I’m a Christian, a writer, a military parent and a registered Republican.

On all those counts, I was disgusted by an e-mail I just received that’s being circulated by campaign supporters of Republican George Allen, who’s trying to retain his Senate seat in Virginia.

The message goes like this: “First, it was the Catholic priests, then it was Mark Foley, and now Jim Webb, whose sleazy novels discuss sex between very young teenagers. … Hmmm, sounds like a perverted pedophile to me! Pass the word that we do not need any more pedophiles in office.”Democrat James Webb is a war hero and former Marine, wounded in Vietnam and winner of the Navy Cross. He was writing about class and military issues long before me and has articulated the issue of how the elites have dropped the ball on military service in his classic novel Fields of Fire. By the way, that’s a book Tom Wolfe calls “the greatest of the Vietnam novels.” ~Frank Schaeffer, Dallas Morning News

Via Rod Dreher

Mr. Schaeffer goes on to explain how, in spite of longtime personal and family ties to the party, he and his wife have left the GOP.  Good for them.  Down with Allen.

Note to the Republican pols: when you’re losing the Frank Schaeffers in this country, you’re doing something really wrong.