In January Michael Steele failed to win election to a second term as RNC chair. He was replaced by Reince Priebus, a Wisconsin conservative, who said during his campaign for the chairmanship that if he were elected it would be through God’s blessing. Priebus is anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage. He recently urged Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner to resign because of what Priebus called a moral lapse for sending racy Twitter messages to several women. Priebus has remained silent about recent sexual, marital, and financial misdeeds (some involving criminal charges) committed by Republican senators and congressmen.
Recently, Chairman Priebus, along with Republican presidential candidates and conservative preachers, spoke to a meeting of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. The organization was founded by Republican religious activist Ralph Reed to promote fundamentalist political causes. Here are some of the things that were said:
• Our faith is the foundation that unites us. We have the tendency to turn to our faith in times of need and times of convenience. But faith in our God is not a convenience. It’s the foundation of a good life. In faith there is wisdom. In faith there is power, and in faith there is courage—courage to do what’s right. In these trying times I think we all will be served to turn to our faith to confront the challenges ahead.”—Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee.
• "Lord, we thank you for this land, we thank you for a nation that was founded for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith,"—Pastor Benny Tate of Georgia.
• "Lord we know there are things that we have done in our nation that have not been pleasing in your sight. Lord we ask your forgiveness for that,”—Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann (referring to policies of the Obama Administration).
• “We need to be a country that turns toward God not a country that turns away from God.”—Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty.
• “God will be faithful if you do your part and are faithful to his country. We will reclaim this land and we will make it greater and greater and greater.”—Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
• “There is something more essential than politics. And that’s life, especially a child’s life… When asked who found her in the vegetable market [where the little girl was abandoned] she responded, ‘Jesus.’”—Republican presidential candidate John Huntsman describing the adoption of his daughter, who was born in China.
• “We’re united tonight in a lot of things, love of country, the sanctity of human life, and the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman….It’s a moral tragedy for us to pile up more and more debt that we know we can’t possibly pay off during our lifetimes.”—Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.