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Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism
Rep. Todd Akin has defied GOP pressure to get out of the U.S. Senate race in Missouri.
August 23rd, 2012
01:12 PM ET

Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) – Even as the official Republican Party continues to try to derail Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin over his remarks about “legitimate rape,” a powerful force within the GOP has begun rallying to the candidate’s side: the party’s socially conservative base.

Powerful Christian activists in the GOP have begun pushing back against party leadership, alleging it has gone too far in trying to thwart Akin and that it is attempting to sideline issues that social conservatives care about, such as abortion.

The criticism is creating major tensions between the mainstream Republican Party and a key part of its base days before the GOP’s convention is set to open in Tampa, Florida.

“Following the pounding of Todd Akin by the GOP kings and lieutenants in the last 36 hours, I've come to the conclusion that the real issue is the soul of America,” wrote David Lane, an evangelical activist who’s influential in the Republican Party, in an e-mail to fellow activists Thursday morning.

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“The swift knee-jerk reaction to throw Akin, a strong conservative pro-life, pro-family born again Christian under the bus by some in the Republican Party is shining the light on their actual agenda,” Lane continued.

“We haven't seen anything this vicious since some of the same operatives did this to (Sarah) Palin.”

While many conservative Christian groups have criticized Akin over his “legitimate rape” comment and for claiming that women’s bodies can prevent conception in such cases, the groups have also emphasized that they stand with Akin in opposing abortion, even in instances of rape.

Not all conservative Christian activists are taking Akin's side against the GOP.

"I think it splits the social conservative movement," says Richard Land, who heads public policy for the Southern Baptist Convention. "Some people say, 'Look he is our guy, we are going to stand with him.'

"And some people are saying the odds are this is a fatal blow at least in this election cycle," Land says. "For the good of the movement, for the good of the pro-life cause ... he needs to do what's best for the cause and throw himself on his shield."

Land, who was in Tampa on Thursday attending meetings around the convention, said he thinks Akin should drop out.

Many Republican leaders, from presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, also have called on Akin to get out of the race.

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee and the American Crossroads super PAC that backs GOP candidates both announced that they will stop spending money on the Missouri Senate race. Even tea party groups that have backed Akin in the past said he should step aside for the good of the party and the conservative cause.

The Republican National Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the social conservative criticisms of the party on Thursday.

Akin, who won a tough primary battle this month, has apologized for his comments but also defied pressure to get out of the election.

Republican officials have told CNN on condition of not being identified that the Akin controversy hurts on several fronts. It decreases the chances of capturing Missouri’s Senate seat, which is crucial to GOP hopes of winning control of the chamber, they said.

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And the brouhaha shifts the national discussion to divisive social issues that could repel swing voters rather than economic ones that could attract them in a climate of high unemployment and stumbling recovery, the GOP officials said.

Akin has bowed to Republican pressure to skip the Republican convention next week. But the Senate candidate was in Tampa on Wednesday night to meet with a powerful group of religious conservatives, according to a source familiar with the trip.

In a note to supporters Wednesday night, conservative Family Research Council President Tony Perkins heaped criticism on the GOP for abandoning Akin.

"Todd Akin has a long and distinguished record of defending women, children, and families and unlike the GOP establishment, I refuse to throw him under the bus over one inarticulate comment for which he has apologized,” wrote Perkins, who is in Tampa attending events leading up the convention.

“As for the GOP, it has no rational basis for deserting Akin when it has stood by moderate Republicans who've done worse,” Perkins continued. “Singling out Todd suggests a double standard, designed to drive out social conservatives.”

CNN’s Tom Cohen and Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Abortion • Politics • Tea Party

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  1. Evangelical Christian

    All I want to say is that I feel bad for non-Christians..... but nothing is too late to convert

    August 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Evangelical Christian

      Except it's too late when you die. Then, there's nothing for you but the lake of fire.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      I keep on hoping you'll never type out a correct sentence, and so far I haven't been disappointed.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Boing

      All you want to say? I doubt it.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Right, because out of all the gods humanity has imagined, NONE of them have been as sadistic and twisted a b@stard as biblegod who tortures FOREVER the vast majority of humanity. What a sick, disgusting freak!

