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Opinion: Republicans race to prove Christian cred
Texas Gov. Rick Perry leads a prayer event August 6 in Houston. Thousands prayed for God to save "a nation in crisis."
August 10th, 2011
03:06 PM ET

Opinion: Republicans race to prove Christian cred

Editor's note: Michael Wolraich is a founder of the political blog dagblog.com and the author of "Blowing Smoke: Why the Right Keeps Serving Up Whack-Job Fantasies about the Plot to Euthanize Grandma, Outlaw Christmas, and Turn Junior into a Raging Homosexual."

By Michael Wolraich, Special to CNN

(CNN) - When Gov. Rick Perry of Texas called for a day of prayer and fasting in Houston, world-famous televangelist John Hagee answered enthusiastically.

"We pray for our governor, Rick Perry," he gruffly proclaimed, "who has had the courage today to call this time of fasting and prayer just as Abraham Lincoln did in the darkest days of the Civil War."

When Perry officially launches his presidential campaign this weekend, he will not be the only Republican candidate to carry the banner of Christian piety. The presidential pre-primary season has not featured so many brave Christian Abraham Lincolns since the days of Abraham Lincoln himself.

Read the full commentary by Michael Wolraich
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Michele Bachmann • Newt Gingrich • Opinion • Politics • Rick Perry • Tim Pawlenty

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  1. Jason

    To all true believers, take any politician that wears their religious beliefs on their sleeves with a flinty eye. No one should be ashamed of their religious affiliation, however, mixing religion and politics is bad, because politics is money. The time Jesus really lost his cool, was at the money changers in the temple. And it is not much of a stretch to believe that anyone that prays while the cameras are rolling, is conducting business in his name, to solicit campaign donations. There are many ways someone could demonstrate themselves as a moral leader, within a secular venue. And if a candidate or political leader is noted for attending church or temple on a regular basis, so be it.

    October 2, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  2. tif31

    This republican race to show who is the most devout amongst them is really the biggest circus of hypcrisy on this earth.

    October 1, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  3. CheeseSteak

    And the Christians remain the dumbest, most useless, biggest douchbags ever invented by corrupt Man. I sure hope Jesus comes back to get you turds off our planet.

    August 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  4. Cmarsh

    This has got to be, one of the the biggest, hypocritical things there is. Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, whatever party you align with. If you ever vote for the rich to keep more of what they have to the detriment of the poor, YOU HAVE NO CONNECTIONS with the teachings of Jesus. There are over 300 plus references made to giving to the poor. You can't claim christianity if you don't believe the meek shall inherit the earth and that rich people need to keep more of their money. They just don't gel. In my Christian opinion anyway.

    August 14, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  5. The Lionly Lamb of The Gods Does Roar

    The Present-Day Capitalists of generationalisms that revolve to evolve into becoming Undulations of the 'Globalists' Rudimentairialisms of High-Mindedness and Power Hungry via 'non-theologians' of fundamentally sound secularisms that do fair themselves as coming across better in the mindsets of religions' 'new dawned' fundamentalist propensities which are nothing but reclaimationed historical assets of Times' gone by and went awry, just as will happen if redundantly embittered Religiosities' fundies ever get their ovulating' and greed-hungry' fingers upon the 'Power-Bases' of our Present Day 'Globalists' mitigative potencies!

    August 13, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  6. AGuest9

    Actually, I would rather a politician DIDN'T stand up and tell me how Christian s/he is. They lie so much, how can you tell that THEY even believe in what's coming out of their own mouths?

    August 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  7. Reality

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile.

    The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe it should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)

    (The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.)
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    August 13, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • AGuest9

      If not for those legal abortions, how much money would be doled out in Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, WIC and other services for those unwanted children? Then take into account special ed programs, remedial reading and math, then the cost of the juvenile court and finally, adult courts and prisons.

      August 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • AGuest9

      For those of you who will quickly chastise me for my comment, think about how you will be the first screaming about taxes and deficit spending. Where do you think THAT money comes from?

      August 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • The Lionly Lamb of The Gods Does Roar

      With all these "forgetfulneses" by both maland females one thinks they might be in need of some type of drug to induce their remembrance brainyard cells central to unforgetfulness candor> 🙂 Ah ShIIIIIT I forgot what else I wanted to type! Goddah see my shrink and have her give me a script for that college drug they use for cramming studies and doing all night vigils. What was that drugs name,,,,,,, Ambersol? You know the drug,,, it's used on kids with ADHD isn't it? 😦

      August 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • Reality

      So abortionists get rich at the expense of the Immoral Majority who forget to use birth control properly. Take your Pills ladies, wear your condoms guys and save yourself a lot of money and grief and also thereby sending abortion doctors to the poor house.

