Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council- two prominent Religious Right organizations with close ties to the Republican Party - released their Congressional scorecard today (just in time for the elections) ranking House and Senate members for their votes on "pro-family" legislation.
Can you guess how the rankings went?
"They" declared 123 House members --120 Republicans and three Democrats -- to be "True Blue Representatives" who voted in favor of pro-family legislation every time.
In contrast, 142 House members --140 Democrats and two Republicans -- did not support a single piece of pro-family legislation.
Maybe the Religious Right ought to redefine "pro-family legislation" to include economic policies. You see, I'm betting most of those "True Blue" congressional representatives voted for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the middle class... tax cuts so large that to pay for them the government had to cut health care programs for kids, educational opportunities for teenagers, and other essential services.
And I'm betting those same "True Blue" representatives have blindly supported the President's war in Iraq - a war that has increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks against the United States.
Real pro-family leaders are those that work to create a safe and nurturing world for kids of all ages. Our responsibility for children does not end - as the Religious Right would have you believe - at birth.
Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council doesn't care about kids. Neither group works along side children's groups (like the Children's Defense Fund) that attempt to build up schools, advance health care opportunities, or to reduce childhood poverty.
All Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council care about is winning the 2006 elections on behalf of Republican candidates. And they have proven that they'll misrepresent the truth to do that. I give them an "F" for misusing the Christian faith as just another tool on behalf of their partisan political campaigns.