"God isn't partisan"
Apologies for the lack of posting lately. I've been swamped at work and just haven't had the time to devote to this blog.
In the meantime, check out this statement from Harry Reid on Sen. Frists participation in an event designed to turn the issue of judicial nominations into a religious issue. It shows that Democrats can use religion without having to pander to a particular religious sensibility (courtesy Atrios).
I am disappointed that in an attempt to hide what the debate is really about, Senator Frist would exploit religion like this. Religion to me is a very personal thing. I have been a religious man all my adult life. My wife and I have lived our lives and raised our children according to the morals and values taught by the faith to which we prescribe. No one has the right to judge mine or anyone else’s personal commitment to faith and religion.
God isn’t partisan.
As His children, he does ask us to do our very best and treat each other with kindness. Republicans have crossed a line today. America is better than this and Republicans need to remember that. This is a democracy, not a theocracy. We are people of faith, and in many ways are doing God’s work. But we represent all Americans, regardless of religion. Our founding fathers had the superior vision to separate Church and State in our democracy. It is a fundamental principle that has allowed our great, diverse nation to grow and flourish peacefully. Blurring the line between Church and State erodes our Constitution, and our democracy. It is a blatant abuse of power. Participating in something designed to incite divisiveness and encourage contention is unacceptable. I would hope that Sen. Frist will rise above something so beyond the pale.
Republicans have turned religion into a public weapon to hammer opponents with.
Democrats want to return religion to the personal sphere where it belongs.
Sounds like a pretty clear distinction to me.