Christian right intensifies attacks on Obama

Christian right spins doomsday scenarios about Obama as final election nears
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Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of the Boy Scouts.

All are plausible scenarios if Democrat Barack Obama is elected president, according to a new addition to the campaign conversation called "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America," produced by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family Action.

The imagined look into the future is part of an escalation in rhetoric from Christian right activists who are trying to paint Obama in the worst possible terms as the campaign heads into the final stretch and polls show the Democrat ahead.

Although hard-edge attacks are common late in campaigns, the tenor of the strikes against Obama illustrate just how worried conservative Christian activists are about what should happen to their causes and influence if Democrats seize control of both Congress and the White House.

"It looks like, walks like, talks like and smells like desperation to me," said the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell of Houston, an Obama supporter who backed President Bush in the past two elections. The Methodist pastor called the 2012 letter "false and ridiculous." He said it showed that some Christian conservative leaders fear that Obama's faith-based appeals to voters are working.

Like other political advocacy groups, Christian right groups often raise worries about an election's consequences to mobilize voters. In the early 1980s, for example, direct mail from the Moral Majority warned that Congress would turn a blind eye to "smut peddlers" dangling pornography to children.

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  • Posted By: TheVigil @ 10/26/2008 10:20:30 PM

    Comment: Not really. National Socialism was a secular movement and all the more dangerous for lacking a particular religious restriction (though the ties to German mythology and the whole "descended from gods" thing were a bit disconcerting) even if it actively targeted certain religions. By contrast all the fundamentalist Christian violence has been going on for a looooong time. The Crusades, the Inquisition, the Salem witch trials...this is nothing new and nothing to panic about. We just need to stand up against it as progessives always have.

  • Posted By: TheVigil @ 10/26/2008 10:04:22 PM

    Comment: "Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of the Boy Scouts."

    I'm sorry, but this caught me by surprise and made me laugh. Four harbingers of the apocalypse - at least to religious conservatives - and then the Boy Scouts. Cause you know us liberals, gay marriage is whatever, but those Boy Scouts gots to go!

    (shakes head sadly)

    I can't wait to see the new commercials. "Liberals: Soft on terrorism, hard on the Boy Scouts. Wait, no, that's the scoutmaster!"

  • Posted By: 40YearR @ 10/26/2008 9:52:59 PM

    Comment: This is an article about the role of religious activists in the election.

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