David Kirkpatrick

April 18, 2009

Schmidt warns GOP theocrats

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 7:35 pm

Making a point obvious to everyone outside of far right theocrats, McCain’s top campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, warns the Republican Party of the dangers of becoming a “religious party.” Above and beyond every other metric, the GOP is losing the 18-25 vote by historic proportions. This does not bode well for near term elections, and possibly ongoing if the GOP doesn’t make a few concessions to modern secular culture.

From the link:

John McCain’s top adviser from the presidential campaign urged fellow Republicans on Friday to warm up to gay rights and warned that the GOP risks becoming the “religious party” with its opposition to same-sex marriage. 

Steve Schmidt, in his first political appearance since the election, spoke at the Washington, D.C., convention for the Log Cabin Republicans — a grassroots group for gay and lesbian Republicans. 

He urged Republicans, in the near-term, to endorse civil unions and stop using the Bible as rationale for gay-marriage opposition. 

“If you put public policy issues to a religious test, you risk becoming a religious party,” he said. “And in a free country a political party cannot be viable in the long-term if it is seen as a sectarian party.” 

Schmidt, whose sister is a lesbian and who supports same-sex marriage, said he understands the Republican Party probably won’t reverse its resistance to same-sex marriage anytime soon. 

But he suggested that the party will be increasingly marginalized if it sustains that opposition long-term. 

March 10, 2009

We can only pray …

Filed under: et.al., Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:31 am

… for such an outcome.

We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West.

Within two generations, evangelicalism will be a house deserted of half its occupants. (Between 25 and 35 percent of Americans today are Evangelicals.) In the “Protestant” 20th century, Evangelicals flourished. But they will soon be living in a very secular and religiously antagonistic 21st century.

This collapse will herald the arrival of an anti-Christian chapter of the post-Christian West. Intolerance of Christianity will rise to levels many of us have not believed possible in our lifetimes, and public policy will become hostile toward evangelical Christianity, seeing it as the opponent of the common good.

Millions of Evangelicals will quit. Thousands of ministries will end. Christian media will be reduced, if not eliminated. Many Christian schools will go into rapid decline. I’m convinced the grace and mission of God will reach to the ends of the earth. But the end of evangelicalism as we know it is close.

December 11, 2008

Dreher, church and state

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:35 pm

(My bad — this post is by Erin Manning. Apologies to Rod, but sorry the header is stuck as is. New additions to the text are in italics.)

“Crunchy con” Rod Dreher  Erin Manning gets this absolutely wrong:

There aren’t any serious voices on the right (or anywhere else in America) clamoring for religion to be tied to government.

Yep, I took one sentence out of context, but hit the link for the long, long bit that attempts (and fails to) explain away that one sentence. This attitude from Erin is typical of Rod’s weak approach to what can be best described as liberal conservatism — he wants very liberal fiscal policies tied to very conservative (dare I say theocratic) cultural policies, and pretend like it’s just in the best intentions for all.

“See, gee whiz I just want the best for everyone!” And then candy falls from the sky. If that candy kills you then you’re in luck. God will pluck your dead corpse up to heaven for life eternal.

I’m not going to take the time for a search, but it’s not too hard to find many, many recent quotes from uber-religious politicians (who would probably be happy to be called theocrats) on exactly why they want the church to be a major part of the state. And that doesn’t take into account religious leaders opining on politics or religiously-bent right wing pundits. Dreher did say there weren’t “any serious voices on the right” clamoring for theocracy.

Well Rod Erin, you are very wrong. There are voices, serious or not, who want religion to be tied to government right here in the United States. Sounds a lot like some of those Mideast lands doesn’t it, Rod Erin?

December 7, 2008

Interested in the secular v. religious Xmas debate?

Filed under: et.al. — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:49 pm

Hit this link for a slew of posts at Secular Right on the topic. The real meat, and debate, can be found in the comments. There’s a lot of well thought out stuff there.

Where do I fall? I love the holiday and all its trappings, but I’m completely secular. Don’t deny anyone’s religious enjoyment at all, but for me — and our overall culture for that matter — it’s become a totally secular holiday.