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"Hispanic Karl Rove" Helps Shape Democratic Party "Centrist" Positions

Co-Author of Third Way 'common-ground' approach to gay, reproductive rights has double life: provoking culture wars.
 
 
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As a January 29, 2008 Chicago Tribune story observed, "[Reverend Samuel] Rodriguez, ... has been dubbed by some Christian leaders the Karl Rove of Hispanic evangelical strategy." When Rodriguez and Karl Rove met in late September 2008 for breakfast, as reported in an October 7, 2008 Newsweek story, Rove quipped, "If you're the Hispanic Karl Rove, then does that make me the Anglo Sam Rodriguez?"

Does Karl Rove help shape Democratic Party "Third Way" positions on reproductive and gay rights ? Well, no. But the " Hispanic Karl Rove" does. When not having breakfast with Karl Rove or railing against "radical Muslims","radical homosexuals","radical abortionists", and "Oprah Winfrey Christians", the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez can be found helping to shape the Third Way / Faith in Public Life "centrist" agenda on culture-war issues, such as gay and reproductive rights, in the "Come Let Us Reason Together Governing Agenda" (CLURT) that was re-released with a flourish last January, 2009.

[below: audio from a sermon Rev. Samuel Rodriguez gave November 19, 2006, in a Utah church, in which Rodriguez railed against Muslims, homosexuals, abortionists, and "Oprah Winfrey Christians" ]

Bruce Wilson writes for Talk To Action , a blog specializing in faith and politics.

 
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