Brent Bozell

In every electoral cycle, the liberal media inform us that the Democratic Party will fight fiercely for the votes of religious Americans and refute the ugly, even slanderous caricature that the Democrats are the party that mocks God, prayer and everything most Americans hold dear.

And then, suddenly, the alleged caricature has a name. Meet Amanda Marcotte.

Marcotte is a hater -- to be precise, a hater of the Christian religion and how it apparently warps society with its oppressive myths. For some mysterious reason, John Edwards, just a few years removed from being inaccurately hailed by coddling correspondents as a Southern centrist balancing the John Kerry ticket, hired Marcotte as one of his official bloggers.

The novelty of the 2008 presidential campaign is the apparent necessity for every campaign to have an official blogger or two. The problem, it seems, is that Edwards never seemed to read -- let's hope he never read -- a thing his sneering new employee wrote over a period of months. It was all summed up in one outrageous alleged joke from last summer:

Q: What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit?

A: You'd have to justify your misogyny with another ancient mythology.

In other words, Christianity is for kooks -- it's a knee-slapper to imagine that a "morning-after" abortifacient pill would cause embryonic Jesus Christ to be expelled from Mary's womb. Bill Donahue at the Catholic League waved the red flag of anti-Catholic bigotry, based not only on this passage, but others where Marcotte called Pope Benedict a "dictator" who wants to consign unbaptized babies to the fires of hell.

But Marcotte's joke isn't merely anti-Catholic, but anti-Christian. The virgin birth of Jesus is a miracle believed in by 79 percent of Americans (as much as that displeases The New York Times, and presumably, the Edwards for President campaign). Was Edwards trying to lock up that massive atheist vote?

Every Democrat in the race ought to be asked if this hatred is acceptable in the Democratic Party. Don't count on our secular and "objective" media to find the Democrats at fault here. In a few weeks, we'll be hearing again how they're just as devout as the Other Party.

For his part, Edwards issued one of the most demonstrably stupid statements ever released by a major presidential candidate. Of Marcotte and another feminist Edwards blogger, Melissa McEwan, who blogged against President Bush's "wingnut Christofascist base" before being hired by him, Edwards declared, "They both said it was never their intention to malign anyone's faith, and I take them at their word."

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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