Religious Right Leaders Scheme To Intervene In 2012 Presidential Election

Reporters with the mainstream media sure love to write about the presidential horse race, don’t they? And I find it interesting how certain candidates suddenly become all the rage. How many stories about Michele Bachmann have you seen recently?

But the media, so intent on polls and personalities, is missing a huge story: The Religious Right’s attempt to pick our next president.

Luckily, Brian T. Kaylor is on the case. Kaylor, a professor of communication studies at James Madison University and an editor at Ethics Daily, a site run by moderate Baptists, has penned some interesting stories about top Religious Right leaders who have been plotting in the hopes of finding a candidate to beat President Barack Obama next year.

The collection, led by a Texas TV preacher named James Robison, takes its inspiration from a similar effort in 1980. Back then, Robison and other far-right fundamentalists had soured on President Jimmy Carter and were looking for a new champion. They found one in the person of a former actor and ex-California governor named Ronald W. Reagan.

Robison calls the current round of meetings “Leadership Summits.” The backers are a diverse lot; some are national names and some are not. They include Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, David Barton of WallBuilders, Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage, Vonette Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ, TV preacher Kenneth Copeland and Bishop Harry Jackson, a Maryland minster known for anti-gay activism. (Robison has a full list of participants on his blog.)

What type of candidate do these Religious Right activists want? Someone who will restrict abortion, oppose full civil rights for gays and generally reflect a fundamentalist Christian perspective on both domestic and foreign affairs.

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I definitely see a lot of issues with this in the future. I see them stepping in too much. I do not agree with this at all. They can speak their mind but need to stay out of it.
So, if religious organizations were to be classified as profit-making commercial organizations, you would have no objection to their agenda and rhetoric - you would basically understand them to be political organizations, right??? Just like a lobbying interest group - right? It's all the same stuff, isn't it - trying to guide society? Have you added more to that list of things that drive the religious right crazy, like you promised?

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