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A Religion News Service article about "adopt a liberal" cards issued by a Christian law firm, in quoting the Rev. Barry Lynn, misstated the name of his organization. It is Americans United for Separation of Church and State, not Americans United for Church and State.

Christian law firm issues Adopt a Liberal card to encourage targets of prayer

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By Adelle M. Banks
Saturday, March 13, 2010

Attention, Californians: Your governor has just been adopted. Next up: your bleeding-heart senator, Barbara Boxer, and not far behind Boxer, her Senate colleague Dianne Feinstein.

Not by a new set of parents, mind you, but rather an army of conservative prayer warriors committed to restoring "poor leaders to right thinking."

The Republican governor's alleged sins? Supporting abortion funding, "imposing same-sex 'marriage' " on the Golden State and allowing "out-of-control liberal spending." Boxer, a Democrat, is cited as a "radical environmentalist" and as embracing "ultraliberal" positions. Feinstein, also a Democrat, "encourages closing Guantanamo" and shipping terrorist suspects to her home state.

And we haven't even mentioned the views of San Francisco's Nancy Pelosi, another Democrat and the speaker of the U.S. House. Or Oprah Winfrey's sit-down with a transgender man who had a baby, Hillary Clinton's support of global abortion rights, Warren Buffet's "open marriage" or New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's support of gun control.

For the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel, the new Adopt a Liberal trading cards puts the power of prayer -- quite literally -- in the palm of conservatives' hands.

Last fall, the Florida-based firm posted a list of about a dozen liberals on its Web site. But founder Mathew Staver and his colleagues decided that there were enough for a deck of cards.

Now, for $20, you can shuffle through a collection of liberals, including former vice president Al Gore, HBO's Bill Maher, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and the now-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

"We created the card deck with 51 cards so it's one card short of a full deck," Staver said, only half joking. The 52nd features a question mark for the "Unknown Liberal" in government, media, higher education or "other liberals of your choice."

It might be a gimmick that gets people talking, said pop culture expert Robert Thompson, but liberals should think twice before countering with their own "Adopt a Conservative" cards.

"You're putting that person in a position of . . . being in this childlike need to be enlightened," said Thompson, a Syracuse University professor. "There's a certain unmitigated arrogance and hubris involved."

The 51 standing in the need of prayer include the president, who is identified as "Barack Hussein Obama," White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), actress Anne Hathaway, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and MSNBC pundits Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow.

Just four of the 51 are known Republicans: Schwarzenegger, Maine's U.S. senators (Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins), and Senate candidate Mark Kirk of Illinois, who is misidentified as already an elected senator.


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