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UPDATE: Dean Issues Statement Over 700 Club Fracas

Howard Dean sucking up to the 700 Club audience is the same as John McCain
walking into Liberty University.

Via Matt Stoller,
I came home this afternoon to find out that the Democratic Party is now embracing
Pat Robertson. The crazy religious guy even the Republicans have stuck in the
White House attic.

Seriously, Pat Robertson said that abortionists, feminists and gays were responsible
for 9/11. So why is Dean sucking up to these people? They in no way represent
the mainstream religious or spiritual voter in this country. I should know,
because I'm one of them. Straight talk just took another hit. In it's place
is some slithering political double speak that is meant to pander to people who are clearly homophobic.

First let me say that I'm all for Dean's “The Faith and Action Initiative,” which is reportedly
a 50-state program to work with religious leaders so more people understand
the humanity behind the Democratic Party, which frankly is missing from the
GOP. From helping children to the environment, to making sure seniors are protected
and have Social Security, instead of selling them out through privatization,
the Democratic Party is far more humane and more Christian than the Republican
Party, which prefers tax cuts to the rich, while cutting social programs, as
well as programs for the poor. Even Pat Robertson's 700 Club would
be okay, if Dean talked straight, instead of sending coded messages that make
him sound like a sell out.


“The truth is, we have an enormous amount in common with the Christian
community, and particularly with the evangelical Christian community,”
Dean said. “And one of the biggest things that Democrats worry about
is the materialism of our country, what's on television that our kids are
seeing, and the lack of spirituality. And that's something we have in common.”

(snip)

He added, “The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says that marriage
is between a man and a woman. That's what it says. I think where we may take
exception with some religious leaders is that we believe in inclusion, that
everybody deserves to live with dignity and respect, and that equal rights
under the law are important.”

“I'm not saying we're going to agree with everything, between the more
conservative evangelicals and the Democrats, but there's a lot more common
ground than most people realize, and we're willing to work with the evangelical
community,” Dean said.

(snip)

” I think it's important, and I think it's a good idea for the Democratic
Party anyway,” Dean said. “Even if we didn't even need evangelicals
to win, we ought to be communicating to the evangelical community for two
reasons. First, you shouldn't [exclude them], and [if you do], you're not
going to do a good job. You shouldn't govern if you're ignoring a whole section
of the population.”

He continued, “The second reason is that Democrats need to talk about
their values. Values motivate lots of voters, not just evangelicals. Values
motivate all kinds of voters. People want to know who you are.” …

Howard
Dean: Democrats Have Much in Common with Evangelicals

However, talking about Democratic Party values is a lot different than selling
out Democratic Party equal rights, which includes the opportunity for gays and
lesbians to have full lives that must include families, children and the right
to worship (or not) inside those places Dean is intending to reach through his
“Faith and Action Initiative.” John Kerry backs civil unions, for heaven sake, as
did Deadeye Dick! You're telling me that the Democratic Party is now to the
right of Dick Cheney on equal rights?

McCain sucking up to Jerry Falwell.

Howard Dean sucking up to the 700 Club.

It's a disgrace. It's also what George Bush has done to America, and even as a religious, spiritual person, it scares me to death.

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