Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Christianism Takeover

Andrew Sullivan spends a lot of time worrying about how the GOP is being taken over by "Christianists" who want to turn to government into a tool of fundamentalist Christianity.

That being the case, one would expect the front-runners for the GOP nomination for president to reflect Christian values. But as he notes that's not the case. Taking a spin through the candidates, we have:

  • Rudy Giuliani -- On his third marriage, recently repeated his support for government funding of abortion, supports same sex marriage.
  • Mitt Romney -- Elected governor of Massuchusetts as a pro-choice candidate (though he has since changed his mind), governor of first state to enact same sex marriage, member of a religion many Christians do not consider Christian.
  • John McCain -- Solid pro-life voting record, but never made social conservatism a theme of his, and gives the impression it would me among the least of his issues.

Unsatisfield with this group, we have...

  • Fred Thompson -- Chuckles over his woman-chasing past.

Meanwhile, candidates with personal stories and priorities more amenable to Chirstians, like Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee, have not been able to gain traction, and are essentially punch lines.

Yep, it sure looks like the GOP is being taken over by Christianists. Be very afraid. Maybe one day they will succeed in nominating a candidate who is not overltly hostile to their viewpoints.
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