderful Christian”

    http://www.christianpost.com/news/pat-robertson-mitt-romney-an-outstanding-christian-57017/

    I prefer these debates to be narrowed to strictly public governance issues. I have no problem with Pat or his fellow travelers supporting Romney but proclaiming he’s a christian is something else. At least have the courage to say Mormonism is part of Christianity.This is my rule with politics and religion. Anytime a pastor/Christian leader is trying to preach politics to me I tune out and anytime a politician is trying to flaunt his religiosity I equally weary. Pastor please stick to preaching and politician talk about taxes/debt/war/healthcare/roads/something etc

    • When it’s down to Romeny and Obama – What will the authors of email from last election who urged Christians to vote for a “real christian” say this time around?

      Exactly.

      Like i said in a previous post, this election of 2012 is going to be one to watch closely. The political religious-right groups and their spokesmen will twist themselves into pretzels if Romney is the Republican candidate, trying to explain why its now ok to support him.

      Stay tuned!🙂

  3. If they gathered to seek Christ rather than some earthly candidate, then their efforts would have been far more prosperous in the Spirit.

    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/2012/01/christ-or-politics-not-both-i-love-and.html

  4. So they decide to support a big government Catholic rather than a big government Mormon. In the end it doesn’t matter. God still rules in the kingdoms of men and sets over them whosoever He will, even the lowest of men

    • In the end it doesn’t matter. God still rules in the kingdoms of men and sets over them whosoever He will, even the lowest of men.

      Amen Steve.

  5. ” Imperator puppet”

    I love it, Cal!

    (I might steal it in the future.)🙂

  6. Rachel Tabachnick (talk2action) has an article up today.

    quote…

    A group of Religious Right leaders met in Texas this past weekend in order to consolidate their support against Mitt Romney prior to the South Carolina primary. Much to their surprise, they succeeded. “What I did not think was possible appears to be possible,” said the group’s spokesperson, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. However, the group will not be asking Rick Perry or Newt Gingrich to drop out of the race.

    Today, Santorum, Gingrich, and Ron Paul are scheduled to speak at South Carolina’s first statewide Tea Party convention.

    It remains to be seen what influence these Religious Right leaders will have this close to the South Carolina primary. Despite the vote, they appear to continue to be divided between support for Santorum and Gingrich. Ironically, the only evangelical candidate left in the GOP primary is Texas Governor Rick Perry.

    There are a number of active religo-political networks in South Carolina. Palmetto Family Council is affiliated with both Focus on Family and Family Research Council and has had significant influence on the state legislature. James Dobson, who attended the Texas gathering, is no longer head of Focus on Family, but Tony Perkins still leads the Family Research Council.

    South Carolina is also home to politically active New Apostolic networks and a relatively new religo-political organization called the Oak Initiative, founded in 2009.

    This weekend the first statewide Tea Party convention began in Myrtle Beach, opened with a speech by Senator Jim DeMint. It continues today with Governor Nikki Haley and candidates Gingrich, Santorum, and Ron Paul.

    As noted in my previous article, the South Carolina Tea Party overlaps significantly with the Religious Right and includes a Christian nationalist message.

    One of yesterday’s speakers at the Tea Party event was Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani of the Houston-based Raging Elephants. Claver, an African American, told the overwhelmingly Caucasian participants that they should be more racially inclusive, but intolerant of other religions and beliefs. According to the Palmetto Public Record, he told participants that associating with non-believers and people of different faiths is a threat to their own faith.

    Apostle Claver described the Democratic Party as “racist,” also using the term to describe Rep. Jim Clyburn, an African American representing South Carolina in the U.S. House.

    This echoes a message being promoted across the nation by the apostles and prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation, including (* Rick Joyner’s) Oak Initiative. Much of the messaging has been developed by Christian nationalist speaker David Barton and included as part of the programming for Pastors Policy Briefings held in several states.

    • Hunstman bowed out and in his statement he said,

      “This is the most important election in our lifetime”.

      Where have I heard that before? Oh yea, in every single election in my lifetime! (60 years) Redundant irony!

    • Aha! True. Every 4 years its the same; if we don’t elect the ‘correct’ candidate, America is doomed.

  7. As I read both the article and the various comments I am reminded of a couple of stories in the Bible. One is story found in Joshua about the Captain of the Lord of Hosts who confronted Joshua and who said emphatically that He was neither for nor was He against Israel.

    The other is this verse from the Apostle Peter, who actually was “for” seeing Jesus Christ set up an earthly kingdom, which Christ was clearly against, and in fact rebuked Peter’s personal thoughts about setting up an earthly kingdom of God as if they were the thoughts of Satan, which they were.

