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AP headline: People of faith challenge Democrats on abortion, human rights.

Actual article: none of the people of faith interviewed mention human rights at all, though nearly all of them mention abortion. The only occurrence of the phrase "human rights" comes from a member of the Obama campaign. The religious leaders do, however, mention the highly important issue of not making fun of religious leaders.

Of course, if there was any indication that people of faith really did care about human rights, wouldn't they be wanting to challenge Republicans? I mean, it's not Democrats who are perceived as weak on human rights. For that matter, they might also want to have a few words with the G.O.P. on abortion; while admittedly the Democrats are pro-choice, the Republicans are putatively pro-life but never actually make any real efforts to ban abortion, certainly not compared to their real efforts to lower taxes for the rich.

But no, it's just more of it: religious people in the most religious country in the western world bitching that no one listens to them --

"It's important that people of faith are being listened to just like other constituencies, that we're not marginalized," said Alexia Kelley of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which has pressed the party to support policies aimed at reducing abortion rates.


-- and politicians reminding those of us who aren't interested in the political desires of an invisible ghost that we're not very important.

Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, after speaking at a luncheon hosted by the nonpartisan Faith and Politics Institute, insisted that the party's outreach to faith communities is sincere, and that voices will be heard. "The majority of our party people, they are people of faith," he said. "When we get elected, we don't check our faith at the door."


Wake me in February, won't you?

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anne_jumps
Aug. 27th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
That Darn Liberal Media!
archaica
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
If McCain's the President, should we just close the coffin?
audacian
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
I heard he wanted an open casket presidency.
vivian_shaw
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
religious people in the most religious country in the western world bitching that no one listens to them

This. There is no way in which Christians in America could ever be considered to be marginalized. Ever.
lauri8
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Jesus Christ himself would be cringing at this craven pandering by the Democrats and the media to religion in general and Christianity in particular and the religious right in ugh, you little fuckers are so gross; get OFF my government!.

Also, Audacian is funny.
janehex
Aug. 27th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
This billboard recently went up near my office in Seattle.



23 percent of WA residents don't affiliate with any religion. I think this may be why we've been relatively unaffected by the housing foreclosure crisis.
oilyrags
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
I'm not making the connection.
ludickid
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me neither.
janehex
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
there isn't one. probably.
drownedinink
Aug. 27th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
If I had superpowers I could become The Disgruntled Historian, and fly around "aggressively" reminding* religious activists that anti-abortion sentiments were just tacked on to Christianity not all that long ago (hell, you have monks and nuns writing recipes for abortifacients through the Middle Ages).

*I could start by pounding them in the head with John Riddle's "Eve's Herbs: The History of Contraception and Abortion in the West."
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