“Faithful Democrats”

First of all, they either aren’t being faithful to the Democratic creed (“I believe that abortion must never be limited in any circumstance whatsoever, including twelve year-old girls, and in the right of homosexuals to do whatever they want, and that religion is only useful if it pushes a DNC agenda, so help me God/Allah/Nothing, Amen.”), or they aren’t being faithful to Christianity. Fine, you want to tell me that “Democrats can be Christians, too” and that “God is not a Republican or a Democrat,” go ahead. Good for you. You also are not being faithful to the DNC platform or to Christianity. Whatever it was that Republicans and Democrats historically stood for has long been glossed over and anesthetized by a politics of, well, politics.

Like I need a Democrat to point out to me that God is not a Republican or a Democrat–in an election year, no less. Come on, I can guarantee that the person who has that sticker on his/her Volvo will be telling you in the next breath what “Jesus” really stands for. Surprise, surprise, it sounds strangely like what that person believes.

I’m not going to disagree with you when you tell me that you’re a Democrat and you’re a Christian. But I will tell you this: you cannot serve two masters. You shall hate one and love the other. Which, of course, goes equally for Republicans.

By the way, my favorite part of this blog entry is this: “Through essays, blogs, comment threads, diaries, and a MySpace page, we will build a true community.” Ah yes, a true online community that never touches, never sees, never hears from its members. You try that, and let me know how it goes for you. “True community”! Nonsense. Worse: pathetic.

Timotheos

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6 thoughts on ““Faithful Democrats”

  1. The title “Faithful Democrats” is about being a faithful Christian and being a Democrat. It’s not about being faithful to the Democratic party. I think you kind of misunderstand that.

    So, the concept that one has to adhere to what you call the “Democratic Creed” to be a Democrat is incorrect. Case in point, Bob Casey, Jr. of Pennsylvania is pro-life and he’s right on the Faithful Democrats homepage. For years, David Bonior was the Dems 2nd highest in the house and he was pro-life, same with Harry Reid and even Gebhardt for many years.

    My point isn’t that these are mainstream opinions, they are distinctly minority opinions among Democrats. The point is that Democrats choose their party representatives and if they want to choose pro-life reps, they can. If enough of those reps are, then that becomes the position of the party.

    Remember, it was not so long ago that the Republican party mostly supported abortion rights, including George H.W. Bush. It was Reagan and the Evangelicals that changed the party attitude on that issue.

  2. It is hard to judge that all faithful people must be Republican, which suggests that all Democrats are not faithful.

    I generally vote Republican as the lesser of the two evils. But there is often little difference between Democrats being wrong, and Republicans being a bit less wrong.

    The point is that politics of any stripe is an institution of the world, not an institution of The Church. Established by God for a specific purpose, but still an institution of the world.

  3. First, to point out three exceptions to the rule only proves the rule that the rule holds. With people like Dean and Schumer running the party, there’s no chance of any rightward drift. Second, I did not suggest that Republicans are any better.

    Tim

  4. Ok, I’ll bite. No, I agree with Tim on this…Republicans are no better.

    Also, Tim, on your comment regarding Dean and Schumer and any rightward drift being impossible. Remember, this is exactly what happened in the Republican party back in the late 70’s and 80’s. It went from being a largely pro-choice party to being a largely pro-life party.

    Second thing to remember is that the examples I posted were in the Democratic leadership. Reid is probably the highest ranking Dem, Bonior was the #4 Dem and all are/were fairly left-leaning.

    My point is that a pro-life position need not be accompanied by right leaning politics. It usually is, but it need not be.

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