Monday, January 16, 2006

With friends like these

Ralph Reed -- who once graced the cover of Time magazine under the headline "The Right Hand of God" because of his leadership mobilizing the so-called "Religious Right" -- has been implicated in the Abrahamoff corruption scandal. Say it ain't so! The Washington Post reports:

Abramoff and Reed -- the former executive director of the Christian Coalition -- have been friends for 25 years, and until recently it had been a mutually profitable association. Now it is proving highly inconvenient for Reed, and threatens to stall a career that has been emblematic of the modern GOP. ... [T]he first major dent in Reed's carefully cultivated image came with the disclosure in the summer of 2004 that his public relations and lobbying companies had received at least $4.2 million from Abramoff to mobilize Christian voters to fight Indian casinos competing with Abramoff's casino clients.

Similarly damaging has been a torrent of e-mails revealed during the investigation that shows a side of Reed that some former supporters say cannot be reconciled with his professed Christian values.

'After reading the e-mail, it became pretty obvious he was putting money before God,' said Phil Dacosta, a Georgia Christian Coalition member who had initially backed Reed. 'We are righteously casting him out.'

For the Georgia chapter of the Christian Coalition to expel native son and former Coalition executive director Reed from membership is incredible! They're either appallingly disloyal people or the evidence against Reed is damning. As a Christian brother, I pray he's innocent, but if he's not ... HT again to Jose.


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