Carol Platt Liebau: Hewitt symposium post

Friday, October 15, 2004

Hewitt symposium post

Last night's post has been recycled for the symposium at Hugh Hewitt's:

First John Edwards, and then John Kerry, have used Mary Cheney's homosexuality in a ploy to drive a wedge between George W. and what leftists love to call "the religious right." Well, I'm not the type of fundamentalist Christian at whom this ploy is aimed, but I know some -- and I think they have been fundamentally (no pun intended) misunderstood by John Kerry and his ilk.

Contrary to the stereotype that circulates through the refined circles on the coasts, fundamentalist Christians are not haters. They are certainly more conservative than most Americans, and they certainly know the Bible better than many liberal theologians (not to mention John Kerry, who couldn't even quote the commandment to love "the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" correctly). But in approaching the whole question of homosexuality, their outlook is to "Love the sinner, hate the sin." They believe homosexual behavior is wrong, but they also believe that homosexuals carry the full weight of God's glory and are as beloved by the Almighty as any heterosexual He ever made.

I believe that Kerry's ploy was an example of the "soft bigotry of low expectations" -- he doesn't understand Christian conservatives or the way they think, because he doesn't like them and isn't interested. And as a result, he "misunderestimated" them and thus engaged in cowardly and despicable behavior that will cost him votes. Who says there's no divine justice?


Blogger Delaware Observer said...

Whatever Kerry's motives were, this was an egregious lapse. In ordinary times, I would say probably too much is being debated on this issue, but these are not ordinary times. The election of Kerry would be so dangerous to this country, every opportunity should be seized on to illustrate the lack of judgement he shows every day. The Democratic Party and its candidate will stop at nothing to regain power. They are behaving in a totalitarian manner, shamelessly. Is this the type of party that should take the reins in America? Hell no!

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