      August 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • skarphace

      EC: I love that song by Nirvana. Maybe you are cool after all.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • mikinaz

      dont waste your time feeling bad for us – we chose to follow science and not make believe – its our own fault...besides christians are the most judgmental beings there are so its not like any of your kin "truly" give a crap

      August 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • Gino

      Please. Peddle your jokes to the conservative "christians" heading for the GOP laugher in Florida. They'll love it.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • Keith

      Those of us who are not Religious feel sorry for those of you who are. See there, we have mutual concern for each other.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I feel bad that you know so little and yet feel you're qualified to judge others.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  2. Evangelical Christian

    Atheists make fun of Christians, yet you follow our calendar based on approx. date of birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ created by Pope Gregory.

    Go create your own calendar based on "actual" year Earth was created (Of course you don't know because you have no proof how you got here) rather than taking our calendar!!!

    August 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • sam

      Please be a troll. It worries me how many people might actually be this stupid.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • skarphace

      Excuse me, but ROME was in power then and ROME made the calendar. You are part of a religion made popular by a country that doesn't even exist anymore, except as a city in Italy.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • MistahBurns

      That is one of the stupidest arguments I have ever seen made. Hang your hat on that one ma'am or sir. The Calendar is established, and has been changed in principal, if you will note the use of before common era and common era. Also you are delusional not only for your religious beliefs, but to believe that Jesus was born on December 25th.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Evangelical Christian

      the Romans converted to Christianity later :)

      August 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • yellerdog

      REALLY?????

      August 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Observer

      Evangelical Christian,

      Do some research next time.

      Our calendar is based on GODS like Thor and Woden. Today is Thor's Day.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Yea

      The calendar is based on Lunar Cycles, Years on Sun cycles. The calendar might be "years after christ" or "Before", but they are FAR more based on science than they are religion.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Evangelical Christian

      You should all just go to North Korea.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Boing

      Funny how many of the months of the calendar are named after Roman gods.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • sam

      It boggles the mind.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Gino

      Your astounding mental inadequacy is byond comprehension.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Evangelical Christian,

      you are frightfully ignorant.

      The calendar of 365.25 days was inst'tuted by Julius Caesar and called the "Julian" calendar. That's why the names of all the months are PAGAN you moron. You know like MARCH for Mars, the God of war and JULY for Julius Casear, and AUGUST for his nephew and heir Augustus. You remember Augustus right? He's even got a mention in that big book of smiting of yours.

      Astronomers working for Pope Gregory realized that 365.25 days was off by 11 minutes and errors were accvmulating. So in 1582 the Pope unilaterally decided to fix the mistake and people started calling it the "Gregorian" calendar in his memory.

      But here's where it gets funny. The stupid Protestants thought that by 'fixing' the inaccuracy the Pope was stealing days from their lives. There were even riots over it. The British Empire (including the North American colonies) did not adopt the "Christian" calendar until 1752 (170 years later).

      August 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • Get Real

      The B.C./A.D dating system was the brainchild of a monk named Dionysius in the 6th century. The Church was very powerful in those days and controlled many aspects of society - politics, finance, science, etc.... still, his dating system took hundreds of years (nearly 1000) to be inst-ituted world-wide. Many cultures still keep their ancient calendars going on the side.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • tallulah13

      To the Chinese this is the year 4710. This is the year 5772 by the jewish calender.

      And the days of the week are named after pagan gods. So every time someone says "Thank god it's Friday", the god they are thanking a Norse goddess.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Evangelical Christian

      the convention of using the "Anno Domini" (or year of our lord) dating system was devised in 525 by Dionysius Exiguus. At that time the Julian Calendar inst'tuted by Caesar in 46BC was the calendar in use.

