Behind the Scenes, Christian Right Leaders Rally Behind Rick Perry

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Behind the Scenes, Christian Right Leaders Rally Behind Rick Perry
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Tue, 07-05-2011 - 10:50am

I was wondering if there was still an active "Christian Right" they've been so quiet of late.

Does Perry stand a chance in hell of being nominated by the GOP?

http://swampland.time.com/2011/07/05/behind-the-scenes-christian-right-leaders-rally-behind-rick-perry/

In early June, TIME has learned, a group of prominent figures on the Christian Right held a conference call to discuss their dissatisfaction with the current GOP presidential field, and agreed that Rick Perry would be their preferred candidate if he entered the race. Among those on the call were Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council; David Barton, the Texas activist and go-to historian for the Christian Right; and John Hagee, the controversial San Antonio pastor whose endorsement John McCain rejected in 2008.

Religious conservatives have often played a substantial role in choosing past Republican nominees, but leaders on the Christian Right have been conspicuously quiet so far in this campaign season. Privately, however, they are enthusiastic about Perry and are encouraging the Texas governor to throw his ten-gallon hat into the ring.

Perry’s favor with the Christian Right is relatively new, and he is their candidate of choice as much by default as anything. Many leaders had hoped that Mike Huckabee would make a second run for the nomination and give them a fellow religious conservative (and a Southerner) to support. When Huckabee chose to sit out the race and Haley Barbour stepped aside as well, some Christian Right bigwigs considered throwing their support behind Newt Gingrich.

The former Speaker has made religious freedom for Christians his signature issue over the past few years. And more importantly, Gingrich needs religious conservatives more than they need him — he might feel indebted to that constituency if he won, the thinking went.

 


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OMG! I HOPE he doesn't! What a piece of work.

And this: "The former Speaker has made religious freedom for Christians his signature issue over the past few years." HUH? Since WHEN have Christians not had religious freedom????????? Give me a freakin' break!

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"Since WHEN have Christians not had religious freedom?????????"

The perpetual victims. They sure want to curtail others' freedoms.

 


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To be fair, it's just a smaller group of Christians (usually the fundamentalist evangelicals) who think they are being persecuted. Unfortunately, they are very vocal.
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Registered: 02-05-2011
This made me wonder, who is the religious left, and do they have behind the scenes selections for candidates?
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Registered: 06-07-2011
((To be fair, it's just a smaller group of Christians (usually the fundamentalist evangelicals) who think they are being persecuted. Unfortunately, they are very vocal.))

Really? I haven't heard of any Christians complaining they are being persecuted. Do you have links?
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KauaiTurtle wrote:
((To be fair, it's just a smaller group of Christians (usually the fundamentalist evangelicals) who think they are being persecuted. Unfortunately, they are very vocal.))

Really? I haven't heard of any Christians complaining they are being persecuted. Do you have links?

http://www.worthynews.com/1710-persecution-of-christians-growing-in-the-united-states

http://www.thebible1.net/biblicaltheism/willchrist.htm

http://www.christianpersecution.info/america.php

http://www.jeremiahproject.com/prophecy/warxian.html

http://spectator.org/archives/2009/02/02/the-real-meaning-of-religious/

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Registered: 06-07-2011
Thank you for the links. However, you said they were very vocal but all the links you posted were from various Christian website/blogsites.

I thought maybe you would have something a little more mainstream. Unless one was on these sites, one would never know they were complaining about religious persecution.

I did not read all of the links you provided,however, the links I did read do address a very important issue. The things that are happening to some Christians would never, ever be tolerated if it were Muslims....AND, if it were happening to Muslims....it would be on the national news.

So...that being said, maybe the issue of Christian persecution needs to be addressed. I have found on these boards that several of the regular liberal posters openly bash the Christianity at every opportunity but go to great lengths to defend other religions. Seems like there is a bias on just how religiously tolerant some people are.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
KauaiTurtle wrote:
Thank you for the links. However, you said they were very vocal but all the links you posted were from various Christian website/blogsites.

I thought maybe you would have something a little more mainstream. Unless one was on these sites, one would never know they were complaining about religious persecution.

I did not read all of the links you provided,however, the links I did read do address a very important issue. The things that are happening to some Christians would never, ever be tolerated if it were Muslims....AND, if it were happening to Muslims....it would be on the national news.

So...that being said, maybe the issue of Christian persecution needs to be addressed. I have found on these boards that several of the regular liberal posters openly bash the Christianity at every opportunity but go to great lengths to defend other religions. Seems like there is a bias on just how religiously tolerant some people are.

It is in the mainstream.

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((What particularly do you think qualifies as bashing?
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That is most certainly true for the fundamentalist evangelical Christians (again, not a majority of Christians), so unless the truth is now considered "bashing," that's not a great example.

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No, it's not, particularly since most Muslims in the U.S. don't consider themselves victims, but quietly go about living their lives...all without blowing up innocent people.

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