Christian conservatives fret over Ron Paul popularity
On December 27, 2011 At 9:56 am
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Some Christian conservatives are not happy about Ron Paul's popularity in Iowa.
One Christian activist group is Personhood USA, which questions an explanatory letter that Ron Paul sent along with his signature of its pledge to promote personhood on a state and federal level. Paul's letter clearly stated his opposition to Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose, stating that he believes that life begins at conception. However, the letter indicated that if a federal "Human Life Amendment" was passed, the states and not the federal government should enforce it. Personhood USA worries that if states had the responsibility to enforce such a measure, some would not.
The issue of states rights is one that angers Christian right activists, who say that Paul's deference to the states on social issues such as abortion and gay rights will allow "immorality" to flourish.
This morning on the American Family Association's Matt Friedeman Show, Friedeman and his guest, Kevin McCullough fretted about Ron Paul's popularity in Iowa, saying that a Paul win there would shake up the Republican establishment and thrust "the entire race into a very weird tailspin." The two worried about Ron Paul's foreign policy stance as well as a potential Mitt Romney win.
Friedeman thought that the Iowa polls may be overstated and that Ron Paul supporters will not actually show up at the caucus. But according to McCullough, if they do show up and Paul wins, Paul stands to gain more fundraising. He also worried that Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich have not qualified for the Virginia "Super Tuesday" ballot, representing 10 percent of the Super Tuesday vote. Only Ron Paul and Mitt Romney will be on the ballot.
According to McCullough, the splintered nature of the Republican process so far might be pointing to a brokered Republican convention.
Earlier, when Paul won the CPAC straw poll, McCullough characterized Ron Paul supporters as "disrespectful Libertarians" who do not share true conservative values and promote anarchy with no moral values.