Onward (alleged) Christian Soldiers?

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Is something nasty going on with the religious right, or are the liberals trying to make trouble? We all know liberals have a greater problem with Mitt being a Mormon than conservatives do. Now, evidently, they are trying to put a crimp in things by perhaps articulating that maybe certain members of the “Christian” community might night approve of Newt being Catholic.

Allegedly the “Christians” in Iowa don’t like Newt Gingrich.  He’s not perfect and he has admitted he isn’t perfect.  They want perfection.  There was only one perfect person.  The way they are acting, I doubt if they would even recognize Him.

“…I’m not at all surprised. I think that you have to expect that kind of trash. I’ve been honest about the fact that there are things I did in my past that I’ve had to go to G-d and seek forgiveness for and seek reconciliation. And if this guy manages to find some magic example, I will stipulate it. I have a very good marriage with Callista. We have, we’re very, very close and have been now for well over a decade. I’m very close to my two daughters and my son-in-laws, and I’m very close to my grandchildren. And I’ll let people look at who I am and how I live today and decide whether or not I’m the person they want to have as president…”

Christians are alleged to be humble, forgiving, and decent.  I’m not seeing this in Iowa.  I’m not seeing it through the alleged ethical honcho of the Southern Baptist Convention.  All I see in Dr. Richard Land is ignorance and bigotry.

“…In a March interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Mr. Gingrich touched on his marriage problems, saying he had sought “God’s forgiveness” for his actions.

“There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate,” Mr. Gingrich said.

“What I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them,” he said. “I found that I felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness — not God’s understanding, but God’s forgiveness.”

Mr. Land, though, suggested in his letter Wednesday that Mr. Gingrich still has his work cut off for him, while advising him to give a speech on his martial history in a “pro-family venue.”…”

The latest numbers out of Florida appear to be proving Dr. Land is a fool.

“…“I am totally shocked by these numbers,” said pollster Matt Towery, CEO of InsiderAdvantage. “Newt Gingrich is winning nearly 50 percent of the independent vote, but more importantly, the Republican vote which makes up the vast majority of the Florida Republican primary.” Cain holds just 12 percent of Republicans and only 3 percent of independents.

“I have not seen a lead this large, this late in a Republican presidential primary season since I have been polling,” said Towery, who notes that his firm has never missed identifying the winner in Florida’s statewide contests.

Gingrich’s skeleton’s may be the reason women voters remain his weakest demographic group. Yet, he still gets 33 percent of them to Romney’s 17. With males, Gingrich commands 50 percent to Romney’s 18….”

I found a comment on Hot Air:

Hot Air

The Pink Flamingo does wonder if some of the anti-Newt fervor expressed by people like Dr. Richard Land is anti-Catholic bigotry.

Slate

“…“Mr. Speaker, if you want to get large numbers of Evangelicals, particularly women, to vote for you, you must address the issue of your marital past in a way that allays the fears of Evangelical women,” he wrote this week. “You must address this issue of your marital past directly and transparently and ask folks to forgive you and give you their trust and their vote”

Gingrich has been married three times. The failure of his first two marriages was reportedly a function of extramarital affairs — indeed he cheated on his second wife with his current wife, Callista Gingrich.

In an interview with The Daily Caller, Land said that Gingrich needs to address his misdeeds and ask for forgiveness. “Evangelicals, by definition, are a forgiving people,” Land told TheDC. “Confession, redemption, forgiveness is part of our theological DNA. But, it helps when you ask people to forgive you.”…”

Daily Caller comments on Land, who had NOT addressed the problems Herman Cain has.  Talk about someone who has some ‘splainin’ to do!

Daily Caller

Try this from Sanctus:

“…There are a number of dynamics at work here which make Dr. Land’s “open letter” utterly ridiculous. To begin with, Gingrich already confessed his past transgressions in an interview with respected evangelical leader James Dobson in 2007. Perhaps Land missed that interview because he was too busy condemning Rudy Giuliani’s infidelities and making excuses for Mitt Romney. Some will dismiss Gingrich’s confession as a strategic political ploy (although he ultimately decided not to run for president in 2008). That is a legitimate question, but he appears to have been acting on his own initiative at the time. Critics would have a much stronger case for political pandering this time around if Gingrich meekly gave in to the demand of a self-proclaimed “evangelical leader” in order to allay the fears of “evangelical women.”

Secondly, and more importantly from a non-partisan, strictly religious perspective, Gingrich converted to Catholicism in 2009. The Roman Catholic Church has a very thorough and sacramental process for reconciliation of a penitent. Whatever one thinks of Gingrich’s politics or his motives in publicly confessing his sins, it would be scandalously beyond the bounds of Christian charity to question his sincerity in submitting to a process of ecclesiastical and pastoral discipline which, in his case, took a decade to complete. Having received absolution from no less an authority than the pope, it is hardly necessary for Gingrich to do additional penance at the behest of the interim pastor of a Baptist church in Tennessee…”

You see, Richard Land, who is doing everything he can to destroy Newt, is supporting Mitt – back in 2008.

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