Monday, April 18, 2005

Then Again, Dean Ain't So Bad

Hugh Hewitt posts this New York Sun article on the Democrats' circling of the wagons.

In case Cokie Roberts was totally unaware, Sen. Schumer is named as a threat to people of faith because he cited William Pryor's "deeply held beliefs" as a grounds to vote against his confirmation. Since the beliefs in question included the Catholic teaching that abortion is an intrinsic evil, it is hard to see how Sen. Schumer could reconcile his veto with a belief in religious tolerance.

In fact, Schumer, Feinstein and Reid reveal themselves to be religious bigots. Unconcious bigots, but guilty of bigotry nonetheless.

Because they do sincerely believe in morality in public policy. Minimum wage hikes, total health care coverage, race-based set-asides, free access to abortion, environmental protection, gay marriage--these are not just pragmatic, economic, or utilitarian; they are morally necessary. Pursuing them is morally right, and anybody opposed to them is morally wrong.

But...but in the great debate on political morality, don't you dare bring a moral paradigm based on religious faith. That is theocracy. That is imposing values on other people.

These Democrats look at yes/no issues, and see one side representing the dark forces of extremism and superstition, and the other side, moral neutrality.

When in fact, secular humanism, especially its condemnation of public professions of faith and insistence on compartmentalization of religious faith, is not merely neutral towards Christianity, but opposite and hostile.

Some Democrats understand this point. Howard Dean, surprisingly, gets it. He wants Democrats to champion their policies in terms of their faith. Fortunately for Republicans the big-time Donks can't bring themselves to do it.

So long as Senate Democrats insist that politics can be both moral and purely secular, they are going to alienate every American who asks: What Would Jesus Do?

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