September 10th, 2010
11:57 AM ET
12 years ago

Social conservatives mix faith and politics at conference

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Tony Perkins president of the Family Research Council addresses the crowd at the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing."]

Washington (CNN) – At the Faith and Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing, social conservatives filed into the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC to hear from a who's who of conservative voices.

The group says on its website the goal of the conference was to "mobilize and train people of faith to be effective citizens" and "to speak out in the public arena and in the media on behalf of common-sense values." The event was put together by former head of the Christian Coalition, Ralph Reed.

Tucker Carlson was the first speaker of the day. The editor of the online Daily Caller began the day by lambasting, what he called, the liberal media and encouraging the members of the audience to stop complaining and start acting. Carlson, a former CNN commentator, was introduced as such and the very mention of CNN drew boos from the crowd.

Many of the speakers quoted from the Bible to make their political points. Ken Blackwell, the former mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio and current chairman of the Ohio Faith and Freedom Coalition, paraphrased the Gospel and John and told the audience they needed to stand up for what they believed , "It is time for you to put your candle on a candle stick and not stick it under a bushel, raise it high and say our God lives," he said.

Tony Perkins the president of the Family Research Council said to be pro-life and pro-family wins elections. "To suggest as some have that abortion should be sideline as part of the conservative agenda is not only morally wrong but also economically wrong." Perkins, a former Marine, told the crowd that, "Christians must not be seduced by the sirens who would tell them to put aside their moral convictions." That he said would be a form of "idolatry."

On the speaker's docket for the rest of the day: former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Republican Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell.

Filed under: Christian Coalition • Faith • Tony Perkins
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Emerson

    Mixing faith and politics in this country is not only unpatriotic, it is unconstitutional. But that is only a technicality to the crowd who professes to live by the literal interetation of the Bible and the Constitution. If these people really were interested in freedom and Christian values, they would not be so concerned with telling other peoplewho disagree with them how to think and live.

    September 10, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. GAR

    This gathering of neo-fascists is a warning to all Americans that our freedom is at stake. Vote NO on the reich wing agenda.

    September 10, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Jeff in Houston

    Lets go hunting here for an IQ above that of a turnip. I like a challange.

    September 10, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Jackalope

    They're having a Jeezapalooza to turn America into Glenneckistan.

    September 10, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. JLA

    Against everything our founding fathers stood for. They were very strongly for separation of church and state. The GOP is not for freedom, they are for forcing all Americans to follow their beliefs. Very un-American.

    September 10, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. LooneyBin

    "Social conservative" is a euphemism for "bigot."

    September 10, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Jack

    Great to be for values. But remember, Christianity is NOT the only religion in the US.

    September 10, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Jeff Clemetson of San Diego

    They call their conference "Faith and Freedom" but if they had their way, you'd only be able to see the world the way they want you to see the world – no gays, no abortions, no atheism, etc. The only difference between a radical Muslim and a Evangelical Christian is the book he reads.

    September 10, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    What ever happened to the separation of Church and State? As a reminder, no matter what any of these mooks say, our Constitutional Convention was primarily attended by Masons who crafted a constitution that embodied Masonic principals. As one of the tenet of Freemasonry is belief in the Supreme Being, then we can be considered to have Deist principals in our founding.
    That being said, I will go on the record once more to say that I am a Christian. I didn't need to be "born again" or "saved" as I never lost my belief. I will also go on record to say that I am not a Freemason. I am a student of History.
    Please go beyond the Constitution, itself, and read the Federalist Papers. Read the published letters of the attendees of that convention. Read the published diaries of the attendees. This will tell you what they thought about the document they were crafting and about how History would judge them. They understood the concepts inherent in their document, not just the words on the paper.

    September 10, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. JDJ

    It appears several posters think that for some reason Christians should not allow their faith to actually affect how they vote. Christians are not supposed to be compartmentalized, one thing on Sunday and another during the week. The beauty of our republic is that the people have the ultimate voice. If Christians can show their plan is best in the marketplace of ideas and thus impact the government, the system is working as it should.

    September 10, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Kate

    Oh goodie

    Christian Sha'ria ... That'd be so much better than Islamic Sha'ria!


