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Christian Conservative Leaders Back McCain


But just because these leaders are backing McCain doesn’t mean that their followers are going to fall in line lock-step. In fact, after reading this article, I think some may find a distinct distaste for how these folks are framing their decisions.

First, TIME has the details about who was there…

The group included leaders like Phyllis Schlafly, the long-time leader of Eagle Forum; Steve Strang, the publisher of Charisma magazine; Phil Burress, a prominent Ohio marriage and anti-pornography activist; David Barton, the founder of WallBuilders and Donald Hodel, a former secretary of the Interior, who previously served on the board of Focus on the Family. Jim Dobson, the head of Focus and an outspoken critic of McCain, did not attend. The McCain campaign was also not directly represented at the meeting.

But to the broader point about questionable judgement…I don’t think anybody will dispute that McCain falls in line with Christian leaders concerning the wedge issues of abortion and gay marriage. But what about poverty? Robust community outreach? Making sure everybody has access to adequate healthcare? Early childhood education? There are a myriad of other issues that have far more day-to-day implications than just gay marriage and abortion, but these leaders seem to ignore that.

Also, after reading the following…one has to think that these folks just don’t get it…

A second person who attended the event, but asked not to be named, said that the group was motivated principally by a desire to defeat Barack Obama. “None of these people want to meet their maker knowing that they didn’t do everything they could to keep Barack Obama from being president,” the participant said. “You’ve got these two people running for president. One of them is going to become president. That’s the perspective. That that’s the whole discussion.”

Yeah, I’m sure their maker would pissed about them backing a candidate who spoke out about poverty and caring for our people the way Obama did. I’m sure “He” really only cares about the wedge issues, because there was so much space devoted to those in the Bible.