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MIAMI – “Jesus is not on the ballot.”

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 19:  Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Eagle Forum, listens to applause during the Family Research Council's 2007 Washington briefing October 19, 2007 in Washington, DC.  The legislative action arm of the Family Research Council held the yearly event at which 2008 U.S. presidential hopefuls spoke, including Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and others.  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

That reminder comes from longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly who is urging voters to choose their candidates with more care than usual this November.

“When you think about an election, you have to realize first that somebody is going to be elected; and secondly, Jesus is not on the ballot,” Schlafly said at WND’s “Taking America Back Conference” which began today in South Florida.

“You need to be very careful who you vote [in] for Senate. This year 2010 could be the most important election of our time.”

Schlafly singled out the importance of senators, since they’re the ones charged with confirming presidential nominations to the federal court system.

“It’s a mistake not to talk about the judges,” Schlafly, 86, told the conference. “We live in a time when the courts are deciding the major issues of our time.”

Some of the issues she cited include the acknowledgment of God in a public place, erecting monuments for the Ten Commandments, saying the word “God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, partial-birth abortion and President Obama’s health-care reform.

Schlafly took the stage after an appearance by Alan Keyes, the former Republican presidential candidate and assistant secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan.

In speaking about restoring the greatness of America, Keyes stressed, “There can be no separation of God from our country,” and if such a separation is the reality today, “we have, in fact, set in place the destruction of our country.”

“I think we are in danger now as a people of seeing the demise of institutions and our country because we have turned our backs on the relationship of the Creator God” to the laws that govern America.

He said unless God is acknowledged as the ultimate source, “there will be no hope that we recapture the strength of America, economic or otherwise.”

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