FAITH, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. – Devil’s Dictionary
The Democrats are again trying to court American faith supremacists in their race for the American presidency. What is a faith supremacist? It’s a person who believes that faith is superior be it explicitly or implicitly. The right is full of the explicit kind. The left is full of the implicit kind. They’re the ones who write books, articles and blogs about how they and their brethren are being completely rational when they threaten to vote against their alleged values because of the lack of respect their ‘faith’ gets from people with the same alleged values.
The sad thing is we’re all so used to them that we hardly think to question their adherence to their so called values. Take a post by A Guy in the Pew for example in response to the news about the faith forum (emphasis added):
As I have said before, I think that there is an opportunity for Democrats to attract a larger share of the Evangelical vote. the goal is not to attract the religious left–they already vote for Democrats. Nor is the goal to attract the single-issue abortion or anti-gay voters–they will not leave the Republican Party except in the rarest of circumstances. Instead, the goal is to attract the significant minority of Evangelical and Catholic voters who will be attracted by other issues.
Other issues? What other issues? The rights of women, people of colour and homosexuals? Global warming? Poverty? The fundy war on science and reality based sex education? Access to medical care for the working poor? Livable wages? Are these new found issues they were previously unaware of? Or – more likely – issues they claim to support at the dinner table but refuse to vote for because they got their belief in a two thousand year old zombie crucified at the water cooler?
If it’s the former, they’re bloody idiots if they managed to not notice that all these things have been major issues for years now. If it’s the latter – well they are unbelievable hypocrites who deserve far more than mere mockery over their silly little belief in risen dead men. They should be called hypocrites who are not deserving of the slightest ounce of respect they demand be theirs by default. Ask yourself something for me.
Would you actually cast a vote for someone who actively works to destroy the things you support because someone said your dog was stupid? That’s what these people do all the time. They claim to support racial and gender equality, gay rights, environmental measures, access to medical care for all Americans, solid educations and a mess of other things they say their faith informs them about – then insist they can’t/won’t vote for anyone who doesn’t respect their ‘faith’. Instead they cast their vote for the people who stand against all the things they claim to support when they’re whining about being mocked because that person publicly courts their unbelievable egos.
Hypocrites each and every one. I say let the Republicans keep them because lets face it – the Republican party is being eaten alive by the ‘people of faith’. We Democrats have enough problems without bringing their hypocrisy into it.