Friday, April 15, 2005

Politics: Frist Set to Use Religious Stage on Judicial Issue

This is a bit scary. Once again, I find it a bit sad that because democrats are the ones who push more vehemently for the separation of church and state, they then get labeled as anti-religion. Heaven forbid it be possible to be a democrat and be religious!

Senator Bill Frist will participate in a telecast portraying Democrats as "against people of faith" for blocking the president's nominees. Fliers for the telecast, organized by the Family Research Council and scheduled to originate at a Kentucky megachurch the evening of April 24, call the day "Justice Sunday" and depict a young man holding a Bible in one hand and a gavel in the other. The flier does not name participants, but under the heading "the filibuster against people of faith," it reads: "The filibuster was once abused to protect racial bias, and it is now being used against people of faith."
Update: A little more over at BlueGrassRoots.


Kyle said...

I'd just like to say as a disclaimer that my own Baptist institution of higher learning, Georgetown College, often sends students to intern at the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs: "protecting religious liberty by keeping church and state separate"



Matz said...

Faith is a really tough issue for Dem's. I personally don't want it in politics, but if they want to regain some political muscle then they might have to demonstrate their faith. There are just as many church going Dem's as there are Republicans (maybe not), except the Dem's have the restraint and understanding that their faith shouldn't determine their political actions. Take Terri Schiavo. The Dem's could have talked about the sanctity of marriage and allowing Teri's husband the decency to carry out her last wishes. Instead it became a civics lesson on separation of powers and legal minutiae. Both are true, but one sells more papers.

Kyle said...

I've never understood that vague concept of separating "faith values" from action in the political realm. It seems artificial to place one's values in the catagories of "derived from religious beliefs" and "devoid of religious content."

What should determine one's political actions?