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.