Faith at Altitude

Religion and spirituality in the shadow of Pikes Peak

Monday, May 15, 2006

Mad as, um, heck

This morning's Gazette carried a New York Times story headlined "Conservative Christians irritated with GOP." The conservative Christians quoted feel they elect people to office and just don't get enough in return.

"There is a growing feeling among conservatives that the only way to cure the problem is for Republicans to lose the congressional elections this fall," the Times quoted Richard Viguerie, a direct-mail guru.

The story rightly points out that evangelicals often get disgruntled with the G.O.P., the political party they're closely associated with. They've loyally voted for pro-life politicians for decades, and yet abortion is still legal. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, withheld support from Republican politician Bob Dole in 1996, apparently in part because his lukewarm support for what Focus would call "family friendly" initiatives.

But will conservative leaders actually tell voters to stay home? After all, several "marriage protection" amendments will be up for a vote this November, including (most likely) at least one item in Colorado. Same-sex marriage is an extremely important issue to folks at organizations like Focus, which puts a lot of energy into these amendments.

We'll see how this issue develops as the election year rolls on. Focus will participate in a "Values Voter Summit" this September (a summit sponsored by the Family Research Council, an organization once connected to Focus), where conservative religious leaders may formulate a cohesive, issues-based strategy.


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