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12/13/2010

Focus on the Family's Ashley Horne: Praise God for contrived political obstacles

by Jeremy Hooper

We of course know that Focus on the Family is typically interested in a political fight's end, regardless of the means it took to get there. But in a recent commentary on Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal that focuses on those like Sen. Joe Manchn who voted against DADT repeal even while supporting it on its Ashley-Hornemerits, FotF's Ashley Horne all-out admits that politics are as much of a godly Focus as is principle:

Which brings up an issue that we often face with our elected officials: Do we praise them for sometimes doing the right thing for the wrong reason? I say yes. In matters of great importance, like when God’s design for sexuality is trampled underneath the demands for acceptance and endorsement of homosexuality, or when preborn lives are at stake, or when religious freedom is drowned out, we praise lawmakers for taking even baby steps in the right direction. Even when those baby steps were motivated by political calculations. And in the end, it never hurts to be polite.
Thank Your Senators on DADT Vote [FoTF's CitizenLink]

So basically Ash is saying that even though she fully knows senators like Murkowski, Manchin, and Brown are in favor of repeal, they deserve praise since they put political procedure above substance. You know, because that's what that Jesus guy was all about: Always doing what your heart and minds knows to be right -- unless there's a Minority Leader who's commanding filibusters for the sake of partisan gains. You remember that part of the bible, right? Limbaugh 23:10, I believe.

Though we just hope senators like Murkowski and Manchin will get one more opportunity to stand on principle against those like Ashley, who think it's fair and decent and godly to discriminate against gays so that ""God’s design for sexuality" won't be "trampled underneath the demands for acceptance and endorsement of homosexuality." Because we too care about the end: The end of the wrong thing even being on the table, much less reasoned for or against.

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