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"Outing expedition" Continued...

Issue: "Double trouble," Oct. 21, 2006

Minnery said Focus, to the contrary, decided to run two radio broadcasts in the last week contradicting the conventional media wisdom. "We have pointed out that this unmerited feeding frenzy by the media has to be fueled by the media's desire to see Democrats win both houses of Congress," he said.

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How have Christian organizations reacted to The List and the Foley scandal? Despite the panicked gay witch hunt some bloggers and news outlets predicted, Christian conservative organizations generally responded with a yawn:

Focus on the Family: Focus received The List from Reidy on Oct. 4, but vice president of public policy Tom Minnery told WORLD he hadn't seen it and "wouldn't do anything with it if I had it." Another Focus official said he had deleted the e-mail without paying much attention to it. "Some reporters last week interpreted the conservative shock and outrage at the Foley incident to mean that social conservatives are abandoning the Republican Party," Minnery added. "That won't happen either."

Family Research Council: FRC's Tom McClusky, the group's vice president for government affairs, says the names on The List come as no surprise to him. "If they're thinking such a list will make us question how dedicated the Republican Party is to social issues, they're a couple years too late," McClusky said. "We don't need a list to know that there are people in Congress working to hold up the social agenda."

American Family Association: AFA president Don Wildmon acknowledges that conservative leaders have much work to do prior to November. Wildmon said he hadn't seen The List and that he's not looking for it either: "This whole thing is politics at its ugliest. . . . We all know that there are sinners in both parties, hypocrites in both parties."

With just weeks to go before the election, Wildmon charged GOP leaders to give values voters something positive to get behind. "I think we could rally the troops. We've got e-mail lists. We've got radio stations. We've got something we didn't have 15 years ago-communication," said Wildmon, whose group boasts 3.3 million supporters. "It's kind of like we've got a gun, and we're ready to fire it. But we don't have any ammunition. The Republican leadership controls the ammunition. If they want us to fire the gun, they better give us some bullets."

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