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03/28/2006

Falwell: McCain possibly supporting Federal Marriage Amendment; Fall well: important advice for figure skaters

by Jeremy Hooper

   In an announcement that's raising centrist eyebrows and causing leftie tongues to wag, it's been revealed that moderate GOP Senator John McCain will give the keynote address at the spring graduation ceremony of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. Additionally, Falwell indicates to Lynchburg's News & Advance that he has met with McCain, and that despite the Senator's prior vote against the measure, the likely presidential hopeful has expressed a willingness to support a Federal Marriage Amendment.

Now, this all comes to a big Wha? Wha? Huh? to folks who vividly remember McCain referring to Falwell (along with Pat Robertson on the right, and Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton on the left) as one of the "agents of intolerance" way back in optimistic year of '00. But what these folks are not taking into account is that American politics now seems to have more to do with pews and Leviticus interpretations than it does with governance. That whole middle-of-the-road thing not working out for ya? Well, fork it to the right and head to Gay Marriage Arena, where you can play a little political football with gay couples' legal unions; poll numbers shoot up faster than you can say "pro-family." By what logic in this current climate would a GOP candidate NOT buddy up with Falwell?

We hope we're wrong and that 2008 will show us how a GOP hopeful can prove viable without running on the ultra-conservative caboose. For now, however, we're thinking McCain is striving for the "electable" label, no matter what "agent of intolerance" he has embrace to receive it.

Stonewall Criticizes McCain/Falwell Alliance [NSD]
McCain to speak at Liberty graduation [News & Advance]
McCain named spring graduation speaker at Falwell's Liberty [AP via DailyPress.com]

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