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Well, it's nice to see that the religious right is doing what it does best in response to a news story that touches on issues of morality -- it's exploiting the situation to aggrandize itself:
An online campaign to "Stand with Jenny" Sanford is drawing hundreds of S.C. women.
The campaign by the conservative, faith-based Palmetto Family Council hails the first lady for her "strength, her courage, her commitment to her family, and her example" as she deals with her husband's public infidelity.
By Tuesday afternoon, more than 700 had clicked on the petition at www.palmettofamily.org -- with roughly 100 responses added that day.
"I would say our response rate to this e-mail campaign is the highest response rate on any e-mail we have ever done," said Family Council executive director Oran Smith. "It's just off the charts."
... The growing demand prompted the council, a nonprofit loosely affiliated with James Dobson's Focus on the Family, to establish a second e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, for people simply to send the first lady a note of encouragement....
Yes, it's all about "simply" giving you the opportunity to send Mrs. Sanford "a note of encouragement" -- but first you have to let the Palmetto Family Council hoover up your name, address, and e-mail address. Pure selflessness! You think a fund-raising pitch or two might possibly follow after that?
Although the Palmetto Family Council takes on some unexpected issues, like animal cruelty, it's a fairly standard Christian right group -- anti-abortion, pro-"real marriage" (as opposed to gay marriage), in favor of a teen abstinence "rebelution" (and the recipient of a $3 million abstinence grant from South Carolina), and, um, pro-Mark Sanford when he wanted to reject federal stimulus money.
All this, presumably, costs money -- lots of it. So stand with Jenny. Just provide all your contact information.