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Friday, November 16, 2007

Rossi Addressing Evangelical Activist Retreat

posted by on November 16 at 13:41 PM

As opposed to his 2004 run when he obscured his social conservative views, Dino Rossi is quickly emerging as 2008’s religious right candidate.

He came out strong this week against state rules that prevent pharmacists from refusing to fill Plan B prescriptions on religious grounds.

Follow-up act? This weekend, Rossi is speaking at the Faith and Freedom Network youth leadership conference in Yelm. The sponsor, the Faith and Freedom Network and Foundation, is an evangelical lobbying group in Olympia.

There’s not an in-depth description of the “Change Your Culture” retreat. The only specifics I could find were these—on the registration form: “Students should bring: Bible, notepad, pen, pillow, 2 days worth of clothing & shoes, sleeping bag or linens & blankets.”

The Faith and Freedom Network and Foundation, a 501(c)4, describes themselves this way:

While [the] core mission of representing people of faith in Olympia, Washington, has not changed, the social environment has changed, particularly during the past few years. People of faith, their churches and their organizations have been pressed into even greater action by the issues surrounding gay marriage, the removal of the Ten Commandments, and other Judeo-Christian expressions of faith from our public life. The continual erosion of freedom to express their faith in traditional ways at sporting events, school clubs, graduation and commencement exercises, and even at Christmas, has caused all people of faith to focus on appropriate responses.

Another speaker who will be addressing the students at the Faith and Freedom Network youth leadership conference is Casey Luskin (an intelligent design advocate with the Discovery Institute.)

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Perfect. Rossi wasn't clear enough about his links to the hard right, now there will be no mistaking it. Hopefully, mainstream press and the Gregoire campaign will actually do something with this information.

Posted by ahava | November 16, 2007 1:53 PM

Huckabee and Rossi - two unelectables convinced that America is a nation that should live in Fear and cower under the bedsheets at night.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 16, 2007 2:04 PM

oh yeah, yeah, i don't think that's going to help him much this next time around.

Posted by infrequent | November 16, 2007 2:05 PM

He's getting tips from the Ellen Craswell playbook. I think he should start using the word "sodomites" in all his speeches.

Posted by Fnarf | November 16, 2007 2:27 PM

Ah, the Craswell approach. Surely a winning gambit.

Posted by laterite | November 16, 2007 2:27 PM

Awesome! Move farther to the right, Dino. That'll work, for sure.

Posted by SDA in SEA | November 16, 2007 2:42 PM

Heck, he should do a blog about his Voyage of Discovery as he moves to the right.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 16, 2007 3:28 PM

I am particularly surprised by this state's Republican party's apparent unwillingness or inability to field
moderate candidates in the vein of
a Dan Evans and his generation. The
party has become dysfunctional in its approach and narrow appeal to a small segment of the state's voters. One would assume at some point, they will realize their chances for success in the polls will depend on fielding candidates whose ideas and beliefs mirror the general voting public.
Moderate Californian Republicans were able to do this with their state's current governor.

--- Jensen

(Temporarily "home" helping very elderly parents with low-land taro cultivation.)

Posted by Jensen Interceptor | November 16, 2007 3:45 PM

Faith and Freedom Network bugs the shit out of me. But good job on them for helping showcase Dino's ickyness.

Posted by Greg | November 16, 2007 3:58 PM

"Students are also advised to bring rope, duct tape, diapers, wet suits, $20 bills, cattle prods, lube, and the largest black dildos that they can find."

Posted by Original Andrew | November 16, 2007 4:01 PM

If ultra-conservative bigots like Tim Burgess can win in Seattle why can't Rossi win throughout the whole State? Good for him. I am sure he'll suely get the Stranger endorsement.

Posted by Touring | November 18, 2007 6:28 AM

Some of the comments on this page illustrate why we need someone with a good religouse background to run. We don't need a moderate we need someone who will stand up for the beliefs of the Christians in this state.

Original Andrew, You have some issues son.

Posted by Bill | November 19, 2007 2:17 PM

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