Tuesday, September 02, 2008

DNC Faith Caucus: More pro-life Democrats?

I read this article during lunch today.

Again with the term 'Pro-life Democrats'.

Again I see the effort of the Democratic Platform's struggle to enlist the the pro-life wording into the platforms message.

... but it just doesn't fit!

The stuggle is to re-define the term itself and to stretch it's meaning to include Mr. Obama's language of "... reduce the number of abortions".

Read on...

DNC Faith Caucus tries to claim ‘moral values’ for Democrats

The final Faith in Action panel at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Thursday in Denver addressed the engagement of religious communities in religious outreach and the relationship between faith and politics. Touching on how a presidential candidate should speak about religion, the panelists addressed topics such as changing political attitudes in younger evangelical Christians and the place of pro-life Democrats in the party.

Rev. Romal Tune, from Clergy Strategic Alliances, discussed the limits of religious freedom and political criticism before the audience gathered in a ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center. He said a pastor’s “number one priority” is to protect his sheep. While parishioners might appreciate it if a pastor starts talking about candidates, Tune said, “they wouldn’t appreciate it if the IRS shows up.”

He encouraged churches to engage in legal political action, such as encouraging voter registration and ensuring parishioners have proper identification for voting.
Like many Faith in Action panelists, Rev. Tune tried to claim the language of morality for the Democrats...

...Outreach to African-American Christian women was discussed by Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner from the Skinner Leadership Institute.
She began her comments by asking the audience to join her in prayer, after which she said people must learn to “share each other’s burdens.”

She noted that ten million African-American unmarried women were not voting. Describing many of these women as “strongly churched,” like herself, Rev. Williams-Skinner called for the inclusion of morally conservative religious people in the Democratic Party.

“I am a pro-life Democrat, and I like to think there is room for me in this party,” she said, receiving scattered applause. She argued that African-Americans care about the “sanctity of life” and the “sanctity of marriage,” adding “and they want to be in this party!”

Saying Obama should be applauded for wanting to reduce the number of abortions, she exhorted pro-life Democrats to “stand next to our pro-choice sisters” in political engagement.

Cameron Strang, who is editor of the Relevant magazine targeted at young evangelical Christians, described the attitudes he found among young evangelical Christians, saying as many as ten million don’t feel they fit the “mold of the church,” as traditionally understood, but still have faith and are moral conservatives.

Characterizing these evangelicals as “more socially aware,” he said this segment of voters offers an opportunity for both political parties. Characterizing young evangelicals as “pro-life,” he claimed they have a more “holistic” view of what being pro-life means.

Obama’s promise to reduce the numbers of abortions could appeal to this segment, Strang thought, adding that political action must consider the situation that would result were the Supreme Court to permit restrictive abortion laws again.

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