Weekly Political Roundup: A Bunch Of Conservative Pastors Are Trying To Get Into Office

Brandon Snively
Brandon is a Pace University graduate and avid Philadelphia sports fan, but don't hate him because of it...please? He was a former intern at the Howard Stern Show as well as a reporter for the MTA program Transit Transit Newsmagazine. He likes to be in front of the camera or behind the mic, but he enjoys news writing just as much.
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THE GIST: 

  • A convention was held in Orlando that gathered pastors interested in getting involved with politics
  • One of the keynote speakers was Baptist minister and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee
  • The pastors attending this convention clearly have the intention of imposing their religious agenda on the American people (“representing their interest”)
  • At the convention they learned how to run a political campaign
  • They openly feel that homosexuality and abortion are vital issues that need to be attended to first
  • We’d basically all be cool with a religious figure running if he or she were knowledgable, qualified, brought good ideas to the table and let religion take the back seat
  • This convention was pretty much gathering people who think the opposite of that ^

 

Some of you may have heard of religious, right wing nut job Pat Robertson. He is the old geezer who has that show The 700 Club and tried to run for president back in the 90s. You probably know him best for explaining several natural disasters in foreign countries with God punishing them. It’s scary to think that a Baptist minister like that was able to hold public office at all and was actually trying to become president.

Well, brace yourselves because we could be seeing more ministers and evangelical pastors like this entering the world of politics. According to NPR, a convention was held in Orlando that gathered some pastors who not just looking to preach to the Church, but to the American people through politics as well. One of the keynote speakers at the convention was former governor of Arkansas, presidential candidate, and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee.

NPR states that this was convention was organized by David Lane, who arranges training sessions for pastors to run political campaigns. While running for office is an individual decision, Lane is quoted saying, “We want people with our values to be elected to office and to represent our interests there.” He has over 100,000 email addresses and claims that if 1 percent choose to run, that’s 1,000 pastors ready to take on America.

Is this convention a brain washing technique? It may sound like a cult considering the beliefs that some of these people hold, but these sessions are merely there to grab the interest of these pastors. NPR states that they are encouraged to start off at local level positions before getting into the big stuff.

At a previous session held in Charleston, South Carolina, David Lane began with a prayer stating what sins this nation has committed. He said, “Fifty-five million babies’ dead. Red ink as far as the eye can see. Homosexuals praying at the inauguration…Lord, have mercy.” I think it’s pretty clear which issues they will tackle first if they ever make it to office.

There’s no issue with a pastor trying to run for public office as long as they have knowledge on the issues and are qualified. What is scary here is that there are people in this country that still have the mindset of, “Give it to God and He will deliver.” One of the biggest issues these prospective candidates see with this country is that this once “Christian Nation” does not have the values it once stood for. Not to mention the other issues they suggest stem from homosexuality (especially after this court ruling) and abortion.

Despite the outcome here, their beliefs should not be imposed on the people, which is what is heavily suggested through their actions, words, and beliefs. For example, America is unique in that it never established a national language even though English is used everywhere, so why do these ministers feel that they need everyone to accept their religion? There is a little thing called Separation of Church and State for a reason.

If a minister has good ideas to bring to the table, that’s perfectly fine and America should listen. However, there shouldn’t be an outcry to have religious leaders run a local municipality, county, or country. It will be interesting to see how this affects the upcoming election.

Source :

reuters.com

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