      Starting the calendar with the incarnation of Jesus Christ had nothing to do with Pope Gregory.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • skarphace

      tallulah13: I did not know that last part, but I love it! I will use that one on my Teavangelist relatives, believe me.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      In case anyone is interested:

      The calendar, OK, which months are Christian?
      January ..... nope (Januarius, Roman)
      February .... nope (Februus, Roman)
      March ......... nope (Mars, Roman)
      April ............ nope (aperire, Latin to open)
      May ............ nope (Maiesta, Roman)
      June ............ nope (Juno, Roman)
      July ............. nope (Julius Caesar, Roman)
      August ........ nope (Caesar Augustus, Roman)
      September ... nope (seven)
      October ....... nope (eight)
      November .... nope (nine)
      December .... nope (ten)

      OK, which days of the week are Christian:
      Sunday ........ nope (Roman Sun day, get it?)
      Monday ........ nope (Norse, Moon day)
      Tuesday ....... nope (Norse, Tiu's day – son of Odin)
      Wednesday .. nope (Norse, Odin's day)
      Thursday ...... nope (Norse, Thor's day – yes the hammer guy from the Avengers)
      Friday ........... nope (Norse, Friya/Frigg's day – godess of love)
      Saturday ...... nope (Roman, Saturn's day)

      August 23, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • Mike Buck

      This is a comment by the same wing nuts who will tell you that the MAYAN CALENDAR shows the end is coming this year.
      Another member of the Take Education Away Party.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • fred

      Tallulah 13
      It is 2012 the year of our Lord. (note the period after that)
      You can dig up all kinds of dates but with some minor exceptions it is known throughout the world. That is the Power in the name of Jesus!
      You can dig all you want but time was split BC and AD taking into account a minority that have quiver at the thought of The Year of the Lord and continue to push for BCE or CE. That is the Power in the name of Jesus!
      The world continues to operate under the core values of Western Christian World View. That is the power in the name of Jesus.
      The battle continues to pull down the Cross from public view and it still has not fallen. That is the power of the name of Jesus.
      In 1776 fifty six men of greatness declared the Creator to be self evident and called upon the Supreme Judge of the World when setting the course for America. That country to this day remains the worlds’ strongest superpower rising to the occasion over those that would strike down the Chosen ones of God and bring about a godless world. That is the power in the name of Jesus.
      The vast majority of Americans that died to save our freedom have a cross over their grave. That is the power of Jesus.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Talk about straining at a gnat, fred.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      "It is 2012 the year of our Lord. (note the period after that)
      You can dig up all kinds of dates but with some minor exceptions it is known throughout the world. That is the Power in the name of Jesus!"
      I'm sure that has nothing to do with the control religion had over Western Culture, science, and medicine for so many years.

      "The battle continues to pull down the Cross from public view and it still has not fallen. That is the power of the name of Jesus."
      A red herring argument and intentiaonally dishonest of you. Then again, it's you fred, so it's expected.

      ""In 1776 fifty six men of greatness declared the Creator to be self evident and called upon the Supreme Judge of the World when setting the course for America.
      Where does it say that it's the Christian "creator"?

      Your rhetoric is just plain stupid. Fred, you have no leg to stand on, you have shown this for months, and the more you post stupidity like this, the more people will see that. Your "no atheist in foxholes" insinuation is frankly completely insulting, and shows how little you care for the country, and more about your fucking faith.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @fred

      yes, and in 312 Constantine reputedly saw a vision of a cross appear in the sky before the Battle of Milvian Bridge, and adopted in Latin (In hoc signo vinces, in this sign you will conquer) as his motto.

      He later declared Christianity the official state religion of his (Roman) empire.

      So you're arguing that we should abolish the 1st amendment and be like Constantine? Or that we did already?

      Where again does it mention God in the Const'tution? I must have forgotten.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • fred

      GPOer
      Why go all the way to 312AD? If Saul of Tarsus had not been blinded by light of truth we may never have heard of Jesus. If Abraham had just a bit more faith in God we would never have had Ishmael or Allah to contend with today.
      I understand you think modern man arrived by chance so being consistent with that theme Christianity is the dominate religion just by chance and it is 2012 just by chance. We have our morality just by chance. In short there is no plan because a plan requires a planner. Oh, wait was there a plan and planner to get man on the moon…………this is no time for empirical observation or for that which cannot be seen to be self evident.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @fred,

      Christianity is prevalent in the west more because of Constantine than Saul of Tarsus, though I'll grant you that St. Paul was quite the traveller.

      What's your point?

      Do you propose that we abolish the 1st amendment or not.

