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11/10/2010

Pray, so Jim DeMint can do God's work of firing gay teachers

by Jeremy Hooper

Sen. Jim DeMint (Very Far R-SC) wants to bar out gays and sexually active unmarried females from becoming teachers. He's never met a LGBT rights policy for which he'd cast a vote. He also thinks that a Republican cannot be a fiscal conservative without also being a social conservative. And of course he's been an overall leader of the "Obama's a socialist, death panel-pushing, freedom-hating radical" brigade.

But of course he's also an evangelical, so anything we who question the senator's overheated rhetoric say about him is automatically morphed into an attack. Anything he says about us, or even about his own party, is turned into nothing more than "family defense." And of course it's Jim, the poor, vulnerable politician, who needs to be prayed for in the face of the big, bad, monolithic "liberal."

Or at least so says the Family Research Council in their latest e-blast, in which they announce a new campaign to father one million people in prayer for the far-right gentleman from South Carolina:

Recently Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a well-rounded conservative stalwart in the U.S. Senate, has come under attack from both left wing groups and establishment Republicans because he has refused to Screen Shot 2010-11-10 At 5.24.22 Pmwaver in his defense of the family. When liberals gang up on a principled leader, doing what is right can seem like a lonely effort. That's why we're gathering together one million Americans to pray on a regular basis for Sen. DeMint.

The senator has expressed his appreciation for those who would pray for him, and has agreed to keep those who pledge to pray updated with specific prayer requests as he works with the new Congress on issues critical to faith, family, and freedom.

Sen. DeMint need not feel alone in his convictions -- will you stand with me and Americans across the nation as we pray for Sen. Jim DeMint?
Pray For Senator Jim Demint [FRC]

Now, like most initiatives of this type (on both sides of the aisle), this seems to be little more than a way for FRC to collect names and in turn build up their mailing lists. So lest you think this commandment came from the heavens, do know that it's much more likely that it came from FRC's marketing department.

But still: This new "conservative" idea that strong-arming a party into one collective view, backing downright cruel discrimination against qualified citizens, and reductive political comments are what are deserving of mass Christian prayer? We can't help but wonder if an all-knowing heaven's own marketing wing would sign off on such "family defense."

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