Sen. Barack Obama chastised fellow Democrats on Wednesday for failing to ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã…?acknowledge the power of faith in the lives of the American people,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢?Â¬? and said the party must compete for the support of evangelicals and other churchgoing Americans.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã…?Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation. Context matters,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢?Â¬? the Illinois Democrat said in remarks prepared for delivery to a conference of Call to Renewal, a faith-based movement to overcome poverty.
Thanks a lot, Senator Obama, for pushing a false stereotype about Democrats. Many Dems and liberals and progressives are people of faith and are motivated by that faith. The overwhelming majority are respectful of people of faith. The problem you cite does not exist.
Plus when you define religion as the whacked out right-wing version, you do a grave disservice to all those Democrats of faith.
Now, it's true that the right wing and the media like to portray Democrats as hostile to faith. But it just ain't so.
This type of navel-gazing criticism is damaging to the Democrats, who really can't stand to be weakened much more. This is the type of stunt we'd expect from Joe Lieberman, to make himself more embraced by the chattering classes in DC.
After watching Obama get punked by McCain a few months back and now this, I'm losing enthusiasm for the guy.