Correction to This Article
The March 29 Washington Sketch misattributed an assertion that Christian conservatives are "making some great inroads" in the media. It was made by Bill Fancher of American Family Radio, not Tim Graham of the Media Research Center.
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Redemption Among the Faithful

Greeted by a standing ovation at the
Greeted by a standing ovation at the "War on Christians" meeting, Rep. Tom DeLay said, "The enemies of virtue may be on the march, but they have not won." (By Win Mcnamee -- Getty Images)

Bill Fancher, an American Family Radio journalist, sought to explain the media's obtuseness. "The media doesn't understand [conservative Christians'] inability to compromise on principles," he said, adding: "I don't apologize for being narrow-minded."

Largely absent from the discussion was a mention of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and the like. It fell to one of the questioners to point out that the fabled liberal media is "a shadow of what it once was."

Graham acknowledged: "We're making some great inroads."

These were only warm-up acts for DeLay, whose entrance caused a ripple of applause that spread into an extended standing ovation.

"This is a man that I believe God has appointed," Scarborough said, a view that might surprise the voters of the 22nd District of Texas. Scarborough, in his introduction, said DeLay had been "virtually destroyed in the press," and he urged the crowd to campaign for DeLay -- though he said nonprofit tax rules prevented him from actually "endorsing" DeLay.

The congressman started with a profession of faith, then went on a tour of the religious views of great presidents. He seemed to be on the verge of discussing his own troubles when he recalled Lincoln's view that men should "confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow."

But this was not the time for a DeLay confessional. Instead, he gave his view on the War on Christians. "Sides are being chosen, and the future of man hangs in the balance!" he warned. "The enemies of virtue may be on the march, but they have not won, and if we put our trust in Christ, they never will. . . . It is for us then to do as our heroes have always done and put our faith in the perfect redeeming love of Jesus Christ."

DeLay basked in the rapturous ovation that followed. "Keep your eyes on Jesus," Scarborough called after the fallen leader as he departed the stage.


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