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I Am A Conservative Christian, And The Religious Right Scares Me
Constitution Party National Website ^ | 12/15/2004 | Chuck Baldwin

Posted on 01/03/2005 2:56:16 PM PST by cougar_mccxxi

I Am A Conservative Christian, And The Religious Right Scares Me

by Chuck Baldwin

For those readers who are unfamiliar with my biography (http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.sketch.html), let me here provide a thumbnail sketch of my conservative bona fides:

I attended, graduated, or received degrees from fundamentalist Christian schools such as Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Michigan, Thomas Road Bible Institute (now known as Liberty Bible Institute at Liberty University) in Lynchburg, Virginia, Christian Bible College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida.

I am currently in my thirtieth year as the Senior Pastor of the Crossroad Baptist Church (Independent) in Pensacola, Florida. I was the Executive Director of the Florida Moral Majority in the early 1980's. I was an active member of the local Christian Coalition.

I have marched and protested against abortion clinics. I have led several pro-life rallies and even led our church to construct A Memorial To Aborted Babies (http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/abortion_crosses.html). I have conducted small and large (some drawing crowds numbering in the thousands) pro-life, pro-family rallies and meetings in the Pensacola area and in many towns and cities across the state of Florida.

When Ronald Reagan was running for President, I helped Dr. Jerry Falwell register more than fifty thousand new conservative voters in my state. I have attended White House functions with former President Reagan and former Vice President George H.W. Bush.

I supported and defended Chief Justice Roy Moore and his fight to display a Ten Commandments monument at a pro-Ten Commandments rally in Montgomery, Alabama and even on national television.

I am an annual member of the National Rifle Association and a life member of Gun Owners of America. I have been the featured speaker at several pro-Second Amendment rallies.

No one can honestly question my commitment to pro-life, pro- family, conservative causes. That being said, the Religious Right, as it now exists, scares me.

For one reason, on the whole, the Religious Right has obviously and patently become little more than a propaganda machine for the Republican Party in general and for President G.W. Bush in particular. This is in spite of the fact that both Bush and the Republican Party in Washington, D.C., have routinely ignored and even trampled the very principles which the Religious Right claims to represent.

Therefore, no longer does the Religious Right represent conservative, Christian values. Instead, they represent their own self-serving interests at the expense of those values.

It also appears painfully obvious to me that in order to sit at the king's table, the Religious Right is willing to compromise any principle, no matter how sacred. As such, it has become a hollow movement. Sadly, the Religious Right is now a movement without a cause, except the cause of advancing the Republican Party.

Beyond that, the Religious Right is actively assisting those who would destroy our freedoms. On the whole, the Religious Right comports with those within the Bush administration and within the Republican Party who, in the name of "fighting terrorism," are actually terrorizing constitutional protections of our liberties.

The Religious Right offered virtually no resistance to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the passage of the Patriot Act, or the recently created position of National Intelligence Director. Neither did the Religious Right offer even a whimper of protest as President Bush and Republicans in Congress created a first-ever national ID card in the new intelligence bill, which eerily has more in common with early Twentieth Century German and Russian intelligence institutions than anything envisioned by America's Founding Fathers.

Another disconcerting feature of today's Religious Right is its attempt to Christianize political entities which it supports and to demonize political entities which it opposes. This trend is especially scary.

When people are told that they are voting "Christian" by voting for Republican Party candidates, it is being intimated that they are voting non-Christian by voting for any other candidate. This is not only silly on its face, it is downright dangerous!

I don't remember anyone saying people voted "Christian" when they elected the outspoken Christian candidate, Jimmy Carter, President. Yet, Carter, in his personal life, demonstrated as much, if not more, Christianity than does George W. Bush. If you recall, Carter even taught Sunday School in a Southern Baptist Church while President.

However, in spite of the fact that President Bush and the Republican Party in Washington, D.C., have repeatedly supported copious unchristian (not to mention unconstitutional) programs and policies, Christians act as if Bush and his fellow Republicans have ushered in the Millennial Kingdom.

More than that, the Religious Right appears to believe that G.W. Bush is the anointed vicar of Christ. But instead of wearing the garb of a religious leader, he wears the shroud of a politico and a military commander-in-chief.

As such, in the minds of the Religious Right, Bush's war in Iraq is a holy crusade. America is fast taking on the shape of the old Holy Roman Empire and President Bush is quickly morphing into a modern day Caesar.

The willingness of the Religious Right to give President Bush king-like subservience is easily seen in the way they demonize anyone who dares to oppose him. This is very unnerving.

Are we heading for a modern day religious inquisition, this one led not by the Catholic Church but by the Religious Right? Are we witnessing the type of marriage between Church and State that America's founders originally feared?

I used to believe that liberals were paranoid for being fearful of conservative Christians gaining political power. Now, I share their trepidation.