      The United States (as defined by it's law – the Const'tution, you know the "We the people" one, NOT the "In Congress" one) is NOT and never has been a Christian country. It is a country where you are free to profess your Christianity, which I think, is a great thing.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Awww whats wrong fred? Ignoring my posts again?

      August 23, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • fred

      hawaiiguest
      "It is 2012 the year of our Lord”….I'm sure that has nothing to do with the control religion had “
      =>Christ is the head of the Church and gets it right while most religions go the way of man
      “The battle continues to pull down the Cross from public…..”A red herring argument and intentiaonally dishonest of you.
      =>You are off base on that as taking down the Cross seems to be a national past time for atheists
      ""In 1776 fifty six men of greatness declared the Creator …..”Where does it say that it's the Christian "creator"?
      =>These guys were all from different Christian denominations and to bring unity all denominations agree as to Creator and Supreme Judge. Would you rather fight the red coats or religious stick in muds from each district?
      “Your "no atheist in foxholes" insinuation is frankly completely insulting”
      =>sorry but go back 70 years and it was a star or a cross on the grave not a fish with feet.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • fred

      GOPer
      My point is that you think everything is nothing but a bunch of random events then you die. This core belief of yours taints all your thought just as a Christians core belief that God is active in Creation and life taints his or her thought.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  3. organically

    Religion is the biggest scam in the history of humanity, proven yet again

    August 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Evangelical Christian

      Then move out from the US... you do not belong here other than to North Korea.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • mike

      RELIGION IS A MENTAL DISEASE. And if you want religoin in government, then move to the middle east. Don't try to replace my freedom with your religion, you nutjobs.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Evangelical nut, why should anyone who doesn't agree with you or accept your religion 'get out'?

      August 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  4. Evangelical Christian

    Since 1776, we only successfully put 'IN GOD WE TRUST' on money and motto, put our God in pledge and two Christian holidays. What's next?....

    August 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Boing

      Next? Death for anyone who doesn't follow your religion!

      August 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • skarphace

      Apparently, next is forcing a woman who has been ra ped to carry the rapist's child to term and then giving the rapist parental rights.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • sam

      Kicking most of you fools out of our political structure, one at a time. Getting 'god' put on the money in the 50's seems like a win to you? It just proves what most religions are about: money.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • wavejump1100

      what you fail to understand is that my god is not the same as your god.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • mike

      "Under God" and the pledge of allegiance was created during the 1950's McCarthy red scare, it has nothing to do with the founding of our country. "In God We Trust" did not appear on money until 1864, it to had nothing to do with the founding of our country.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Observer

      Evangelical,

      Yep. Our founding fathers didn't want "God" on our money.

      The writer of the Pledge didn't want "under God".

      Why are you trying to change the original intents of those responsible?

      August 23, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • justice4sarah

      With over 500 Gods people worship, which God are you refering to?

      August 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Keith

      Most of the founding fathers did not believe that Jesus was "God Incarnate" they didn't believe in the Holy Spirit and they didn't believe that God answered your prayers. They were primarily "Deist" and would not have qualified as Christians by the evangelical definition. In fact Christians from 400 years ago wouldn't recognize what Evangelicals call Christianity as such.

      The Baptists are the ones who insisted on the separation of Church and State because they were afraid of the Quakers. You know how William Penn love to hang Baptist.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Mark From Middle River

      Keith, the founding fathers were concerned about the relationship of control that the King had over the Church of England that he was able to say what the official doctrine was. They wanted a separation so that the State could not dictate that we have a single state church.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      "In God We Trust" on currency: 1956. You were only 180 years off there!
      God in the pledge of allegiance: 1954. You were only 178 years off there!

      Two Christian holidays? OK Christmas and which other Federal holiday is religious?

      I'd love you to tell me what religious observance is celebrated on the second Federal holiday.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Mark,

      Ummm, no. I will agree that what you said is partly true.

      Nine out of the 13 colonies had ESTABLISHED churches. That means STATE RELIGION and they weren't all Church of England.

      There was no way they could agree on a state religion for the new nation (plus the enlightenment thinkers in the group realized it was a bad idea) from the list of Congregational, Episcopal, Dutch Reformed, Presbyterian, Quaker, Catholic etc sects. So they did something remarkable. Something amazing. Something fantastic.

