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Monday, October 30, 2006

Some Good Advice for the Democratic Party

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: There's a simple message here for the Democratic Party. The Evangelical vote is not a monolith. There is a great diversity among Evangelicals on many issues, some of which the Democrats would find common ground with. The problem for Democrats is Pro-Life and Pro-Family issues, because that's the one thing most Evangelicals (and a growing number of Catholics) do march in lockstep on. To understand this issue clearly, Democrats should stop and consider how these issues look to Evangelicals. The typical Democratic line: "I'm personally opposed to abortion and gay-marriage but..." simply won't work. It never has, and it never will. To better understand how Evangelicals (and practicing Catholics) feel about this issue, the closest historical comparison Democrats can grasp would be slavery and segregation. Can you imagine a politician in 1860 saying: "I'm personally opposed to slavery but..."? Or can you imagine a politician in 1960 saying: "I'm personally opposed to segregation but..."? To the abolitionist of 1860, there is no room for the word "but." To the civil rights marcher in 1960, there is no room for the word "but." Either you're for it or against it, and your actions will speak louder than words. One cannot expect Evangelicals and Catholics to compromise on issues like abortion and gay-marriage anymore than one could expect an abolitionist or a civil rights marcher to compromise on the issues of slavery and segregation. It just isn't going to happen. If you want to harvest those votes, than as a politician, you're going to have to adopt those political issues as your own, and if you're a Democrat trying to beat a Republican, than you're going to have to demonstrate your adopted position through ACTION! Many Republicans like to talk the talk, but few are willing to walk the walk.

It is possible for the political field to be leveled once again. It is possible for Democrats and Republicans to start competing with each other on economic and social issues. But until Democrats really and truly (through action not just talk) start adopting the issues held most dear to Evangelicals and practicing Catholics, that just isn't going to happen.

Certainly, history will record that the Democratic alliance to pro-homosexual and pro-abortion issues has caused the party to fall into disfavor with Evangelicals and Catholics. This is true even for relatively liberal Evangelicals (and a growing number of liberal Catholics). As we enter the 21st century, Evangelicals and Catholics will play a greater role in American politics. Being on the wrong side of core Evangelical and Catholic issues, (such as Life and Family), is a place no sensible party should want to be. The Democratic Party would do well to heed this advice for the future, especially after their disappointing election results this November 7th. Ah, but you say all the polls indicate Democrats are winning. Is it possible I know something the mainstream pollsters don't know? I guess you could say that...

By Nathan Black

A new Baylor Religion Survey contradicted commonly held views about Evangelical Christians and their political, social and cultural views, which are stereotyped as conservative.

The survey found a large number of evangelicals holding liberal views on certain matters while maintaining conservative views on such issues as abortion and gay marriage. Conversely, many non-evangelicals were found to hold not just liberal views on some cultural issues.

Among evangelicals, the Baylor survey revealed that 50 percent think the government should not fund faith-based organizations; 50 percent indicate that the government should distribute wealth more evenly in this country; 74 percent of evangelicals believe that it is very important to seek social and economic justice; and 76 percent of evangelicals believe that the government should do more to protect the environment....

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