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  • Evangelical Patrons of Hopeless Causes Back Rick Santorum

    It seems like every four years, a familiar lament echoes from the mega-churches of America's exurbs — the Republican Party promised them a cross in every classroom and a "reparative therapy" counselor in every clinic, but all they got was this lousy tax cut.

    This weekend, in a preventative effort to avoid being screwed over by Mitt Romney and like-minded establishment Republicans, a group of more than 100 religious leaders gathered in Texas to coalesce around a single Romney-slayer. Given who they endorsed, it's about as likely to succeed as any abstinence initiative…

    Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, said the decision was reached after three rounds of balloting, with Santorum winning 85 votes in the final round, to Newt Gingrich's 29. Texas Gov. Rick Perry had strong support at the beginning of the process, but was eliminated after the first round of balloting, Perkins said…

    "It was more a discussion of the positives of the conservative candidates and their vision for the future," Perkins said. "It was not a bash Mitt Romney weekend…but it's not news that there is not strong support among conservatives for Mitt Romney."

    Asked if the group discussed what it would do if Romney becomes the nominee, Perkins said that was "a conversation for another day."

    "There was not any discussion about, you know, what's the Plan B if we don't succeed in getting a true conservative nominated," he said.

    At least they're consistent in never supporting Plan B.

    Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Family Research Council, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Tony Perkins
  • Quote Unquote: Michele Bachmann on Self Reliance

    Michele Bachmann addressing the conservative Christian lobbying organization Family Research Council on the virtue of denying food to the hungry

    "Our nation needs to stop doing for people what they can and should do for themselves. That provides the principle of a national work ethic that we have sadly forgotten. That means an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. Self reliance means, if anyone will not work, neither should he eat."

    Very inspiring! Reminds me of the Biblical story in which Jesus miraculously creates all the loaves of bread and then sells them to the hungry masses at market value and pulls in a tidy profit for him and his apostles.

    Tags: Family Research Council, Michele Bachmann, Primaries, Republicans, Social Security, Welfare
  • Ron Paul Wins Values Voter Summit Straw Poll Despite Having Some Admirable Values

    A committed Christian and staunch pro-life advocate, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul garnered a first-place showing at the Values Voter Summit straw poll, winning 37% of the vote and trouncing Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann.

    To which Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council and organizer of the straw poll, had the only reasonable response: the guy who won most votes among Values Voter Summit attendees is obviously not the real choice of "values" voters

    "I don't think Ron Paul is truly reflective of where values voters stand," said Perkins on CNN's American Morning on Monday.

    Perkins described the Texas congressman's top place finish in the poll as an "outlier."

    "Ron Paul bused in over 600 people not to attend the conference but to hear his speech and vote," he said. "I give them credit for being organized."

    Maybe the president of a designated hate group — and who better to judge values? — is right. After all, Paul's speech focused on war as the greatest threat to family life and invoked the Golden Rule in describing the ideal foreign policy. And every real "values" voter knows the real threat to family values comes from…committed, loving relationships formed by gay couples. Cue Bryan Fischer, president of the American Family Association, who also spoke at the Summit

    We need a president who will treat homosexuality not as a political cause at all, but as a threat to public health…Homosexual behavior represents the same threat to human health that injection drug use does. I believe we need a president who understands that neither homosexual behavior nor injection drug use represent lifestyles that any responsible government ought to normalize, legitimize, legalize, protect, sanction, or subsidize.

    Well then. It's possible that the views of Ron Paul's supporters are not "truly reflective" of what many regular Summit attendees believe, but I'm pretty sure I know which group has the better values.

    Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: American Family Association, Bryan Fischer, Family Research Council, Ron Paul, Tony Perkins, Values Voter Summit
  • Rick Perry Wants You to Know That, Despite Rumors to the Contrary, He Is Not a Reasonable Person

    Texas governor and person-who-will-very-likely-unseat-Mitt-Romney-in-the-driver's-seat-of-the-GOP-clown-car Rick Perry shocked the world last week when he made a blatantly reasonable and and non-bigoted statement regarding New York's recent decision to legalize gay marriage

    “Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me. That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business,” Perry said at an event held by the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colo., on Friday.

    Obviously, this set off a firestorm of religious conservatives accusing Perry of measured tolerance and thoughtful statesmanship. Which is to say, putting his as-yet-unannounced presidential campaign in extreme jeopardy!

    So, today, Perry sought council with the de facto head of American Christendom and put an end to all such ugly rumors

    "I probably needed to add a few words after that 'it's fine with me,'" Perry admitted to [Family Research Council President Tony] Perkins Thursday.

    And he repeated his commitment to the 10th amendment as well as his conviction that marriage should be between a man and a woman. "It's fine with me that a state is using their sovereign rights to decide an issue. Obviously gay marriage is not fine with me. My stance hasn't changed."

    Oh, I see! Two gay dudes getting married is fine with Perry, however two gay dudes getting married is definitely not fine with him. Subtle distinction, but I get it.

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    Tags: Bill of Rights, Christianity, Constitution, Family Research Council, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Primaries, Religion, Republicans, Rick Perry, States' Rights, Texas, Tony Perkins
  • Mitt Romney Still Seen as Not Quite Crazy Enough for Chunk of GOP Base

    Poor Mitt Romney. What a predicament this guy is in! You're heart really goes out to him, doesn't it?

    Sure, he's got a solid business record of screwing over workers in favor of kicking extra money upstairs to all the John Galts in the penthouse. And sure, he's way ahead in the polls.

    But he's got this nagging issue of having behaved kind of like a decent human being would back when he was governor of Massachusetts. And that is poison for the Evangelical/Tea Party base

    In June, FreedomWorks invited 150 Tea Party organizers to a planning session where participants were asked for their candidate of choice in the 2012 field. Only one Tea Party activist at the meeting supported Romney, Kibbe said…

    Some evangelical Republicans believe they lost their front-runner when former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee decided against another presidential run…

    [Family Research Council president Tony] Perkins, who has not endorsed a candidate in the GOP field, noted Romney has some appeal with many social conservatives. But he added there are lingering questions about contradictions in Romney's record.

    "It's fair to say there are those who see his record when he was governor of Massachusetts as not consistent with the platform that he ran on four years ago," Perkins said.

    You'd think that a bunch of Christians, if anybody, would be able to find it in their hearts to forgive Romney for having behaved in a manner consistent with The Golden Rule.

    He was weak, people! He can do better! I know it!

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News /Getty Images

    Tags: Christianity, Family Research Council, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Mormon, Primaries, Religion, Republicans, Tea Party, Tony Perkins