      They created a new country with NO official religion – and did it by committee!

      August 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Mark From Middle River

      >>>"Ummm, no. I will agree that what you said is partly true."

      So, if you agree with part of it then it is not a "umm no" :)

      The colonies were facing a Church of England that had made inroads into the colonies. Even to the points that a state for example Maryland, which was Catholic lost territory to Penn, who had closer royal ties. If it was not for the Catholic vs Church of England, Maryland would have had in addition Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Mark,

      you seem like a sensible guy. It really bugs me when Christians get fed false history. This topic is really important in understanding the reasons for their being NO church of the US.

      Maryland was founded as a refuge for the Catholic relatives of Lord Baltimore in 1632. This is right in the middle of the English Civil War where the Puritans took over, executed King Charles I and formed the Commonwealth of England.

      The Civil war stretched even to the colonies and the Battle of the Severn was fought in Annapolis in 1655 between Puritan forces and allied Catholics and Anglicans.

      After the restoration and the buzz-kill, no-fun zone Puritans were essentially sent packing (everywhere but Massachusetts) the Church of England was established in Maryland in 1701, with unusual exemptions for Catholics – for whom it was illegal to practise their faith in England or the other colonies, and the colonists mostly stopped trying to kill each other over their different "Christian" sects.

      All of Virginia, North & South Carolina, Maryland, New York and Georgia had an established Anglican Church. Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut had established Congregational Churches.

      You say the "Church of England" made inroads. NO! Excepting MD, the Church of England was the OFFICIAL CHURCH of five of the colonies – and except NY had been since the VERY BEGINNING. (NY ex-New Amsterdam was originally Dutch Reformed.)

      Pennsylvania was formed with no established church. The same was true for Rhode Island, Delaware and New Jersey.
      (Franklin fled Boston for Philly to get away from the religious wing-nuts.)

      Many people didn't have a problem with state religion. Washington (social climber that he was) was an Anglical Vestryman (a volunteer at the church). Massachusetts in part revolted because they were afraid that the Church of England would create a Bishop for North America and that they would have to pay for him.

      (Please tell me that you understand that an Established Church == State Religion.)
      Feel free to look at the bottom of this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_religion

      August 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • fred

      GOPer
      In 1776 I would imagine close to 100% of the non natives were Christian. That number is now down to 78% Christians. The faith of our country is and has been predominatly Christian. This changes things just as Islam changed the middle east. Laws reflect the people. We know how and why the Const-itution set up safeguards for religion.
      If as you say it is by the people for the people and the people are Christians then it is a Christian Country with laws that protect all.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @fred,

      I'll grant you that it is a semantic distinction. The United States is a country consisting of people who are overwhelmingly Christian by denomination, if not their actions. But as someone who no longer professes Christianity the notion that the laws of our country are NOT specifically Christian (or any denomination) is very important to me.

      The fact that a bunch of politicians came up with that idea in 1787, who were a mix of different beliefs – including Congregationalists, Anglicans, Unitarians, Deists and worldly dissolutes – is amazing. This FACT, should under no circvmstances be whitewashed by contemporary Christian apologists.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Mark From Middle River

      >>>”you seem like a sensible guy.”

      Thanks.

      >>>”Maryland, the orginal founding and request was by George Calvert, who was a English school lackey or Go-fer of Charles. And, it was much larger until the conflicts between the Calvert's and the Penn families. This dispute, which was a religious one as well, was settled by the English Crown. Which sided with the protestant Penn's against the Catholic Calvert's.

      >>>”You say the "Church of England" made inroads. NO! Excepting MD, the Church of England was the OFFICIAL CHURCH of five of the colonies “

      Which proves my point. The church was the crown and the crown was the law. This is why there is that clause, so that the government can not control and dictate to the church as its head. Which it still is in Church of England.

      >>>”Franklin fled Boston for Philly to get away from the religious wing-nuts”

      Or to escape his forced apprenticeship in Boston to work in Philadelphia.

      Thus is history and that is why so much time, money and resources go into folks trying to convince others what the founding fathers meant and their true motivation. The establishment of a state Church would be as if Obama or Bush before him was the head of the church and woke up and said “this is the state Faith and since we are all subject of the state we are all... fill in the blank.” I would hope that you would understand this point. It was easy to break from the crown but a more entrenched Church of England would be that much harder to break away from.

