There’s a ghost of a religion story in the news that House Republican leaders have booted ethics chair Rep. Joel Hefley in favor of more malleable ethics “leadership” friendly to ethically-challenged House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Hefley is no liberal Republican, nor has he ever been much of a maverick. But his district includes Colorado Springs, capital of Christian conservative America. And even though Christian conservative leadership may find a useful ally in the allegedly born-again DeLay, the ordinary Christian conservative voters who return Hefley to office term after term don’t sit well with lyin’ and cheatin’. And although their man just lost his post, they scored a quiet victory would-be Christian crusaders like DeLay and Hastert overlook at their peril.