Group seeks a “True Christian” vice president

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The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, an organization run by a former staffer of the late Rev. D. James Kennedy, is calling on conservative Christians to sign a petition seeking a “True Christian” vice president.

Gary Cass, who used to lead the Center for Reclaiming America at Coral Ridge Ministries in Florida, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he doesn’t think either Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain meets his standards for being such a Christian.

“So the best we’re going to get out of this election cycle is an evangelical Christian running for vice president,” he said.

The group isn’t suggesting names but is citing criteria for a perfect candidate, including that it be someone who is against abortion and for defining marriage as “a union between one man and one woman.” It plans to send the petition to the presidential candidates.

Reacting to the campaign on the blog of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Joe Conn said he considers it “a blunt reminder that the Religious Right remains as determined as ever to usher in a fundamentalist Christian theocracy in America.”