Values Voters Summit: Alliances between Catholics and Evangelicals Needed
For Catholics, it is time to build an effort which embraces the authentic Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church as its foundation for our political participation
Among the speakers at the "Values Voter Conference' were most of the Republican Presidential candidates. The effort of the Republican establishment to handpick the 2012 Republican nominee is failing. The group called "Values Voters" certainly shares many of those values with people like me, a Catholic, from Dorchester, Massachusetts raised in a blue collar family, who has been in exile from the Democratic Party since it sold its soul to that strange alliance which now leads it.
Attendees at the Values Voter Conference in Washington,DC
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - On the weekend of October 7 - 9, 2011, thousands of people gathered in the Nation's Capital to hear speakers address the current cultural, moral, economic, spiritual, and leadership crisis facing our Nation.
Among the speakers at the "Values Voter Conference' were the Republican Presidential candidates. Hopefully, the effort of the Republican establishment to handpick the 2012 Republican nominee is failing. The candidates are now engaged in a robust and volatile primary contest to determine who will oppose the current President, Barack Obama, in one of the most important elections in American history.
Some may feel my tone is too "strident" when I refer to our current situation in the United States as a "crisis". I am simply being blunt. We are in a crisis - and anyone with open eyes will not deny it. I have written before - and reiterate today - the 2012 election will determine the future of the American experiment in ordered liberty.
The "Values Voters Summit" was sponsored by FRC Action (formerly American Renewal), the non-profit and tax-exempt legislative action arm of the Family Research Council. The Conference represents an effort to ask whose values will form the foundation for our nation's future?
The media coverage of the event has been disappointing. The first allegedly "breaking news" story I saw from the mainstream media was actually an effort to "gin up" a news story out of comments made by one protestant evangelical pastor. He expressed concerned that Mitt Romney was a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.
The LDS church membership of Mitt Romney has been known for years. The position of most mainstream Christian communities concerning the theology of the LDS church is also well known. Neither of these matters is newsworthy.
The positions which the candidates are espousing on the major issues of the age is what is truly newsworthy. Sadly, the reports concerning such important information are sorely lacking. That is why the alternative news sources, such as this one, will do what we can to report on those issues as we approach this critical presidential election.
I did not attend the "Values Voters Conference" conference for many reasons. However, I believe it is important. The group being called "Values Voters" these days certainly shares many of those values with people like me, a Catholic, from Dorchester, Massachusetts raised in a blue collar family, who has been in exile from the Democratic Party since it sold its soul to that strange alliance which now leads it.
The "Values Voters" effort is clear about acknowledging its members and its positions. Consider this comment in a recent article written by Tony Perkins for the Washington Times entitled "Values voters are key to election win" Tony Perkins is a gifted and impressive man. He serves as the President of the Family Research Council, whose action arm hosted this conference. He gave this accurate assessment of the goals of the movement and its primary constituency, evangelical protestants:
"President Obama knows what this election is about. It's about values - about whose values will govern America's future. Speaking to the Human Rights Campaign last weekend, Mr. Obama said: "I have to make sure that our side is as passionate and as motivated and is working just as hard as the folks on the other side, because this is a contest of values. This is a choice about who we are and what we stand for. And whoever wins this next election is going to set the template for this country for a long time to come.".
"We have heard some say that this election year, candidates can safely tune out "values voters" because only the fiscal issues "really matter." But the numbers don't lie. A Barna survey from April 2011 finds that evangelicals continue to represent nearly half of Republican primary voters. Thus, they hold a significant sway over who is chosen to be the GOP presidential nominee.
"Values voters are not only a large voting bloc, they are a consistent voting bloc. Barna notes, "Evangelical Christians distinguished themselves by their consistency. The issues that mattered to evangelicals in 1992 are the same issues that matter to them today." Some might pass this off as being out of touch, but as Barna explains, "Evangelicals' perspectives have remained stable, because they're based on a worldview that doesn't shift with the ebb and flow of cultural preferences and fads."
"The GOP presidential candidates recognize and support these timeless values. They are all pro-life. They all support marriage as the union of one ...
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