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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Registered: 06-07-2011
((That is most certainly true for the fundamentalist evangelical Christians))

Another example. The weird hatred of Christianity on these threads is astounding. It's always cloaked as the "evangelical Christians" who are, in reality, are not a whole lot different than Muslims on many aspects. Many Muslims are against pre-marital sex, divorce, homosexuality, abortion, having kids out of wedlock, etc. In fact, I can't think of any practicing Muslims who have defended ANY of these things, have you?

Yet, for some reason the liberal fringe only finds fault with the Christians who believe this stuff.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
It's the truth. That's not bashing...and yes, you make an excellent point about fundamentalist Christians being similar to fundamentalist Muslims, something that fundamentalist Christians don't seem to recognize in themselves, particularly when they are getting themselves whipped into a frenzy about the possibility of Sharia law becoming a reality in the U.S. while at the same time attempting to pass laws that would be just as draconian for the majority of Americans. I don't see the Muslims in the U.S. attempting to pass any legislation based on their beliefs. When that happens, they'll get the same criticisms from me that I have about fundamentalist evangelical Christians.
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What draconian laws are the so called fundamentalist Christians trying to pass in the U.S. that could possible even come close to Sharia Law?
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Any law that is based on their religious beliefs.
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Registered: 06-07-2011
Such as???
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Registered: 05-03-2011
As I said, any law that is based on someone's religious beliefs, beliefs that are not shared by all Americans. There are plenty of examples out there, particularly for those who regularly read/watch the news.
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Okay, I thought you might actually have examples, but since you don't, don't worry about it.
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LOL.
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You have provided yet another example of bashing the fundamentalist Christians by accusing them of attempting to pass "draconian laws" but when asked for just one example of such a draconian law....you provided none.

Nothing funny about that.
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LOL! Seriously? Any of the recent attempts by states to pass laws regarding abortion to include such things as investigating miscarriages, requiring ultrasounds (particularly when it comes to the type of ultrasound that would be needed for the majority of abortions which occur very early in a pregnancy), all designed to humiliate and "get back" at those sinful women for daring to have sex and becoming pregnant...all based on their religious beliefs. Any of the laws limiting civil rights for homosexuals based on their homosexuality.

Sorry you don't happen to see it the same way I do, but it's all over the news, as I stated before. Nice try, though.

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