Today Richard Land, head of public policy for the Southern Baptist Convention, criticized Rudy Giuliani’s divorce from his second wife in an interview with The Associated Press.
“I mean, this is divorce on steroids,” Land said. “To publicly humiliate your wife in that way, and your children. That’s rough. I think that’s going to be an awfully hard sell, even if he weren’t pro-choice and pro-gun control.”
The former mayor has been married three times. He married Judith Nathan in 2003 after a very messy split from Donna Hanover, so messy that he told Hanover he was leaving her through a press conference.
But evangelicals, if you listen to their leaders, should already be turning their backs on Giuliani. He’s pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-gun control. Yet he still leads in some polls.
Religious leaders say his support will dwindle when Americans learn more about the man dubbed “America’s mayor” after the Sept. 11 attacks. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain comes to New York City tomorrow evening for an event billed as an exchange of ideas. And some evangelical leaders don’t like him either.
Earlier this year, James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, said he wouldn’t support McCain “under any circumstances.”
On the other hand, last year, the senator delivered the commencement address at the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. He had famously declared Falwell and other Christian leaders “agents of intolerance” during the 2000 presidential campaign.