Hillary Clinton’s nomination speech at the Democratic National Convention put a capstone on perhaps the worst political week for religious conservatives in living memory. It began a week ago at Republican convention, where one featured speaker mocked the “fake culture wars” and the thrice-married GOP nominee didn’t even deign to mention abortion and confined his support of religious liberty to the right of pastors to politic from the pulpit — hardly the most burning issue of our time.
The hits kept coming as the Libertarian party’s Gary Johnson foreclosed the possibility of a meaningful protest vote by breaking with decades of libertarian orthodoxy to declare that religious freedom “as a category” is a “black hole.” His extended remarks are, in fact, mind-boggling:
I mean under the guise of religious freedom, anybody can do anything. Back to Mormonism. Why shouldn’t somebody be able to shoot somebody else because their freedom of religion says that God has spoken to them and that they can shoot somebody dead?
There’s a word for this — idiotic. That’s the kind of reasoning one hears from freshman campus radicals, not from two-term former governors, and it betrays not only a complete history of centuries of religious-liberty jurisprudence but also a hostility to people of faith that’s simply breathtaking.
So, no, Gary Johnson isn’t a viable choice, religious conservatives.
Then, of course, came the Democratic Convention and Hillary Clinton. While Hillary certainly made a play for voters who are terrified of Donald Trump, her message to religious conservatives was clear — the culture war continues. She supports taxpayer-funded abortion on demand and will doubtless double down on the LGBT social revolution. The liberty and autonomy of churches, religious schools, and religious individuals is in grave peril.
In other words, when it comes to the culture war, the Democrats’ message is “charge!” The Republican message is “retreat!” And the Libertarian nominee quite simply seems to hate Christians.
It’s time to consider the long game. A vote for Hillary is lunacy. She’ll take Christians’ votes, use them to build a mandate, and then use that mandate to undermine religious liberty and advance a culture of death. A vote for Trump is a declaration that people of faith are the cheapest date in the history of American politics.
A political movement built through decades of argument that faith, family, and respect for life are the cornerstones of our culture can’t throw away its political capital on the altar of a man who — best case — simply doesn’t care and — worst case — will wreck the Christian political witness by tying their support to a dangerous, race-baiting pathological liar.
There is an alternative. Christians can preserve their witness — and maintain their political capital — by voting only for those candidates who demonstrate sincere commitment to life and religious liberty. That means fighting to preserve conservative congressional majorities and using their platforms to elevate politicians of sincere conviction to prepare for the next campaign season. The message should be clear — if you’re not with us, you’re not winning.
Wasn’t David French going to be the alternative for the ”anti-Trump’ers?”
Seems he was.
Here in Utah we get the Mitt Romney news almost every day!
So, yesterday Mitt tells us he will not vote for either Hillary or Trump.
I wonder if Gary is his choice.
Or he might write-in David French.
Then there’s that Green party gal.
Mitt had been stumping for ex-Mormon Rubio at one point.
Then he switched to Cruz and took all his obedient minions in his Church with him.
By hook and crook Mormons pulled all 40 delegates to Cruz with an amazing 84% of the vote for Cruz! Of course they cheated like crazy to do it.
And then the delegates, one after another, decided to stay home instead of going to the convention at all.
I do believe that Utah (with it’s Mormons following Mitt’s lead) may be one state that will go 3rd party in November.
The LDS hold is that powerful over how the GOP functions here.
But then I know a few individual Mormons who bucked Romney and voted Obama last time, so who knows?
For the rest of the nation and actual Christian conservatives, the question is
Sen. Cruz is a true conservative, yet can you point to conservative accomplishments from him while he’s been in the Senate?
IF Sen. Cruz had created really conservative legislation and gotten it passed he would have walked away with the presidential nomination!
Philosophy majors at college were known for sitting under trees and thinking.
Too many of our primary candidates were like that.
What we need is a doer.
Look back at the primary battles.
Who was the strongest, most tireless fighter?
It was Trump.
He will take that to the White house and we will be the beneficiaries.
The DNC is disarray and like lemmings running off the cliff watch them run and run and run cliff ahead run,run,run splash,splash,splash,swim and until they drown
Like Hillary, Cruz’s is really not a very likable person. Something that seems to have been lost on his supporters.