      August 14, 2011 at 12:56 am |
    • Reality

      From the Guttmacher Insti-tute:

      FIRST-YEAR CON-TRACEPTIVE FAILURE RATES

      Percentage of women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy

      Method Typical

      Pill (combined) 8.7
      Tubal ste-rilization 0.7
      Male con-dom 17.4
      Vas-ectomy 0.2

      Periodic abstinence 25.3
      Calendar 9.0
      Ovulation Method 3.0
      Sympto-thermal 2.0
      Post-ovulation 1.0

      No method 85.0"

      (Abstinence) 0

      (Mas-turbation) 0

      The failure of the Pill as noted above results in one million unplanned pregnancies every year because women basically fail to take it once a day as prescribed. Is there a literacy problem that Planned Parenthood failed to recognize?

      The failure of the male con-dom results in another one million unplanned pregnancies every year basically because many men, as per Guttmacher, fail to use them even though they have them in their pockets or billfolds.

      Then there are these additional facts:

      from the CDC-2006

      "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psychological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with S-TDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

      and

      http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/20/yes-or-al-se-x-is-se-x-and-it-can-boost-cancer-risk/?npt=NP1

      August 14, 2011 at 1:01 am |
    • Reality

      More facts about contraceptives from

      guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_contr_use.html

      "CON-TRACEPTIVE METHOD CHOICE

      Cont-raceptive method use among U.S. women who practice con-traception, 2002

      Method No. of users (in 000s) % of users
      Pill.................... 11,661............................ 30.6
      Male condom...... 6,841 ..........................18.0 "

      i.e.
      The pill fails to protect women 8.7% during the first year of use (from the same reference previously shown).

      i.e. 0.087 (failure rate)
      x 62 million (# child bearing women)
      x 0.62 ( % of these women using contraception )
      x 0.306 ( % of these using the pill) =

      1,020,000 unplanned pregnancies
      during the first year of pill use.

      For male condoms (failure rate of 17.4 and 18% use level)

      1,200,000 unplanned pregnancies during the first year of male condom use.

      The Gut-tmacher Inst-itute (same reference) notes also that the perfect use of the pill should result in a 0.3% failure rate
      (35,000 unplanned pregnancies) and for the male condom, a 2% failure rate (138,000 unplanned pregnancies).

      o Conclusion: The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the pill or condoms properly and/or use other methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.

      August 14, 2011 at 1:05 am |
  8. mikey

    Even if the evidence was out there...which it is...you would still not believe. For every truth, you will love the lie. I know cause I used to be the same. Meet Him, and you will discover the proof for yourself.

    August 12, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • pfeffernusse

      The evidence that God does not exist is out there, but you will not believe. For every truth, you love the fairy tale. I know because I sought him and could not find him. The years I spent searching for God were the most miserable of my life. Now that I realize I wasted a lot of time on an imaginary sky daddy. Read and research. You will discover the proof for yourself.

      August 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      you rock mikey!

      August 13, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • AGuest9

      The only "him" I met when I died was the nurse doing CPR on me. I never did get his name.

      August 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  9. Marilyn

    LOL @ Reality! I see you duplicate yourself on other (all?) blogs. Anyhow, I do like your "Immoral Majority" analogy. Guess we need to thow out all the so-called "Christians" & get the Independents, Jews & Muslims running & fixing the government? Affairs, non-payment of child support, wanting to succeed the nation & has horribly taken from school system (Perry), sued the Pres & Congress for COLA when he got in office (Bohener)....lol...no wonder our country is going to h ell & our leaders have screwed us & the world. How do You, Reality, suggest we fix this problem? Love Ya 😉

    August 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Reality

      Marilyn,

      Obviously, you are not good with numbers.

      August 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  10. Rainer Braendlein

    I wonder, why doesn't any American Protestant bishop pray publically like Mr. Rick Perry?

    Of course, it is fine, when a governor has got personal faith in Christ, but publical worship belongs to the tasks of the clergy.

    The tasks of a governor and the tasks of a bishop can hardly be united.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Tasks of a governor: Keeping order, security and progress.

      Tasks of a bishop: Taking care of the souls of his church members (this can comprise cost-free additional education of weak people, in order to enable them to do a job).

      August 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      A pious governor should not interfere in the affairs of the Church. He could express his piety by praising the Church publically and through that helping the Church to gain good reputation within the population.

      August 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  11. The Lionly Lamb of The Gods Does Roar

    @ Martin T and ALL,

    The Capitalists of genericisms' that revolve to evolve into becoming Undulations of the Globalists' Rudimentairialisms of High-Mindedness and Power Hungry 'non-theologians' do fair themselves as coming across better in the mindsets of Atheisms' 'new dawned' fundamentalist propensities that are nothing but reclaimed historical assets of Times' gone by and went awry, just as will happen if redundantly embittered Atheisms ever gets their ovulairialnesses' greedy fingers upon the 'Power-Bases' of our Present Day Globalists' Empowered augmentations.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  12. now i know

    now i know why the atheists don't beleive in God, they are sooooooooooo naive to think of God as some fairy who is there at their beck and call..

