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June 24, 2007

The Right Has Hijacked Religion

Filed under: Abortion,Democrats,Politics,Religion,Republicans — acepundit @ 7:57 pm

Said Barack Obama in a speech this weekend:

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Sen. Barack Obama told a church convention Saturday that some right- wing evangelical leaders have exploited and politicized religious beliefs in an effort to sow division.

“Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart. It got hijacked,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in remarks prepared for delivery before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ.

“Part of it’s because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who’ve been all too eager to exploit what divides us,” the Illinois senator said.

“At every opportunity, they’ve told evangelical Christians that Democrats disrespect their values and dislike their church, while suggesting to the rest of the country that religious Americans care only about issues like abortion and gay marriage, school prayer and intelligent design,” according to an advance copy of his speech.

I agree with Obama that religious Americans care about issues other than abortion, gay marriage, school prayer and intelligent design, but they certainly care about abortion, gay marriage, school prayer and intelligent design.

Like it or not a great percentage of Democrats unfortunately “disrespect” religious values. To them if you oppose abortion you hate women, if you oppose same-sex marriage you hate gays, if you support school prayer you want to alienate and indoctrinate the godless children, and if you believe in a God you’re a science hater who believes the Earth is flat.

We‘re certainly divided all right, but the vitriol is coming from the radical Atheists who want to quarantine every last show of religious expression to the home like some contagious disease. And these people are largely Independents and Democrats. That’s the undeniable truth.

I do believe there is room for religion in the Democratic party. They need it if they want to survive, as most Americans identify themselves as religious people and vote with religious issues in mind. But if Democrats want to debate and liberalize attitudes toward conventional religious topics they’re going to have to drop that whole condescending superior-elitist act.

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3 Comments »

  1. I think the religious “far left” scares me at least as much all of the above.

    Comment by jeanie — June 24, 2007 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  2. Well, i come from a broken home. I have a Dem Father and a Rep Mother. Both love the Lord. I have learned not to categorize people and parties because it is hateful and basically is just self-promotion.

    One of my greatest concerns is not our political system but one’s own personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Bible predicts a time of great deception and it will come within the church.

    Barack Obama concerns me because he supports Rick Warren’s SaddleBack Church in California. Warren is in cahoots with the P.E.A.C.E. Plan which he states is “God’s Dream” for the world. At the same time Warren teaches that “God is in everything” which is the New Age/Occult teaching.

    My concern is not which party is more “religious” than the other. My concern is the Crisis Within The Church itself.

    Comment by Kim — June 24, 2007 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

  3. Senator Obama’s point was that you can be religious and be a liberal or Democrat at the same time. The Republican party seems to have a monopoly on God’s policy. To say that the Democrats are being unfair is laughable considering to the stranglehold the religious right has on so-called moral issues. Take one look at our God-loving President, if you need an example. The only people who support him anymore are the entire religious right and a confused Joe Lieberman.

    The disrespect you’re picking up on from Democrats is COMPLETELY fair. I’m sorry, but there is no way you can oppose gay marriage and pretend you don’t have a problem with homosexuals. Not when the right also says they shouldn’t be allowed to adopt or serve in the military, too. It’s time for the opponents of gay rights to come out of the discrimantion closet and admit being homophobic. EVERYONE already knew.

    The single, most important religious value MUST be privacy—the privacy to believe in whatever you want to without the government forcing compliance with the contradictory or incongruent beliefs of others. That’s why the framers left it out of the constitution. See the legendary Flying Spaghetti Monster website for that whole argument.

    It’s easy to say that the Democrats are disrespectful when you don’t belong to a minority view. When you want someone to stand up for EVERYONE’s beliefs, you pretty much HAVE to vote democrat. Except in Florida, apparently, which is creeping me out in a good way.

    Comment by Stryker — June 25, 2007 @ 12:43 am | Reply


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