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Christian Right Mobilizes For Judge

from The Washington Post

PHILADELPHIA - Republicans and leaders of the religious right gathered in a black church here Sunday night to build support for Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. as part of their effort to block gay marriage, end abortion, and restore religious expression in the public square.

Sen. Rick Santorum said the elevation of Alito to the top court is crucial because "extremely liberal justices [are] destroying traditional morality." The battle, he said, is against Democrats determined to "continue the far left judicial activism on the Supreme Court."

Republicans and Democrats agree that if Alito succeeds Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court is likely to shift to the right, especially on abortion issues and in disputes over the separation of church and state.

"We were able to hold off Michael Moore and the folks in Hollywood, and most of the national media, and George Soros and the Kennedy crowd that fought so fiercely against the election of George Bush," former Moral Majority chairman Jerry Falwell told about 600 people gathered in the Greater Exodus Baptist Church here.

The Justice Sunday III speeches by Falwell, Rev. Herbert H. Lusk II, Focus on the Family's James Dobson, and the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins were televised on several Christian networks and directly into churches across the country. The gathering at Greater Exodus was about 60 percent black and 40 percent white.

"The threat to our religious liberties has not diminished," Perkins declared. He cited rulings against the Pledge of Allegiance, restrictions on the display in public places of the Ten Commandments, and a recent decision barring the Indiana House from beginning sessions with prayers that refer to Jesus Christ.

"These are not theoretical threats. They present a clear and present danger to religious freedom in our country," Perkins said. "We are not interested in creating a theocracy in America, we have no interest in a church state. What we want is a church that is free to speak the truth."

Don Feder of Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation said, "If Christianity fails in America, if the left has its way, America as we know it will cease to exist."

By far the most rousing speech - more sermon than speech - was given by Lusk, Greater Baptist's pastor.

A Bush supporter whose organization has received more than $1 million in federal grants under the administration's Faith Based Initiative, Lusk cited the harsh criticism he has faced from liberals and other black leaders. He said: "I've been called a sellout. I've been called an Uncle Tom, and the New York Times called me a maverick in the black church." Lusk said he welcomed being called a maverick if it means supporting "the original intent of God Almighty" in opposition to abortion and the "redefinition of marriage...Brothers and sisters, we will not go down without a fight."

Lusk warned adversaries: "My friends, don't fool with the church because the church has buried a million critics. And those the church has not buried, the church has made funeral arrangement for."


Anonymous Bruce said...

extremely liberal justices [are] destroying traditional morality

Funny how protecting the principles of our constitution is equated with destroying our country.

January 09, 2006 12:49 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

I just can't believe they actually believe what they say - that it's this conspiracy, that Christians are losing rights (they're just losing favoritism they never should have been shown), that it's the End of Civilization! if they can't pray to Jesus in Congress or try to force Muslims to attend mass in the Air Force. They sound paranoid, deceptive, amoral - but I guess that's in. Their positions are indefensible, yet they never have to really explain the contradiction between the government not favoring one religion - and then "God" and "Jesus" and "Merry Christmas" in government. Why not Vishnu and Hannukah? Or Kali and Kwanzaa? If those favor a religion, then how can you stand there with a straight face and say Jesus doesn't? They're either all insane paranoids (statistically unlikely) or they're all lying - which I thought was sin. Ugh. Lying to nonbelievers is as easy as exhaling when your a ConChrRep. We're just trash in their path to heaven.

January 10, 2006 12:07 AM  

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