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Iowa conservative wants GOP candidates to sign anti-Sharia pledge

7 July 2011 General 3 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

The Family Leader, an influential Christian group led by Iowa conservative Bob Vander Plaats, is unveiling a pledge today that asks Republican presidential candidates to make a commitment to oppose same-sex marriage and Sharia law.

Vander Plaats, who served as Mike Huckabee’s 2008 Iowa chairman, told the Christian Broadcasting Network that he would not endorse any presidential candidate that does not sign the pledge. Vander Plaats’ endorsement could prove to be significant in the state, where 60 percent of the Iowa Republican electorate in 2008 was “born-again Christian.”

The pledge, entitled “The Marriage Vow — A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family,” includes 14 points, the Christian Broadcasting Network reported, including support for the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The pledge is also a commitment to personal fidelity to one’s spouse, the rejection of “anti-women Sharia Islam” and to downsizing government.

While the economy is at the forefront of political discussion, Vander Plaats told the Iowa Independent last month that social issues will be an important factor in the Republican primaries, since no particular candidate has yet emerged as the clear frontrunner.

“Regardless of how well a candidate starts out, those core value issues will be the first thing to talk about and establish that trust level with voters,” he said.

In addition to helping Huckabee win the 2008 Iowa Republican caucus, Vander Plaats was instrumental last year in the ousting of three Iowa Supreme Court justices who voted in favor of same-sex marriage in Iowa and who were running for re-election.

The Family Leader pledge could ostensibly help a candidate like Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is already expected to do well in the Iowa caucus because of her Christian conservative credentials. Opposition to same-sex marriage has played a large part in Bachmann’s political career, though she has been relatively quiet on the issue since starting her presidential campaign.

Original post: Iowa conservative wants GOP candidates to sign marriage pledge


  1. Taking a “pledge” like this voids the “take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion” Oath of Office these “people” are suppose to solemnly swear (or affirm).

    They all should be charged with lying under Oath (a felony Federal offense).

  2. Americans are Islamophobes and they earned the right to the title after what Muslims did before 9/11, on 9/11 and after 9/11, 7/7 and many more.

  3. “Sharia law taking over America” is a phony problem just as “islamisation” is. It shows ignorance of our constitutional system which already protects Americans from imposition of religious laws and beliefs.

    The phony problem of sharia law is intended to squash religious freedom and make yet another problem where one does not exist. Sharia law is practiced among Muslims only – and involves banking practices and conflict resolution between believers.

    So – there could also be an argument that “sharia law bans” are actually an attempt to get government between a religious leader and the believers he is providing council to. This too would be unconstitutional.

    Any politician that takes such an oath should be regarded as being in opposition to the First Amendment that protects religious practice and calls for government to stay out of the religious lives of its citizens.

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