Saturday, June 04, 2011

Presidential Candidates Address Christian America

Candidates are addressing the Americans who will elect the next president at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington D.C. Although the speeches focus on Culture War issues, the mainstream media prefers to cover the fiscal aspects.

For background, read Pres. Candidates: Abortion & Marriage Top Issues and also read Media Prepare Anti-Christian Campaign for 2012 as well as Huckabee: Christian Issues Nation's Top Priority

UPDATE 6/8/11: Liberal media hope GOP pro-life advocacy backfires

UPDATE 6/5/11: Liberal journalist sleeps through most of conference

-- From "Republicans court evangelicals at faith conference" by Steve Holland, Reuters 6/3/11

Many political speakers at the Faith and Freedom Coalition emphasized jobs, debt and deficits on the day the Labor Department reported the unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent in May.

In contrast to some previous presidential campaigns, social issues like gay marriage and abortion have not been prominent topics for Republicans hopefuls seeking to replace President Barack Obama in next year's election.

The weakness of the U.S. economy has triggered a debate within the Republican Party about whether conservatives should call a "truce" on social questions.

The idea is that Republicans would have a better chance at victory in 2012 if they rally around economic issues.

While the economy dominated, there was still plenty of talk about social issues, and the crowd gathered in a hotel ballroom saved their loudest applause for those speakers who brought up these issues.

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From "Reuters Misleads on Pro-Life Issues at Christian Conference" by Steven Ertelt, 6/3/11

The international news service Reuters mislead its readers today in a news article covering speeches to the Faith and Freedom Conference today. The article falsely claimed speakers at the conference put social issues like abortion on the back seat.

Reuters reporter Steve Holland erroneously claimed, “Christian conservatives looking to put a Republican in the White House heard a lot about the economy on Friday in a sign that their social issues may take a back seat in 2012.”

Holland apparently never listened to the conference . . .

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From "GOP presidential hopefuls make their case to religious right, but money matters big emphasis" by The Associated Press 6/4/11

A gathering of religious conservatives drew nearly all the GOP presidential hopefuls to a single stage . . .

The Faith and Freedom Coalition’s two-day conference proved that the religious right still plays a major role in the nominating process, even if it’s less organized than during the Christian Coalition’s heyday and economic issues are dominating the early campaign.

They also paid tribute to religious conservatives who often place abortion, gay marriage and other social issues ahead of questions such as taxes and spending.

The Republican contenders who seem to be making the most direct appeals to evangelical voters are former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who didn’t attend but sent a video message.

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