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RWNJ and Unindicted co-conspirator Ralph Reed is back

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Ralph Reed former head of the right wing Christian Coalition, which continually violated federal election and tax laws during his leadership, is back with a new organization trying to link the religious right and the Republican party. The group called “Faith and Freedom Coalition” is holding a conference this weekend in Washington DC. This shows once again that religious right criminals never have to pay for their crimes.
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Okay so NOW bringing religion into politics is wrong?

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Last week Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a speech to try and calm the evangelical Christian base of the party over his religious beliefs. Romney is a Mormon. To many evangelicals, that is the same as being a Pagan or worse – an atheist even though in actuality, Mormonism is a sect of Christianity.

Romney has pandered to the evangelicals on other occasions, like his flip flop on abortion, and with evangelical poster boy Mike Huckabee nipping at his heels, the speech was seen in similar light as one given by John F Kennedy during him campaign in 1960.

Of course Romney’s speech really wasn’t anything like Kennedy’s absolute separation of church and state speech.

My favorite reaction to the speech was a quote by Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition, and now considered a GOP strategist (whatever that means):

“We have been conducting doctrinal frisks and theological GI-tract exams of our candidates and we have to remember that these candidates are not running for president of the seminary and they’re not running for pastor in chief. They’re running to be commander in chief at a time of global war on terrorism.”

Ralph Reed: Religion questions are getting invasive

The quote got the following comment when it was mentioned on the Yeas and Nays blog:

C-dog: There’s more to the job than being Commander-in-Chief Ralph! And since you started the whole “holier-than-thou” Religious Right movement: behold what you have bred…

For comments on Romney’s speech from a secular perspective check out the following links:

Gov. Romney’s Speech, “Faith in America”

Mitt Romney is No Jack Kennedy

Mitt Romney Under God

Candidates And Scripture: Bumping Into God On The Campaign Trail

Christian Coalition is shrinking

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The Washington Post published a story today that talked about the slow death of the Christian Coalition.

The group was founded, in 1989, by Rev. Pat Robertson as the political fundraising and lobbying engine of the Christian right. It was lead for many years by Ralph Reed and is still included in many meetings with the White House and Congress.

Money flowed to the coalition in the mid-1990s, when Bill Clinton was president. But, Michele Combs said, with a conservative president and a conservative Congress, things are different. “It’s harder to raise money when the agenda you’ve been working for all these years is moving forward and you have a place at the table,” she said.

After years of battling the IRS, the Christian Coalition reached a settlement a year ago that secures its status as a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) lobbying and educational institution.
But the settlement requires the Christian Coalition to allow candidates to write up to 25 words of explanation on each issue in the voter guides. In the past, the guides listed topics such as “unrestricted abortion on demand” or “adoption of children by homosexuals” and described the candidates’ positions simply as “supports” or “opposes.”

Christian Coalition Shrinks as Debt Grows

Please, someone hand me a tissue…..