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Nothing About the Conservative Christian Hero Is Consistent With the Bible

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Religious texts are powerful rhetorical devices because they are subject to interpretation. America has no state religion, but the right wing has strongly endorsed what it preaches are a set of Christian values, making the movement more approachable to the seventy percent of Americans who identify as Christians.

You might think that for people who hold this set of values, Alabama’s Republican candidate for Senate, Roy Moore, would be stoned after five women came forward and made claims that Moore came on to them or worse when they were teenagers. The Christian right, however, seems to have taken a position of denial.

Moore’s not the only one setting a bad example for Christians in politics, either. There’s also our president.
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Another Great Reason Religion And Politics Shouldn’t Mix

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image of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, even using causal values, is a terrible person. He has been accused of groping women, admitted to being a pervert, has been married several times, and has some nasty views about women and minorities. Why then is he still getting support from the paladins of virtue – the evangelical Christian community? It really isn’t that hard to see why.
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Pulpit Freedom Sunday Was A Failure Due To Bureaucracy

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image of the IRS logoAlliance Defending Freedom, which sponsored Pulpit Freedom Sunday on October 7th, claimed over a 1,000 pastors would be taking part in violating the tax laws prohibiting a tax exempt group, such as churches, from electioneering at the pulpit. If the law breaking pastors had done some basic research they would have seen that having a protest now was a waste of time. The IRS suspended investigations of churches in 2009 due to a federal law suit. Basically Pulpit Freedom Sunday was a failure.
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Pulpit Freedom Sunday Falsely Thinks Breaking The Law Is Freedom Of Speech

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clip art showing Preaching from the PulpitOn Sunday October 7th, Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative evangelical Christian group, will be promoting ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’. It’s an event where the ADF says it has 1,000 pastors pledged to violate Federal tax laws by preaching about the election, endorsing a candidate, and sending a video of their sermon to the IRS. Their stated point is that the tax law prohibiting endorsing specific candidates violates the pastor’s freedom of speech. Once again the religious right is wrong.
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Except for the silence, yes not all believers are wackos

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As usual there has been a lot of ink spilled over a book by an atheist who went undercover as an evangelical who came out the other side with some empathy for the common believer. Our church and state issues have never been about the average John and Jane Believer. The issues come up and the anger boils because John and Jane remain silent while their leaders stir things up and cause the problems.

As one conservative blog post noted:

Reading Welch’s interview makes you wonder if perhaps those “objective” media people who rain fire on evangelicals ought to immerse themselves a little more. Welch felt she learned a little about how evangelism doesn’t have to be hostile:

Evangelism seemed invasive to me. I thought of it as an imperialistic arrogance — that they wanted to overpower people. My experience with evangelism was something very different. They felt that they could do something about the eternal suffering of others. I came to see evangelism instead as a kind of empathy. That made me feel like there was something in it I could respect.

For her part, Time’s Olofsson seemed skeptical that Welch would actually find nice, sincere people in the “enemy” camp…

Atheist Author Laments Evangelicals Painted by Media as ‘Brainwashed, Simple-Minded, Angry’

So while noting that the atheist admitted she was wrong to paint with a large brush, the author of the blog post saw no reason to return the favor. At the end of the post they wrote this:

Welch clearly had a problem with “homophobia” in the church she investigated. It wasn’t explained how Jesus would have favored “gay marriage.”

We have once again seen where a public face of evangelical is at odds with the actual everyday evangelical in practice yet the average evangelical stays silent.

There might be more understanding and less hostility if angry evangelicals would go undercover in an atheist group and see how we aren’t all brainwashed and angry either.

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