March 8th, 2011
08:33 AM ET

GOP contenders make early pitch to Iowa evangelicals

By Peter Hamby, CNN Political Producer

Waukee, Iowa (CNN) - There was no "truce" in Iowa on Monday night.

While the national political debate continues to swirl around the state of the economic recovery, five Republicans with their eyes on the White House spent the evening in a Des Moines suburb pitching themselves to the evangelical Christians who dominate the Hawkeye State's crucial first-in-the-nation caucuses.

The potential candidates made their appeals at a forum sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, the first major Iowa gathering of the 2012 election cycle. The organization seeks to promote "high moral values" and "Christian principles" in public life.

It was no surprise, then, that the now infamous "truce" proposal floated last year by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was an unpopular one in the auditorium at Point of Grace Church on Monday.

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- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Topkatt

    Republican pseudo-Christians don't give a hoot about morality, they just want the votes so they can steal the public blind. They are a cancer to both Christianity and America. Being a Republican and a true Christian is impossible.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:28 am |
  2. Geraard

    American Atheists are having their annual convention in Des Moines next month... that ought to balance things out.


    March 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  3. Colin

    All you have to do to win the vote of the evangelicals is tell the poor simpletons exactly what they want to hear – Yes, the World is only 6,000 years old and started with one man, one woman and a talking snake. Yes, out of all the gods, reincarnation, karma and other mystical beliefs in the world, yours is the one true one. Yes, the USA is a Christian country and other beliefs should be legislatively forced to comply with your morality. Yes, gays are evil and will burn in hell before an evild ground devil.

    I hate to say it, but I don't know any other way. Evangelicals are just dumb. Really, really dumb.

    March 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Jesusfreakazoid

      Yes...you are correct sir!

      March 9, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • pat carr

      well said. we need to keep these evang-hell-icals out of power at the ballot

      April 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  4. Ron

    Here we go again, HATE, it's a religious right.

    March 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  5. Reality

    What these politicians should have said but did not: (scroll past if you read this before)

    Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan se-cts.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hit-ti-tes, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

    For added "pizz-azz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "fil-icider".

    Current RCC problems:

    Pedo-ph-iliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

    3. Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

    Current problems:

    Adu-lterous preachers/politicians, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

    March 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  6. Nonimus

    I never really understood how a group that supports small government could support more laws to enforce it's narrow definitions of morallity, e.g. DOMA, pro-life, anti-right to die, anti-stem-cell research, anti-gay rights, etc.

    Although, from the other side, enforcing political correctness through laws seems contradictory to a tolerance viewpoint.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  7. doctore0

    The Christians = The Delusionals AKA The Scammed ones

    Comon folks, reality is not some crazy fairytale

    March 8, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  8. CatholicMom

    If we keep funding immorality here at home as well as abroad we will never acquire a budget that works for the good of the people. Education is important. If people are not given the Truth about abortion, they may believe that it is ok to kill babies in their mother’s womb just because man has pas-sed laws to allow it…even fund it.
    How low do we have to go before we can see the writing on the wall?

    March 8, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • pat carr

      how long will we also continue to fund the murder that is "War"? religious people worry so much about what is in the womb, yet where is the outcry against these endless wars? oh that's right – they're no christians LOL

      April 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  9. David Johnson

    The Republican Party serves 2 masters: The Rich and the Christian Right, comprised of mostly Evangelicals.

    Is there any wonder that the Republicans are attacking woman's rights and cutting programs for the poor to pay for tax cuts to the rich? Any wonder that the Republicans want to do away with collective bargaining? Any wonder the Republicans want to defund Planned Parenthood? Any wonder Republicans are trying to destroy any hope of gay rights?

    Jesus said, "No servant can serve two masters..." The Republicans are proving Jesus to be a liar. They are doing just fine serving the two.


    March 8, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • Al

      It is amazing how the Republicans (The rich and big business) will use religion (Christianity) as a means to get votes from the people with the lowest income and least education.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:55 am |
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