More Signs of Christian Right Undeadness

prolife.jpgJohn McCain’ nomination for president once represented the waning of the Christian Right after the high watermark of its influence in 2004.
Then Sarah Palin, a darling of the movement, became John McCain’s veep pick. The movement seemed to have some influence left after all.
And the AP reports a mostly overlooked story about the crafting of this year’s Republican platform, with its promotion of a complete ban on abortion remains in tact, without exceptions for rape, or incest, or to save the life of the mother, despite McCain’s support for those exceptions:


The votes came the same day that Palin and her husband, Todd, revealed that their unmarried 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, was five months pregnant. The couple said their daughter planned to marry the baby’s father and keep the child.
During his 2000 campaign, McCain argued for loosening the convention platform to include abortion exceptions. That triggered a backlash among social conservatives, who reared up again in recent weeks amid word McCain might be considering a running mate favoring abortion rights.
In a May interview being published in the October issue of Glamour magazine, McCain reiterated his support for the exceptions.
“My position has always been: exceptions of rape, incest and the life of the mother,” the senator said.
When asked if he would encourage the party to include them in the platform, he replied, “Yes,” adding: “And by the way, I think that’s the view of most people, that rape, incest, the life of the mother are issues that have to be considered.”
In a subsequent July 30 interview with Glamour, McCain said he had “not gotten into the platform discussions.”


Plus, the party’s evangelical contingent has been front and center at this week’s convention.
Given all these developments, isn’t it safe to say that the GOP still belongs more to the Christian Right than to John McCain?


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posted September 3, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Why can’t republicans realize that most Americans are against abortions… the difference is that republics pro-lifers are against the mother to live.. the democrats the opposite… it brings back to mind the old days of illeagle abortions, which definitely happen again, no money for doctors, but the old neighborhood butchers will start to live with bigger pocket money. Bring it on asap, and it will be preformed mostly on white women who have abortions now, except their heathcare will not be paying. Are the wonderful coat hangers ready for medical use??

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posted September 4, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Why cant most people understand that the GOP is not as narrow in its thinking as portrayed by people who misunderstand a slice of the party: religious conservatives?
Abortion is not the number one issue! Take the environment, poverty, or the republican stance on taxes: Religious republicans are for lowering taxes so that more people can afford to live and to take care of their children. Lower taxes, increase growth and reduce poverty.
Republicans have ALWAYS been the party that is “pro-life for life.”
The media must remember that there are different groups in the republican party. Pro-choice republicans exist and are growing….just like pro-life democrats exist and are growing. It is too bad that the media wants to simplify something that is complex. Nuance, please.

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