Mark Pryor (D-AR) Gets Religion

One of the annoying little ticks the liberal media has is their knee jerk response to any candidate’s display of Christian faith. The left often likes to target conservative Christians with derisive monikers like theocrat. They think that because we are people of faith, we must by extension wish to force our faith onto other people.

Which is far from the truth.

Any good student of Christianity understands that no man can “force” belief in Christ onto another man. It just doesn’t work that way.

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Most Democrat candidates for office tend to take a different tack when discussing their faith. They usually rely on, “my faith is personal and I can’t force my views onto others.” At this point the media stops bothering them about their religion.

To that end, listen to what Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor had to say last year about his faith and his politics.

Arkansas’ Sen. Mark Pryor, a Protestant Christian who was co-chairman of the National Prayer Breakfast in February, said the intersection of faith and politics can be difficult to navigate…‘The Bible is really not a rule book for political issues,’ he said. ‘Everybody can see it differently.

I wholeheartedly disagree with the first half of that statement. Whether or not people see the book differently, it is an excellent book for political issues if you believe the Book to be true.

Well, it’s amazing what a difference a year can make – especially with an election coming up. Listen to how Senator Pryor’s tune has changed.

I’m not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His Word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers. Only God does. And neither political party is always right. This is my compass. My North Star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas. I’m Mark Pryor, and I approve this message because this is who I am, and what I believe.

Wow, what a switch.

cottonpryorNeedless to say the GOP jumped on Pryor pretty quick for his seemingly hypocritical turn. The National Republican Senatorial Committee countered with this response to the Pryor ad.

NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring, known across Washington for his aggressive style, wrote a blog post about some of Pyror’s past comments about the Bible, including a statement last year that it “is really not a rule book for political issues.”

“So is the Bible Mark Pryor’s compass, providing the ‘comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas?’ Or is it really not a good rule book for political issues and decisions made in the Senate? Guess it depends on which Mark Pryor that you ask,” Dayspring wrote.


For his part, Pryor’s opponent, Republican Tom Cotton, distanced himself from the NRSC’s attack. “We should all agree that America is better off when all our public officials in both parties have the humility to seek guidance from God,” said Cotton.

I get that Mr. Cotton doesn’t want to take the risk of using Sen. Pryor’s religious beliefs as a weapon against him, but there is some room here to point out that Pryor is being a bit hypocritical and self-serving. Pryor is in a lot of trouble. He may be the incumbent, but he is way behind in a race against a very good candidate, so this advertisement at this point in the race seems like a bit of a hail Mary. Which may be exactly why Cotton wants to stay out of the way on this one; the ad has as much of a chance of backfiring as it does helping Pryor with his constituents.

Either way, it will be nice to see a new Republican Senator from Arkansas in 2014!


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