Well, thank Heaven George W. Bush is no longer president! Gosh, all of that mixing of religion and politics darn near subverted our Constitution -- which, as all good liberals know -- enshrines the "wall of separation" between church and state.
What? That phrase doesn't appear in the Constitution? No matter. Democrats know that conservative Republicans, particularly Christians, are dangerous religious fanatics.
When Democrats invoke the Almighty, though, it's altogether different. Religion in a Democrat is evidence of deep moral commitment, even greatness. Many of the eulogies to Teddy Kennedy mentioned his "quiet Catholic faith." His favorite parts of Scripture, we were told, were "Matthew 25 through 35: 'I was hungry and you gave me to eat, and thirsty and you gave me to drink.'"
The Democrats, perhaps as a political Hail Mary pass in light of the resistance health care reform has encountered, are now hitting the religion angle pretty hard. At a Tennessee fundraiser over the weekend (at which Bill Clinton arrived early -- a modern miracle if you're looking for one), the reunited team of Clinton and Gore pushed health care reform as a "moral imperative." Playing off the Kennedy eulogies, Gore invoked the Christian obligation to care for "the least of these" as the force behind H.R. 3200.
President Obama, too, has donned the preacher's mantle. Speaking to a coalition of 30 faith-based groups, he thundered that opponents of health care reform were "frankly, bearing false witness." He then offered a religious justification for his policy preference that somehow failed to make liberal Democrats uncomfortable about church/state entanglement. "These are all fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation: that is, that we look out for one another; that is, I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper. And in the wealthiest nation in the world right now, we are neglecting to live up to that call."
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