The Posse in the Pulpit

A look at "patriot pastors"

Ever since he witnessed an AIDS-awareness presentation at a Houston-area high school that went into explicit detail about how condoms could prevent the spread of the disease, the Rev. Rick Scarborough has been the kind of dedicated activist the G.O.P. has to thank for much of its current dominance. Since that day in 1992, Scarborough, 55, has believed that "Christians have a moral responsibility in this country to be involved in politics." For most of the past decade, the outspoken Baptist minister from Texas has used his pulpit to help elect conservative judges and politicians. Along the way, his organization, Vision America,...

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