"I hope the Supreme Court will finally read the Constitution and see there's no such thing, or no mention, of separation of church and state in the Constitution." — House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas)
"Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influenceâ€¦in short, over every aspect and institution of human society." — Dr. D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge Ministries
"â€¦the liberal, anti-Christian dogma of the left has been repudiatedâ€¦" — Tony Perkins, Family Research Council
"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians â€¦ the ACLU, People For the American Way â€¦ I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen'." — Rev. Jerry Falwell, on Pat Robertson's 700 Club discussing the WTC attacks
Progressive to moderate Christians are just now beginning to feel the sting of the backlash that the Religious Right has caused to be visited upon all Christians and many such Christians are sick and tired of being associated with that small, but vocal minority known as the Religious Right. Some are afraid to admit to being Christians for fear of being branded as bigots and fanatics. Others have learned to keep their progressive to moderate political views to themselves inside their own churches, lest they be shunned for failing to toe the Religious Right's party line as if it is tantamount to the Word of God.
Calling religious and political leaders to task with the Scriptures and demonstrating how their own words reveal their true "moral values" is an approach that has the potential to reach the millions of progressive to moderate Christians who reject the fanaticism of conservative Christian radicals like those quoted above. It will serve the purpose of getting progressive to moderate Christians engaged in discussing these issues amongst themselves so that they may discover that it is they, not the Religious Right, who actually represent the vast majority of Christian Americans.