Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Winds of War: Why the Religious Right May Support Pro-Abortion Candidates

The main issue of the religious right has always been the abortion issue. If a Republican candidate did not toe the line on this he or she could not expect to win that block of votes. But that may be changing.

Will religious right vote for an abortion rights candidate? Yes if he or she supports the war on terror. At last month’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, conservative Christian power-broker Gary Bauer sent an email to evangelical voters. Among the usual issues of opposition to "abortion-on-demand" and the preservation of traditional marriage there was a new take on the preservation of family values.

"The war against Islamofascism is in many respects a 'values issue,'" Bauer wrote. "That may seem like an odd statement at first glance, but, as I have often said, losing Western Civilization to this vicious enemy would be immoral."

From one perspective, branding "radical Islam" as a family values issue is yet another example of the broadening of the evangelical agenda. But next November, it also could energize one of the Republican Party's key voting blocs, much like anti-gay marriage measures did in 2004.

"It's the ultimate life issue," said Rick Scarborough, president of the Texas-based conservative Christian group Vision America. "If radical Islam succeeds in its ultimate goals, Christianity ceases to exist."

There have been several comments in evangelical political circles that in right-wing Christians are warming up to the idea that radical Islam is a threat to family values.

Televangelist Pat Robertson, explaining his endorsement this week of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said "the overriding issue before the American people is the defense of our population from the bloodlust of Islamic terrorists."

Perhaps the nation's most influential evangelical leader, James Dobson, has spotlighted the issue a dozen times over the past year on his Focus on the Family radio show. Dobson has warned that both Republicans and Democrats need to "wake up" to the dangers of militant Islam.

At the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in June, evangelical thinker Charles Colson spoke of a "long war" against Islamofascists.

This is good news for conservative candidates. The yoke placed on them by the narrow anti-abortion position of the Christian Right may be ready to be removed in order to face the larger threat of radical Islam. Good news for candidate like Rudy Giuliani.

The 2008 election primaries will tell the tale.

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  • The 2 main issues for me is the war with Islam and the border. I hate abortions, but not voting for someone like Rudy and allowing someone like Hillary wont help my cause. Plus Rudy is on record saying he would nominate people like Thomas,Scallia and Roberts for the Supreme Court. Thats where the President will make the biggest impact on abortion. Plus the fact that Rudy is a fighter unlike Bush. Rudy wont take crap from the Dems and the MSM. Having saying that, my choice would be Tancredo but Rudy will have my full support.

    By Blogger Richard, at 9:07 AM  

  • I am almost as passionate on my right to CHOOSE abortion as I am towards Islamofascism.

    Richard you have ZERO say on the matter of abortion because of one very important reason. You have NO RIGHT to compel, force or dictate to a woman, what she CAN or CAN NOT do with HER body.

    If you feel so bloody minded and possess such egotism as to lord it over a woman, then I suggest, you go to medical school and find away to give birth and breed.

    Until men can physically give birth they have ZERO say in this matter. Period. (or lack of it - wink).

    However, lets get to the more important issue here.

    We must concentrate solely on the current islamofascism battle because if we loose it, then we will never be able to campaign and protest over any rights at all, ever again.

    I can live with ignoring the abortion debate, I can live with religion (as much as I loathe it with a passion of a bitch on heat), but I can not nor will never live under the threat of Islamofascism.

    By Blogger Rebel Radius, at 2:46 PM  

  • "You have NO RIGHT to compel, force or dictate to a woman, what she CAN or CAN NOT do with HER body."

    Hmmmm....I guess by that arguement, a woman can shoot up any narcotic she pleases while pregnant as well.

    By Blogger Richard, at 6:53 AM  

  • What ever she damn well chooses Richard.
    It is HER body - NOT yours.

    By Blogger Rebel Radius, at 9:07 PM  

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