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  •  "Don't Mourn Ignorance. Organize Information." (16+ / 0-)

    This, after all, is what all of those right-wing think tanks do.  Our volunteer army of pissed-off researchers can overwhelm them.  We just need a place to put what we find.  And -- we have one!

    As I recall (it's been years since I signed up there), your DKos username will work there, but you may have to come up with a new password.  (My old, old, old one works there for me.)  Once you're there, it's pretty much just like editing Wikipedia.

    We can do this.  You can do this.  To maximize our power, we must do this.

    ORGANIZE!

    In my avatar, the blue bars show how many want Reps who COMPROMISE; the aqua bars show who wants Reps who STAND FAST no matter what. (Left=Overall; Center=Democrats; Right=Republicans.) And there's the problem!

    by Seneca Doane on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 10:30:41 AM PDT

    •  Nice rewording! (2+ / 0-)
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      Seneca Doane, wxorknot

      You're right, we need to have our facts lined up and ready to deploy.

      And that includes details about their religious views.  As Bill Keller notes in today's NY Times Magazine, getting Perry, Bachman and Romney to be open and clear about their religious beliefs--as they relate to their model of governing--is not just desirable, it's essential.

      Asking candidates, respectfully, about their faith should not be an excuse for bigotry or paranoia. I still remember, as a Catholic boy, being mystified and hurt by the speculation about John Kennedy’s Catholicism — whether he would be taking orders from the Vatican. (Kennedy addressed the issue of his faith and mostly neutralized it, as Romney tried to do in a 2007 speech that emphasized his common ground with mainstream Christian denominations.) And of course issues of faith should not distract attention from issues of economics and war. But it is worth knowing whether a candidate has a mind open to intelligence that does not fit neatly into his preconceptions.

      To get things rolling, I sent the aforementioned candidates a little questionnaire (which you can find on The 6th Floor blog). Here’s a sample:

      •Do you agree with those religious leaders who say that America is a “Christian nation” or a “Judeo-Christian nation?” and what does that mean in practice?

      •Would you have any hesitation about appointing a Muslim to the federal bench? What about an atheist?

      •What is your attitude toward the theory of evolution, and do you believe it should be taught in public schools?

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