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We are bombarded by the Christian Conservative Right, with their opinions on matters ranging from Supreme Court nominees, Intelligent Design being taught in our schools, Gay marriage, Gambling, Abortion and the War on Terror. If you examine their positions and charges on these issues, are the GOP and the “Christian” groups really sure of what those stances are? The far right need to do a great deal of reevaluating of their positions and the quality of their leadership.
Hypocrisy is not a solid platform. Their “leaders” have demonstrated a love for money supercedes their love for God.
Who will shepherd the flock?

The far right leadership:
This from the Washington Post:

"Like many Internet companies emerging from the overheated 1990s, eLottery's money was drying up in the spring of 2000.
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his team were beginning to panic.

An anti-gambling bill had cleared the Senate and appeared on its way to passage by an overwhelming margin in the House of Representatives. If that happened, Abramoff's client, a company that wanted to sell state lottery tickets online, would be out of business.

Following the eLottery Money
* Funding Attacks on Republicans: A client of Jack Abramoff sent $150,000 to a firm associated with Ralph Reed as part of tis effort to kill an anti-gambling bill. The money was used to attack GOP House members who backed the bill. This graphic shows an e-mail exchange confirming the check's arrival.
* Abramoff's Paper Trail: Jack Abramoff directed eLottery money to charities and political friends. This graphic shows e-mails between Abramoff and his assistant discussing some of those transactions.
* The Check to the Charity: This document shows the $25,000 check issued by eLottery to Toward Tradition, which is run by a longtime Abramoff friend.
* Kill Bill Money: With the help of a key House staffer, Jack Abramoff used $2 million from client eLottery to launch a campaign to kill legislation that would ban gambling on the Internet.
* eLottery's Fall: The company won an expensive campaign to defeat an Internet gambling bill but loses in the end.
Abramoff Lobbying Questioned.

In 1998, the Justice Department had used existing gambling laws to force eLottery to shut down its first online lottery venture, with an Idaho Indian tribe. ELottery had not earned a dime since.

The Senate had passed the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act in late 1999, aiming to make it easier for authorities to stop online gambling sites. With a companion bill by Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.) advancing in the House in the spring of 2000, eLottery was desperate to ramp up its Washington lobbying. It had to sell off assets to stay afloat and raise cash.

But on July 17, 2000, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act went down to defeat, to the astonishment of supporters who included many anti-gambling groups and Christian conservatives.
A senior aide to then-Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) helped scuttle the bill in the House.
The company was founded in 1993 on the gamble that even a small fraction of the market for helping states and others put lotteries online could be worth a billion dollars a year. But the company faced many obstacles.

Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition, and the Rev. Louis P. Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition. Both kept in close contact with Abramoff about the arrangement, e-mails show. Abramoff also turned to prominent anti-tax conservative Grover Norquist, arranging to route some of eLottery's money for Reed through Norquist's group, Americans for Tax Reform.

In May, eLottery hired Abramoff's firm, Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, for $100,000 a month, according to lobbying reports. In the following months, Abramoff directed the company to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to various organizations, faxes, e-mails and court records show. The groups included Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform; Sheldon's Traditional Values Coalition; companies affiliated with Reed; and a Seattle Orthodox Jewish foundation, Toward Tradition.

Robert Daum, a former eLottery official, said he could not recall the names of the groups that received the payments but noted that all the money spent by the company at Abramoff's direction was for the purpose of defeating the Internet bill."

I would not bet on the "God Fearing" GOP leadership if I was the far right, you'd lose.

The Far Right Stance:

Pat Robertson calls for the assassination of Venezuela's leader Hugo Chavez. This is a political statement made by the leader of the Christian Fundamentalists. Is this what any of us would consider a Christian thought?
Christian Conservatives charge that the Democrats were focusing on the religious beliefs of nominee Roberts and state that they are irrelevant to his ability to be a Supreme Court Judge. Now they are up at arms because Miers is not religious enough for them. They don't want fair and non-partisan Judges. What they want is to take over the Judicial System to play morality police with the U.S. Constitution and U.S. citizens. Yet they have yet to show anything resembling morality in their actions.
They want intelligent design and religion taught in the countries schools, as long as it is their religion.
They say they are for family and family values. Just make sure your family fits the criteria of what they will accept as a family. If little Johnny has two daddies, that family does not fit the criteria of their type of family and will burn in hell. Then they judge little Johnny for having two daddies, it is after all the childs fault, forbidding him to play with their"Christian" children or participating in their Christian programs and activities. Why can't we all be so spiritual?
The Christian Conservatives say they are pro-life, yet support the invasion of Iraq, that has resulted in thousands of lives lost. They also treat those who bomb womens health clinics, killing doctors and nurses who's only crime was doing their job, like heroes.
I was always taught that tolerance was virtuous and a moral obligation for any "good" Christian.
Why not call the Far Right Christian Conservatives, the Far Right Uptight Bigots and take some of the pressure of pretending to be spiritual, religious and moral off their backs.
These are after all, not their strengths.

Posted by Andre M. Hernandez at October 21, 2005 3:06 PM