Wednesday, October 26, 2005

A Wise and Statesmanlike Republican

John Danforth :

The influence of evangelical Christians in the Republican Party hurts the organization and divides the country, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth said....

Danforth, a former Republican senator from Missouri and an Episcopal priest......said the evangelical Christian influence would be bad for the party in the long run.

People of faith have an obligation to be in politics, he said.
"I think the question arises when a political party becomes identified with one particular sectarian position and when religious people believe that they have the one answer, that they understand God's truth and they embody it politically," he said.
"Nothing is more dangerous than religion in politics and government when it becomes divisive," he said. "I'll give you examples: Iraq. Northern Ireland. Palestine."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron, was there MORE to this story?? I would love to send it to my fundamentalist cousin, most of whose e-mails are trying to make me hate Muslims while she eagerly awaits a "Rapture" I do not believe is Biblical, and I do not believe will happen.


8:03 AM, October 27, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I found it. He also wrote an oped piece in the NYTimes in June. I am going to find more articles along that line by him.


8:11 AM, October 27, 2005  
Blogger Ron said...

You can usually click on the headline to get the more on most posts.

12:19 PM, October 27, 2005  
Anonymous Democat said...

Note that he is one of the rational "frozen chosen"-Episcopalian. I hope that many of us voted for Kerry, but I fear that since many Episcopalians (not me :-( ) are wealthy or upper middle class, they appreciate those darn tax breaks too much.
Absolutely, I agree with him. Our forefathers wanted separation of church and state for a good reason. Also, some of these evangelicals are really wacko. D's next door neighbor (with the oil painting of W) says that Halloween is a satanic holiday and that there may be sacrifices being done in the basements of the "haunted houses" people have for kids to go thru. Someone, please, call the guys with the white coats to come get that lady!

4:22 PM, October 30, 2005  
Blogger Ron said...

don't let her move to Miami or new orleans or places like that where they practice santeria or voodoo. She'd have to be praying to jesus bush everyday all day!

9:07 PM, October 31, 2005  
Anonymous Democat said...

Was watching The Today Show this am . They're doing a series this week on "Mysterious' religions. (tomorrow-Kabbalah) Today they were doing The Church of Latter Day Saints. There are some positive aspects to that, but a lot of crazy and hypocritical ones, too. (Y'know the poloygamists up in those there hills with their 7 "wives' and 50 children)The head of the Mormon (like the Pope) is supposed to have a special relationship with God. Oh yeah, sure. That's why the Mormon Church is supporting Bush and his oil war, election fraud, treatment of the poor, destruction of the environment, etc. I think not anymore than I believe that God really disapproves of birth control.
Plus, they said that the Mormon religion is the fastest growing Christian religion in the world. I think that's probably due to their birthrate more than conversions to the faith. We all know that in order to grow in numbers to avoid the persecution that comes with being a tiny minority, the Mormon Church encourages their people to have large families. Y'know the ones like The Osmond Family with what 11 or 12 kids. Didn't the Mormon Church ever hear about the population explosion, or maybe like the RC Church it just doesn't care?

3:29 PM, November 01, 2005  
Anonymous Democat said...

Democat's friend who used to belong to LDS says that her (D) suspician that church growth is largely due to the birthrate is true. Re: the conversion rate, many people are converted, but don't stick with it for too long, so the retention rate is not good.

3:23 PM, November 02, 2005  
Anonymous Democat said...

I am soo bad! Had a close encounter of the evangelical kind last night when I met up with some young missionaries from the LDS. To sum up, I told them that I thought God cares more about whether people are good than what religion they practice or what name they call Him/Her. Also, that I could never belong to a church that supports Bush and his immoral war that has killed so many people. Wonder whether the latter will be reported back to Salt Lake City.

5:36 PM, November 09, 2005  

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