Friday, May 12, 2006

Let the Posturing Begin...

Howard Dean recently said that the "Democratic Party has a lot in common with Evangelicals". I am sure the rest of the DNC was pretty surprised to hear that. Go on any "big" blog on the left and you will find an article somewhere on the first page jeering and lambasting Christians/Catholics/Evangelicals... but alas, elections are creeping closer.

"The truth is, we have an enormous amount in common with the Christian community, and particularly with the evangelical Christian community,” Dean said. “And one of the biggest things that Democrats worry about is the materialism of our country, what's on television that our kids are seeing, and the lack of spirituality. And that's something we have in common."

But the Democrats’ record on hot political issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and separation of church and state don't match up with that of evangelicals. Still, Dean said that evangelicals do not need to be scared off by Democrats.

He said, “I'm a Democrat because of my values. My values include inclusiveness -- they include not leaving more debt to our kids than we have ourselves. My values including wanting our values to drive our public policies. My values include not having kids going to bed hungry at night. Now those are values that I bet I share with the vast majority of evangelicals.”

CBNNews asked Dean about other values that the evangelicals speak out a lot about, such as abortion and also gay marriage, and how he can reach them when Democrats don’t necessarily share those same positions.

“Well, let's discuss abortion first,” Dean said. “I think what we have in common with the evangelical community is that we ought to have a lot fewer abortions than we do. The abortions have actually gone up in the last few years. We should have far fewer abortions…we ought to make sure that there's not just abstinence, but family planning used to get rid of abortion, and that is something that we share. Now the difference is that we don't think making criminals out of doctors and women is a good idea.”

He added, “The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says that marriage is between a man and a woman. That's what it says. I think where we may take exception with some religious leaders is that we believe in inclusion, that everybody deserves to live with dignity and respect, and that equal rights under the law are important.”

“I'm not saying we're going to agree with everything, between the more conservative evangelicals and the Democrats, but there's a lot more common ground than most people realize, and we're willing to work with the evangelical community,” Dean said." (source)

So, as much as Republicans got/get slammed for demagoguery and using "gay marriage" as a flash point --the Democrats are worse in my eyes (big shock there huh?)... Christians are taught that homosexuality is un-Biblical, so if they believe the Bible they really have to be against gay marriage. (Personally, *I* think anyone being "married" in a religious ceremony that doesn't really believe is just as hypocritical as the next regardless of their sexual orientation) But Democrats pretend they are all for it, but then don't have the balls to follow through with it and stand up for what they say they believe:

And I quote (from Howard Dean):
"The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says that marriage is between a man and a woman. That's what it says."

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