Our Inspirations


Conservative Christians Criticize Republicans
 
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
Published: May 15, 2006

WASHINGTON, May 13 — Some of President Bush’s most influential conservative Christian allies are becoming openly critical of the White House and Republicans in Congress, warning that they will withhold their support in the midterm elections unless Congress does more to oppose same-sex marriage, obscenity and abortion.

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In the last several weeks, Dr. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and one of the most influential Christian conservatives, has publicly accused Republican leaders of betraying the social conservatives who helped elect them in 2004. He has also warned in private meetings with about a dozen of the top Republicans in Washington that he may turn critic this fall unless the party delivers on conservative goals.

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Christian conservative leaders have often threatened in the months before an election to withhold their support for Republicans in an effort to press for their legislative goals. In the 1990’s, Dr. Dobson in particular became known for his jeremiads against the Republican party, most notably in the months before the 1998 midterm elections.

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Dr. Dobson gave his first presidential endorsement to Mr. Bush and held get-out-the-vote rallies that attracted thousands of admirers in states with pivotal Senate races while Focus on the Family and many of its allies helped register voters in conservative churches.

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Dr. Dobson and other conservatives are renewing their complaints about the Republicans at a time when several recent polls have shown sharp declines in approval among Republicans and conservatives. And compared with other constituencies, evangelical Protestants have historically been suspicious of the worldly business of politics and thus more prone to stay home unless they feel clear moral issues are at stake.

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Dr. Dobson, whose daily radio broadcast has millions of listeners, has already signaled his willingness to criticize Republican leaders. In a recent interview with Fox News on the eve of a visit to the White House, he accused Republicans of “just ignoring those that put them in office.”

Dr. Dobson cited the House’s actions on two measures that passed over the objections of social conservatives: a hate-crime bill that extended protections to gay people, and increased support for embryonic stem cell research.

“There’s just very, very little to show for what has happened,” Dr. Dobson said, “and I think there’s going to be some trouble down the road if they don’t get on the ball.”

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Richard D. Land, a top official of the Southern Baptist Convention who has been one of Mr. Bush’s most loyal allies, said in an interview last week that many conservatives were upset that Mr. Bush had not talked more about a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

“A lot of people are disappointed that he hasn’t put as much effort into the marriage amendment as he did for the prescription drug benefit or Social Security reform,” Dr. Land said.

Republicans say they are taking steps to revive their support among Christian conservatives. On Thursday night, Mr. Rove made the case for the party at a private meeting of the Council for National Policy, participants said.

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Dr. Dobson declined to comment. His spokesman, Paul Hetrick, said that Dr. Dobson was “on a fact-finding trip to see where Republicans are regarding the issues that concern values voters most, especially the Marriage Protection Act,” and that it was too soon to tell the results.

2 Responses to “Our Inspirations”

  1. donjobson Says:

    My adoptive daddy done good when we separated from those closet liberals—the GOP Republicans and we created the only True Godly political Party around—the GOIP—God’s Only Inerrant Party.

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