Thursday, November 18, 2004

Watch what you ask for

Haven't I been saying that the Democrats need to find those poor little Christian Democrats they've had hog-tied in Terry McAuliffe's garage and let them out? But this from the New York Times isn't quite what I had in mind:
Bested by a Republican campaign emphasizing Christian faith, some Democrats are scrambling to shake off their secular image, stepping up efforts to organize the "religious left" and debating changes to how they approach the cultural flashpoints of same-sex marriage and abortion.
Well, ... no. It's not about bringing in the Christian Eye for the Secular Guy group to re-do the kitchen with fish symbols. It's about liberating the souls that you've kept bound and gagged for ... well, for how long?
No prominent opponent of abortion has come anywhere near the podium of a Democratic convention since 1992.
Thank you. Since 1992. But in any case, it doesn't look like it's ever going to happen. Those that want the party to stay monotheist-free are vehement:

"Our platform and the grass-roots strength of the party is pro-choice," said Elizabeth Cavendish, interim president of Naral Pro-Choice America. The party needs more religious language, Ms. Cavendish said, but not new positions.

Many Democrats agree. ... they argue that the party can reach religious voters without flinching from its current stance on abortion rights ..

Why is it that Kerry could change his stand on any issue four times in the same debate, and these guys can't possibly take in a new thought for 12 years in a row?


Blogger The Parson said...

Ouch! Well said (and I dig your blog). It does seem like the Democrats insist on thinking of Americans as dupes, as though the same ideas presented with "God" repeated multiple times will make us say, "Oh, well, since you said 'God' in the sentence, I suppose that makes slaughtering unborn children okay." Sad.

November 19, 2004 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

Hiya, Parson!
I'm quoting them heavily here because there are Christian Democrat bloggers that seem to argue every observation made about the secularism of the left. But sometime, it seems worth getting at what the Democrats say about themselves, in order to progress the discussion.

We've been caught up here with "Are the Democrats Godless?" There's obviously a whole argument amongst Christians non-Democrats that could follow, but I think it's also worth asking them, if the answer is no, what it is that they do believe in.

November 19, 2004 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

Meaning asking the Democrats (not the non-Democrats) what they believe in.

Sorry, my fingers were getting cold, so I hurried.

November 19, 2004 at 9:10 AM  

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