During the Ohio Gubernatorial debate between Ted Strickland (D) and Ken Blackwell (R), Ohio Associated Press reporter Julie Carr Smyth asked Blackwell:
“Your campaign is enjoying support from conservative Christian groups who appreciate your message of bringing God back into the public square and your positions against abortion and gay marriage. Simultaneously you have declined to meet with more liberal ministers of We Believe who are trying to infuse differing religious perspectives into this election. Given these facts, why shouldn’t Ohio voters believe critics who say that you are carrying water for the Religious Right?”
Catch the video of Ken Blackwell’s answer as well as Ted Strickland’s response. Question starts about 19:19 into the clip.
Chris Matthews’ had Tony Perkins join him Friday evening to discuss David Kuo’s newly released expose on the manipulation of Christian conservatives by the Bush Administration. Interesting to see him pressed on what exactly the GOP has delivered to his supporters. He talks about the relationship as a ‘marriage of convenience.’ One assumes that the right to this kind of marriage is in fact universal.
Peter Steinfels has a column in Sunday’s New York Times that discusses the plethora of voters guides available from faith groups across the ideological spectrum. It’s well worth reading, and mentions a couple of guides put out by FPL partners. One, by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and another from Sojourners. Steinfels’ stock in trade is American Catholicism, and he draws interesting comparisons between the balanced pragmatism of Catholics in Alliance and the rigid moralism of conservative Catholic groups.
Money comparison: conservative Catholic guides were originally released as ‘competition’ for the US Bishops, while the Catholics in Alliance guide ‘echos the Bishops’ Faithful Citizenship.’