Steve Schmidt, Sen. John McCain's top adviser from the presidential campaign, has some advice for Republicans seeking office in the future. He said Friday that the GOP needs to reassess its relationship with religion.
Schmidt told the Log Cabin Republicans, a grassroots group for gay and lesbian Republicans, that party positions on issues such as same-sex marriage cannot be based solely on religious belief.
The debate over the South Carolina "I Believe" license plate rages on.
At least for South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, who continue to mislead South Carolinians on what Americans United's lawsuit challenging the production of these plates is really about.
This July 4, the Rev. Dr. Neal Jones, a plaintiff in AU's lawsuit involving the "I Believe" license plates, reminded South Carolinians of our Founding Fathers' hope to preserve religious liberty for all.
Along with ensuring religious liberty, the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech. Thanks to the Internet, people can exercise their freedom of speech faster than ever, and Americans United heard from a bevy of them yesterday after we filed a lawsuit in South Carolina against the state's new "I Believe" license plate.
I frequently see people driving around in cars, trucks, SUVs, etc. who want me to know about their strong Christian faith. Their bumper stickers proclaim it, as do their little Christian fish symbols. I even saw a guy this weekend who felt compelled to make a giant fish symbol out of reflective tape for his door.
It's fine with me. It's your car, so go ahead and use it to spread whatever message you like.
But understand that the government can't help you. Thus, putting a cross on a state license plate goes too far.
Americans United's voice and e-mail boxes were filled last week with messages questioning letters we sent to two South Carolina school districts.
It came to our attention recently that public school officials in Aiken and Edgefield Counties were partnering with the First Baptist Church of North Augusta's "Laces 4 Love" ministry to provide needy children with new shoes each Christmas season.