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Republican Party Promotes Fundamentalist Religion
Karl Rove wants to make sure conservative Christians vote. Now the GOP claims liberals want to ban the bible.
The New York Times reports that the Republican National Committee has sent out a mailing which says that liberals want to ban the bible. Fundamentalist religion claims that the bible clearly portrays same-sex relations as against God's law. Despite the fact that other Christian groups who take the bible seriously interpret the relevent passages differently, the GOP has taken the side of the fundamentalists in this mailing. And the Republican Party in this action is actually promoting the idea that the bible should be used to determine public policy, rejecting the whole concept of democratic pluralism.
Whatever your view of homosexuality, this is outrageous action on the part of the Republicans. What it really represents is a cynical manipulation of those on the religious right.
Here is part of the story as reported by CBS:
Campaign literature mailed by the Republican National Committee warns voters in two states that the Bible will be prohibited and men will marry men if "liberals" win in November.
The New York Times reported that the mass mailing was sent to voters in Arkansas and West Virginia, and was part of a GOP effort to mobilize religious voters.
The literature shows a Bible with the word "BANNED" across it and a photo of a man, on his knees, placing a ring on the hand of another man with the word "ALLOWED." The mailing tells West Virginians to "vote Republican to protect our families" and defeat the "liberal agenda."
The Times said RNC spokeswoman Christine Iverson had confirmed that the GOP had sent out the mailings.
The flier says Republicans have passed laws protecting life, support defining marriage as between a man and a woman and will nominate conservative judges who will "interpret the law and not legislate from the bench."
"The liberal agenda includes removing 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance," it says.
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