On the heels of hearing every Republican presidential hopeful criticize Pope Francis’ latest statements about climate change and capitalism, the three-day Faith & Freedom Coalition forumthe gospel of Christ, their conservative supply side Jesus version. Hell, what does the infallible Pope know anyway? Politico:
The ones who found particular favor with their audience described a conservative Christian community under siege by government, Democrats and an increasingly godless society. Rand Paul called for cutting foreign aid to countries that “persecute Christians.” And Ted Cruz warned that a Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage would amount to “naked and lawless judicial activism.” Gov. Bobby Jindal warned of an “assault on religious liberty” in America.
Jeb Bush invoked Terri Schiavo ... (ending with)“If we act on our faith everyday, we’re going to create a more just, more loving world.”
A truly contradictory statement after Jeb Bush just stated this the other day:
"I don't think we should politicize our faith … I don't get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope … I think religion ought to be … less about things that end up getting in the political realm.
And yes, after bashing the Pope unmercifully…
The candidates are betting that the moment is right to mobilize evangelicals and other Christians worried about the erosion of religious values in America.
Think they lack a little self-awareness?
The Pope's encyclical centered on a very broad pro-life agenda, a point missed by our Republican pharisees. Chris Christie's lack of concern for climate change, and the major effect it'll have on food supplies and the resulting premature deaths of millions of people around the world, the concept he has of being pro-life missed the mark:
Gov. Chris Christie said, “I believe if you are pro-life, as I am, you need to be pro-life for the whole life. You can’t just afford to be pro-life when the human being is in the womb.”