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GOP Illinois Congressional Candidate Suggests Family Is Only For Christians

Paul McKinley, the Republican candidate to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. as the U.S. Representative for the 2nd congressional district of Illinois, presents himself as a family man. “As your congressman, I will support the family institution in every way, at every level,” McKinley says.

The truth about McKinley’s family values is not so unequivocal, however. McKinley actually supports the family institution only in some ways, only at some levels. McKinley only supports those families that conform to his particular beliefs. He only proposes to represent the family values of Christian constituents, leaving everyone else out in the cold.

“I stand by my principles as a Christian man, and will govern to the best of my ability by those standards,” says McKinley, but where does that leave the rather sizeable minority of residents of the 2nd district of Illinois who are not Christian? Does Paul McKinley believe that non-Christians should submit to Christian religious codes on marriage, or does he simply expect non-Christians to abstain from forming families?

The truth is that Paul McKinley doesn’t even represent the family values of all Christians. Many Christian churches and individuals, for example, support abortion rights and legal equality for same-sex marriage. Paul McKinley refuses to acknowledge these versions of Christian family values, however, and has pledged opposition to them.

Once upon a time, Americans largely believed that there was only a single set of standards for what families ought to look like – a unified “family institution”. That’s not how Americans are living today, however. Our society incorporates diverse cultural perspectives, and it isn’t the legitimate role of anyone in Congress to try to give special preference to any one of those perspectives, especially not on the grounds of personal religious belief.

6 comments to GOP Illinois Congressional Candidate Suggests Family Is Only For Christians

  • Dave

    Your complaint is that a Christian Rep would give special preference to his own perspective. Probably so. Would a candidate espousing your perspective give special preference to his/her own perspective? Probably so. It would, I think, be helpful to your argument if you tell the world why your candidate’s perpective is superior to the other guy’s. What informs your candidate’s perspective? “That’s not how Americans are living today?” That’s it? From the “Book of Ways How Americans Are Not Living”? Who writes that book and why should we listen to them?

    So often those who want to see big societal changes but suspect that they still may hold a minority view will say that the way things are is not the way people do it any more when they know darn well that it currently is the way most people do it. It is calling a thing of the present a thing of the past, when it is no such thing at all. A pretty good tactical move for changes one wants to see, but not really effective against an ideal. Ideals die hard, and Paul McKinley probably knows this. His tactic is a good one too.

    • Dave, do I have a candidate? Who is it? How did you find our who my candidate is? Did you look in the candidate box I keep out in the garage?

      McKinley doesn’t just HAVE a religious perspective. He’s explicitly stated that he intends to impose his religious perspective on everyone.

      • Anonymous

        Your candidate, Peregrin, is anybody who opposes Mckinley or his ilk. I found this out by reading your post. Just trying to sharpen your blade, dude. Another point you made, and I certainly welcome your view on this, about many Christian churches that now support abortion and same-sex marriage seems kinda moot. Most churches that have done this are primarily mainline-type Protestant churches run by clergy that have bled away their memberships for forty years to the point that many wonder if they have another decade or two left. Not exactly the future, and not to be counted on for numbers for anyone’s causes.

        I don’t put any stock in politicians but what I said about Mckinley’s instincts regarding family value tactics I think holds for the same reason that the gay boycott of Chick-fil-a for Mr. Cathey’s comments on Biblical family values actually increased their revenues. Politicians on the Right and Left are, it is safe to assume, not unaware of this, and will say what they think they have to for the votes.

      • Dave

        Your candidate, Peregrin, is anybody who opposes Mckinley or his ilk. I found this out by reading your post. Just trying to sharpen your blade, dude. Another point you made, and I certainly welcome your view on this, about many Christian churches that now support abortion and same-sex marriage seems kinda moot. Most churches that have done this are primarily mainline-type Protestant churches run by clergy that have bled away their memberships for forty years to the point that many wonder if they have another decade or two left. Not exactly the future, and not to be counted on for numbers for anyone’s causes.

        I don’t put any stock in politicians but what I said about Mckinley’s instincts regarding family value tactics I think holds for the same reason that the gay boycott of Chick-fil-a for Mr. Cathey’s comments on Biblical family values actually increased their revenues. Politicians on the Right and Left are, it is safe to assume, not unaware of this, and will say what they think they have to for the votes.

  • You might as well include the fact the candidate McKinley is an ex-felon who only won the Republican primary by about 30 votes, and he only won because the Chicago media utterly ignored the Republican primary, instead concentrating all its attention on the Democratic primary. This is an overwhelmingly Democratic district.

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