    Just sayin'

    September 10, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Joseph

    Family values Republicans with one hand in sister Sarah panties and the other hand in the collection plate. Sweet Baby Jesus, I am so sick of these hypocrites.

    September 10, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. vic, Nashville TN

    When they leave CNN they find their freedom so they say what ever they can example Beck , Lou , Tucker etc stupids

    September 10, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Linda

    The only thing this group "teaches" is hatred and intolerance. It cracks me up (or makes me sad) that these so-called Christians actually hate the poor (even though there are OVER 2,000 entries in the Bible about HELPING the poor), blacks, Democrats, women, the elderly. I just can't quite figure out who these people love other than themselves and MONEY. Money seems to be the only God these people recognize.

    Tea party favorite Clint Didier here in WA state (and endorsed by Sarah Palin) actually came out and said what most Conservatives think. "We've got to get rid of this 'protecting the weak.' If we keep the weak alive all the time it eats up the strong and then our economy will never come back," Didier said after a tea-party forum in Bellingham. Since the weak would be the poor, children, the elderly, the disabled, etc., all I can say is WOWZA!

    I was raised as a Christian to love ALL my fellow human beings and all of God's creation. I've been tested with these nasty Tea Party and Conservatives, but I still will give them my love, no matter what. My church raised me to believe that by lifting up others, I'm lifting up myself and my world. I just don't recognize any true Christian values in groups like this.

    September 10, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Blanks

    Here comes the God haters....

    September 10, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Steve (the real one)

    victoria September 10th, 2010 12:10 pm ET
    what happened to the separation of church and state?
    It does not exist! A liberal fable and not in the US Constitition! Besides, where was the concern when Obama hosted a Ramadan dinner? Separation of church and state was a line in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to a group of pastors in Boston. Designed to keep government out of the church (just like the church of England) not vice versa!

    September 10, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. JD in Moraga, CA

    "The entire purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others."

    HH the Dalai Lama

    September 10, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. aliou in Jacksonville, FL

    Has anyone checked the immigration status of this crook? Of course not. He is white, therefore american de facto. See where bigotry is leading our country?
    In Germany where he emigrated just 2 years ago, he wouldn't have had the audience the bigotry gave him in this country. This is an obscure pastor whose immigration status is not known, and no pundit borthered to check. If this was a black or mexican or even a muslim, he would be in jail before his immigration status is checked.

    September 10, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Liz the First

    This is a sad joke. Christian conservative is an oxymoron. Jesus was a Liberal! He didn't teach people to hate others because they were different, or deny health care to our neighbors, or any of the other hateful practices these folks call 'values.' this is a secular country with a lot of Christians, and a lot of folks practicing other religions. these folks are trying to change the very foundation of our country. separation of church and state is one of the building blocks of our country. they can't make it go away simply because they don't agree with it.

    September 10, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ones faith is a personal relationship with God and find these types of events are not representative of that, and no more than people boasting and stroking their own egos.

    September 10, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. patrick

    It is like oil and water: they don't mix. I dare anyone who calls themselves a christian to read the entire 2 Peter, and his take on Destructive doctrines, Doom of False Teachers, Depravity of False Teachers, and Deception of False Teachers.

    September 10, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Bernice

    Without bringing God in to it..the repubs would be history & they darn well know..They play on the weaknesses of christians & the uneducated..
    The sicko from Gainesville is fueled by the sicko's on fox news...send murdoch back to his country & shut Fox DOWN..our country will survive

    September 10, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Linda

    What a great bunch of people. Ralph Reed was a close associate of Abramoff and cheated many out of their life savings. We all know about Newtie - delivered divorce papers to his first wife while she was in the hospital recovering from breast cancer (he was fooling around on her - ahhhhhh, love them Christian values). Then he got married to the adulteress and then he divorced her to marry his young aide (he was having carnal knowledge of his young aide while blasting Clinton for having an affair - ahhhhhhhh). Now he's on his third marriage (with another adulteress). Geez, the Christian values are just oozing out of you people.

    September 10, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    @ Clement, they are free to quote the Bible, but that doesn't make them ........ Christians.

    September 10, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Minnesotan

    They should have called this conference "Fantasy and Flatulence," considering how ridiculous these conservative half wits are.

    September 10, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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