Keep in mind the difference between being an atheist and believing in a secular government. One is a political view while the other is a world view. You can be of any faith, worship any god you like and still believe in a secular form of government. I only point this out because there seems to be a common juxtaposition of the terms.
That’s out of the way…back to the Saddleback church event. Here we had both candidates agreeing to appear at a forum, in a church that seats 22,000 people a week, lead by pastor Rick Warren.
What we got was a ‘by admission only’
This is all old news by this point. We’ve seen the news and read the papers. The lines have more or less been drawn and the convention will go off as planned. Curious as to what else the convention had in store I started poking around the DNCC press releases for a schedule or overview of some sort.
“Democrats have been, are and will continue to be people of faith – and this Convention will demonstrate that in an unprecedented way,” said Leah D. Daughtry, CEO of the DNCC. “As Convention CEO and a pastor myself, I am incredibly proud that so many esteemed leaders from the faith community will be with us to celebrate this historic occasion and honor the diverse faith traditions inside the Democratic Party.”
“Each night of the Convention, the official program will begin with an invocation and end with a benediction delivered by a national faith leader or an individual who is active in their local faith community.”
“National leaders from a range of denominations will host the Convention’s first-ever Faith Caucus meetings during the week where they will discuss bringing people of faith together to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.”
“On Tuesday, August 26, the Faith Caucus will hold two panel discussions – “Common Ground on Common Good,” an opportunity to discuss finding common ground on the moral issues of the day, and “Faith in 2009: How an Obama Administration will Engage People of Faith.” On Thursday, August 28, the Caucus will convene for “Moral Values Issues Abroad,” a panel on how the faith community can work together to address pressing moral issues around the world, and “Getting Out the Faith Vote,” a session on how to appropriately engage communities of faith in the 2008 election.”
What really gets to me about this whole situation, the coup de grâce, is the 2008 party platform and the complete lack of it being mentioned. There’s some REALLY good stuff in there (federally funded science administration, firm stance against donations from political action groups, stripping power from the Patriot Act…etc etc etc) but we’re not hearing word one about it. The entry on faith is a paragraph on the bottom of page 48, that’s it, yet the entire convention is laid out like an ad campaign for faith based initiatives. Why? Society. The majority of American’s think it’s more important to know who’s more down with jesus than how either plan to fix the health care system, stabilize the energy crisis or balance out tax laws (among other things).
They’re not just posturing for votes, they’re not just feeding into the delusional idea that matters of faith are more important then matters of state and country, they’re feeding it on silver platters with a grand buffet.
I do think Obama could be a good leader. I’d like to think he’s just what we need in America after eight years of Bush but so far I’ve only seen that on paper, printed words, not actions and I’m just not convinced.
So, unless we see a paradigm shift into reality, cya’ Dems…it’s been fun.
“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
- Sinclair Lewis