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The conscience of Congress

"The conscience of Congress" Continued...

Issue: "Praying for rain," Aug. 11, 2012

Here's a question not just about the Obama administration but about the Bush administration as well: Did we make a mistake in making elections rather than making religious liberty our primary goal? I haven't heard the question asked just the way you did, and never thought of it in that way to be honest-but looking at it, the answer is yes. You may very well have a free and fair election in Egypt that brings in the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists who implement Sharia law: Once they get in it is similar to the way the communists took over certain countries. Maybe we should have been advocating for freedom and human rights and religious freedom more than the free and fair vote.

And one political question: Why did you recently criticize Grover Norquist and the no-tax pledge that just about every Republican candidate is obliged to sign these days? I never signed the pledge. The pledge I take is to my constituents: I serve them. They're my boss. And, the interpretation of the no-tax pledge is so strange. In 2012 GE paid no taxes, no corporate taxes. Everyone out here paying their taxes paid more than GE paid. Well, that's a tax earmark. That's a loophole that ought to be closed. The no-tax pledge says if you raise taxes on GE, you're raising taxes. Well, all of you Patrick Henry students pay taxes; they should pay taxes.

The interpreter of the pledge is Grover Norquist. Now, who made Norquist, never elected, the interpreter of a pledge? He's a lobbyist in Washington. He says he puts the pledge in a safe. To sign a pledge to a lobbyist that he puts in his safe, and he represents a number of groups that he manipulates this pledge for, I think is absolutely wrong. I think it's a mistake for any member of Congress to sign a pledge on anything like this, particularly to a lobbyist.

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Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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