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.

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Comment by Gemini Goddess on July 8, 2008 at 11:33am
As a Muslim, I don't think the war in the Middle East is a religious one. Instead, I believe it is a war of pride, land and oil. And to further explain, a majority of Muslims do NOT condone the actions taken by the fundamentalists who hide behind the religion of Islam for their evil doings. Instead, religion is simply a curtain which they hide behind...what they do has nothing to do with preserving the teachings and ethics of Islam. Instead, what they are doing is solely based on politics, pride and greed.
But that is my take on it!
Comment by Kelly Vickers on July 8, 2008 at 12:02pm
Gemini Goddess, I greatly appreciate your perspective here. My impression of the war in Iraq as being religious is that it was the struggle between competing fundamentalist factions that Bush so grossly underestimated. I don't believe it was a religious war from the outset (unless of course Bush thought he could force Christ to return by initiating Armegeddon).
Comment by Gemini Goddess on July 8, 2008 at 1:58pm
I don't think Bush underestimated much at all. In fact, I am pretty sure he was aware of the political stife and the differences in the factions there. I believe that he is using that knowledge to his advantage to promote a war based on the idea of peace and liberation. Basically the idea is this - he can now say to the world leaders and to us Americans that "hey, it's so bad there, look at all the instability, we need to stay there, we need to liberate them, we need to do this and that..."
He went to war for his own gains (financial and political), not for the betterment of any people - not American, not Iraqi...just himself and his croonies.
By the way, thanks for the comment back!
Comment by ABQSkippy on July 8, 2008 at 9:28pm
Fundamentalists are extremists in any culture or religion. I am glad that evangelicals are embracing the New Testament and teachings such as the Sermon on the Mount.
Comment by Paul7 on July 11, 2008 at 11:02am
KelVick, "Mainline Protestents" are a different, more liberal, bunch than Evangelicals. I doubt many of them will be voting for Obama and his stance on social issues.

We who are Christians need to be liberal in our ethos and conservative in our theology. That's what Jesus was.

BTW, the decision to go into Iraq was bi-partisan, with big-name democrats all saying the same things Bush was saying. The question is, what do we do now that we're there.

We did make a mistake in thinking Iraq was like America; they are dominated by blood (family, tribe) and honor (they're still agitated about events of centuries ago).
Comment by Kelly Vickers on July 11, 2008 at 11:11am
The somewhat conservative magazine Christianity Today has been doing a monthly poll with its readers regarding the election. The most recent poll shows 51% intending to vote for Obama.

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