Prominent congressional Republicans have turned to Christian activist Lou Engle to help them bring God to their side in their battle to defeat health care reform.
In an online “prayercast” Wednesday night, Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann joined a number of Christian leaders in praying that health care reform will be defeated. Leading the prayer was Engle, whose organization Call to Conscience describes itself as a “movement to bring holiness and purity back to America.”
On her show Thursday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow played a clip of Engle, the prayercast’s leader, discussing California’s Proposition 8 last year. If same-sex marriage is allowed to stand in California, Engle argued, it “will release a spirit that is more demonic than Islam. A spirit of lawlessness and anarchy. And a sexual insanity will be unleashed into the earth.”
“Liberals are debating whether or not it is smart and ethical to have a mandate without a public option,” Maddow said. “On the Jim DeMint and Sam Brownback side of the aisle, they are approaching this rather differently.”
During the prayercast, Sen. DeMint said, “If we have the government making decisions about the most personal and private part of our lives, it’s so naive to think that that coverage is not going to include a number of things that cause people of faith a lot of heartburn, whether it’s funding abortions, whether it’s rationing care, whether it’s funding medical marijuana, whether it’s euthanasia.”
“…None of which is actually in the bill,” responded Maddow, who described the GOP lawmakers’ strategy as “killing health reform through God’s intervention.”
This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Dec. 17, 2009.