DAWSONVILLE, GA (IWR News Satire) - In
his press conference today, Ralph Reed told reporters that he was
duped by the Religious Right and tricked into thinking he was doing
the Lord's work by lobbying for Jack Abramoff and those Indian
"If only the Religious Right and the Christian Coalition
had promoted peace, honesty, compassion and tolerance, I wouldn't have
gotten in all this trouble with federal prosecutors.
In retrospect, I guess I should have spent more time helping the
poor instead of working with casinos to fleece the underprivileged,
but I was duped by the Christian Coalition's underlying Social
Darwinist message: 'God helps those who help themselves'.
Hasn't the real purpose of religion always been to back the
powerful and exploit the weak? How was I supposed to know that
kickbacks, gifts and bribes were criminal activities? It just
sounded like business as usual to me," said Reed.