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Christian and Republican? Alabama Candidate Discovers It's No Joke

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The Democratic candidate for attorney general in Alabama says he was joking to make a point.

State Republicans say he smeared all Christians who vote Republican -- and there are a plenty of those in Alabama.

The quotation in question, according to The Montgomery Advertiser, came when Democratic AG nominee James Anderson spoke at the Sept. 14 luncheon meeting of the Cherokee County Democratic Club.

Anderson told the group:

"You have people who say, 'How in the world can you say you are a Christian and you are a Democrat?' Well I don't know how you can say you are a Christian and be a Republican."

Anderson, who faces Birmingham lawyer Luther Strange in the Nov. 2 general election, said Thursday he was being satirical as a way of saying people "shouldn't judge your faith by your party affiliation."

Alabama Republicans didn't find it funny.

"That's not a good subject to joke about," said Republican Party spokesman Philip Bryan.

Added state GOP chairman Mike Hubbard: "Alabamians hold their individual faith dear, and James Anderson has stooped to a new low to question the Christianity of all those who vote Republican."

Faith is an issue that drives Alabama politics, with candidates vying to see who can name the Ten Commandments or who reads the Bible more literally.

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I once spent a month one day in Alabama watching political ads. The Republican ads were full of God, country, and how far right and conservative he or she could be, and they wanted your vote.

October 01 2010 at 7:32 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

More faux "outrage" from republicans over a mild yet true statement.

October 01 2010 at 7:00 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply

Irony & satire is lost on Christianists (& Reason & Compromise & Tolerance)... especially given the chance to be sanctimonious. If you wonder what theocracy in America might be like, "C'mon Down!"

October 01 2010 at 6:08 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

The Republicans take many positions on social issues that are not "christian" in the least including, but certainly not limited to, the death penalty, health care reform, immigration and equality for all. Moreover, hypocrisy seems to be a Republican value these days. As a consequence, the comment by the candidate from the Democratic party is valid and based in truth.

October 01 2010 at 3:11 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
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PG, You're so right. Here's a quote that applies to this stuff: "'At that time, I will put you on trial. I will be a ready witness against all ... adulterers and liars. I will speak against those who cheat employees of their wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people do not fear me,' says the Lord Almighty." (Malachi 3:5) Sounds a lot like the Republican platform.

October 01 2010 at 7:29 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

Why is it alright for a republican to say it but when a democrat says it they get all bent out of shape. Lightened up people, we have enough violence in this world. Vote for the person not for the party.

October 01 2010 at 3:01 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply


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