The Post has an interesting article, which is a good read during this time of RPV reflection and search for direction.
'St. Jack' and the Bullies in the PulpitJohn Danforth Says It's Time the GOP Center Took On The Christian Right By Peter SlevinWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, February 2, 2006; Jack Danforth wishes the Republican right would step down from its pulpit. Instead, he sees a constant flow of religion into national politics. And not just any religion, either, but the us-versus-them, my-God-is-bigger-than-your-God, velvet-fist variety of Christian evangelism. As a mainline Episcopal priest, retired U.S. senator and diplomat, Danforth worships a humbler God and considers the right's certainty a sin. Legislating against gay marriage, for instance? "It's just cussedness." As he sees it, many Republican leaders have lost their bearings and, if they don't change, will lose their grip on power. Not to mention make the United States a meaner place. Danforth is no squalling liberal. He is a lifelong Republican. And his own political history shows he is no milquetoast. Rest of ArticleIn the early 90's Senator Danforth was the first (non-Virginian) national politician I had the opportunity to meet and get know. He worked closely with the organization I had my first internship with during my senior year of college. I continued my career with the organization and had the opportunity to interact with him on a very close basis often. He's definitely a good voice to carry this message; if it's the right one. I've always had a deep admiration for Rev./Amb./Sen. Danforth.