In what are bound to be his top liberal validations, Senator Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential choice, received sharp criticism from a right-wing Christian group and a nodding affirmation from Senator Ten Kennedy (D-Mass.).

“Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden sends a clear message, true Christians need not apply in the Democratic Party,” said Dr. Gary Cass, Chairman and CEO of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, in a statement Saturday. “Biden is a liberal on social policy in defiance of Christian moral teaching.”

Dissatisfied with both Obama and McCain as “not true Christians,” the comission was lobbying both to pick “true Christian” running mates.

We’re not exactly sure what a “true Christian” is, but we think it has something to do with conservative evangelicals.

“Now we are watching what McCain will do. Will he pick a pro-choice Republican or perhaps a moderate Mormon or a liberal Jew? I urge McCain to pick someone that conservative evangelicals and Catholics can support,” said Cass.

On the other hand, Kennedy was all for Biden.

“Barack Obama said he wanted a strong independent leader and a strong advocate for average Americans, and he got one in Joe Biden. He has a deep devotion to his family and his country and an impressive record not only in standing up for American security interests around the world, but for middle class values and safe neighborhoods here at home. An Obama-Biden Administration will bring the real change Americans want and the country needs.”

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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