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Dobson Threatens Bush with Conservative Walkout if He Chooses Prochoice Running Mate
If Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush chooses a prochoice running mate, religious conservatives will stay home on voting day, James Dobson warned in a Chicago Tribune interview he initiated. His concern is precipitated by Bush's recent appearances with prochoice Republican governors Christine Todd Whitman, Tom Ridge, and George Pataki. "George Bush quite obviously is being told by the Rockefeller Republicans and the Establishment Republicans, who obviously give him millions of dollars, that he needs to move to the middle and avoid the contentious issue of abortion," Dobson says.
Speaking at the College of William and Mary's Law School, Pat Robertson was asked if he supported a moratorium on the death penalty. "I think a moratorium would indeed be very appropriate," Robertson replied, noting that its administration discriminates against the poor and minorities. But Robertson also said he wouldn't "crusade" for a moratorium. (See a related Associated Press article, which in its brevity fails to note Robertson 1998 crusade against the death penalty for Karla Faye Tucker).
The Navy brass effectively run a "religious patronage system," say 11 evangelical Navy chaplains, where high church, mainline Protestants are favored over evangelicals, Pentecostals, and other low church chaplains. The Washington Post's Hanna Rosin recounts the lawsuit's charges: "They are passed up for promotion or forced to retire early. Their congregations are removed after they've tripled in size. They are lectured on pluralism each time they use the word 'Jesus.'"1