Religious Conservatives Emotional at Voters Summit

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WASHINGTON - Organizers say religious conservatives showed up in record numbers at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. this weekend. 
The summit concentrated on issues dear to conservatives hearts, and how unrestrained liberalism in Washington is affecting the entire country.

The annual meeting gets the name, Values Voter Summit, from an incident which happened during the 2004 presidential election.  People then said they were voting not because of the economy or the Iraq war, but because of those values issues, like abortion, homosexual marriage, stem cell research.

Those are the topics that had the conservative crowd particularly fired up and very emotional at the summit.

During a panel about the health care reform proposals, Republican congressmen tore into Democrats claims that taxpayer funds will not pay for abortion.

"Everywhere you look, the language is clear, unambiguous, and we get this disinformation campaign," said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., head of House GOP pro-life caucus.

"It's very clear that it covers abortion because every attempt to take abortion out of it has been defeated," said summit attendee Donna Turk.

Attorney Kelly Shackelford briefed the summit on a Supreme Court case, in which he is fighting a American Civil Liberties Union's challenge that a memorial cross for veterans be removed from a Mojave Desert mountain.

"The bulldozers would be in every community in this country," Shackelford said. "So this is really dangerous because this is a remote cross that's not bothering anybody that's been up for 75 years. If it's got to go, then pretty much everything's got to go."

Summit attendee Ruth Mizell said she is worried about the direction of the country.

"I'm worried so that I pray all the time," she said.

The overwhelming feeling at the summit was that liberalism would go too far and overplay its hand.

"What Americans have seen, what value voters have seen is liberalism uncensored," said Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. "We've seen politicians gone wild, and they've had enough of it."

So rather than being dispirited, many of the attendees were thinking that they may actually be able to retake the House in 2010, and possibly the entire Congress.

They are also strategizing about how to recapture the White House in 2012.

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