The Interfaith Alliance put Phill Kline’s memo laying out his strategy to use churches as his campaign bank at the top of their list of the worst abuses of religion in politics for 2006. The group, which works to preserve separation of church and state, wrote “Attorney General Phill Kline often talks about his Christian faith. But a leaked memo shows how Kline has mixed religion and money as part of an aggressive strategy to raise campaign funds and win re-election.”
The Kansas Republican Party, smarting from the whupping they received on Tuesday, reacted angrily:
GOP State Chairman Tim Shallenburger questioned whether Kansans would care about the assessment of “a group whose sole effort is to separate God from country.”
This perfectly encapsulates why the GOP lost so badly. Their leadership systematically alienated everyone who didn’t already agree with them, and dismissed anyone who challenged their practices as irrelevant.
Turns out, they are relevant, and there might just have been a lesson to be learned from the elections. Guess Shallenburger hasn’t figured that out yet.
When Shallenburger was chosen as the GOP chairman (shortly after losing to Kathleen Sebelius four years ago), he said:
“When we voiced our beliefs that there is a God and said it was wrong to only teach evolution, we were ridiculed and called morons.”
He apparently doesn’t see any reason to try a different tack after losing again.