Lane Wants 1000 Ministers in Public Office

David Lane, the most powerful man in the Christian right that you may well not have heard of and the founder of the American Renewal Project, has launched a new effort to recruit 1000 Christian ministers to run for public office at every level from school board to Congress.

A prominent evangelical Christian leader has launched an effort to recruit 1,000 pastors willing to run for political office, hoping to inject religious issues and candidates into the 2016 election.

David Lane, the founder of the American Renewal Project, said he hopes he can persuade pastors to run for offices as varied as school board and city council to the state legislature and Congress. He’s scheduled an organizing meeting in January in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“Government is not going to save America. Wall Street is not going to save America. The Republican party is not going to save America. If America is going to be saved it will be done by Christian men and women restoring a Judeo-Christian culture to the country,” Mr. Lane said in an interview with The Washington Times…

“We have a Christian responsibility to engage people and get out the vote,” Mr. Lane said adding that the pastors “might decide that the Lord doesn’t want them to run for office, but they may have someone in their church who is very talented and can encourage them to.”

He argued that America was established as a Judeo-Christian nation and that separation of church and state was never meant to keep religion out of politics.

“There’s no truth to that, the Constitution says the state is to keep out of the church, it doesn’t say the church is to keep out of the state,” Mr. Lane said, adding that secularism is another religion that’s being imposed on Americans.

The phrase “Judeo-Christian” is absurd enough on its own, but it’s particularly ridiculous when the claim is that the founders based our government on it. At the time of the Constitution, there were about 2,500 Jews in the entire country and they were mostly vilified by Christian leaders at the time. In fact, one of the arguments they made against the new Constitution was that the ban on religious tests could mean that a Jew — gasp! — might someday become president and order the army to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem!

And seriously, how deluded do you have to be to look at America and think, “You know what we need more of? Christians in office.”

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  • John Pieret

    In other news, Newcastle is suffering a serious shortage of coal.

  • anubisprime

    Hardly likely they will find a 1000 competent and cogent xtians capable of performing anything notionally intelligent in society let alone in office.

    so no real change from congress!

    Who could actually tell the difference?

  • bushrat

    “Government is not going to save America. Wall Street is not going to save America. The Republican party is not going to save America. If America is going to be saved it will be done by Christian men and women restoring a Judeo-Christian culture to the country,”

    SOOO, the same people that exacerbated the downhill slide of the Political Right in America in the 80’s, directly leading to the mess we’re in right now, are supposed to step up and save America, from the problems they created, ignored or expanded, exactly how? Oh right, prayer and good ole Christian values.

  • k_machine

    Mr. Lane said, adding that secularism is another religion that’s being imposed on Americans.

    So imposing religions is a bad thing now? Or doesn’t he have a religion only a personal relationship with Jesus?

  • matty1

    Judeochristian?So why specify only Christian pastors?

  • Sastra

    If the truth of Christianity and the existence of God are not the sort of thing you put up for a popular vote then it’s kinda inconsistent to bring them directly into government, isn’t it? They’re clearly not public facts. So they might end up being voted on — and even if you win by majority you’ve lost far more than you’ve gained.

  • Die Anyway

    Die Anyway, radical atheist and founder of Ideal Constitutional Atheism Network (ICAN), is calling for 2,000 atheists to run for public office and combat the influence of the Judeo-Christian zealots who are destroying this great country by inserting religion into government.

    Will it happen? No more likely than Lane’s 1,000 pastors. But I can dream.

    Eat well, stay fit, Die Anyway

  • matty1 “Judeochristian?So why specify only Christian pastors?”

    Now you’re just being ridiculous. Jewish Christians are okay, too.

  • peterh

    “… restoring a Judeo-Christian culture…”

    Wrong on at least three counts, quite a feat in a 4-word phrase.

  • imrryr

    How about 1000 ministers in one office? A small one preferably.

  • Matty 1 @5


  • They love to throw that “Judeo-” suffix in there because the rubes will think they’re being inclusive. The reality is, it’s code for them being anxious to ship all of the Jews to Israel because Jay-sus can’t come back until all the Jews are there, where, of course, they will all burn.

    The real irony is that an evangelical Christian president would be far more likely to order the army to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem than a Jewish one would be.

  • vereverum

    This sort of thing came up last summer & Ed, or maybe Volokh Conspiracy, had a post on it. I won’t research it for details, but some states actually still have laws that pastors, ministers, etc., are prohibited from holding public office. IIRC TN is one of ’em. This could be a lot o’ fun.

  • hexidecima

    I’m all for this. Then we can see each minister claim that their sect is the only “true” Christians. I’m all for more public evidence that Christians of different sects hate each other.

  • Childermass

    I have no problem with a minister running for office. After all the Constitution is fairly clear that being a minister is not a disqualification. I am sure there are some who might make good representatives. Of course none of them will be recruited by this bozo.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Surely there are more than 1,000 Christians already holding public office? Even the president goes to prayer meetings and says that god guides him whenever things get a bit tricky:

    In my life, He [Jesus] directed my path to Chicago and my work with churches who were intent on breaking the cycle of poverty in hard-hit communities there. And I’m grateful not only because I was broke and the church fed me, but because it led to everything else. It led me to embrace Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. It led me to Michelle- the love of my life- and it blessed us with two extraordinary daughters. It led me to public service. And the longer I serve, especially in moments of trial or doubt, the more thankful I am of God’s guiding hand.

    62nd annual prayer breakfast 2014

  • anubisprime

    grumpyoldfart @ 16

    I thought Obama was a Muslim that practiced communism or something…wait …Benghazi!!!