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Conservatives want senator to resign after affair

c. 2011 Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) The president of the Christian conservative Family Policy Network sent Sen. David Vitter, R-La., a letter Monday (June 20) calling on him to follow the lead of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and resign rather than leave Republicans and conservatives open to charges of hypocrisy.

Vitter admitted to a “serious sin” in 2007 after his phone number was found in the 2001 client records of a D.C. madam, when he was a member of the House.

Weiner resigned after first lying about and then admitting to “inappropriate” online communication with various women.

“There are a lot of people that I think are committing outright hypocrisy and are forced to do so as long as he (Vitter) remains in office,” said Joe Glover, the president of the Family Policy Network, based in Forest, Va. “I don’t think the senator should put those folks in the untenable position of having to pragmatically defend his presence in the Senate.”


Vitter’s office had no immediate comment.

In an article posted on the group’s website Tuesday, policy analyst Alexander Mason writes that “the public’s perception of Vitter as a sleazy, hypocritical Christian only served to tarnish the name of Christ among unbelievers.”

The Family Policy Network is probably best known for its confronting attendees at gay pride events with, as they put it on their website, “the truth that Jesus Christ can set them free from homosexuality” through the network’s “Hope for Homosexuals” project.

(Jonathan Tilove writes for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans.)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment bluebuss

    about 4 years too late. why now? you have stood behind him the whole time – even when the “madame” was killed, and listed as a suicide. he has had an election and no out cry – why now?

    republicans talk a good game – follow through is never their strong suit. will always stand behind some pretty disasterous candidates because they are against abortion. santorum lied about weapons of mass destruction in iraq. “i saw the weapons of mass destruction w/my own eyes”. things will not change, as long as the candidate has a “r” beside his name, he/she will get the support right wingers, and the “family values” crowd. blind leading the blind.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Your Name

    The “Famblz Policey Centre! can go screw itself with its version of the “truth!. They can,t handle the real truth which is that God,s gaz and lesbian children are all right by God.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    YN you just made that up it is not in the bible nor is there any evidence of that.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    So you’re saying your god has it in for lesbian children. I presume that would be after they are born, not before?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    nnmns you can’t really win an argument you make up yourself.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    I’ll let anyone reading this decide who’s making things up cknuck.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    ok then you can prove lesbians are born that way? no you can’t no one can. No my God does not have it in for anyone He desires to love and have relationship the bible says He does not like sin and anything outside of the way He designed people is a product of sin. All people are sinners but not all desire to sin or stay in their sinfulness. It comes to a point the challenge is does a person want sin more than they want a relationship with God. You admittedly so have no use for God you don’t believe in Him so your interest is purely hate against God and people who believe in him so if a person is lesbian or homosexual and seeking God they certainly should be weary of you.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mordred08

    It’s possible that your god might exist, cknuck. But mere existence doesn’t make him worthy of worship. In fact, if he’s anything like you and other conservative Christians describe him, then as far as I’m concerned rebelling against him (and you) is the right thing to do, futile as it may be.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    Ok cknuck, for the hundredth time let’s try to get through to you on this. Do you believe in the Easter Bunny? I’m guessing “no”. Does that mean you hate the Easter Bunny? Again, I’m guessing “no”. Likewise I don’t believe in a god but that absolutely does not mean I hate some god. In fact it’s far less likely that I’d hate a god than it is that someone (like you, cknuck) who believes in it would hate it.

    Got it? I don’t hate any god. None. Try to remember that. Well, try to understand it then try to remember it.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    nnmns you cannot convince me of that because I’ve heard your hate speeches on God. you lie and what me to believe your lies no one operate on your driven level without passion and your passion is hate. you need to face it.

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