Katherine Harris in heaven? It's more likely than the U.S. Senate

The candidate speaks on the importance of her election.

Published August 24, 2006 7:08PM (EDT)

Attacking what she calls the "lie" of "the separation of church and state," Katherine Harris says that Christians should elect her to the U.S. Senate because the future of Western civilization depends on it.

We're exaggerating, but only a little.

In an interview with Florida Baptist Witness, Harris says she's been told that "what happens in Florida sets the trend for what happens nationally." "And with this election," she says, "if Bill Nelson wins, it's going to be a very frightening proposition in 2008 in the presidential elections because whoever wins Florida will win the presidency. And he'll be in a position to largely influence. No other candidate can beat Bill Nelson except for me. No one even has a chance because of name identification and fund raising abilities and things like that.

"But the real issue is why should Baptists care, why should people care? If you are not electing Christians, tried and true, under public scrutiny and pressure, if you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin. They can legislate sin. They can say that abortion is all right. They can vote to sustain gay marriage. And that will take Western civilization, indeed other nations because people look to our country as one nation as under God, and whenever we legislate sin and we say abortion is permissible and we say gay unions are permissible, then average citizens who are not Christians, because they dont know better, we are leading them astray and it's wrong."

Harris' standing in the polls would suggest that the world is in a whole heap o' trouble: She trails Nelson by 35 points. But Harris? She's covered no matter what happens. She says there's "no question" but that she'll be spending eternity in heaven. If God ever asks her why she deserves the trip up, Harris says she'd say: "Because I loved your son and because I know he died for my sins. I know he was resurrected at your right hand and I served him. You know, we're covered with, our sins are covered with his blood and so we are blameless before him. We are as white as snow."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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