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Mar. 31, 2006|
2008 Looms Ahead - Will Pro-Life Conservatives Have a Horse in the Race? |
"If Rudy is Talking Jesus, He's Going to Run" Andrew Sullivan's headline for his February 19, 2006 column for the London Times should provoke some real soul-searching on the part of Republican social conservatives who admire Rudolph Giuliani for his leadership in the aftermath of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. While Giuliani is credited with cleaning up New York City prior to the 9/11 attacks and for his steady hand during and after the worst thing that has ever befallen that city, the fact that he is out in left field on social issues should not be overlooked. It should not be overlooked because Rudy Giuliani just may run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.
Mr. Sullivan reported that Giuliani addressed the evangelical Global Pastors Network in Orlando, Florida in January. He describes the network as "a large group, aiming to set up 5m churches worldwide in the next decade. Its leaders believe the apocalypse is coming soon and that their efforts at evangelization might help accelerate the moment of rapture, when good Christians will be whisked to heaven to meet Jesus."
Sullivan found none of this "particularly noteworthy." What he did find surprising was that the "the pro-choice, pro-gay, divorced Catholic former Mayor of New York" was addressing them.
Giuliani reportedly "gushed" over his audience. When asked if he was running for president he said: "Only God knows. I'll know better in a year whether I can fully commit to that process." When the pastors said they would pray for him, Giuliani replied, "I appreciate you. I can tell you from my heart how much I appreciate what you are doing: saving people, telling them about Jesus Christ and bringing them to God."
Mr. Sullivan's view of all of this was, "Take it from me: if Giuliani is talking Jesus, he's running for president."
For photos of former mayor Giuliani dressed in drag in a 1997 role in a satire of "Victor/Victoria" during the annual "Inner Circle" dinner, click on these links. (Pic 1 Pic 2). To read about his 2001 agreement to appear on Showtime's gay series "Queer as Folk" to raise money for the Empire State Pride Agenda disaster relief fund, click here: http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/news/people/columns/intelligencer/5295/
On abortion, the following quotes should give social conservative pro-lifers pause:
"In an October 1994 debate with US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, Romney said: 'I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it." (boston.com, "Romney releases mother's statement on abortion issue.'" 6/28/05)
"While I've said time and again that I oppose abortion, I've also indicated that I would not change in any way the abortion laws of Massachusetts, and I've honored my promises," Romney said during a press conference at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire before a scheduled speech to the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women. (Boston Globe, 6/4/2005)
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