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Family Leader’s Vander Plaats: ‘Who’s Gary Johnson?’

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Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson minced few words in his blistering assessment of “The Marriage Vow,” a 2012 candidate pledge released by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader last week.

When asked for his thoughts on Johnson’s assessment, Vander Plaats first attacked the messenger.

The group’s controversial pledge has already drawn the support of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, but Johnson viewed the document as both “offensive” and “unrepublican.”

… This “pledge” is nothing short of a promise to discriminate against everyone who makes a personal choice that doesn’t fit into a particular definition of “virtue.”

While the Family Leader pledge covers just about every other so-called virtue they can think of, the one that is conspicuously missing is tolerance. In one concise document, they manage to condemn gays, single parents, single individuals, divorcees, Muslims, gays in the military, unmarried couples, women who choose to have abortions and everyone else who doesn’t fit in a Norman Rockwell painting.

The Republican Party cannot afford to have a Presidential candidate who condones intolerance, bigotry and the denial of liberty to the citizens of this country. If we nominate such a candidate, we will never capture the White House in 2012. …

“Well, first of all, who’s Gary Johnson?” Vander Plaats asked during a telephone interview with Salon when his response to Johnson’s statement was requested.

Vander Plaats insinuated that he and the document spoke for a higher authority where Johnson’s opinion had little standing:

Two is, if we are truly endowed by our creator — and if our founders are right that this thing we call a republic hinges on two inseparable rungs, religion and morality — we believe there needs to be a higher standard. Because, believe me, if we go down [the road of] a culture that says, “Gary has his standards, and Bob has his standards, and Justin has his standards,” it will be a train wreck. There has to be a higher standard. We don’t believe things are right or wrong because Bob says they’re right or wrong, or because somebody else says they’re right of wrong. We believe they’re right or wrong because God says they’re right or wrong and it’s released in his Scripture in his Word. So that can be Gary’s opinion — I don’t think it’s going to play real well.

The full interview, which includes Vander Plaats’ thoughts on the pledge being a call for a ban on pornography and the religious beliefs of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, is available from Salon.

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