Just how given to theocrats is the Republican party? If a recent report by the Huffington Post is any indication, the right-wing is pretty well compromised.
For instance, Jeb Bush’s team has been trying to woo Cary Gordon, a well-known evangelical Christian pastor in Sioux City. Gordon draws about 600 people on Sundays, and when Gordon backed Santorum in the 2012 GOP race, he sent out text messages, tweets, and video announcements to deliver his message.
Another example of the perks for being part of Big Religion: The pastor at Solid Rock Christian Church in Coralville, Brad Sherman, was in a group of pastors that got invited on a trip to Poland and London in 2014, courtesy of former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, who is considering a 2016 bid.
Republicans may go nuts over community organizers getting together African and Black-Americans so that they can vote, but the trip to Poland was funded by Evangelical Leader David Lane, who is currently working to get as many deadbeat white evangelicals out to vote as early as possible.
Iowa Pastors in particular have been especially active, but those efforts stepped up with the decision of Iowa’s Supreme Court in 2009 to allow gay marriage. According to Jamie Johnson, a pastor from Storm City who is currently working for Rick Perry, “[Iowa Pastors] provide a voice from the pulpit.”
Some pastors even bused people to attend the Iowa Straw Poll.
This year, however, the biggest concern for pastors has been too many “good” options.
“I’m concerned that the truly conservative base will get split up so many ways and we’ll end up with a moderate,” said Sherman.
God forbid we end up with a sane candidate.
What qualifies as a “good candidate?” Other than being an existential threat to freedom, Paul, Perry, and others have appeared before groups of religious conservatives. Scott Walker invokes his heritage as a pastor’s son, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz is the closest thing to an honest-to-god Divine Right of Kings we have running.
Bill Tvedt, pastor at the Jubilee Church in Oskaloosa, summed it up: “In our church, the last four cycles we’ve probably had almost 100 percent of our people vote. In our local county, we control the Republican party pretty much – our church and another church.”