Monday, July 24, 2006

Last One, I Promise

I guess I don’t know when to stop, but I thought I’d wade back in a little more to the subject of my last two posts. Over at thepeskyfly, auto stated that the problem isn’t with liberals it’s with Christianity. I’m not even about to get into theological arguments on a blog. It would be fruitless for all concerned. I do want to make a few points though.

1. It’s been suggested that Christians really shouldn’t complain about being disrespected because they are the majority. There is actually a bit of truth in this statement, but not entirely. Using the same logic, shouldn’t all the Cohen-supporting white bloggers (myself included) not be upset by the idea of blacks being racist against whites? After all, aren’t whites the majority as well? That hasn’t been how the issue played out on the blogs the past few weeks. The question of whether whites or Christians are really persecuted or not does not mean that prejudice against them is acceptable or not harmful. Shouldn’t we be against intolerance of any kind? I feel that many of my fellow Christians often ignore the parts of the bible speaking of loving your neighbor, etc. Similarly, I feel that many of my ideological and political brethren at times forget their own values of tolerance.
2. Forget for the moment any ideological or philosophical arguments, let’s look at practical politics. The Republicans have been kicking our ass for pretty much my lifetime. The Solid South that Democrats used to depend on is gone. There are reasons beyond religion. It was largely race that broke that hold, however, it’s largely religion that maintains it. Some suggest that the Democrats can win without the South. It’s difficult to win when you write off a huge chunk of the country, but it’s mathematically possible. Where will those votes come from? The Mid-West? The West? The same issues come up there. Additionally, the minority that is becoming increasingly important in elections is on average quite religious.

Even if you buy the theory that Christians have a persecution complex when they feel that the party isn’t interested in them. That doesn’t mean they should be ignored. Whether it’s true or not, as long as people feel that the Democratic Party is not accepting of religion then the Democrats will keep losing. We need to find a way to keep our progressive values but reach out to those who aren’t yet in the fold in a way that does not condescend. We need to make sure that we are the big tent party that we like to think we are.

1 Comments:

Blogger LeftWingCracker said...

David,

they feel that way because for the last 40 years (say, about the time of the Civil Rights Act of 1965), their preachers have been hammering it into their heads.

It is still about race, and has never stopped being about race; religion has become a convenient excuse. Just as Harold Ford could come out for concentration camps for Muslims and Mexicans, he would still be called a filthy liberal, it would not matter WHAT we do, we will be called UNCHRISTIAN.

If we are to judge people by the content of their character, as Dr. King asked us to do, we can only determine that they are the ones who have strayed from the true faith.

However, as Auto has implied, they have gone so far that they are truly unable to know what true faith really is. you cannot reason with zealots.

Monday, July 24, 2006 11:30:00 PM  

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