I grew up a very devoted Christ follower and a democrat. It seemed to me that the values of the democratic party more clearly reflected Jesus' values of caring for people and the earth. Somehow though, I drifted through, for way too long, fundamentalist churches which espoused that if one were a Christian you had to be a republican. Some churches boldly taught this from the pulpit; others conveyed it person to person. The core values of the church as I knew it seemed to change from caring for the disadvantaged and being a good steward of the earth to the singular issues of abortion and homosexuality. How sad.
So I thank God for George Bush, who, by being a total dork, has singlehandedly shifted much of the church back over to the democratic party. For the first time since before the Reagan years a new poll
shows 46 percent of mainline protestants consider themselves democrats, compared to 37 percent who are republican. I can think of no other reason for this shift than contempt over a president who chose to spend a trillion dollars jumping into a religious war in the middle east when the same money could have provided Americans with health care and alternatives to our dependance on foreign fuel. In the long run, his incompetance may actually do us a favor by re-aligning our values.