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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

 
Saddleback Wanker

by digby

Now that we've invited everyone into the big tent, it looks like some people aren't going to be welcome anymore. At least if they want to get married.

Pastor Dan reports:

Rick Warren Endorses Proposition 8

I thought about giving Warren the nod for the coveted Wanker Of The Day Award. But then I realized that he's just doing what comes naturally to him, even if, as Randall Balmer points out, it's not true to his Baptist roots.

The real problem here is the endless parade of Religious-Industrial Complex consultants and activists who tell us that Rick Warren is the epitome of the "moderate Evangelical" that Democrats should be working to attract. The only problem is, it doesn't work. Cameron Strang - who was supposed to pray at the Democratic Convention in Denver - is now on the board of Oral Roberts University. Randy Brinson worked for Mike Huckabee this spring and runs what's left of Alabama's chapter of the Christian Coalition. Joel Hunter endorsed Huckabee in the primaries, and has pledged himself to "maintaining a socially conservative platform". Even the venerable Jim Wallis won't describe himself as part of a "religious left." Moving away from strictly Evangelicals, Doug Kmiec is still an authoritarian Catholic.


You just wait. On the morning after the election we will see all these so-called Christians and their lobbyists rushing to take credit for the election and telling everyone that it proves America is basically socially conservative. That's what they always do, whether Democrats or Republicans win the thing. All these alleged Republican apostates will make the case that they are right there with Obama on everything --- except, you know,stuff like civil liberties and civil rights (Nobody wants any more of that, obviously.)

Pastor Dan gives the correct analysis of the problem:

So: while Rick Warren may be a useful ally on issues such as poverty, he is nothing like a progressive. Seeking to bring him or members of his congregation into the Democratic party only serves to drag the party rightward on social issues. Coalitions are fun and all, but sometimes they need to be built around issues, rather than elections.
Of course Democrats and liberals can work with these people on issues of common interest. What they cannot do is keep whittling away at their fundamental principles in a quixotic quest to bring these people into their electoral coalition. It won't work.

Besides, it's not like there aren't plenty of religious leaders who are actually tolerant and compassionate toward their fellow man for the Democratic party to work with:




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