The Next Pat Robertson Is...

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Last week, David Kuo, former deputy director of the White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, posed a question: "Who will govern the new religious right?" (Now that Jerry Falwell and D. James Kennedy have passed away, and James Dobson and Pat Robertson are getting older, Kuo says there are [several pairs of] big shoes to fill).

Kuo's answer to his own question, which might surprise you, is Mike Huckabee.

Do you agree with Kuo's prediction that, "when Huckabee is done not being the GOP nominee, he might just sit back, look at his list of donors and the gaping hole in leadership on the religious right and decide it's not so bad being king . . . maker."? Who do you think will be the next leader of America's religious right? And how influential do you think that person will be?

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Where will the next evangelical leaders stand on the issue of Church and State? Can both establishments truly be protected from each other and in turn support each other?

Sent by Jacquie Miller | 2:50 PM | 3-3-2008

Religion ruins politics and politics ruins religion. Each is bastardized by the other whereas they are legitimate alone.

Sent by Charley White | 2:51 PM | 3-3-2008

I just tuned in: wow, how happy I am that this conversation has made its way into the mainstream! I am looking forward to listening from the beginning.

I hope that this gets around to all of the evangelicals in the USA.

Sent by Jeremy Parra | 2:54 PM | 3-3-2008

Apparently Mr. Kuo is unaware of the deep reservoir of hostility and disgust that the democratic party now harbors for the evangelical right. They shook hands with the devil when they aligned themselves with Bush and Karl Rove. The fundamentalists are now part and parcel of the shambles that Bush made of his presidency.

Sent by Birck Cox | 2:56 PM | 3-3-2008

It seems to me that the next leader will not be a "big tent" leader, but a very narrow-minded pastor of great wealth. The religious right seems to flock to the divisive leaders who display judgment of anything resembling centrism or liberalism and who denigrate those who are of any other religious belief.

Sent by Joel | 2:57 PM | 3-3-2008

Can the religious right try practicing what they preach rather than trying to force their views on Americans who could *care less* what they think about gay marriage, abortion, and other social issues that do not belong in the political arena? So-called "Christians" like Joel Osteen, who preaches a noxious gospel of self enrichment, is about the last person in the universe that I would follow, for anything.

Sent by Josh Powers | 2:58 PM | 3-3-2008

Can one be the next leader of the religious right without unconditional support for Israel. That support is a real travesty and incompatible with Christian values

Sent by Bill Mansour | 2:58 PM | 3-3-2008

Isn't Jimmy Carter an Evangelical? Could he be a leader?
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The division between relegon and government PROTECTS RELEGON (something about absolute power and corruption).

Sent by Dennis Haffron | 3:04 PM | 3-3-2008

What about any female voices in christian right leadership? All I hear you and your listeners discuss is a list of men's names.

Sent by Sarah Vap | 3:10 PM | 3-3-2008

Perhaps this might seem off-topic to some, but the evangelical community does have an alternative to far right wing leaders in Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners (www.sojo.org) and an evangelical progressive with a heart for justice. His core issue is poverty and all that goes with it. This did not dissuade him from speaking out on behalf of his glbt neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ. You can read what he had to say about a conversation on that topic with folks at Focus on the Family at:

http://www.powells.com/authors/wallis.html

Search for the term "gay agenda" and you'll find the discussion about halfway down in the interview.

Sent by John Baum | 7:11 PM | 3-3-2008

How about trying Jesus Christ for leadership? The religious right has never taken his teachings very seriously, and I think it might do everyone a lot of good if they would do so now. Just asking.

Sent by George Christie | 11:17 PM | 3-3-2008

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