I don't know about you, but I've had enough. It's time Dr. Frist, Tom DeLay, James Dobson, the Family Research Council, and anyone else who would make adherence to political goals a literal article of faith heard from another side of the country. To that end, and for the time being, I am suspending the regular business of this blog and giving it over to a single project.
It is time for us to state, simply and directly, that we can affirm faith while disagreeing with the Republican legislative agenda. By "we," I mean anyone who can get under that statement. You don't have to be religious yourself. You don't even have to be a Democrat. You just have to be willing to say that you are willing to affirm faith, but you don't believe that it should be used as a weapon in a partisan campaign to increase the political power of a single party in the American commonwealth.
The kidnapping of the Christian faith by the right has been an effective political tool. Those in the Middle and on the Left need to step forward and start to proclaim our own right to faith, and our constitutionally protected right to express it as we wish. Most importantly, the right to not have the faiths of others thrust upon us.
Go visit, Rev. Schultz's Blog, and if the spirit moves you, contribute your declaration to the cause.
It's a work in progress. Here's some general guidelines, and my own statement.
Give as much of the following information as you feel comfortable sharing: your name, your hometown, and whatever religious affiliation you may have. Include a picture of yourself if you're brave enough.
State, in the simplest possible terms, that you affirm faith, but you disagree with the Republican agenda to impose the nuclear option and appoint radical right judges. Tell them why.
Conclude with a positive statement of your vision of what this nation could become, minus the fear, selfishness, arrogance, and general recklessness we have experienced in the past four years.
In your statements above, try to avoid profanity if at all possible. This is for public consumption.
Isn't that easy?
You can do it.