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God Is NOT A Republican And Satan Is NOT A Democrat!
Politics And Religion: The Great Fake!
When religious belief becomes the deciding factor in electing a candidate to political office in America, all hell breaks loose! Many voters in America believe that God is on one side and the devil is on the other. For years, Republicans have portrayed themselves as the party of family values and strong religious conviction. Likewise, voters have long been led to believe that all godless, evil candidates stem from and have the backing of the Democratic party. God and politics might be a natural combination in a country that is a theocracy, such as Iran, but in the United States of America?
God's favorite candidate? Who says? God? To believe that God would back one political candidate over another is pure foolishness, ignorance at its height. Have you ever seen a political commercial sponsored and paid for by God? A PAC that has received its funding from God?
In a country that prides itself on freedom of religion, there are many involved in politics who use religion to garner support and money. When I hear of PAC's who have named themselves such things as "Faith and Freedom Coalition" and then defines itself, in part as "...mobilizing people of faith...", I am suspect. Most of us have faith and most of us, regardless of party, believe in freedom. It is suspect when someone tries to play on someone's faith to raise money to garner political power and support themselves in a lavish manner.
Ralph Reed, the founder of the "Faith and Freedom Coalition" has a very checkered past and present. He was a big player in the Pay-Go lobbying scandal that enveloped Jack Abramoff, Grover Norquist and many others who went to prison for buying and selling Congressional influence. Money and power grabbing were at the center of that scandal, and regardless of the pious sounding name of the organization, money and power-grabbing are at the center of this group, in my opinion.
Far more than the proliferation of faith, I daresay, it is possession of power and money-making that is the supreme motive at play. Much like a shuckster faith healer, Reed and those like him play on people.
Reed was also a senior advisor to the Bush-Cheney campaigns in 2000 and 2004. Prior to his "redemption" from the lobbying scandal, he was accused by John McCain of making millions from the gambling deals that he, Norquist and Abramoff featured in so prominently. His "redemption" is still suspect.
A case can be made that PAC's on both sides of the political aisle do the same thing, and maybe they do, but it is wrong. Religion is not a test of worthiness to hold office in this country, and to appeal to someone's religion is callous and opportunistic, especially the way it is done by Ralph Reed.
Democrats AND Republicans go to church, believe in God, have families that they worry about constantly and all love this country.