Members of the American Taliban meet in FL to strategize
D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church is also head of the scarily-named Evangelism Explosion International. Wingnut, pastor, politician, activist, and musician Gary Cass is, according to his bio, a “tireless Christian warrior for God and an entrenched pro-life activist.”
Motivated by recent Republican successes at the polls and the threat of same-sex marriages, hundreds of conservative Christians from across the nation are gathering at Coral Ridge Ministries today for a two-day conference to sharpen their political skills and promote their social and cultural agenda.
Called “Reclaiming America for Christ 2005,” the conference features topics such as Defending Religious Liberties, The Role of Christians in Civil Government, Christian Persecution and The Influence of the Bible in America.
“The moral landscape of America is in disarray,” writes D. James Kennedy, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and noted televangelist in a welcoming letter. He believes the social and cultural mood of the country has shifted to the point that “there has never before been such a time as this, when the potential for God-honoring change in our land was so great.”
While banning abortion remains a core issue for Christian conservatives, efforts to prohibit same-sex marriages have taken center stage this year.
“The marriage issue and the assault upon it has probably done more to energize the social conservative base than any other issue,” said Gary Cass, executive director of Reclaiming America.
…Cass said elected officials who were helped by “values voters” will be in trouble in the next election if they do not vote correctly on social and cultural issues. “We want to remind our friends that once they are elected, we expect them to do their part,” Cass said. “We try to be respectful and kind, but our values are more important than a person’s political career.”
Among the speakers scheduled at the conference are David Barton, founder of WallBuilders, a group that opposes abortion; Stephen Bennett, a popular Christian musician who talks about being a former homosexual; Daniel Dreisbach, an American University professor and author of Real Threat and Mere Shadow: Religious Liberty and the First Amendment ; Wanda Franz, president of the National Right to Life Committee; Richard Land, a member of President Bush’s Commission on International Religious Freedom; David Limbaugh, author of Persecution; Rick Scarborough, author of Enough is Enough!, a book about his fight to stop sex education in school; and Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association.