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'Vote Christian in 2008' bullsh*t from Falwell

Outrageous. Rev. Tinkywinky, in an apparent move to insult anyone who is not of the Christian faith, works his base up with this flaming pile of crap.

As part of a bid to revive his Reagan-era conservative powerhouse, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, Moral Majority leader, is urging Americans to “vote Christian” in 2008.

“As national chairman of the Moral Majority Coalition, I am committed to lending my influence to help turn out at least 40 million ‘faith and values’ voters in 2008 to assure that Sen. Hillary Clinton, or someone of her ultra-liberal ilk, will never be president of this nation,” Falwell wrote in a recent mass fund-raising letter.

The letter comes with a car window sticker declaring “I Vote Christian.”

Falwell wrote that his goal “is to utilize the momentum of the sweeping conservative mandate of the November 2, 2004, elections to maintain a faith and values ‘revolution’ of voters who will continue to go to the polls to ‘vote Christian’ and call America back to God.” He added, “Everyone now knows that the stage is set for the church of Jesus Christ to turn this nation back to the faith of our fathers and the Judeo-Christian ethic.”

Many Republicans have been happy to accept Falwell’s support, and some have echoed his calls. At the 2002 Christian Coalition convention in Washington, D.C., for example, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas urged activists to back candidates who “stand unashamedly for Jesus Christ.”

Falwell’s initiative, however, comes at a tricky time for the Republican National Committee. Under its chairman, Ken Mehlman, who is Jewish, the RNC has been striving to make the party more inclusive by reaching out to Jews, among others. Mehlman and other Jewish Republicans ridiculed the recent claim of Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean that the GOP is a “white, Christian party,” calling the remark divisive.

Democrats, however, pointed to Falwell’s letter as evidence that it is GOP supporters who are engaging in divisive tactics.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly criticized Falwell for stirring this pot, and urged him to retract his “divisive and un-American” call to action.

“Reverend Falwell’s recent statements are directly at odds with the American ideal and should be rejected,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “Understanding the danger of combining religion and politics, our Founding Fathers wisely created a political system based on individual merit and religious inclusiveness.”

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