Carol Platt Liebau: Dean to Religious: Get Out of Politics

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Dean to Religious: Get Out of Politics

Howard Dean has apparently spoken to the Christian Science Monitor, and among his bon mots was this little gem:

The religious community has to decide whether they want to be tax exempt or involved in politics.

True enough, as it applies to churches. They are nonprofits, and nonprofits cannot engage in partisan politics. (Interesting that the left has no problem with spying on churches for political reasons, but is outraged at the prospect of spying there for national security purposes).

But when Dean mentions "the religious community," to whom, exactly, is he referring? After all, there's a big difference between being a minister and being a faithful parishioner -- but both are part of "the religious community."

And there's a difference being illegitimately involved in partisan politics and simply having a voice in public affairs. For too long, many on the left and in the MSM have acted as though (conservative) people of faith have no business being involved in public service or voicing opinions on public affairs -- remember the disgraceful behavior of the Democrats during Bill Pryor's Judiciary Committee hearings?

Howard Dean's statement does little but reinforce the impression that Democrats are ignorant of, if not hostile to, people of faith. Oh, and one more thing: If he's so concerned about politics and religion mixing, I'm waiting for him to denounce any of the activities of the Reverend Jesse Jackson.


Blogger Marshall Art said...

Or Al Sharpton. But Dean is a buffoon and proves it everytime he opens his mouth. I can't believe a party that is so hard up to get back into the big chair has this idiot at the top of their national committee. They've gotta be kickin' themselves in the hindquarters of that.

As to the point, wearing vestments or street clothes, a priest, minister, rabbi, or whatever is also a citizen of the USA and is entitled to speak their minds on issues of the day. I don't see where there could be a problem even speaking against particular candidates if they support things that the faith considers sinful. But as to the sinful issue itself, by all means, they have the right. Their real concern is the knowledge that solid chuch going people of faith tend to vote Republican. It's always about votes.

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