Patriot Pastors: raising God's army

Sunday's New York Times carried a chilling piece on the religious right's efforts to sweep state and local elections in 2006 by enlisting "2,000 evangelical, Baptist, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic leaders in a network of so-called Patriot Pastors to register half a million new voters, enlist activists, train candidates and endorse conservative causes in the next year." It seems the good old-fashioned Ohio Republican Party isn't conservative enough for the religious activists, who call themselves Patriot Pastors.

"The establishment of the Ohio Republican Party is out of touch with its base," said Russell Johnson, the pastor of the Fairfield Christian Church and the principal organizer of the project. "It acts as if it lives in Boston, Mass."

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