by Alan Stang

Suddenly, we are told, the man from Hope is blitzing up the Iowa polls. No, not the Arkansas slime ball and rapist, not Bill Clinton; the other man from Hope, Mike Huckabee. Hope is a town that, man for man, probably produces more candidates for President than any other. If all this new support for Huckabee is real, where is it coming from? It is coming from the Religious Right. Huckabee after all is a Baptist preacher.

Some Ron Paul people lament the fact that the Religious Right does not support him. After all, doesn’t Ron support what they do? Isn’t Dr. No the foremost candidate for President in either party who advocates the restoration of constitutional liberty, getting the government out of our lives and off our backs? In foreign policy, doesn’t he alone advocate minding our own business, bringing our troops home and staying out of the war? Why has the Religious Right so obviously snubbed him almost without consideration?

What not enough Pauliticians understand – and need to – is that the Religious Right has vigorously rejected Dr. No not for some other reason, but precisely because of these positions he espouses. The Religious Right rejects Ron Paul precisely because he stands for Christian liberty and the Religious Right stands for a perversion of Christianity I called Imperial Religion in a previous piece.

Yes, Dr. Paul is a staunch Christian himself. Yes, he opposes baby killing and never has killed one, despite four thousand chances, the number of babies he has delivered so far as a ladies’ physician. But Dr. No does not wear his religion on his sleeve. He doesn’t boast about it. He puts it this way:

“I have never been one who is comfortable talking about my faith in the political arena. In fact, the pandering that typically occurs in the election season I find to be distasteful. But for those who have asked, I freely confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that I seek His guidance in all that I do.”

But this is exactly not what the Religious Right wants. It wants someone who is constantly spouting off about it, making a show, appearing at the church meeting hall with a Bible as big as the Internal Revenue Code under his arm, like Clinton. It doesn’t want someone modest, like true Christian Ron Paul.

Indeed, Dr. No continues: “I’d rather my views and my convictions and my faith be shown by my actions rather than [by] what I say…. also, the part in the bible about not showing off…we’re instructed to pray quietly …. [and] not to play big fanfare. I’m trying to strike something in between there; where I’m not bashful and ashamed of it, at the same time I don’t want to look like others who . . . look to get votes because they were willing to say and do something in public.”

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