EFM Author Charles Mitchell

About Charles Mitchell

EFM’s resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He graduated summa cum laude from Bucknell University, where he was featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story and, more importantly, where he was converted to Christianity. He was subsequently a colleague of David French’s at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, during which time Human Events named him one of the top 10 young conservative activists in America, and then the program director at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Charles has been interviewed on C-SPAN, NPR, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and has written for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Townhall.com, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, and other publications. Charles and his wife, Charissa, live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of New Covenant Fellowship, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

As you know, the Pennsylvania primary is tomorrow.  This post is for my fellow conservative evangelicals in the Keystone State who might be tempted to cast a sympathy vote for Sen. Santorum.

I’m not being hyperbolic here, folks:  Sympathy saves no babies.  We have the most pro-abortion president in American history.  We know who his opponent is going to be.  The only question is whether that opponent wins in November.  And if the story coming out of tomorrow is about how many evangelicals took their balls and went home because their preferred candidate dropped out, that opponent is weakened and that most pro-abortion president in American history is strengthened.

By the way, despite the disinformation that is out there, that opponent is pro-life.  Yes, he was wrong earlier in his political career.  So was President Reagan, who signed as Gov. Reagan legislation that made California a national “leader” in abortionsRead the Rest »

As you all know, I write from deep in the heart of what was, until very recently, Santorum Country.  Democratic operative James Carville wasn’t too far from the truth when he quipped that Pennsylvania is Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Alabama in the middle.  I live in the Alabama part–and you know how Alabama went this primary season.  My Facebook feed was full of my friends getting their pictures taken at Sen. Santorum’s local events, and my posts about Gov. Romney tended to produce crickets chirping, not friends liking.

Now, obviously, Sen. Santorum has stood aside, and I find the attitude of my friends now towards Gov. Romney is very similar to the attitude a lot of people have toward broccoli:  Yeah, I know, it’ll be good for me, and I’ll eat it eventually, but I really don’t want to.  The trouble is, it isn’t enough for stoutly conservative folks simply … Read the Rest »

Over at Buzzfeed, McKay Coppins has posted a piece entitled “Why Ann Stayed Home” whose thesis is so simple as to be self evident to some of us:  Mrs. Romney stayed home with her kids in part because her faith encouraged her to do so.  But don’t tune out, dear reader.  This is an immensely important article and it presages much that is to come.

If you read through what Coppins offers, it’s by no means a hatchet job.  It strikes me as a reasonable effort by a journalist who is an outsider to a community to convey to a bunch of outsiders what that a certain community believes.  But hard as he seems to try, it’s hard to escape the vibe that Coppins is an Earthling detailing breathlessly to a bunch of Earthlings what how a strange group of extraterrestrials conduct lives that are clearly, well, … Read the Rest »

From today’s Harrisburg, Pa. Patriot-News, regarding Sen. Santorum:

One prominent Pennsylvania Republican, who has remained neutral in the party’s presidential contest, said the Romney campaign “thinks they have to crush him like a bug in Pennsylvania.”

Remember, the race is currently within the margin of error here in Sen. Santorum’s home state.

Also interesting:

The day before he and Santorum appeared in East Pennsboro Twp. for the annual gathering of conservative activists at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, Gingrich met secretly with Romney to “discuss the way forward,” according to Romney.

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On Saturday, from the Pennsylvania version of CPAC, National Journal reported as follows:

In 2006, Pennsylvania voters ended Rick Santorum’s Senate career. Six years later, could the Keystone State shut down his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination?

Home states have posed critical tests for GOP candidates this year, from Mitt Romney in his birth state of Michigan to Newt Gingrich in Georgia, the state he represented in Congress. Next month’s Pennsylvania primary is a must-win battle for Santorum in the state he served as a congressman and senator for 16 years.

If Santorum fails to win Pennsylvania’s April 24 primary – and there are signs he’s vulnerable here despite his longstanding ties to the state – it could puncture any hope he has of capturing his party’s presidential nomination. A primary race that had threatened to last until the summer could end more suddenly if front-runner Romney manages

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…and I for one am slow in answering it.  Sorry!

Here’s one from reader Jacob:

As a group, how would you define evangelicalism?

How do you think Mitt Romney can overcome his “evangelical problem?”

Do you think that Mormonism is Christianity?

If so, how do you define Christianity?

If not, are you afraid that Romney’s ascendancy to the White House will presume to streamline Mormonism and normalize it as historic, orthodox Christianity, therein rejecting the cardinal truths of the Christian faith?

Here are my answers; I welcome others’.

We don’t have a “group definition” of evangelicalism, and I’d be hesitant about our doing so (we’re bloggers, not theologians).  But the term is certainly fraught these days.  I’d suggest a good starting point, and one with which I suspect my co-bloggers would agree, is the Barna Group’s definition of a “nine-point evangelical.”

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There have been some interesting points raised in the comment threads in response both to my post yesterday and Nancy’s post on my recent radio appearance.

In the first case, a reader named Liz responded to my relentless Romney vs. Santorum logic as follows:

Ughhh. What a totally un-romantic analysis. I hope you didn’t choose a wife this way. If so, trust me – she feels totally unloved.

Liz, you’re exactly right.  My analysis of politics is unromantic.  And no, I didn’t pick a wife that way!  There’s no contradiction there–because marriage and politics are very different things.  Romance is a key part of a good marriage (so is logic, by the way) but more than a tiny bit of it is a recipe for disaster in politics.  It is a mistake for us to put politicians on a pedestal the way we so often do.  They are fallen … Read the Rest »

You might think that as EFM’s resident Pennsylvanian, I’d have a lot to say about the presidential candidacy of my former U.S. Senator, Rick Santorum.  I’ve definitely got opinions.  Yet I have been very quiet on here, and by choice.  Many of my friends (including some of my dearest ones) support Sen. Santorum.  I definitely don’t want to attack them, I’d rather not argue with them in the first place, and I did not think Sen. Santorum would last this long.  But he has, people are asking me about him, and this weekend, he is throwing overheated charges at Gov. Romney that do not fit with the graciousness my friends admire in him.  I will still do everything in my power to refrain from viciousness, but I can keep quiet no longer.

The reason I do not support Sen. Santorum is that I adhere to a slightly altered version of … Read the Rest »

No, not that kind of stake. This kind:

A few years back, a hive of hornets decided to make its nest on top of a second-story swamp cooler outside my cousin’s Boston-area home. My cousin made an ill-fated attempt to remove the hornets, which resulted in a two-story fall and a broken arm.

“This looks like a job for your home teacher,” said my cousin’s home teacher.

The home teacher brought over his own ladder and clothed himself in homemade beekeeping gear. He then made his way to the hornet’s nest and gathered the whole thing up in a garbage bag, avoiding any stings or the more severe injuries that had beset my cousin. He did this with no public fanfare, no accolades, and no thought of collecting payment for his efforts.

And who was this noble home teacher? A man by the name of Mitt Romney.

Now, unless you’re

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