      Much Respect dude. L'Chaim

      August 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Mark,

      thanks for reading my comments and responding.

      Many contemporary Christians apply a 21st century notion of "Christian" eccvmenicalism to the framers of the Const'tution. While these people were (mostly) "Christian" they felt their differences of faith very strongly and were anything but a h0mogenous set of believers under God – they had only stopped killing each otther over heresy a century earlier.

      We haven't really stopped fighting the US civil war / war between the states in some parts of the US if that is a valid comparison.

      It is interesting that you bring up the UK. Technically the Queen is the head of state and the head of the Church of England, yet they are so less worked up about religion, than us with our 1st amendment rights.

      Anyway, a good evening to you sir.

      August 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
  5. Keith

    So, you defend an id iot that believes a 13th century fallacy is true about women and their abilities to produce children or not? And you believe that "God" came to earth and was murdered by Jews to save you from Hell, and you believe that all of this happened in about 6,000 years time?

    Okay then....................

    August 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Evangelical Christian

      Jews believe that the world is 6,000 years old.

      Jesus was born approx. year 0 according to the calendar you follow by Pope Gregory.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • sam

      EC, you are either a hapless troll or just damn stupid. Where did the names of the days of the week come from?

      August 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • skarphace

      Evangelical: so Jesus was born in Year 0? Nobody existed before Jesus?

      I hate to tell you, but that isn't even 6,000 years. It is just over 2,000. However, that is math and math is science so I don't expect you to believe me.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • sam

      Math is like super hard!!! Keep tryin ter git er dun, EC!!!!

      August 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Evangelical Christian

      Did I ever say nobody existed before Jesus was born 2,000 years ago?! No. Of course humans did for thousands of years before Christ came

      August 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Evangelical Christian

      And he came, and came and came.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Keith

      No, Jews know that the bible is a metaphor, not the literal history of mankind. They believe that the world is Millions of years old.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      @EC

      Well, my goodness, Jesus ma stur bated quite a bit, I guess.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
      • Keith

        No, the Jesus man liked the nookie that is why he had Mary Magdalene hanging around. Some of the Disciples were peter puffers and were jealous of Mary.

        August 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Evangelical Christian,

      wrong again! You talk about your "Gregorian" calendar and then declare there is a year 0.

      In your precious Gregorian Calendar the year 1BC is followed by the year 1AD. So, wrong again!

      Don't belive me. Look it up.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Akin might be an ignorant, bigoted, right-wing,Tea Party radical but he is a man and he is white! In the world of the modern Republican those the main requirements!

    August 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Mark From Middle River

      Condelessa Rice.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • fekt

      I am not suprised at all the the Konservative Khristians Kommunity is supporting him. For the very same reason.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Athy

      It's "Condoleezza", you dipshit."

      August 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
  7. Jerry

    Christians should be scared by the minority of Muslims who tried to teach us about Allah and the Quran at my local mall here in Chicago area.... now we gotta deal with the cult Islam

    August 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Larry L

      Our greatest threat in America is from you and your fellow Christian cult members. The domestic mass murders are generally rightwing, Christian, gun-loving radicals from "red" states. Christians have evolved into a hate cult and we'd all be better off without their mindless mythology.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Keith

      So, the Jesus cult is better?

      August 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • mike

      I agree with Larry. Christian Religion is a hate group. As a born-again christian, it is sad to see this has happened, but it has. I no longer associate with organized christianity, it is an ugly cult.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Evangelical Christian

      Christians are the only tolerant people in this planet. Without Christians, the Earth would have been destroyed long time ago by Muslim and Atheist fanatics! Thank God Christianity is the major religion in the western world.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • midwest rail

      E,C. – nonsense.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Evangelical Christian

      And I do mean IN this planet. Not on. Because we are IN the planet.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • skarphace

      EC: from my own personal experience, I have found evangelical christians to be the least tolerant people in the world.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      I call poe on Evangelical Christian. That's just way to much stupid to be real.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      @Hawaiiguest: What is "calling poe"?