    Grow up kiddos God ain't working like that, he put you in this world and gave you some responsibility to make wise choices. It is your duty to ask for wisdom to make those right choices...

    Put God first and see how things change...pray for wisdom..u wouldn't know that would you.

    "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom"

    August 11, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Martin T

      You're right God doesn't work that way, because HE DOESN'T WORK AT ALL! Show me ONE scientific study, one shred of empirical evidence of the existence of god, and I will believe; until then, it's all just BS.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Martin T

      "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom"

      Sooooo, I must FEAR a god that is loving and kind and the giver of life. I wonder what the starving children in Somolia think of your loving sky god, just as they die.... hmmm..... I suppose it's somehow god's plan that those 600,000 children should die.. How kind of him..

      August 11, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • The Lionly Lamb of The Gods Does Roar

      😦 + 🙂 = 🙂 🙂 & 🙂 = 🙂 @ 🙂 @ 😦 = -)---> 🙂 <---–(- ?

      August 11, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  13. Faith

    Only commited Christians can make the right decisions for the entire USA. All others corrupt it or get side-tracked.

    August 11, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Martin T

      I will attempt to interpret the above: Blah blah, blah.. yadda yadda yadda, nonsense, nonsense... amen

      August 11, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • J.W

      You are very bitter

      August 11, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • J.W

      You are very bitter and crazy

      August 11, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Martin T

      JW, I agree that Faith is bitter and crazy. I hope that is what you meant and not me. SMILE...

      August 11, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • J.W

      Oh yeah I was speaking to her

      August 11, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      Faith Adelina has no depth and is quite shallow and mindless. I pass over her posts now and chuckle.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • LuminousTruth

      Why would a Christian seek to be a part of politics in this world? unless of course they are unfaithful to Jesus and thus listen to the hate and greed that Satan inspires within them. Can't you simply wait for Jesus? his Kingdom is not of this world, after all.

      August 13, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  14. myweightinwords

    Personally, I don't care what religion my politicians are, as long as they keep their religion out of my government.

    The questions that voters should be asking themselves are not being asked. Can this person do the job I am asking him/her to do? Can this person bring common sense back to the insanity in Washington, or will he/she just perpetuate the stupid divide between parties? Does this person have what it takes to get the country back on track? What is his/her record on jobs, on debt, on civil rights?

    August 11, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Martin T

      This is all fine and good, EXCEPT, MOST of the Christian Right Wingut Fundies CAN'T just do their job without feeling this urge to indoctrinate the masses with their nonsense belief system. I agree that Christians CAN be good politicians, but only those willing to recognize the need, the urgency, the absolute necessity to keep their beliefs separate from their politics. NOT going to happen, however.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • myweightinwords

      @Martin, which is why any politician who touts their religion as a main selling point of their platform loses my vote instantly. I don't care what religion.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • Frogist

      @myweightinwords: I was listening to Bill Maher's podcast of his show yesterday. And he had Neil DeGrasse Tyson on who said something I found enlightening. He said the majority of our people in the house and senate are lawyers. They come from a background where their job is to argue a side, their side. Not to listen to the other side or consider what is the right thing to do. Just to make things sound good so their side could win. And he asked where are the other voices? Where are the scientists or teachers or otherwise? Not there. The people who have jobs that require listening comprehension, data-gathering, problem-solving are simply not there. It's no wonder we have such a dysfunctional gov't because we always choose the same type of people.
      We always choose the same type of religious people too. Always the protestant or evangelical who believers see as closest to God. (I wonder if believers consider how blasphemous that is.) The politicians know this so they are scrambling to build up that Christian cred. Maybe it's time we looked for something different.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • myweightinwords

      @Frogist, that is a good point. I hadn't really thought about that, but you're right.

      Time to start looking at that. Time to elect some different kinds of people.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Frogist

      I actually watched the Bill Maher episode with Tyson on it. I was equally impressed as well with that man and many of his comments.

      I found him to be one of the more intelligent guests, in general, that I have seen on the show.

      Peace...

      August 12, 2011 at 1:52 am |
  15. Faith

    My comment is a follow-up of the previous comments right ahead.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  16. Faith

    Stupid secular Americans will be spared from dooms and get rescued only because of Christian Americans, as usual.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • The Lionly Lamb of The Gods Does Roar

      🙂 + 🙂 = 🙂 -)-- 😦 -–(-

      August 11, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • AGuest9

      What is it that secular Americans are going to be spared from? By your qualifier "as usual", it seems that your judgement day passes often enough for you to claim it as a usual occurrence. Also, by your statement, is it ONLY the stupid secular Americans that will be spared? If so, then what happens to the intelligent secular Americans?

      August 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
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