March 27, 2005


Movement in the Pews Tries to Jolt Ohio (JAMES DAO, 3/27/05, NY Times)

Christian conservative leaders from scores of Ohio's fastest growing churches are mounting a campaign to win control of local government posts and Republican organizations, starting with the 2006 governor's race.

In a manifesto that is being circulated among church leaders and on the Internet, the group, which is called the Ohio Restoration Project, is planning to mobilize 2,000 evangelical, Baptist, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic leaders in a network of so-called Patriot Pastors to register half a million new voters, enlist activists, train candidates and endorse conservative causes in the next year.

The initial goal is to elect Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, a conservative Republican, governor in 2006. The group hopes to build grass-roots organizations in Ohio's 88 counties and take control of local Republican organizations. [...]

"In Ohio, the church is awakening to its historic role as the moral voice in the community," said Colin A. Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring, a conservative group based in Pennsylvania that trains ministers in political activism. "Ohio is in the vanguard of that nationally. I very much want Pennsylvania to be with them."

The church leaders say they will try to harness the energy of religious conservatives who were vital not only to Mr. Bush's narrow victory in Ohio but also to passage of an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage. The amendment, known as Issue 1, was credited with drawing large numbers of rural and suburban conservatives to the polls and increasing Mr. Bush's support among urban blacks.

Mr. Blackwell's ties to Evangelicals make him a more likely first black president than Barack Obama or Condi Rice.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2005 7:52 AM

What makes you think Condi doesn't have those ties as well?

Posted by: Timothy at March 27, 2005 3:15 PM


Posted by: oj at March 27, 2005 5:52 PM

As you're well aware, ever since I saw J. Kenneth speaking on CSPAN a year or two ago, I've felt he was the most logical follow on to our current President.
If the woosie OH Republican Party apparatus rallies behind him, he's a should be a sure thing for the Governorship.
I, again you know this, totally agree, should there be a Black President prior to my departure from this mortal coil, it will be J. Kenneth Blackwell.
BTW, Condi is the next NFL Commissioner, and Barack is, so far, just a media creation.

Posted by: Mike Daley at March 27, 2005 9:37 PM

I'm of the belief that Condi's "mildly pro-choice" stance is simply an artifact of her time in the academy. If she runs for President, "mildly pro-choice" easily becomes "mildly pro-life" which easily becomes "pro-life." That said, I increasinly doubt she's going to run. Blackwell, though, had better.

Posted by: Timothy at March 27, 2005 11:18 PM

Nad Blather on: Freeing the pulpit to speak on politics

Republican Congressman Walter Jones, representing North Carolina's 3rd District, has introduced legislation (H.R. 235 - the Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act of 2005) to protect churches (501-3c corporations) from anxiety that the IRS might take away their tax exempt status if they get to political. An unjust law introduced in 1945 by then-Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson is the basis for pastor’s fears.

This is good legislation and deserves support. Christian churches in early America, especially after The Great Awakening of 1740, had a great deal to do with establishing the sentiment that led to the Revolutionary War and the ousting of the British. In fact, until sometime in the 1940s, if a man wanted to run for office he tossed his hat in the ring at church. If the hat came sailing back he might as well forget it.

Nonetheless, I ask why Christian ministries and Congressmen are not also sponsoring legislation to restore 1st Amendment rights of free speech, press and assembly for all Americans.

The founders believed that our Creator gave every individual certain unalienable RIGHTS but instead of unrestricted and equal ‘individual rights” we now participate in our political process through a system of "limited collective rights" (a socialist idea). But first we are required to “create a corporation" (a fascist idea). Thereby We the People trade rights endowed by our CREATOR for privileges licensed by GOVERNMENT!

I encourage christians everywhere to add your names to the online petition to keep the internet free from the Speech Police at the Federal Election Commission:

Posted by: Ben DoubleCrossed at March 29, 2005 12:09 PM

All speech should not be free.

Posted by: oj at March 29, 2005 12:43 PM