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Bad Reviews for GOP Field From Christian Group

By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson and John McCain may be winning praise from Christian conservatives on social issues, but they're not winning any raves from a Christian investing group.

The Biblically Responsible Investing Institute, a North Carolina organization that tracks corporate involvement in activities that Christians might find objectionable, has given a thumbs down to how these major Republican presidential candidates are investing their own money.

"We obviously come at the whole issue from an evangelical Christian perspective," said Rusty Leonard, who heads the institute as well as a money-management firm that advises investors on investing based on Christian principles. "You can't help but acknowledge that they have not...made sure that their investments don't stand in opposition to what they claim to stand for."

For its report, the institute combed through financial disclosure statements for the five major Republican candidates -- Huckabee, Romney, Thompson, McCain and Rudy Giuliani All five own stock, either directly or through mutual funds, in companies that "aggressively promote a homosexual lifestyle," the report says, because they either offer same-sex partner benefits or make significant contributions to gay-rights groups.

The candidates also get slammed for investing in casino businesses and for investments in companies that contribute to Planned Parenthood or make what the group considers abortion drugs.

Republican front-runner Rudy Giuliani also has significant holdings in these activities, the institute says. But, the report notes, Giuliani is at least not violating his principles because he is pro gay rights and pro choice.

By Washington Post editors  |  December 17, 2007; 5:12 PM ET
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What nonsense. With more and more companies offering same-sex benefits, one would be hard-pressed to avoid such investments, even if you wanted to.

It is almost like saying "don't buy clothing made in Asia because there are sweatshops." Good luck with that one. Nearly everything is made there now.

Further, many people own broad mutual funds, which include dozens of different companies. I am not defending any of these individuals per se, but it is not realistic to expect such micro-scrutiny of investments. Then again, realism has never been a strong suit of the religious right.

Posted by: juliro | December 20, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul was asked this morning, on Fox News, what he thought about candidates using their religion to campaign. This was in reference to a particular candidate who calls himself a "Christian Leader".

RP's response contained a quote from Sinclair Lewis: "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

Posted by: MrTracker | December 18, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

'The Biblically Responsible Investing Institute,' How would Jesus have invested? LOL. I remember having a little Bible as a child, with a picture of Jesus driving the moneylenders from the Temple.

Perahps these folks would like to actually read the Bible and find out that a 'it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter Heaven...'

Jesus would have 'invested' in the needy...

Posted by: drindl | December 18, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

This is the endorsement that counts big time:

A nuclear power plant has an operating license with technical specifications that define the operating limits for the plant. Go outside those limits and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) shuts the plant down.

In similar fashion, The Constitution defines the legal limits for the operation of the federal government.

This reporter has obtained an advanced copy of government shutdown order to be distributed upon completion of review by the full staff of Government Regulatory Commissioners during the coming primary and national elections.

Office of the Chairman

Government Regulatory Commission

of the United States

It has come to the attention of We the People, the Government Regulatory Commission (GRC) who initially defined the legal limits set forth in the U.S. Constitution, that the U.S. federal government is operating recklessly outside it's authorized limits.

GRC inspectors have observed damage to the financial health and safety of the American public, which has been seriously contaminated with radioactive debt many generations into the future, and is now exposed to the immediate threat of airborne incendiary inflation caused by a Loss Of Currency Acceptance by foreign traders.

The inspectors have also observed reckless endangerment to the security and infrastructure of the global community, which has already suffered one national meltdown exacerbated by out of control civilian mercenary contractors, that now threatens the security of another country adjoining the first.

The GRC hereby orders an immediate shutdown of the executive and legislative branches. Employees of these two branches have shown complete disregard for their operators' oaths of office.

The first remedial action ordered by the GRC is to install a new president in the executive branch who has a demonstrable record of personal integrity and regard for the legal limits of the Constitution. With a new operator at the executive controls to ensure future operation is within prescribed limits, government operation may resume. However, the GRC will monitor closely the performance of members of the legislative branch to identify individuals for removal from office at the next election outage.

The GRC at this time considers Ron Paul to be the most rigorous defender of the legal limits of the Constitution and recommends his installation in the Oval Office forthwith.

Copies of this order shall be displayed at entrances to all executive and legislative branch facilities and shall be available in the public document area of the GRC located on the internet at and

Signed by


Acting GRC Chairman, NRC licensed Senior Reactor Operator, retired

Posted by: Scrooge | December 18, 2007 3:47 AM | Report abuse

When investing I always focus on ROE(return on equity)...I guess the extreme right focuses on ROP(return on phobias).

Posted by: soonipi6 | December 17, 2007 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness they legally can't say anything like this about Jews, minorities or women any more. If Gays ever actually get any rights, this watchdawg will hopefully fade away...that is unless they decide to find some biblical passages to hate whatever you do!

Posted by: drnz_54 | December 17, 2007 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Guess the "Biblically Responsible Investing Institute" only invests in companies that make fire and brimstone.

Posted by: merganser | December 17, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

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