GAY REPUBLICAN PARTNER >>>>> AKIN’s agenda wins loyalty of Christian groups-trying to increase the role of religion in government

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    Aug 23, 2012 3:44 PM GMT
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    By Stephanie McCrummen and David A. Fahrenthold, Published: August 22The Washington Post

    TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. — Rep. Todd Akin — now famous as the candidate who couldn’t take a hint — has spent his 11-year House career as a legislative hero to Christian groups, but a minor force on Capitol Hill.

    Akin has tried mightily to increase the role of religion in government. He proposed creating a National Year of the Bible in 2008 and an official day of fasting and prayer in 2003 to gird the nation for war in Iraq. Four times, the Missouri Republican wrote bills to keep judges from striking “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.

    None of them became law. Of the 52 measures Akin has introduced during his career, just three have been signed by the president. They all renamed post offices in Missouri for service members who died in Iraq.

    But if Akin has carved out only a small legacy on the Hill, he has made loyal allies among conservative legislators and Christian groups. Now — after he has been rejected by most of the GOP establishment — these are the friends he has left.

    “I definitely believe that he should still be a member of Congress,” said Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who has worked with Akin in fights against abortion. “If everyone truly understood this man, and knew this man like I do . . . they would be honored to have him as a congressman.”

    Here in Akin’s St. Louis area district, where the congressman is known for dressing up in Revolutionary War costume, he has other defenders.

    Don Hinkle, editor of the newspaper serving the Missouri Baptist Convention, said he was “grieved over” Akin’s controversial remarks, stressing that he was speaking only for himself. “But I’ve known Todd. I know his character and the man that he is. And I know that his words didn’t match his heart.”

    The national GOP’s leadership has turned on Akin, now a candidate for Senate, after a local TV interview broadcast Sunday. Akin was asked to defend his opposition to abortion, even in cases in which the pregnancy began with a rape.

    “From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

    Scientists say he was wrong. Akin has since apologized for what he called “ill-conceived” remarks. But a chorus of Republicans is still calling for him to drop out.

    On Wednesday, the latest was vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

    Akin’s answer was still no.

    “The people of Missouri chose me to be their candidate, and I don’t believe it’s right for party bosses to decide to override those voters,” Akin said on NBC’s “Today” show.

    It was a response in character for a stubborn man few people know.

    Akin, 65, is an engineer and National Guard veteran whose father was chief executive of the now-defunct Laclede Steel Co. Along with his wife, Lulli, he home-schooled six children in the St. Louis exurb of Town and Country.

    In 1984, after a career in business, Akin got a divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, part of the conservative Presbyterian Church in America. There, Akin studied Greek and Hebrew and a reading of the Scriptures that is socially conservative and staunchly antiabortion.
    Akin ran for Congress in 2000, telling a reporter that “today we’ve gotten confused and we think there’s no room for faith in the area of civil government.” He has not had a tough election since.

    His district stretches out through the St. Louis suburbs, including wealthy areas and more rural ones. It has voted for Republicans since 1993.

    On Capitol Hill, Akin has not advanced himself or his ideas very far.

    Since his first election, one of his fellow freshmen — Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) — has risen to become House majority leader. Akin has risen to be the fifth-ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee.

    His legislation, too, has tended to languish in obscurity.

    One of Akin’s legislative successes came when the House passed his resolution calling on President George W. Bush to proclaim a national day of “humility, prayer, and fasting.” It indulged his passion for history, citing the Virginia House of Burgesses, the Continental Congress, Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln.

    But Bush didn’t go along.

    In 2011, he was blunt about his adversaries’ politics. “At the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God,” he told the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins in an interview. “And a belief that government should replace God.”
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    Aug 23, 2012 3:51 PM GMT
    Churches should stay out of politics or pay taxes.
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    Aug 23, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    Yesterday, Todd Akin sent out an email to his supporters challenging them to raise $100,000 in 24 hours.

    And according to his website, they did it.

    Akin is using his controversial remarks to grow his campaign and cement himself outside the mainstream

    Here's part of his statement requesting funds from his Christian Fundi Backers

    Party bosses have been clear: they want nothing to do with our effort to unseat liberal Claire McCaskill.

    We are relying on YOU!

    We’ve set an ambitious goal, to raise at least $100,000 by midnight tonight, and we’re within striking distance. We are making a final push, and need your help.

    Can you chip in today?

    Party bosses and Washington insiders are willing to walk away, and want to enable pro-abortion liberal Claire McCaskill to get another term in the Senate.

    We can’t let that happen. Already, McCaskill and her allies are working to make political hay about the remarks I have apologized for countless times.

    You CAN make a difference to the future of this nation. Please, support our campaign today. Chip in what you can, even $5, and I promise you we can win this thing!

    -Todd Akin

    Imagine the abject ignorance to vote for this Party, IMAGINE THE RESULTS


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    Aug 23, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    Caslon20000 saidChurches should stay out of politics or AND pay taxes.
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    Aug 23, 2012 5:45 PM GMT
    BTW, this is just more proof that Republicans want to take away everyone's rights, and rule by the Old Testament...which is even worse than Sharia law.