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[Sen. Mark] Pryor sees rash use of religion by groups
|Last Edited||DFWDem Apr 21, 2005 01:53pm|
|News Date||Thursday, April 21, 2005 09:50:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||BY PAUL BARTON |
WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Pryor lashed out Wednesday at the Christian evangelicals who have joined the attack on Democratic filibusters of President Bush’s judicial nominees.
Their tactics threaten "to make the followers of Jesus Christ just another special-interest group," Pryor said in a conference call with Arkansas reporters. "It is presumptuous of them to think that they represent all Christians in America, even to say they represent all evangelical Christians," added Pryor, 42, a first-term Democrat who has considered himself an evangelical Christian for 25 years.
Pryor’s comments come at a time when the "religious right" is exerting a stronger influence in national politics, with many Republican lawmakers willing to fight for its agenda and most Democratic congressmen loath to speak out against it.