28 June 2006

Th' fock, Obama?

Obama: Democrats Must Court Evangelicals

The Associated Press
Wednesday, June 28, 2006; 6:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barack Obama chastised fellow Democrats on Wednesday for failing to "acknowledge the power of faith in the lives of the American people," and said the party must compete for the support of evangelicals and other churchgoing Americans.

"Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation. Context matters," the Illinois Democrat said in remarks to a conference of Call to Renewal, a faith-based movement to overcome poverty.

"It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase `under God,'" he said. "Having voluntary student prayer groups using school property to meet should not be a threat, any more than its use by the High School Republicans should threaten Democrats."
Obama is beginning to look positively Lieberman-esque in his willingness to throw the Democratic party under the bus--falsely, I might add--in order to stand out. The GOP has enough of their minions repeating the "Democrats don't relate to the faithful" canard without him regurgitating it as truth. The only way the Dems "failed to acknowledge the power of faith in the lives of Americans" was by refusing to cast their lot with the hateful initiatives being pushed by Hastert and Frist on behalf of the Dobsons of the world.

The rhetoric is really unvelieveable. Obama's choice to connect his criticisms to the Pledge flap is as dishonest as it gets. The efforts to remove "under god" and the associated allegations of so-called oppression were the furthest thing from a Democratic party issue. Karl Rove himself, couldn't have crafted that straw man any better.

If Obama wants to inspire greater outreach to "the faithful," there are far more constructive ways to do it than tearing down his own party by legitimizing the GOP's fallacious smears.

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