    Here is what Peter wrote: 1Pe_2:11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

    As a part of my job years ago, I attended the 2000 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles at the brand new Staples Center. I lodged in the very same Hotel downtown as then Governor Gray Davis. I got to hang around with him. I got to hang around with and eat breakfast with Ted Kennedy. I got to hang around a lot of well known politicians including the candidate for Vice President Joe Leiberman. During one of the nights Jesse Jackson was scheduled to speak. He has a charisma about him that is spell binding. It is to this that I address about the spell binding passion of the flesh that Mr. Jackson used to whip up this stadium full of people to a high emotion so much so that he literally brought the house down when he quipped, “stay out of the Bushes”! I never ever was in the midst of such emotion like that that night.

    You got a sense that there was a powerful spiritual undercurrent at work in the hearts and minds of these people gathered there from all over the country and from around the world.

    It seems to me, if we are not careful, we just might get sucked into a hot debate as to who is and who is not qualified to be the candidate for the Republican Party. I hope not? I hope we will all remember that Christ is not taking sides. He is not going to be caught off guard by who emerges as the next Republican candidate to defeat the current President, our President, President Obama.

    I would only caution that if you are not praying for the current President and for his family each day, for the Vice President and his family, the Cabinet members and their families, the military and their families and praying for the Peace of God to crush the head of Satan, you just might find yourself all whipped up into hot passions of the flesh and end up disappointed and disillusioned by all the process going on around the country as this process is whipped up by that same spiritual undercurrent that was at working in 2000 at the Democratic Convention!

    One of the schemes of the devil is to bring forth onto the world stage a peacemaker who can promise peace and prosperity; one who can deliver on his or her promises that are used only in the immediate sense to move people to act out their red hot passions of the flesh to do something that later on doesn’t help the cause! Instead, let these cool waters of the Holy Spirit calm your nerves, realizing that Our Lord and Savior’s Name is the “Beginning and the End”, “the Alpha and the Omega” and “the First and the Last” moment of all Creation!

    Here’s a Verse that I would like to proffer for your enjoyment in Him, in Them: “…Rom 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. …”

    • You got a sense that there was a powerful spiritual undercurrent at work in the hearts and minds of these people gathered there from all over the country and from around the world.

      I would only caution that if you are not praying for the current President and for his family each day, for the Vice President and his family, the Cabinet members and their families, the military and their families and praying for the Peace of God to crush the head of Satan, you just might find yourself all whipped up into hot passions of the flesh and end up disappointed and disillusioned by all the process going on around the country as this process is whipped up by that same spiritual undercurrent that was at working in 2000 at the Democratic Convention!

      Michael i agree. The disbelief, disappointment, and disillusionment you speak of was seen among many Christians after the 08 election in a way i’ve never witnessed before. And it has never abated. Its actually grown into something ugly.

  8. Now the leaders are accusing each other ballot rigging in favor of Santorum an excerpts from the link below:

    “A civil war is breaking out among evangelical leaders over allegations of a rigged election and ballot stuffing at a Saturday gathering of religious and social conservatives….”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/16/activists-say-pro-santorum-vote-was-rigged/

    The pursuit of worldly power!

    • Thanks for the link RxY! I heard about the “Catholic verses Protestant” allegation on the evening news.

      A leading evangelical and former aide to President George H.W. Bush said he agreed with suspicions voiced by others at the meeting of evangelical and conservative Catholic activists that organizers “manipulated” the gathering and may even have stuffed the ballot to produce an endorsement of Mr. Santorum over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

      Former White House evangelical-outreach official Doug Wead, who represented GOP presidential hopeful Texas Rep. Ron Paul at the event, said it appeared the outcome obviously was determined in advance by the choice of the people invited.

      “By the time the weekend was over, it was clear that this had been definitely planned all along as a Rick Santorum event,” Mr. Wead said, noting that he was the only supporter of Mr. Paul to receive an invitation.

      “The organizer was for Santorum, the person who created the invitation list was for Santorum, the emcee was for Santorum, and after making sure all of the Gingrich people had vented early, the last three speakers before the vote were for Santorum,” he said.

      Added a Gingrich supporter, a prominent social conservative who asked not to be named, “My view is that the vote was manipulated.”

      Yet another evangelical political organizer who attended the meeting said he witnessed a possible incident of ballot-box stuffing. In at least one instance, the witness said, a participant was seen writing Mr. Santorum´s name on four separate ballots and putting all four in the box.

      Yeee doggies! You have to admit, its pretty funny🙂

    • PJ,

      The funniest thing is that, according to news report, a sweeping majority of “church-goers” in SC don’t care what these men say; they’ve already made the choice on who to vote for.

      While the buffoonery is hysterical, it is also sickening and sad that any man (let alone one who claims to follow the Messiah!) would stoop this level of lacking integrity.

  9. 5000 deaths – 35,000 wounded – thousands emotionally scarred

    And most of those “evangelicals” supported that war and now they are playing silly, political games. The fallen nature of man explores depths of depravity, and thinks very highly of itself. And the greatest shame is when those who bear His name play worthless games, full of sound and fury, but signifying nothing.

    Manipulating a worthless game? It’s like cheating on solataire.

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