Step Up, Religious Left
by Matt Stoller, Fri Feb 09, 2007 at 04:42:29 AM EST
It's time for the religious left to step up and stop letting these bigots speak for them. Yet, that's not what seems to be happening. A few months ago, a new site designed to called 'Faithful Democrats' launched to address the problem of 'values voters' and the underrepresentation of Christian viewpoints in the Democratic Party ('cept for all the black people and the majority of white Democrats as well, but anyway). Here's who they are.
We are an online community of Christian Democrats - religious leaders, political leaders, writers, and regular Americans who are committed to the Gospel and the common good. We discuss, we debate, we take action. And we will make our voices heard in the 2006 election season and beyond.
We don't believe that good Christians have to be Democrats. Nor do we believe that one religion has a monopoly on faith. But we make no apologies for rooting our identity as Democrats in our faith as Christians. That is who we are. And we are eager to act on our beliefs to make the country we love a more just and compassionate place.
So apparently they want to make the country a more just and compassionate place. Yet what is the response to Donahue's, a known homophobe and anti-semite?
"Not only is [Donahue] an embarrassment who obviously doesn't hold himself to the same standards he holds for others, but his judgment of what counts as anti-Catholic is, to say the least, seriously suspect, and has a tendency towards, shall we say, ideological selectivity.
"Finally, as much as it pains me to say it, I think Donohue may have a point in this case. The blog posts mentioned in the story did speak of a deep-seated hostility to the Church as an institution."
Here's what Donahue said he wants the debate to be about.
I have news for him--the Catholic League--not Edwards--will decide what the debate will be about, and it won't be about the nation. It will be about the glaring double standard that colors the entire conversation about bigotry."
So it's cool to Jesse Lava and Faithful Democrats to debate on the terrain set by anti-semites and homophobe? Ok then. Now I know that Faithful Democrats put a caveat in there about how Donahue isn't a nice guy, but that's really irrelevant. This is very simple. Donahue is using religion as cover for a political attack. The only ethical response from anyone who actually opposes bigotry is 'Donahue should be ignored because of his record' or some variation thereof. So until the self-described religious left decides to stop letting bigoted and extreme right-wingers talk for them, they are no different than the religious right they pretend to oppose.