Can Christians Forgive Newt?

Newt is quickly moving up in the polls, which means it is time to re-vet the longtime Washington politician.  That means its time to rehash Newt’s past.  Newt has come out saying that he has reconciled with God and has worked to put his family issues in the past.  The question is if that will be enough for the remnants of the Moral Majority and the Christian Right.

Newt may square up pretty well against Romney and Cain right now.  Cain is embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal with three possible outcomes, only one of which can benefit him.  The first outcome, Cain slips up and is proven guilty.  This will end his Presidential ambitions.  Second outcome, there is no clear resolution and the Cain decision comes down to public opinion.  This could hurt Cain’s chances if Newt continues to emerge as a strong contender on ideas.  Third outcome, the facts come out and completely discredit Cain’s accusers.  The mere injustice of the attempt to destroy Cain could easily rocket him to the top of the Republican field as a martyr of the racist left.

Romney’s religious status may not be the nail in his coffin in a matchup with Newt.  While Romney’s Mormonism turns off many conservative Protestants, Newt’s Catholicism will have the same affect on that same small portion of conservative Christian Republicans.  Overall, Mormonism and Catholicism won’t change the score for either of them.  However, Romney’s fidelity and family life is a major point in his favor.

Conservative Christians can be a funny breed.  Morality and grace are a constant tension for Christians.  I John 1:9 says that if Christians confess their sins, Christ is faithful and just to forgive them.  Therefore, if Newt has truly confessed and repented of his infidelity and divorce, he is forgiven.

Can Christians forgive Newt?  Can they overcome his past?  The question Newt has been facing over and over as he rises in the polls is whether character matters.  Newt’s answer is pretty good.  Yes, character matters.  Yes his past has not demonstrated the character he wants to see in a President, but that past is 30 years ago.  Newt’s mention of himself as a grandfather drives home the point that he is much older, and much more mature.

Newt can win, but he has to win over social conservatives first.  This means Newt has to find forgiveness from more than just God.

Rick Santorum Warns Republican’s :You Can’t Fight The Sesame Street Lobby.

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Former Pennsylvania Senator and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum stated Tuesday that the Republican’s attempt to cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who among others operates PBS and NPR, was largely futile due to the opposition that will be presented by the “Barney” and “Sesame Street” contingents who wholly support the CPB.

Republicans have named the CPB, which provides funding to public radio and television stations, as one of their proposed budgetary cuts

“When I came to Congress, I was one of the guys that said we gotta cut the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It wasn’t necessary anymore,” Santorum said. “The ‘Barney‘ contingent came out and the ‘Sesame Street‘ contingent came out, and these are programs that are popular among families and so they hit you pretty hard.”

NPR has come under fire recently for it’s firing of liberal correspondent Juan Williams for an opinion he gave regarding fear when seeing a person in Muslim garb on an airplane. The comment was made on the popular Fox News program The O’Reilly Factor. Williams firing was seen by many as retribution for his working with Fox News rather than his comments. The publicity surrounding the incident put NPR, and it’s public funding, back in the spotlight.

I for one am under the belief that if the programming is good and there is a solid base of listeners and viewers, there is no reason that the private broadcast corporations won’t pick them up. Regardless of the “Sesame Street Lobby” Republicans should continue to push for cuts of non-essential budgetary spending. If everyone loves Barney……he should be just as able to support a spot on MSNBC. Don’t they have an open time slot?

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