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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Pastors receive anti-Beebe letter

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2006 at 3:28 PM

Chris Pyle, the former director of family policy under Gov. Mike Huckabee, recently sent a letter to Arkansas church pastors urging them to get involved in the governor's race.

"I would never ask you to endorse a candidate from the pulpit," Pyle stipulates before saying, "I hope you will ... educate your congregation and [give] them a moral charge to get involved."

The full text of the letter is available after the jump.

CHRIS PYLE

Dear Pastor:

You may remember me from when we worked together on Gov. Huckabee's Celebration of Marriage event, Valentine's Day, 2005. Thanks in part to your help and support, in the year since that event, we have seen 1,000 couples choose covenant marriage in Arkansas. Thank you!

The reason for this letter is not to reminisce about the past, but to talk about the future. During the past ten years, I served as Gov. Huckabee's director of family policy and during that time we accomplished some great things. On the pro-life front, we passed a woman's right to know law (informed consent), a fetal protection law, a fetal pain awareness law, and a parental consent for abortion law. We also banned same-sex marriage, implemented an effective abstinence education program and appointed the first home-schooling mom to the state board of education.

Why am I taking the time to rehash our record? Because this record could be in jeopardy depending on what happens in the November elections.

Please hear me, I am in no way asking you to endorse anyone from the pulpit. My father and brother are pastors, so I know firsthand the delicate line you must walk sometimes. However, I am asking you to consider the seriousness of this election, consider closely the positions and records of the candidates who are running and then challenge your congregation to do the same.

While I don't have time to touch on all the candidates and races, I am particularly concerned about the gubernatorial race.

  • I was on the floor of the Senate when Mike Beebe voted against the covenant marriage bill.
  • A few weeks ago, I read with surprise in the Arkansas Times that Mike Beebe held private meetings with gay activists and promised to support them in their effort have foster children placed in the homes of homosexuals.
  • And I could only shake my head when I read in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Mike Beebe supports abortion.

Both liberals and conservative agree that the Supreme Court is likely to hand the issue of abortion back to the states in the next few years. That means that our next governor could be the one who decides whether our state defends life or takes life.

I urge you to remind your congregation -- repeatedly between now and November -- that the leaders we elect this November will be the ones who may very well decide the issue of abortion in Arkansas.

Again, I would never ask you to endorse a candidate from the pulpit, but our country has a rich heritage of clergy who took strong stands on the moral issues of the day and who challenged their congregations to take educated action and participate in our democratic processes. I hope you will be a part of that rich heritage this election year by helping to educate your congregation and by giving them a moral charge to get involved.

One way you can help educate your congregation is by distributing the voter's guide published by the Arkansas Family Council. As you know, this guide does not endorse candidates, but it provides clear examples of where the candidates stand on important issues. You can find out more about this voter guide at Family Council's web page www.familycouncil.org or by calling 501-375-7000.

However you choose to educate or charge your congregation, I want to thank you in advance for your help.

I pray that God will continue to bless your ministry, and I hope our paths cross again in the future.

Sincerely,

Chris Pyle

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