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. ma

    You people keep talking about the constitution and separation of church and state in the same breath..... Please show me where "separation of church and state" appears in the constitution. Oh that's right, it doesn't!

    September 10, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Sam Ellison

    Nothing says "Real America" like not separating church and state.

    September 10, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. The Unsub

    It is obvious that some of you simply will not give Obama any credit. It doesn't matter what he does. Let's just call it what it is (fill in blank). This has nothing to do with the economy, wars, environment, religion, etc.

    This country will not progress until some of you simply die off. The prejudice ingrained in your brains needs to die off. Only the youth of today are color-blind and able to see mankind as equal. I have more confidence in a Meaghan McCain, than I do in a Gingrich, or Bachmann anyday!

    September 10, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Vitter, Ensign, Sanford . . . . . . .

    VALUES – ha !!

    September 10, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. malabar

    Jesus was a liberal? hahahaha, ok, up tell me at what trimester he refused to perform abortions? bible kinda hazy on that. Jesus was neither liberal nor conservative u jackass. by the way, its obvious religion is not that important among African Americans. i mean, if 90 percent or more vote dem, they couldnt possibly believe in the fantasy or b so ignorant as to have faith. how stupid are they huh?! jews. catholics. the whole lot of em! libs parameters, not mine.

    September 10, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Bill

    I see all the Christian haters are out in force making their view known. Well to all of you that ask would Jesus do this or would Jesus do that.... Frankly if you were as educated as you claim to be .... you would know that all things of man will go away and that includes your precious President and his adminstration. Some of us will know a life with out the treachery of man others well... they won't know much beyond that lake...

    September 10, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. ysidero

    These extremists think they represent the mainstream of America, but in reality they are deluding themselves. Most Americans believe in separating religious beliefs from public policy, recognizing that diversity and tolerance have made this country great. I don't see a whole lot of difference between Islamic and Christian fundamentalist radicals – they are both intolerant and want to impose their superstitions on the whole of humanity.

    September 10, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. water bearer

    You know, I'm an atheist (or maybe more of an agnostic) but even I know that Jesus Christ did not mix politics & faith! These people and groups are no more and no less than snake oil salesmen!

    I was thinking this morning about the whole Anti-Christ idea in relation to that attention seeking scum bag in FL who wants to burn the Qurans. Maybe the "anti-Christ" won't be a person coming to earth embodying evil. Maybe THIS is the anti-Christ and we're already living with it. The antithesis of the teachings of Christ in the name of religion, politics, money and, ultimately, POWER!

    September 10, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    Tony Perkins with his nose caught in a rat trap sounds good to us,hahaha

    September 10, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Tulsa

    Don't tread on me.
    Keep your G.D. religion to yourself and leave me the HE!! alone.
    American Taliban is EXACTLY what these fanatics are.
    I take full responsibility for my actions and pay all my taxes. I do not need or want any guidance from these idiots.
    If you want to impose your beliefs on me, you will not come out of it in good shape. I promise.

    September 10, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    CNN isn't as sweet as the FAUX propaganda network kool-aid? You Puritan-Fundamentalists fruit loops need to get an education and learn who the Founding Fathers were. Hint: they were NOT the Purtian fundamentalists.

    September 10, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Morals..morals...?

    Any religion show us that your religion is about "God" It is really all about mans' desire for power and control.....Its about time for people of the world to start to think for themselves....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. water bearer

    El Gordo:


    September 10, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Somethought

    Why is "freedom" in the title of the conference when the moral policing movement they endorse is all about taking freedoms away from citizens?

    September 10, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Tulsa

    Hey Clement, I have no problem with quoting the Bible.

    Using religion as a strategy to gain control of a government is where I draw the line. These people are about as "Christian" as I am a republican.

    September 10, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. j

    Give them credit, theRepublicans are smart. They want you to pray, wrap yourselves in the flag and sing God Bless America while they themselves lie, violate the law and steal the middle class blind.

    September 10, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    most of these folks that call themselves Christians or born again do NOT live the life that Jesus was teaching in the Bible. What happened to "be not judgemental", or "love thy enemy" or "the rich give all their money to the poor" Heck you do such things and these folks call you a SOCIALIST. They are so quick to claim Jesus only when it is convienant for them to do so. It's hard to convience an atheist or agnostic to believe when these folks act the way they do.

    September 10, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. PacificView

    Beware the American Taliban.

    September 10, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    People need to take a long, hard look, at how much religion is trying to influence our government.

    September 10, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. JFS

    Sure glad that the Writers of the Constitution didn't mix the two. If they had we just may not be here ! Guess this concept supports the "WHY" behind the GOP wanting to change Amendments. The very idea !!! Sort of like trying to change the scriptures of the Bible...because they are not relevent anymore ??? Our perhaps changing the Bible because it does not fit one's politics ??

    September 10, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Duck Fallas

    Poor, opressed, white Christians. Boo hoo. I hope they are able to rise up and overcome.

    I hope someday to be free to think and believe what they want me to think and believe.

    September 10, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |

    I really feel sorry for the majority of people who comment here. For the "tolerant" left, you really make yourselves out to be the most cruel, immature, and INtolerant bunch I've even had the displeasure to witness. Seriously... I don't agree with a lot of what these politicians are doing, but I grant them their GOD given right to assemble freely and express THEIR ideas for where this country should be going and THEIR ideas of how best to get there. You are all the same folks that jump up and down to protect the rights of Musl!ms to build at gr0und z3ro, but bark and cry because Chr!stians want to hold an assembly and discuss their rel!geous views? Sad bunch of folks you are.

    September 10, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. mike

    The conservatives love to talk religion because it is a none economic issue that can divide people just look at the events around us an see how religion is the core issue when you talk about money there is always someone or business that gets upset and then sends the republicans out to discredit or stall the issue that is the reason why they were kick out of europe and came over here in the mayflower and look what they did to the native indians Christians are evil

    September 10, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. whybs

    It's ironic that religious wankers incessantly pontificate about moral values!

    You need religion to have moral values? That's bullsh*t!

    September 10, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Steve, New York City

    I'd like to hear from any RESPONSIBLE social conservatives. It seems like the well-known ones (Palin, Gingrich, Tancredo, Beck, Limbaugh) are not just extremist dimwits but they're also DANGEROUS idiots (and don't even realize it).

    The last time they started hollering about "Contract With America" this, or "Angry White Man" that, and two of their PEA-BRAINED adherents bombed the Federal building in Oklahoma City.

    Now they're mostly ranting and raving against ALL of Islam (not just the radicals) . . . and so far, we have the fool in Gainesville who might burn Quarans, we have ANOTHER FOOL in New York City who stabbed a Muslim taxi driver . . .and we have Gingrich "ONE OF THE PEA-BRAINS WITH A MICROPHONE" comparing a NY mosque (supposed to be a community center to enhance in
    terfaith understanding) to the worst historical elements of WWII???

    They all want to change the constitution – maybe the next amendment could be an I.Q. minimum for anyone who wants to vote or run for office (oops, Palin, that would already exclude you).

    September 10, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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