Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Another Republican Breaks Code of Silence

A week ago, U.S. Representative Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) broke the code of silence among Republicans about the Religious Right's takeover of the Republican Party. He admitted, "This Republican Party of Lincoln has become a party of theocracy."

Today, former U.N. Ambassador and Congressman John Danforth (R-Mo.) has issued the most outspoken admission of the takeover by a Republican to date. In an Op-Ed in the New York Times, Danforth said,

In America, everyone has the right to try to influence political issues, regardless of his religious motivations.

The problem is not with people or churches that are politically active. It is with a party that has gone so far in adopting a sectarian agenda that it has become the political extension of a religious movement.

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During the 18 years I served in the Senate, Republicans often disagreed with each other. But there was much that held us together. We believed in limited government, in keeping light the burden of taxation and regulation. We encouraged the private sector, so that a free economy might thrive. We believed that judges should interpret the law, not legislate. We were internationalists who supported an engaged foreign policy, a strong national defense and free trade. These were principles shared by virtually all Republicans.

But in recent times, we Republicans have allowed this shared agenda to become secondary to the agenda of Christian conservatives.

It is good to see that Republican politicians are awakening to the theocratic agenda of the Religious Right. I hope they will be able to help rank-and-file moderate Republicans wake-up. I doubt that they will be any more successful than moderate Baptists were when many of the same people took over the Southern Baptist Convention.


Faithful Progressive said...

Great post, and very encouraging.


Tig said...

Bill Bradley had an editorial too, explaining the Republican pyramid structure. It just seems to me that when they let the Religious Right be a part of that pyramid they made a deal with the devil, not God.