Howard is not the only Democrat protesting the Republicans' supposed identification with scripture. Alabama state Rep. Alvin Holmes defiantly promised to give $700 (now it's up to $5,000 I hear) to any person who could show him a biblical passage expressing that marriage is between man and woman. When someone took him up on it, Holmes said, "Anybody could have any interpretation they want of the Bible, and that's not my interpretation." I suppose it should not surprise us that in this postmodern era with its full frontal assault on truth, people -- even some who call themselves Christians -- will say that scripture says anything we want it to say.
Riding to the rescue of these gentlemen is Rev. Jim Wallis, who has written a book, "God's Politics," in which he reportedly provides ammunition to the political Left to reclaim the evangelical voter.
I haven't yet read the book, but according to a Chicago Tribune story on it, Wallis takes conservatives to task for their inattention to poverty and other issues. "How did the faith of Jesus come to be known as pro-rich, pro-war, and only pro-American?" asks Wallis.
Such mischaracterizations, reveal, at the very least the naivete of the politically liberal Christian. Conservative Christians advocate free market and constitutional principles they believe (and history has proven) will do more to eradicate poverty than any other system. That they don't subscribe to the failed strategies of socialism doesn't mean they are less compassionate toward the poor.
No conservative Christian I know is pro-war or "only pro-American." But most of them support "just wars" and wars to protect our national security, which they don't believe require the permission of other nations. They also reject the liberals' definition of "unilateral" military actions as those unsupported by the French, Germans and Russians.
The Democratic leadership should understand that it won't endear itself to many Christian voters by rewriting scripture, embracing relativism, facilitating a culture of death, endorsing homosexuality as a civil right, portraying government-coerced redistributions of other people's money as acts of compassion toward the poor and preaching class warfare notwithstanding the Commandment against "coveting."
Far be it from me to assert, on behalf of political conservatives, a monopoly on Christianity. But I would humbly suggest that if Democrats want to avoid digging themselves into a deeper values quagmire, they would be well advised to pursue a different approach, one that doesn't involve recasting Christian values and rewriting scripture.