The Parties of Faith

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Feb 14, 2006 8:52 AM

Patrick Hynes, who I think I mentioned I got to meet this weekend at CPAC, has a column at Townhall today on the futility with which the Democrats keep throwing the God card. He brings in a pretty amazing stat I didn't know before:

According to Pew Research Center data from October 2004, just one month before Election Day, 40 percent of the American public saw the Democrat Party as "friendly toward religion." That number tumbled to 29 percent by August 2005, almost a full year (and a lot of misquoted Bible passages) later.

And, that's supposed to be after they realized they needed to be more open about their faith with the American people. I'm guessing, with Howard Dean at the helm, that stat will not get any better. Pat adds:

The Democrat Party cannot long stand as one that demands separation of church and state in all -- even symbolic -- matters while at the same time claiming Biblical substantiation for liberal public policies. They cannot imply John Roberts' queasiness about Roe v. Wade breaches the "impregnable wall," as Sen. Dianne Feinstein did during Roberts’ confirmation hearings, while at the same time urge income redistribution because "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" (Mark 10:25). They cannot call Republicans "theocrats" for trying to save Terri Schiavo while they also claim John the Baptist endorsed their welfare state when he said, "He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none..." (Luke 3:11).

Tim Kaine is the closest the Dems have come to a representative who embraces his faith, but his colleagues make it very hard for him to sound sincere when many of them are so obviously, virulently uncomfortable with "praying," period, much less to a specific deity.