The Family Research Council is launching a project aimed at convincing its supporters before the 2008 election that liberal politicians "are spouting God-talk" in order to "confuse people of faith" and hide their "true agenda." Invoking the Religious Right's recent favored phrase for its imagined constituency - as well as the "Swift Boat" campaign of 2004 - the so-called "Values Voters for Truth" campaign is an attempt to vilify liberals - and, obviously, Democratic candidates - as enemies of Christianity who are undertaking a conspiracy to "deceive and split values voters." [..]
As an example of this supposed "fraud," the letter cites a Democratic presidential candidate who spoke of his "belief in Christ" and also supports civil unions for gay couples. Similarly, the letter warns that a candidate noting a "biblical call to feed the hungry" also voted against an anti-abortion bill. A third candidate is denounced for the "hypocrisy" of wanting to let gay couples adopt children. According to FRC, these supposed contradictions indicate that Democrats discussing their faith and values is merely "lip service," part of a "campaign of deception" that led directly to the Democrats winning control of Congress in the 2006 elections.
FRC's tactic of trying to claim "values" and "faith" as Religious Right-only attributes is hardly new - it was the driving force behind the group's "Values Voter Summit" last year, organized before the elections to encourage a disillusioned base to turn out for Republicans. It is also the premise behind cries of "anti-Christian persecution," such as at the "War on Christians" conference, at FRC's "Justice Sunday" events (in which opposition to right-wing judicial nominees was presented as an attack on "people of faith"), and with "Patriot Pastor" political machines that warn of the "forces of darkness" trying to "deny America's Godly heritage."
By Nicole Belle — August 10, 2007