Of course, the sad truth is, neither George W. Bush nor the Republican Party in Washington, D.C. represents genuine Christian or even conservative principles. If they did, they would take their oaths to the Constitution seriously and then neither liberals nor conservatives would have anything to fear, for the U.S. Constitution protects the rights and freedoms of all men.

Unfortunately, when the seed of Bush's unconstitutional policies come to fruition, it will produce large scale fallout economically, socially, and politically. And sadder still will be that, instead of blaming Bush's infidelity to constitutional government and conservative principles, people will blame Christianity and conservatism itself. The result of this miscalculation will doubtless be a massive tide of support for more and greater unconstitutional government, but only under a different name.

Chuck Baldwin


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1 posted on 01/03/2005 2:56:21 PM PST by cougar_mccxxi
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To: cougar_mccxxi

Not this sh*t again....


2 posted on 01/03/2005 2:58:20 PM PST by MisterRepublican ("I must go. I must be elusive.")
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To: cougar_mccxxi

I'm a Christian conservative, and I have some problems with the movement, but this guy is nuts.


3 posted on 01/03/2005 2:58:36 PM PST by Mr.Clark (From the darkness....I shall come)
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To: cougar_mccxxi

I'm a conservative atheist and the far left scares me.


4 posted on 01/03/2005 2:58:47 PM PST by MarkeyD (<a href="http://www.johnkerry.com">Loser</a>)
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To: cougar_mccxxi

Bush is the best president for people of faith, enough said.


5 posted on 01/03/2005 2:59:04 PM PST by italianquaker (CATHOLIC AND I VOTE BUSH=MANDATE)
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To: cougar_mccxxi

Good Lord...


6 posted on 01/03/2005 2:59:06 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Oh yeah - and F the french too!)
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To: cougar_mccxxi
If you recall, Carter even taught Sunday School in a Southern Baptist Church while President.

Yeah, and Bill Clinton carried a 20-pound Bible with him to church on Sundays when he was president.

7 posted on 01/03/2005 2:59:19 PM PST by alnick
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To: cougar_mccxxi
It would help if the author would define what he means by "Religious Right". It's one thing to say that a specific non-profit organization is merely a tool for one of the political parties, but quite another to rail against a cliche.

America is fast taking on the shape of the old Holy Roman Empire

The odds that the author knows what he's talking about in referring to the "Holy Roman Empire" are not very high. President Bush is the successor to Francis II?

8 posted on 01/03/2005 3:00:16 PM PST by SedVictaCatoni (<><)
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To: cougar_mccxxi
Bush is quickly morphing into a modern day Caesar.

Cool! That means he'll be remembered for thousands of years!

WOOOOHOOOO!

9 posted on 01/03/2005 3:00:56 PM PST by humblegunner (And who knows what else?)
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To: cougar_mccxxi

So, he wishes Kerry got elected?


10 posted on 01/03/2005 3:00:57 PM PST by Brett66 (W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1)
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To: cougar_mccxxi

I am a conservative Jew and the far left scares me, not the religious right.


11 posted on 01/03/2005 3:01:29 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: cougar_mccxxi
Oh good grief Chuck...without an alternative, your screed is worthless.
12 posted on 01/03/2005 3:01:55 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: cougar_mccxxi

What a crank!


13 posted on 01/03/2005 3:02:24 PM PST by Max Combined
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To: cougar_mccxxi

Garbage.


14 posted on 01/03/2005 3:02:30 PM PST by mombonn ( íViva Bush/Cheney! Dukakis and Kerry are the matching bookends of the Bush era.)
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To: Mr.Clark

What don't you like about the movement?


15 posted on 01/03/2005 3:02:32 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell (Support our troops!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: cougar_mccxxi

"I attended, graduated, or received degrees from fundamentalist Christian schools such as Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Michigan, Thomas Road Bible Institute (now known as Liberty Bible Institute at Liberty University) in Lynchburg, Virginia, Christian Bible College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida."

Couldn't get into any good school, eh?


16 posted on 01/03/2005 3:03:20 PM PST by Max Combined
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To: Mr.Clark

I am proud to be a conservative Christian and have no problems with the "movement" at all. Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, Roy Moore, and people like them make me proud!


17 posted on 01/03/2005 3:03:52 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: cougar_mccxxi

This guy is not a conservative Christian. He's lying. Anyone who uses the word 'scared' and Bush in the same sentence is a hard core liberal.

Get over it, fella. The right hasn't been in control for a long long time. It might be OK. Just sit back and enjoy it.


18 posted on 01/03/2005 3:04:08 PM PST by Neever
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To: cougar_mccxxi

Beware of both wolfs in the forest. The one on the right can be a minor problem but the big one on the left is much more worthy of your concern.


19 posted on 01/03/2005 3:04:12 PM PST by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gultch.)
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To: Max Combined


Wait wait, this guy stood outside of Abortion Clinics!? How insensitive!


20 posted on 01/03/2005 3:04:13 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell (Support our troops!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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