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1 aagcobb  Sun, Dec 4, 2011 8:17:38am

If Newt is the nominee, the Obama campaign should heavily publicize his suggestions that child labor laws be repealed and that the children of food stamp recipients should be sent to orphanages.

2 CuriousLurker  Sun, Dec 4, 2011 9:05:53am

From the article:

And Clyburn — a Christian — told of his trepidation decades ago upon breaking the news to his father that he wouldn’t follow in his footsteps and become a minister.

“’Well, son,’ he said, ‘I suspect the world would much rather see a sermon than hear one,’” Clyburn recalled.

Would that everyone were so wise.

Democrats are particularly hopeful that young voters, whose energetic support helped propel President Obama into the White House in 2008, will be particularly receptive to prioritizing what their religion says about helping others over what it says about abortion or same-sex marriage.

That would be wonderful, but I'm not at all convinced it's possible. I hate to be cynical, but there's too much emotion attached to religion & too much corruption attached to politics for that to ever work out in way that's positive and beneficial to everyone. It might work short term as long as the people involved have strong ethics they stick to, but as we've seen with the GOP, that train can go right off the rails and start barreling through Crazy Town in no time flat.

3 OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin  Sun, Dec 4, 2011 11:04:29am

Shouldn’t churches help people in need first and worry about controlling their lives and social legislation later? Should extreme zealots and the fundamentalism from other parts of the world be hewing the path for Christianity in the US, or should US Christians show the world what tolerance and faith can do together?

We've already shown the world that, with the Civil Rights movement, which can also be said to be one great big Black Protestant laypeople's social movement, as well as the model for changing social legislation. The wingnuts tried desperately to emulate it, such as in the case of 80s/90s-era antiabortion tactics, for instance.

With us, helping people is basic to civil rights style social legislation, and vice versa.

But imo we shouldn't be in the business of showing the world anything. We have a lot to learn from the world.


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