      August 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • sam

      Yeah, I second calling poe. For the sake of my sanity.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @b4bigbang

      A poe is pretty much someone who pretends to be on the other side and posts the most extreme idiocy. Either to troll or in a misguided attempt to try and disinfranchise the other side.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Ok.
      Thanks Hawaiiguest.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @b4bigbang

      Np.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Poe's Law:
      without a clear indication of the author's intent, it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between sincere extremism and an exaggerated parody of extremism

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poes_law

      August 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  8. mike

    The GOP is out-of-touch. It has tried to stay in power by courting the conservative christians, but the cost is it makes the GOP even more out-of-touch with mainstream America. The GOP represents the Top 1%, the Central Bankers who have been aiming to take over the U.S. ever since 1776. The GOP is an evil force which threatens our Democracy from within.

    August 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  9. SoCal Realist

    First they went after the Women,
    and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a woman.
    Then they went after the Gays,
    and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t Gay.
    Then they went after the Blacks,
    and I didn’t speak up, because I was Black.
    Then they went after the Hispanics,
    and I didn’t speak up, because I was Hispanic.
    Then they went after the Asians,
    and I didn’t speak up, because I was Asian.
    Then they came after me,
    and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.”

    (Paraphrased from Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

    August 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  10. Boing

    "designed to drive out social conservatives.”--Tony Perkins
    You deserve to be driven out, your ilk is the reason I've left the GOP. Fellow Republicans hear my call, change your party affiliation to Independent and let your state party know the reason why. Take our party back from these self righteous demagogues!

    August 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • mike

      Hear Hear!!! Republican conservatism has traditionally meant small government, but under Bush it transformed into conservative social policies that result in a large, intrusive government, intruding into every aspect of our personal lives, forcing us to live according to devout, shiite christian law. The GOP has become America's Taliban, and no one wants that except the tiny minority of pro-Theocracy evangical extremist christians who want to make America the Christian equivalent of the Middle East Theocracies. America has escaped the tyranny of religion so far, the GOP would end our freedom of and from religion.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  11. Mormon Magical Underwear

    Step right up folks step right up! Romney is going to give out some campaign goodies! First you will recieve a FREE pair of MORMON MAGICAL UNDERWEAR that mormons believe protects you from evil!! Next you will recieve an autographed picture of Joesoph Smith who is the Mormons Founder and Messiah who is a child molester,conman,polygamist,and murderer. Next you recieve a Free BOOK OF MORMON,its the book Joesoph Smith wrote to control his followers. Then you recieve free directions to the planet in outer space named KOLOB,where Mormons believe their god lives,one day you become a god too and will fly their with your MAGICAL UNDERWEAR! Then you recieve sacred writings that explain how all darkskinned people are subhuman and evil!!! Folks Romney is a CULT BISHOP FOR THE MORMON MAGICAL SKIDMARKED UNDERWEAR CHURCH,we do not want him representing christians.Romney belongs in a PADDED room along with all the other crazies and child molesters........Romney is pathetic and hates christians,he only believes his Mormonism is the true word of god,everyone else is going to hell.......Romney is a sick sick man,people need to know what his mormon religion stands for and the abuse of women and children is one of their biggest offences. I guess this is typical for a cultist to not have moral values. Sorry no vote for you Romney ...or your anti christian cult.

    August 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Utah

      Go hang yourself your anti-Christian bigot

      August 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Keith

      If you are a representative of Christianity I don't think you are too sane either. I don’t believe that I will vote for Romney but it seems to me that being Christian would disqualify you too if they all think like you.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  12. Utah

    Anyone who don't believe us Mormons are Christian could go jump off from the bridge your morons

    August 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • warren

      Your a brainwashed cultist,you have the book of mormon,Magical Underwear,and believe Joesoph Smith is your messiah.......NO YOUR NOT A CHRISTIAN

      August 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • tarlton

      Strange, I don't remember seeing a cross on a Mormon temple. What am I missing?

      August 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • skarphace

      Utah: Are you a Mormon? If so, answer these questions:

      1) do you believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only true biological son of God?

      2) do you believe in the Trinity, that is, that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are a single being?

      3) do you believe that humans, after they die, have an opportunity to become Gods themselves and have their own planets?

