WestVirginiaRebel Posted December 9, 2010 Share Posted December 9, 2010 Fox News:The race to lead the Texas House of Representatives has taken a religious turn, with some conservatives in the state suggesting that the speaker of the House, who is a Jewish Republican, should be replaced by a "Christian conservative." Over the past month, in a spate of e-mails and political pitches, conservative opponents of incumbent Speaker Joe Straus have said they want him replaced not because of his Jewish religion, but because of his betrayal of Republican principles. But several of Straus' critics have noted how important it is that a Christian be named to take his place. These discussions have been made public by a series of media reports, drawing condemnation from some corners and making others in the GOP more than a bit uncomfortable. In one e-mail conversation between two members of the State Republican Executive Committee, official John Cook stressed the need for a Christian to lead other Christians in the legislature. "We elected a house with Christian, conservative values. We now want a true Christian, conservative running it," Cook said in the Nov. 30 e-mail, first published by the Texas Observer.Cook, confirming the e-mail's authenticity, told FoxNews.com that his conversation was not about Straus' religion and that he didn't even know until recently that Straus was Jewish. But he stood by his belief that Christian conservatives should lead. "My e-mail said nothing about Jewish people. I just want Christian conservatives in office," he said. Griping that Straus had aligned himself with Democrats since they helped him get elected to the speaker post nearly two years ago, Cook said Straus has appointed moderate-at-best committee chairs who stonewall conservative legislation. Straus has appointed both Democrats and Republicans to chairmanships since taking office. By contrast, Cook said, the two Christian conservatives who are challenging Straus -- Rep. Ken Paxton and Rep. Warren Chisum -- have "pro-life values" and "pro-family values." He said those values brought the state to where it is, suggesting God would want the Christian conservative coalition to expand. "I think God has blessed our state," Cook said. And he rejected the way he's been portrayed, saying he's not anti-Semitic. "It's not true at all. I have friends who are Jewish," he said. "I have no racial bigotry." Paxton and Chisum could not be reached for comment, though Paxton is on the record condemning the comments that have been made. Straus did not reply to requests for comment.________I understand wanting actual conservatives in office. But I really don't see why somebody's religion has to matter, although Cook seems to have been genuinely ignorant of Straus's faith (and apparently ignorant in other ways, too.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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