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Wednesday, December 07, 2011


The Daily Caller quotes an evangelical leader, one Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:

“Mr. Speaker, if you want to get large numbers of Evangelicals, particularly women, to vote for you, you must address the issue of your marital past in a way that allays the fears of Evangelical women,” he wrote this week. “You must address this issue of your marital past directly and transparently and ask folks to forgive you and give you their trust and their vote.”


So “evangelical” voters will either sit out next November or vote for Obama or another candidate should a publicly-unrepentant Gingrich become the GOP nominee? Land’s sanctimoniousness is a sight to behold. What’s more, Land’s warning exudes recklessness. Would any clear-headed person reject an Obama opponent on the basis of that opponent’s lack of ideological purity? Would evangelicals really return Obama to office by not supporting the most viable opposition candidate?

If evangelicals follow Land’s direction, then America would witness quite a spectacle: flawed humans inviting four more years of one of the the most flawed presidents ever in order to brag about rejecting another flawed human who refused to publicly parade a personal flaw.

Most evangelical voters will probably ignore Land’s outrageous sermonizing. Most evangelicals will not stand idly by just to claim the right to wear preachy smiles for four years. People who are willing to follow Land’s guidance have a lot of growing up to do. Such dogmatic  followers deserve the hideous consequences of an Obama reelection. Unfortunately, Americans who see the destructiveness in Land’s prescribed tantrum would suffer along with the tantrum throwers.

It is stunning, after thousands of years of human “civilization,” that there are still elements in society that operate by barking out careless marching orders to people. It is bloody disturbing to realize that there are people willing to unquestioningly obey.

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That is not what Land said.  He was merely stating what he thinks is a fact: Gingrich will have trouble attracting Evangelical women voters if he does not confront his past.

wj on December 12, 2011 at 11:22 am
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