By J. M. S
Editor, National Liberty Journal
Following the November 2 elections, Democrat political leaders were left with the task of transforming the image of their party in the wake of a “values” revolution that found their candidates insufficiently armed to appeal to traditional voters. There was talk of the party getting that old time religion and reaching out to values voters and people of faith. Even former President Bill Clinton noted that the party suffered because party leaders did not engage “the Christian evangelical community in a serious discussion of what it would take to promote a real culture of life.”
It may prove quite entertaining to watch Democrats polish off their Bibles in an attempt to spiritualize their message and work to bring values voters back to the fold. The problem for Democrats will be to actually label their values; simply buffing up their same old policies without truly defining their values will be a futile exercise.
This will be particularly difficult considering the growing radical wing of the party comes from a perspective that morality is in the eye of the beholder. This is also the element of the party that doesn’t try to hide its outright scorn for the Christian community.
The anti-Christian loathing is evident all over the Internet, with liberal malcontents proposing an actual “secession” to Canada in the wake of November 2. Following the elections, a map began to circulate in cyberspace; it depicts a “new country” called the United States of Canada. This new nation would consist of Canada and the 19 blue states won by Sen. John Kerry.
Possibly most disturbing in this display of bitterness is what the “secessionists” are contemptuously calling the blue states that elected President Bush to office — “Jesusland.” You can now find Jesusland maps and sites throughout the Internet, with subsequent blogging such as these actual quotes:
* One man said he wants “a new country away from the rednecks in Oklahoma and the homophobic knuckle-draggers in Wyoming.”
* “… when you people and your bizarre mystery cult claim the <expletive> president as your prime convert who rules by the voices in his head, I call that <expletive>.”
* “I suggest a flag for Jesusland. Keep the stripes, but change the stars to crosses. It would be a fitting tribute to the dumb, the deluded and the dysfunctional.”
The militant left frequently preaches sermons on “tolerance,” but these types of hostile invectives against Christians do nothing but expose the meaningless of their take on the term.
In a recent column, Tony Blankley, editorial page editor of The Washington Times, said the ill will against evangelicals by growing numbers of Democrats is evident.
“This dominant sentiment of the Democratic Party elite — that scores of millions of Americans are categorically unacceptable as fellow countrymen — is evidence of a cancer in the soul of that party,” Mr. Blankley wrote. “These Democrats, quite expressly, are asserting that ‘Christers,’ people who believe in the teachings of Jesus as described in the inerrant words of the Bible, are un-American, almost sub-human. Some of these Democrats would rather secede than stay in the same country with such people. If they were in the majority with no need to secede, what would they do? Their bigoted and absolutist view of religious people is at least a second cousin to the Nazi view of the Jews.”
Prior to the release of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” a host of critics predicted that the film would stir violence against Jews. That never happened, of course. One has to wonder if those same voices will now arise to suggest that the antagonistic anti-Christian verbiage we are seeing on the Internet and in other leftist venues may set off violent attacks against believers.
Don’t count on it.
“The intolerance of the left is breathtaking,” said Gary Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families. “Their sense of intellectual superiority is boundless.”
“In some ways,” Mr. Bauer said in his End of the Day column, “all of this is humorous, but it exposes a profoundly serious reality. If you are one of the 70 percent who believe marriage should remain between a man and woman, if you are one of the 80 percent who think it is okay to publicly display the Ten Command-ments, if you are one of the vast majority who believe America is a decent land and a force for good in the world, the leftist elites believe you are the equivalent of a Nazi! Where is the ‘common ground’ here? How do we attempt to ‘heal wounds’ when they are infected with such venom?”
| While the left will now begin painting on their “values” faces, their efforts to attract Bush supporters will almost certainly bear few fruits.
Meanwhile, it behooves Christ-ians to continue to promote true biblical values and evoke the godly standards of our Founding Fathers. As Mr. Bauer notes, “The radicals remain unbowed and we must remain vigilant.”