Santorum for Family Research Council

The question: How influential is the Family Research Council?

(CNN) – Family Research Council president Tony Perkins announced Saturday that a meeting of Christian conservative leaders resulted in the group backing GOP hopeful Rick Santorum.

The group heard pitches from surrogates for Republican candidates Friday, and voted to support Santorum after three rounds of voting.

 

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Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • http://whitherthougoest.wordpress.com/ Brad Anderson

    The group includes Dobson and Bauer, too. It will be interesting to see what their followers do, since many of them are anti-Catholic, too…

  • http://www.christusvictoratonement.wordpress.com Ryan Mahoney

    They are not terribly influential anymore. They had much more sway in the 1990s. With the failure of the GOP to produce long term systemic change, I suspect many evangelicals grew apathetic, but those that remained hopeful for political reform became more radicalized…Tea Party. At least that’s my theory.

  • http://leadme.org Cal

    Santorum, who boasted in his ignorance of supporting the Iraq war and believing the propaganda of necessity and pseudo-domino effect?

  • http://whitherthougoest.wordpress.com/ Brad Anderson

    Their influence isn’t primarily in prompting candidate choice or voting behavior (and never really was, although it used to be greater than today), but rather in inculcating certain patterns of thinking within segments of the church. That’s where the problem lies.

  • http://www.worldchristians.info/ Tim Lubinus

    There was a close connection between Santorum’s surge with FRC and Family Leader’s endorsement of Santorum just before the the Iowa caucus.

    Because of Santorum’s poor polling results just days before the caucus, a promenant professer of religion who is an atheist! at Iowa State University predicted the demise of evangelical influence, see http://tinyurl.com/6qv9xl7 and response: http://tinyurl.com/75nwfku

  • http://www.TilledSoil.org Steve Wilkinson

    I haven’t been following it all too closely yet (so I don’t know a lot about Santorum), but in my understanding he has a great record on being pro-life which has become a critical issue (especially with such a radically pro-abortion opposition in Obama).

    I hate to be a one-issue voter, but this issue is of such a scale and consequence that I simply couldn’t vote for anyone who is not pro-life. I know America is facing many other problems, but if we get this one wrong, it isn’t worth saving. I’m guessing many other evangelicals feel the same way, which is why this issue is the top one historically.

  • Sarah

    If he is pro-life then why is he so obssessed with starting somewhat lethal wars in other countries?

  • http://www.TilledSoil.org Steve Wilkinson

    @ Sarah #7 -

    I suppose I could use some other issue than ‘pro-life’… how about ‘anti-abortion’?

    That said, there is a huge difference between killing innocent babies and something like the death penalty (which I’m against, BTW), or wars (which may or may not be necessary to preserve life). Pro-life doesn’t necessarily have to mean radical-pacifist.

  • http://www.TilledSoil.org Steve Wilkinson

    ^ issue = term


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