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Dispatches from Washington: Tony Perkins on "Values Voters"

October 19th, 2007 | 1 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

First up for the Washington Briefing, FRC President Tony Perkins, who is doing his articulating the "values voters" platform.

In this order, what matters is:

  • Building a culture of life by overthrowing the "judicial tyranny" that Roe exemplifies.
  • Defending and supporting marriage as a means of keeping the family the central unit of American life.
  • A "culture of decency"--reducing pornography and the
  • national defense
  • responsible foreign policy--with peace that comes through security, we can reduce the poverty and injustice that exists in many areas of the world

The only interesting aspect to Perkins' outline of the "value voters" platform is the addition of the final two points. Why let the religious left co-opt the social justice aspect of Christianity?
Also, it's interesting to note what's missing--"values voters" apparently are not concerned with economics.

Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.