The other day I received a ‘personal message’ from Don. E. Wildmon, the President of the American Family Association (Or as I like to call it, the Don E Wildmon Family Association). It is about an upcoming presidential debate called the Value Voters Presidential Debate. Here is the message:
GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate – September 17
Don’t let your friends vote for a wrong president
Mark the date! September 17, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. The Values Voter Presidential Debate held in Fort Lauderdale will be streamed live by the American Family Association.
Next Monday�s Values Voter presidential debate is going to be different from any other. No fluff, no dancing, no spinning. The candidates will be asked direct questions related to abortion, immigration, marriage and other issues Values Voters consider important. If you want to see where they stand on the traditional, pro-family issues, don’t miss this debate!
Debate moderator and WorldNetDaily Editor Joseph Farah said, "So often in presidential debates, questions are asked and answers don’t address the questions. When that happens, I’m going to try to persuade the candidates to focus more precisely on what was asked."
It all sounds well and good, except that the Republican candidates are are canceling in droves. Pam at Pam’s House Blend as a little post on it. Here is who is going and who is staying as far away as possible from this fundamentalist crowd:
In addition to Keyes, Republicans participating include Sam Brownback, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo and John Cox. Candidates who declined are Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson.
So all the big named candidates are staying away. I don’t find that surprising, considering how much harm this fundamentalist group has caused in this country. I am also not surprised considering that this group is only interested in themselves and how they can further their own agendas and their own coffers. Here is what this debate is all about:
WHAT: The Debate that will:
- Ask the questions that matter most to the "Values Voters" – the most influential constituency in America.
- Conduct a Straw Poll to find out who the Values Voters support.
- Create a Video Voter Guide/DVD to equip the Values Voter to make an informed choice.
WHO: Questions will come from 40 of our nation’s leaders including: Paul Weyrich, founder and President of the Free Congress Foundation, Phyllis Schlafly, founder and President of Eagle Forum, Don Wildmon, founder and Chairman of the American Family Association, Judge Roy Moore, with the Foundation for Moral Law, Rick Scarborough, Vision America, and Mat Staver of Liberty Council.
How to be a part of it:
- Join in a fast beginning TODAY. Whether you give up dessert, television or your favorite activity or food, we need to let God know we’re serious about restoring righteous leadership to our land. Pray He uses the V² Debate to reveal His choice.
- Plan or come to a V² Debate Party. The Super Bowl of leadership contests is just days away. Find resources here where you can pray with your friends, play Values Voter Jeopardy, register your guests to vote, and score the candidates while they face you – the Values Voters.
Since all of the major candidates have declined to be a part of this, it will be interesting to see what effects this will have. My guess is that it will not have any effect, except to show that the popularity of these fundamentalists is rapidly declining. And since when are Phyllis Schlafly, Don Wildmon, Roy Moore, and Mat Staver "national leaders"? These people have egos the size of Florida and to be calling themselves national leaders is just plain funny and scary. They like to think of themselves as national leaders, but that doesn’t make them leaders.
It is also funny that they think this little flop-of-a-debate is going to inform God that these fundamentalists are serious. I guess they don’t believe that God knows everything…And fast to let Him know? God, give me a break!
Anyway, I think their ‘Superbowl of leadership contests’ just sunk to the level of a bad beauty contest that takes place in a small town somewhere. The only good thing about this is that it reveals how much the opinions of these fundamentalists really mean to mainstream popular Republican candidates. It also reveals that the power that these groups hold now under Bush is rapidly sinking. Good riddance, if you ask my humble opinion.