Christianity Thomas on 08 Jul 2011 12:41 am
There is a pledge making the rounds for Republican candidates to sign. The full text is available here:
Michele Bachmann is the first to sign it:
The Family Leader, a prominent Iowa group that promotes Christian conservative social values, said Thursday it is asking all presidential candidates to sign a pledge regarding their personal convictions on traditional marriage.
The pledge is entitled, “The Marriage Vow – A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family.”
The organization’s chief executive officer is Bob Vander Plaats, a conservative evangelical leader who was the state chair of Mike Huckabee’s Republican presidential campaign when he won the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. Vander Plaats said the Family Leader will not support any candidate who declines to sign the pledge.
“If you are looking at being a leader of our great country….we would like to have you pledge personal fidelity to your own spouse and a respect for the marital bonds of others,” Vander Plaats told reporters at a news conference on the steps of the Iowa Statehouse.
The idea of Republicans being faithful to their spouses is important and Republicans do need to be reminded of this. However, the document goes far further than “personal fidelity to your own spouse and a respect for the marital bonds of others”. The 14 points in the document are quite broad and demonstrate how much Christians hope to control the lives and freedom of others.