October 10th, 2011
12:43 PM ET
11 years ago

Straddling the line between church and politics in 2012 GOP race

Washington (CNN) - Thomas Jefferson famously wrote about the wall of separation between church and state. He didn't mention separating church and politics, but everybody knows it's a sticky wicket.

On Friday, Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist minister, introduced Texas Gov. Rick Perry at at a gathering of social conservatives, calling Perry a genuine follower of Jesus Christ, as opposed to another candidate Jeffress could and did mention in a later interview.


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  1. Unless...Unless...!

    Tea Party grass roots movement...?...Wall street grass roots movement...?

    Unless there is a stop to race and religious bigotry...........................?

    Unless there is Political Leadership to unite the country as one....?

    America will surley fall.......................................................................!

    October 10, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    America has noticed how little distance the Republican candidates put between themselves and Pastor Jefress' comments. They were uniform in saying that religion and faith has no place in the presidential race. That is a problem. Because the conservative base appear to be represented by the pastor's views.

    October 10, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. diridi

    Greed needs to Vanish. Banks are robbing, Their CEOs need to be sacked at compensation, and salaries. Yes, Universities are GREEDY too. Outrageous, fee, books, etc, Did you ever send the kid to college? If you did, you do not talk like an insane. Greed. Yes, wall street is greedy, Banks are greedy, Factories are Greedy, ex., Ford is moving to India for cheap labor, citi cards call center is in India, GE is taking tax evasion in here, moving to China to open X-Ray plant. Greed, Greed, Greed, and Greed. Stop it at this juncture, we are fine.....it is going to be like arson, before it spreads., it is people, not one person....wake up, and do some thing before it becomes any other third world pellmell....wake up....Now the nation needs revolt from GOP looting, dishonesty, wars, destruction, etc., god bless...

    October 10, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. David

    Running a state is serious business. Romney ran Massachusetts into the ground. He will do the same for
    the United States. Massachusetts can have him but please spare the rest of us.

    October 10, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. jeff kelly

    Ron Paul doesn't care what Romney's religious preference is. Ron Paul said we should be talking about how to save the dollar and get Americans working again Ron Paul is for the people not the status quo

    October 10, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. The Lone Okie

    The Tea Party is a cult. Cain is a associate Pastor of his church, surely he could pontificate on Rommey and the Mormons. Perry prays for rain and throws a rock at Mitt and hides his hand, Bachman and Cain pray the Gay away. A cult is a bunch of nuts, like the Tea Party whose chances of winning is like a snowball in hell.

    October 10, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Kris Craig

    There's a line between church and politics?....

    October 10, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. AZ Dem

    This is something Romney will have to answer to in the GOP primary as well as his flip flopping on the issues AND his healthcare legislation in Mass. All in all he's a pretty solid General Election candidate but I don't think hes going to sell any better with the evangelicals than he did in 08. They chose the "Maverick" McCain over him then (grudingly at that) They will probably pick Perry over him this time as well. He didn't get elected in a typically blue state for nothing people seem to forget where he got his "political experience"

    October 10, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    The main reason why mittens will NOT get the nomination is because of this moronic issue that rules so many in the GOP fold. They are so bent on making sure your "values" are pure, they are going to rule out the one person who could beat Obama. The rest of the American Taliban will get beaten even worse than McCain/Simple Sarah. Keep it up Republicans. Vote faith and values (at least YOUR view of them which is not shared by 90% of America) and say hi to POTUS Barack Obama in November 2012. Your "pure" candidate is toast but Heinrich, Hermann, Rudolph, and Adolph will be proud

    October 10, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Ed

    Rick Perry is a fighter and he knows how to win an election. Romney is a weak candidate who has lost many times.
    The only way Mitt Romney would win a presidential election is if the democracts purposely let him because Barack is tired and he really doesn't want a second term. mind control anyone?

    October 10, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Even the up-risings in Egypt have Christians in the thick of things.

    I think religious people hate everything that is not exactly LIKE THEM and go to radical lengths to demonize others.

    Religion has no place in politics. PERIOD.

    October 10, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    What does this have to do with Jobs? The Constitution? My rights? Your rights? WHAT?

    October 10, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. ST

    I watched CNN this morning a well prepared clip by Candy Crowley about Romney's explanation about his religion, I can't figure out how he will get out of it this time. The words he said there: "am a Mormon and if my religion is to kill my candidacy, let it be!". These words am afraid are going to haunt him!

    October 10, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. AlaskaPalin

    First amendment: congress cannot legislate about religion one way or the other. It cannot be involved in its formation nor can it restrict its formation or the practice of it. Religion has the right of peaceful association; freedom of speech and the right to be involved with politicians whom it see as good for the country. If religion support a certain political view because it sees it as helpful to it, congress cannot make laws to restrict religion. If religion wants to get involve in politics, congress cannot legislate that religion must not be involved in politics nor can it penalized if for doing what is in its best interest. So long as religion brakes no common law congress must have a hands off approach.

    October 10, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Larry L

    @ AlaskaPalin – "If religion wants to get involve in politics, congress cannot legislate that religion must not be involved in politics nor can it penalized if for doing what is in its best interest."


    If religious organizations choose to operate as political action committees they should not get tax exempt status! I agree that they should not be stopped from voicing their views, but they should not get subsidized by taxpayers (of all faiths or no religion) to promote their agenda. The minute a preacher directs the votes of his "flock" he becomes an agent of a political action committee and contributions to his church should not be allowed as tax exemptions. You can't have it both ways!

    October 10, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |