This is the kind of crap Tony Perkins wants continue foisting on America with McCain/Palin's help.
Wow. Just wow. The Dominionists, feeling full of themselves because of the selection of Palin, simply cannot help themselves. They've taken Palin's mile-wide, inch-deep celebrity as a sign that most of America wants the fundies in their wombs and bedrooms.
Beltway "Christianists" like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council is basically calling for McCain to endorse Sarah Palin's social conservative beliefs...or else. Someone should have warned McCain that it's never enough with these people. They didn't only want the figurehead nod of a veep - they want religious right policies.
Evangelicals are closely watching whether the McCain campaign embraces Palin's religious views or shies away from them, Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, told CNN.
...[T]he next few days, next couple of weeks will be very critical because as you pointed out, her faith has become an issue. It's being attacked, being used as a weapon against her. People are watching. It will be very important how the McCain campaign handles this. If they become defensive and run from it and try to hide the fact that there is this element of faith, then I think it's going to turn off social conservatives, evangelicals, orthodox Christians.
If they say, "Hey, why should someone have to check their faith at the door and move towards the base," I think it's going to energize, you know, the socially conservative voters more. It's very important how they deal with this in the next few days.
If McCain really had any cojones he would have told these folks to take a hike as he did back in 2000. That would, ironically, have done more to save the GOP from the clutches of the fundies, but alas, he thought bedding down with them was the better idea. Hope you like those fleas, Johnny.
I welcome the Right's attempt to publicly hold McCain/Palin accountable to their view of the country as they'd like to see it. I will be delighted to hear their views on ex-gay therapy and whether, under a McCain administration, these churches would receive faith-based funds. This is a legitimate policy question, since Tony Perkins has now thrown down the gauntlet.