Boot camp to get pastors involved in politics scares left to death

Run for the hills! The Christians are coming!

You’d think they were the Redcoats if you read the International Business Times. It seems worried that Christians will “impose” their faith on the rest of America — by winning local elections.

Fretting over the possibility that Christian pastors might actually have enough support to occasionally get elected to office, Ismat Sarah Mangla wrote a piece for the IB Times – republished on – “exposing” a project by evangelical Christian David Lane to get pastors more involved in politics.

The headline says it all:

“Jesus camp for adults seeks to impose Christianity on the US by converting 1,000 pastors into politicians”

Calling Lane’s recent convention in Orlando of 300 pastors a “Jesus camp for adults,” the article’s headline seemed to encourage the reader to be worried by the prospect that Christians might use the democratic process to champion their values throughout the United States.

Lane opened the South Carolina training by invoking God. “Lord, here we are, a nation founded for the advancement of the Christian faith in the glory of God,” said Lane. He went on to detail the problems many evangelicals believe are ailing America: “Fifty-five million babies dead, red ink as far as the eye can see, homosexuals praying at the inauguration.”


Stop the presses! Apparently Christians think abortion on demand, a nearly $18 trillion national debt, and the decline of traditional values are a problem in America. Who would have guessed?

Lane’s efforts are focused on getting Christian pastors more involved in local politics by giving them the tools necessary to “get involved,” but Raw Story apparently thinks this is underhanded, conspiratorial, and potentially dangerous.

“Somebody’s values are going to reign supreme” in the United States, Lane told National Public Radio. “We want people with our values to represent our values and interests in the public square, be elected to office, and represent our issues.”


The headline of the article attempted to portray the convention – which featured Republican presidential hopefuls Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee – as some sort of underhanded conspiracy to mix Christian values with the power of government.

Strangely, the left never seems too outraged about mixing politics and religion when the pope is slamming capitalism or warning about global warming.

It’s almost as if Raw Story and the IB Times were more concerned about the convention’s being conservative than Christian.

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