      4) (this is the kicker) do you believe that the only way to God is through Jesus Christ, his son? In other words, that there is no other path to salvation except through God's one and only son Jesus.

      Waiting on your response...

      August 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • sam

      Hmm...well, you certainly sound like a christian.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • skarphace

      Still waiting...

      August 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • skarphace

      Hmmm .. well it seems you did not want to answer my questions. I am not surprised, as your answers would have made it very clear that Mormons are indeed not even close to Christians.

      Christianity is based on one thing and one thing only: CHRIST. It is the first 5 letters of the religion, after all. If you do not believe that Jesus Christ is the one true son of God and that the only way to God is through Christ, and that the Trinity is true, then you are not a Christian. Period. No other argument can suffice.

      Plus, your belief that humans can become God's after they die and have their own planet to rule over is so far from Christianity it is pathetic. "Thou shall have no other God's beside me." Remember that one? Probably not, seeing as you are a Mormon and therefore not a Christian.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • Bman

      That's jump off a bridge you mormons!

      August 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • skarphace

      *6 letters

      August 23, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  13. John

    Stand your ground, Todd... the Tea Party will surely stand behind you. How can you lose?!

    August 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • sam

      Yeah, Todd. Stand your ground and bend over!

      August 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  14. Keith

    So, the Christian Taliban rally around one of the most ignorant representatives in the nation. Kinda makes a person wonder...............

    August 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • Keith

      Sharphace – what do you think?

      August 23, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  15. Jimy

    When Revelations was complete, the Holy Bible was complete. The King James version is the most accepted and recognized, with some variations made in recent years to be more easily read and understood. It is PERFECTLY CLEAR, nothing after Revelations is to be added to the Holy Bible. The Mormons, and Joseph Smith and Brigham Young decided they could add the Book of Mormon and tablets and wording that just is from the Devil himself. A pure cult not believing in Jesus Christ as the atonement for sin and the personal Savior of the sinners. The Holy Spirit, the trinity is not Mormon. They can not be put into USA power. It's the work of the devil.

    August 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • TEH DEHVIL

      AAAAAHHHHHH TEH DEHVIIIIIL, OOOOOOOOH!

      August 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Keith

      You don't even know anything about your own book, Revelations was written by John of Patmos and he was a Christian hater. He thought all Christians should be done away with. The Catholic Church wrote your bible, don't be afraid, learn some things.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  16. Jethro

    This article won't mention a single activist, leader, or organization by name who is defending Akin.

    August 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  17. Evangelical Christian

    40% of Americans are Evangelical :)

    August 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • TEH DEHVIL

      Eh. You wish.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • BurnNotice

      Isn't that sad!

      No wonder we're sliding downhill so fast.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • mike

      bullhockey

      August 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Keith

      That is a shame; A bronze age book interrupted by illiterate hillbillies is your legacy. Wow, I bet you are proud.

      August 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Boing

      Is it any wonder why we're falling behind the rest of the world academically? Sadly, this ignoramus is on the House Science and Technology committee, WHY!

      August 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Actually the Pew Forum estimates Evangelical Protestants at 26.3%

      Somehow I trust their data much more than yours.

      Evangelical Protestants ..... 26.3%
      Mainline Protestants ...........18.1%
      Historically Black ................ 6.9%
      Catholics: .......................... 23.9%
      Total Christian ................... 78.4%

      http://religions.pewforum.org/reports

      August 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Mike Buck

      EC. of the Take Education Away Party. You have to be running for political office. Please tell us what state and office please.

      August 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Huh!

      ok EC where is your proof........... from your pastor?

      August 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • Athy

      40%? man, even if it's only half that much, it's fucking scary.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  18. rosethornne

    I suspect the entire GnOP, and especially the teabagger fringe, are long past due for their rabies shots.

    August 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  19. Tex71

    You go, GOP! Rally around the misogynist too boneheaded to shut up and too inbred to know it. Ultra-conservatives are their own worst enemies, as well as everybody else's.

    August 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  20. Goodgriefness

    Women..have those babies...even if you can't afford them...but don't ask for assistance to help feed the poor thing cause rather than an abortion we would like to see it slowly starve to death instead...GO GOP!

    August 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
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