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This is a special episode, aimed at Democrats only. It's a 40-minute rant about religion and how we Democrats have to learn how to reach out to the religious. We need to be tolerant and respectful of other people's beliefs, including those of people familiar to us. By that, I mean American Christians. This is no FOX "attack on Christmas" hallucination. It's become en vogue to make fun of Christian beliefs, and even write off whole states like Kansas because it's perceived as too Christian, with people like Bill Maher and George Carlin railing against us as if we're all kool-aide drinking right-wing Bush voters. Well, the day will come when we need Kansas to win an important election. Why anger an entire state and religion against us?
It is just a uncouth, just as rude and bigoted, to make fun of, or look down our noses at, people who believe in the rapture, or even snake handling. Sorry for all those commas. I personally think that snake handling is foolish and even sinful because it directly tests God, almost daring Him to heal you. But I just wouldn't make fun of them handling those snakes on national TV or on radio. It's as wrong as making fun of a person with eastern beliefs in reincarnation and joking that the roach they just stepped on was their mean grandfather. Yeah. Funny. Right? Not!
If we're going to lose this year, it just might be be partially because we threw away, or scared away, millions of votes from people who believe in charity, in health care for the poor, in clothing the naked, people who are largely and openly against George Bush's war. So why do we hand them a might "F-you" every election year? Sure, they are also largely against abortion, but don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. The fact is, the more they vote with us, the safer abortion rights remain, because less Republicans will be in power. So again, what does it benefit us to throw out the mainstream Christians with the pro-lifers? Nothing. It gives us sustained republican power, and depression, higher abortion rates, war, strife, hatred, nationalism and death over the horizon.
You say we're not throwing out the mainstream Christians with the pro-lifers? Well I had something happen to me in 2004 on www.airamericaplace.com that actually made me feel oppressed as a Christian, and it made me wish I had someone to vote for besides Democrats. If the choice weren't so clear between the death dealers in the GOP and Kerry, I wouldn't have voted for Kerry in 2004. I honestly wished I had someone else to vote for! If that can happen with someone at liberal as me, imagine moderate Christians.
Republicans accept Christians even though Christian beliefs are largely against their agenda. Plus the Republicans don't even do anything about abortion after getting their vote. Why can't we take their votes by promising to do more with the homeless and downtrodden? That platform can be packaged to be very appealing to Christians. Christians pay money out of their pockets for programs like these and run them. They won't mind their taxes going for effective programs that save lives.? Are their votes not good enough for us?
It's time to embrace the religious.