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  •  that's a shame (4+ / 0-)
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    bronte17, DaleA, luckylizard, Joieau

    It sounds like the first faith-based efforts were lame, and instead of fixing it, they stopped trying altogether. But it seems like if they reached out to religious people who are already supporting Dems, it would help diffuse a lot of the hard-right ammo.

    There's a lot of dog-whistles on the GOP side that attack Dems for being anti-religious - seems somewhat outrageous to me, and I wish somebody on our side were speaking for evangelicals who support Dem policies. It takes an insider to that culture to do this, but doesn't seem particularly hard, because Dem policies support working families much better.

    In a democracy, everyone is a politician. ~ Ehren Watada

    by Lefty Mama on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:40:34 PM PDT

    •  Terrorism, abortion and gay marriage (1+ / 0-)
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      that is the Fundamentalist trinity these days. The question is if there are any Fundamentalists who agree with the Democrats on these topics. You have to remember the cognitive dissonance of these people and their willingness to vote on moral, not economic issues

      •  Economic issues ARE moral issues (1+ / 0-)
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        This is the argument I think we really need to be making.  Religion is not just about sex, sex, and what happens after sex.  We need to get it through people's heads that most of what Jesus and the prophets have to talk about ARE economic issues and other issues of justice and equality.  We hear all the time about "respect for life" from the Catholic church but we never hear that the "seamless garment of life" includes opposition to the death penalty and a call to end unjust wars of aggression and choice.  

        "What is essential is invisible to the eye." www.thefoxfoot.com

        by greywolfe359 on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 09:05:11 AM PDT

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    •  Alas, in many areas (0+ / 0-)

      of the country religion itself has become so foreign and radical (all those metal megachurches) that believers in the social mission epitomized by Christ and his Beautitudes have mostly laid low or dropped out altogether. They still believe, they just don't 'belong' anymore. Thus are no longer a strong voice within the culture/denominations.

      Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

      by Joieau on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 09:18:46 AM PDT

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