â€œThese self-promoting values hacks don’t speak for the American mainstream,” declared New York Times columnist Frank Rich about Tony Perkins, James Dobson (in photo), Gary Bauer and other leaders of the religious right. â€œThey don’t speak for the Republican Party. They no longer speak for many evangelical ministers and their flocks. The emperors of morality have in fact had no clothes for some time. Should Rudy Giuliani end up doing a victory dance at the Republican convention, it will be on their graves.”
Rich cited a CBS News poll that found white evangelical voters care more about the war in Iraq and health care than about any other issues, while abortion and same-sex marriage are at the bottom of their list of election priorities. Yet, Rich noted, the recent Values Voters Summit â€œdidn’t even think to list the war, health care or fighting poverty among the 12 hot-button options.”
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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