Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus let social conservatives know that the party was not going to embrace “tolerance” as part of its rebranding efforts.
“I don’t know if I’ve used the word ‘tolerance,’ I don’t really care for that word myself,” Priebus told the Christian Broadcasting Network. “I don’t have a problem with it, I just think it has another meaning politically that can go the other direction.”
Despite previous reports that Republicans, as part of their own assessment of the party’s overall image, had called for more tolerance, including more tolerance for gays, it’s evident that Priebus has no intention of being part of that plan.
“If you’re looking at the evidence, what you will see is a party that embraces life, a party that embraces marriage and a chairman that understands that there’s only one sovereign God and that we ultimately aren’t dependent on what happens in politics,” Priebus stated.
“What ultimately matters in our lives is that we’re salt and light in the world and that we’re honoring God in the things that we do every day. I get that. I think our party gets that and there’s never been a movement away from that.”