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GREENVILLE, S.C -- The Christian heart of the Republican Party beats fiercely on the broad boulevard where one finds both the gated entrance to Bob Jones University and the headquartersof His Radio network, home to an AM Christian station and a sister music station, "FM With Love From Jesus."...

...Host Tony Beam of the network's "Christian Talk" became a warrior for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee from the moment he turned on his microphone at 6 a.m. Thursday....

...Prominent conservative and Bob Jones University dean Robert Taylor made an opposing pitch on the university's radio station earlier in the week."Mitt Romney is the only candidate who shares our values and can win in November," Taylor said. "That's why it's so important that conservatives rally around him."...

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-evangelical18jan18,1,7986546.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

Another article:

January 18, 2008

Religious fervour turns to election fever in the Southern Bible belt

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article3207398.ece

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We must read the same newspaper . . I just read those articles this morning while sitting on the floor of the bathroom watching my son take a nice warm bubble bath. Our house was freezing cold so he takes a bath while waiting for the fire to warm the house up.

It is funny - Mike is liberal on some issues and so is Mitt . . .the only one that holds the most conservative views is Thompson. All Christians. That is good to see actually - people paint Christians with a broad brush and actually, we differ on issues. Amazing. ;);)

steph

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I think the fact that people of faith have differing points of view is probably one of the best-kept secrets in America. For example, liberal Catholicism, with its emphasis on social justice and caring for the poor, is as different from the conservative evangelical viewpoint as night is from day. Yet, there is more that unites than divides, and the common bond is, of course, a belief in the Creator and the desire to please Him. No Christian, and indeed no believer of any stripe, wakes up in the morning asking themselves "Let's see, how can I mess up someone's life today?" We pray for guidance as we go about our daily lives, do good as we believe it should be done...........and allow the Lord to decide whether it's good enough.

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Ok....so I'm neither liberal Catholic nor conservative Evangelical. I'm a moderate Pentecostal, :) though I have my left leanings on a few issues...and right leanings on others.

I personally don't have a problem with people voting however they want - even though I disagree like steph says, with voting for someone because of some superficial reason like a uterus, or a skin color, or shoot, even a party affiliation. I don't vote party lines. (I'm Independent anyway, but that's beside the point.) I vote issues. If a Pub holds the stance I like, then s/he gets my vote. Ditto for a Dem, a Lib, or a Green.

What I haven't appreciated, in recent years, is a message from some of the more conservative groups out there - the Christian Coalition, for example - that if you aren't a Republican or don't vote Republican then you should examine your faith. That's wrong, and it has turned me off. Democrats (or whoever) can be Christians too - party affiliation isn't a criterion for entrance into Heaven.

I do agree, though, that if we are all Christians, we should be able to love one another as ourselves.

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:rotfl::roll:D

steph;)

Hmmmm, I thought of signing my posts with "I wont vote for anybody just because they have testicles", but...........:lol2::rotfl::D:no: I thought that might be going too far.

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hmmmm, i thought of signing my posts with "i wont vote for anybody just because they have testicles", but...........:lol2::rotfl::d:no: i thought that might be going too far.

:fnypst:

we've never had a president without them yet.

:hehe:

she she

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Hmmmm, I thought of signing my posts with "I wont vote for anybody just because they have testicles", but...........:lol2::rotfl::D:no: I thought that might be going too far.

:rotfl::bowingpur Good one . . . .I'll change it. :wavey:

steph

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What I haven't appreciated, in recent years, is a message from some of the more conservative groups out there - the Christian Coalition, for example - that if you aren't a Republican or don't vote Republican then you should examine your faith. That's wrong, and it has turned me off. Democrats (or whoever) can be Christians too - party affiliation isn't a criterion for entrance into Heaven.

I do agree, though, that if we are all Christians, we should be able to love one another as ourselves.

Arwen, if I could 'thank' you four or five times, I would...

Or, hop up and belt out in my best pentecostal voice, "AMEN, SISTER...PREACH IT!"

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:rotfl::bowingpur Good one . . . .I'll change it. :wavey:

steph

Naw, no need to change it, I needed a good laugh. But I do like your new one.:up:

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