“God Gap”

At a time when Republicans, moderates and even the likes of Dick Armey are critical of their party’s pandering to Christian conservatives or as Armey calls them a“gang of thugs,” and “real nasty bullies” we see some Dems steering the party towards the political abyss of the “God Gap.” Jeralyn atTalk Left” points to a “group in Congress is trying to reach out to faith-based voters” outlined in thisWaPo article

As Democrats seek to reframe America’s debate over moral values and close their “God gap” with religious communities, conversations such as these are blowing like a mighty wind through party circles.


Rather than cede red states to Republicans, the party is buying airtime on Christian radio stations, with the message that Democrats are indeed a party with deep moral convictions.

My fervent hope has been that the day would come when the politics of Christian conservatism would be repudiated and just when there is a glimmer of hope that the day at hand I’m confronted with some misguided Dems lost way behind the curve on the same tried and treacherous road heading to the God Gap. This week Bill Clinton and other Dems laid out a direction of progressivism called theCommon Good. There is a direction for the future I can go. Can the God Gap Dems please get out of the way? We’ve all (even Republicans) seen the disaster of what awaits there.

3 thoughts on ““God Gap”

  1. In America, for better or worse, you cannot publicly separate “God” from “Moral values.”
    I can, and I’m an ordained Christian minister. But that dog won’t hunt in public discussions.
    Which is not to say Dems should be trying to close the “God Gap.” I’m with you; makes more sense to talk about “the common good.” Closing the “God Gap” is just a way of fighting the last war. It isn’t that it was a disaster, it’s that the argument boiled down to ideology, which was the point. Rove was never interested in “moral values,” he was interested in power. Ideology, whoever wields it, is all about power.
    Morality is all about the common good. We can talk about that without invoking particular religious values, and do just fine. We pretty much did it until…well, it started with prayer in schools, which put fear into people that “God” was being pushed out of public life. But frankly “Under God” and “In God we trust” didn’t enter the public discourse until the Red Scare of “Godless Communism.” So it’s never been about religion, it’s always been about power. That’s not going to go away soon.
    But yeah, it should. We don’t need it.

  2. Scout, you’re so right. If you are a person of faith, you don’t need to preach. It comes out naturally, as when I speak of the poor as “the least among us” a phrase right out of the Gospels. There is nothing more pathetic than a phony faith posture just to get votes. It may work a bit with the cretins among us, but not with those with functioning brains.
    The “common good” suits me just fine and covers “the least among us”.
    I’m a Christian who is quite happy with separation of church and state, if for nothing else, for the sake of my own protection to practice my faith as I choose.
    People of faith must learn to frame issues outside of the context of specific religious beliefs with phrases such as the common good and justice and fairness, values that all responsible and principled people can agree on.

  3. RMJ
    Peace Corps now hires ordained ministers to do their work. The gap really is the dems makning God.

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