Suicide Watch: NV GOP Scrubs Abortion, Sodomy-Based ‘Marriage’ From Platform

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In a recent article If GOP Goes ‘Gay,’ Democrats Will Reign Supreme, Matt Barber expressed a dire warning about the Republican Party abandoning the moral, social issues.

 “If they move away from these non-negotiable, transcendent issues on marriage, human sexuality, morality, life and other things, they will commit political suicide,” stated BarbWire Editor-in-Chief Matt Barber. “Then we will see Democrat rule in perpetuity, at least for the next several decades.”

Well, the slow, agonizing process of political suicide has officially begun. On Saturday, the Nevada Republican Party struck the precursory blow in the torturous bludgeoning death of the GOP.

At a state convention which pitted the establishment, Ruling Class Republicans against conservative Tea Party members over political endorsements, the Nevada delegates did, however, manage to make the controversial decision to abandon their stance on sodomy-based marriage and abortion.


By an informal show of hands, convention-goers broke with the Republican National Committee by removing these two critical planks from the party’s platform. Less than half of the convention’s 520 delegates were present when the disastrous change was adopted at about 7:30 p.m. GOP voters in Nevada now have a donkey in elephant’s clothing.

 “I think it was about inclusion, not exclusion,” State Party Chairman Michael McDonald said, referring to the new morally deficient platform. “This is where the party is going.” As in going, going, gone — straight down the tubes!

The Republicans on the platform committee announced that they chose to shed the social issues because they didn’t want the party of “personal freedom” to get involved in the private lives of average Americans.

“The issue was how can we back out of people’s personal lives,” explained Dave Hockaday of Lyon County, who sat on the platform committee. “We need to focus on issues where we can have an impact.”

But they seem to have conveniently ignored the fact that the homosexual agenda has been rapidly eroding the personal freedoms of people of faith, forcing them to violate their consciences and stripping them of other First Amendment protections.

Previously, the state party platform defined marriage in accord with the Nevada Constitution as being “between a man and a woman,” and it also described the party as “pro-life,” which is a position that most Republicans still strongly support.

“I believe it is divisive to the party,” argued Roger Stockton of Washoe County. “I believe it alienates people who are within the party. We have to be the big umbrella.” However, the so-called “big tent” or “umbrella” is bound to collapse under its own weight without the necessary central, support of moral principle. And changing the state’s platform will invariably prove to be much more divisive since it will ultimately alienate the party’s base of conservative and value’s voters.  If they stay home in November, it won’t bode well for the Republican candidates.

In other news from the Nevada convention, the state party conducted a presidential preference poll to determine the GOP favorites going into the 2016 election.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (KY) won the poll. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was third. The exact vote counts have not yet been released.

Despite the Nevada Republican Party’s suicidal tendencies with regards to the social issues, it is imperative that we elect a conservative Republican who will staunchly defend marriage and the rights of the unborn.

Or else the party is history. And talk of a third party will pick up more steam.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Jeff Allen is both a senior editor and columnist for BarbWire. He also serves as senior pastor in a mainline Christian church in Indiana. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Jeff is involved in several community ministries.

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