A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

The debate last night interested me, even though I was watching it while trying to get over a nasty cold and filled with cold medicine. I agree with those assessments that Kerry did well when talking about the economy, health care, and the minimum wage. But when it came to religious and social values, both sides were lacking. This is partly because of Bush's dishonesty over the future of Roe v. Wade.

And because Kerry's position on gay marriage appears designed to not offend, trying to fuzzy the difference between him and Bush on this issue. But it neuters Kerry when it come to one the most important question of this evening: the divisions which mark our political landscape. Kerry should have said, that the attempt to divide people based on sexual orientation, on religion, on the culture war issues which the Bush campaign has banked their re-election on is by definition divisive, a divide and conquer strategy.

But with Bush's pull over the hearts of many religious believers, it's encouraging to see the expansion of websites and outreach which the Kerry campaign and fellow supporters have done to welcome people of faith into the campaign and the democratic party. I thought I'd highlight a few of the sites out there. The DNC has produced a site called John Kerry Shares Our Values. The Kerry site has a section targeting People of Faith. And for an independent site there is, Christians for Kerry-Edwards. And given the battle for the catholic vote, Catholics for Kerry is a helpful resource.


At 3:11 PM , Blogger Joe G. said...

What are you thoughts about Kerry's discussing religion, Bible verses, and faith in general? I wasn't sure if he seemed completely comfortable or certain about what he was saying. I must admit that his comments about sexual orientation were ground breaking for a major party candidate, although I disagree with his stance about same-sex marriage. It was a good debate overall.

At 7:06 PM , Blogger Dwight said...

"I wasn't sure if he seemed completely comfortable or certain about what he was saying"

That was my sense of it as well. It was a decent debate but comfort levels with religion didn't seem to be reflected in Kerry's answers.


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