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  •  Why I don't agree (0+ / 0-)

    If the Democrats' faith were kept exclusively private with no communicated implications for political life, Republicans would continue to define the terms of the values debate. That's happened for too long...and we shouldn't pretend that the values debate will be going away anytime soon. Why should they be the only ones getting to define the terms? Judging from the GOP POTUS candidates, their party doesn't even LOOK like a cross-section of the real America anymore. The Religious Right's leaders have helped to elect too many Republican Presidents in recent history. Culture in this nation has progressed on many issues in a different direction from the Religious Right despite Republican victories. It's time we started to define what values are common to us in what needs to be a much wider values debate.

    •  I think JFK and RFK defined the terms (1+ / 0-)
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      of the values debate quite well without invoking their religion.

      Just today I watched a YouTube video posted by kestrel9000 in which RFK said:

      we must

      contain the savageness of men and make gentle the life of this world,......let us dedicate ourselves to that

      No religion is necessary to define the terms of values.

      What happened to the purely american values we all have in common?

      Edwards puts healthcare reform on the table in a very credible way and is tough enough to make HR 676,....the ultimate goal, achievable.

      by fayeforcure on Tue Jun 05, 2007 at 09:49:10 AM PDT

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      •  40 years ago there was no Moral Majority (1+ / 0-)
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        To see why we are in trouble today, we can look to a man named Rousas John Rushdoony. He was the founder in 1965 of the Chalcedon Foundation and the editor of its monthly magazine, the Chalcedon Report. He also published the Journal of Christian Reconstruction and was an early board member of the Rutherford Institute, founded in 1982 by John Whitehead. Writer John Sugg says:

        Reconstruction’s major impact has been through helping to found and guide cross-denominational and secular political organ-izations. The Council for National Policy—a group that holds meetings for right-wing leaders, once dubbed "the most powerful conservative group you’ve never heard of"—was founded in 1981 as a project of top John Birch Society figures (see "The Fountainhead"). Its members included Rushdoony, Gary North, Tim LaHaye, former Reagan aide Gary Bauer, and activist Paul Weyrich, who famously aimed to "overturn the present power structure of this country."

        Another group, the Coalition on Revival, brings together influential evangelicals to produce joint statements and theological white papers. North and DeMar are among the coalition’s most influential members; one of its founding documents is signed by 116 Christian right activists, including Rushdoony, mega-evangelist D. James Kennedy, and Roy Jones, a top staffer at the Republican Senatorial Committee.

        You can read more here.

        While we let our public values debate fall asleep for 40 years, the Moral Majority co-opted the Republican party and and they co-opted the Moral Majority.

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