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    dependence day..., 2006-07-04 16:26:35 | Main | do the turists have script kiddies?..., 2006-07-06 16:00:30

    hook, line, and sinker:

    Amy Sullivan writes:

    It was, for the first time in modern memory, an affirmative statement from a Democrat about "how to reconcile faith with our modern, pluralistic democracy,"

    Gosh, who was that Democrat that sort of discovered how much "the power of faith in people's lives" affects their voting? I think he wrote a whole affirmative book about it. Probably some insignificant bug from ancient history.

    Anyway, the only problem with the speech was the bit that predictably made the headlines across the nation because Obama was, in fact, just reaffirming a GOP talking point (right after describing it as a GOP talking point), and the press loves Democrats who scold Democrats with GOP talking points, the story writes itself. So he said:

    Conservative leaders have been all too happy to exploit this gap, consistently reminding evangelical Christians that Democrats disrespect their values and dislike their Church...

    Democrats, for the most part, have taken the bait. At best, we may try to avoid the conversation about religious values altogether, fearful of offending anyone and claiming that - regardless of our personal beliefs - constitutional principles tie our hands. At worst, there are some liberals who dismiss religion in the public square as inherently irrational or intolerant, insisting on a caricature of religious Americans that paints them as fanatical, or thinking that the very word "Christian" describes one's political opponents, not people of faith.

    The rest of it was a fine speech, that one retarded paragraph got the headlines. He could go ahead and endorse school prayer - maybe us ACLU card-wielding wifeless athiests would have to respectfully disagree - the problem would seem to be that Obama alleged that Democrats who are not Obama disrespect Evangelical values and dislike their Church. It'd have been more accurate to say that I, Obama, have taken their bait.


:: posted by buermann @ 2006-07-05 16:30:05 CST | link





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