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August 04, 2004

The DNC's New Attempt To Reach Out To Christians

The Democratic Party is the party of anti-Christian hatred, their false "inclusiveness" rhetoric at the convention notwithstanding.

On July 23, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe announced the appointment of Rev. Brenda Bartella Peterson as the Senior Advisor for Religious Outreach; she is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
According to Terry McAuliffe, this woman is supposed to reflect "the DNC’s commitment to reaching all people of faith." He said (presumably with a straight face):
Brenda has dedicated her life to showing us all how religion and politics intersect with integrity . . . We are proud to have her join the DNC, in order to spread John Kerry's positive vision to people of all faiths."

Unfortunately, that's complete bullshit.

Catholic League president, Dr. William Donohue said:

Rev. Brenda Bartella Peterson was one of thirty-two clergy members to file an amicus curiae brief in behalf of Michael Newdow’s attempt to excise the words ‘under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance. The brief shows infinitely more concern for the sensibilities of atheists like Newdow than it does for the 90 percent of Americans who believe in God. And this is the person the Democrats want to dispatch to meet with the heads of religious organizations? Are they out of their minds? Would they hire a gay basher to reach out to homosexuals? [link omitted]
Now, if you are skeptical, here's the amicus brief. Her name's right there, on the cover page "As Amici Curiae Supporting Respondent Michael A. Newdow."

Thanks Dems. There should now be no doubt about where you stand.

Link via Bill.

Posted by annika, Aug. 4, 2004 |
Rubric: Faith & annikapunditry


"Would you hire a gay basher to reach out to homosexuals?" I don't think that's a fair analogy, she isn't a "religion basher" she respects the rights of people to pray to a God if they don't wanna. Me too. I always tell people to replace the word God with Allah or Jesus Christ or Buddha (depending on which religion you don't practice) whereever you see it in order to get a feel for what it's like being an athiest. I like that the Dems aren't just willing to reach out to 90 percent, they are going for all 100. Woo.

Posted by: Dawn Summers on Aug. 4, 2004

Now, Annika, you know full well that you're baiting the Christian left. Plenty of Christians in this country are uncomfortable with the "under God" clause -- certainly the Mennonites and the Episcopalian hierarchy.

The Catholic League speaks for very conservative Catholics (they blast Mahony all the time here in LA, and he's hardly a raving liberal). The fact is, Christians can be found across the political spectrum. Evangelicals (especially black ones) are everywhere, including in the Democratic Part. And we will continue to be there. What it means to be a political Christian is open to debate, and we should debate it -- and fortunately, there is room in both parties for committed Christians.

Posted by: Hugo on Aug. 4, 2004

Baiting? who me? i don't even like to fish.

i'm not familiar with the Catholic League, Hugo. My first intro to them was this article. However, if they don't like Mahoney, they can't be all that bad.

Posted by: annika on Aug. 4, 2004

The Rev. Brenda represents a group that is starting to dominate mainline Protestant denominations. They are teaching philosophy of life in their churches as they regard Jesus Christ and the Bible as too judgmental.

Posted by: Jake on Aug. 5, 2004