The Religious Right have not helped the Republican Party. Every announcement they make spurs the Left to raise money with screaming fears of the coming Christian-American Theocracy. Their Do-What-We-Say-OR-We-Stay-Home attitude has not assured a solid unchallenged Republican domination of the House, the Senate or the Presidency. Their leaders want the control of power without the ugliness of exposing themselves to examination or vote.
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson appeared to throw cold water on a
possible presidential bid by former Sen. Fred Thompson while praising former
House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is also weighing a presidential run, in a phone
Everyone knows he's conservative and has come out strongly for the things
that the pro-family movement stands for," Dobson said of Thompson. "[But] I
don't think he's a Christian; at least that's my impression," Dobson added,
saying that such an impression would make it difficult for Thompson to connect
with the Republican Party's conservative Christian base and win the GOP
In a follow-up phone conversation, Focus on the Family spokesman Gary
Schneeberger stood by Dobson's claim. He said that, while Dobson didn't believe
Thompson to be a member of a non-Christian faith, Dobson nevertheless "has never
known Thompson to be a committed Christian—someone who talks openly about his
Dobson's phone call to U.S. News senior editor Dan Gilgoff Tuesday was
unsolicited. It marked Gilgoff's first discussion with Dobson in over two years,
since the magazine's political writer began work on The Jesus Machine: How James
Dobson, Focus on the Family, and Evangelical America are Winning the Culture
War, published this month by St. Martin's Press. Dobson had agreed to answer
only written questions for the book. (emphasis added)
Politicians pandering to preachers is ugly. It may also violate some tax and election laws. If The Rev. Dobson was to lose his TAX EXEMPT status, his political aspirations and machinations would be very much quieter. The same goes for those religious leaders and houses that support the Democrats. Peddling tax exemptions for religious dispensation should not grant political access or power.
Religion as politics has not brought good to any nation. We witness the daily warfare in the Middle East. We have read of the horrors in Europe and other places around the world. We don't need an American Pope, Mullah, Ayatollah, Headman, or Voice of the Divine Spirit in our politics. We are fragile humans with flaws struggling and following our conscience towards our own solutions. We allow and promote religious diversity. We encourage people to choose and follow their own conscience. We have, pointedly, made it a part of our foundation that the state shall have no role respecting the establishment of any religion. We do much better, at being American, when we elect humans who share our frailties and foibles. We remain true to the American spirit when we change out our leaders on a regular basis.
Religious organizations could use a Herculean stable cleaning on a regular basis... Why are religious leaders given lifetime power and influence? If it is good to change political leaders regularly why is it bad to do the same for religions? Why is it so seldom done?
Does the Religious Right really want to stay-at-home and be out of a Democrat controlled government? Do they care so little for their values and positions that they would abandon them out of spite? Positions and values so lightly held should be ignored by any leader worthy of the name.