Monday, August 31, 2009

Christianity Versus Atheism: Liberal Democrat Dilemma

Spencer Price of Conservative Commentaries has a great article on his website Here's what he wrote:
I’ve never met a republican atheist. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any. There could be lots of them. There might even be a republican atheist organization – I’m just not aware of one.

But I’ve met several democratic atheists and each time I do, I find myself pondering how that particular ideology will affect the Democratic Party over time. That’s because the growth of atheism among democrats presents the party with a potentially serious dilemma: at least three distinct groups upon which the party depends for much of its voting strength – blacks, Catholics, and senior citizens – are traditionally very religious.

So what is the Democratic Party to do? You got me. At least for now, democratic atheism doesn’t seem to be that much of a problem, and as long as the party continues to market itself as the financial savior of its followers, it may never become one. But what happens if the democratic leadership fails to deliver on its promises? Will members of these groups become disenchanted with the party and its growing atheist ranks? Again, you got me? But it’ll be interesting to watch.

Atheist liberal elites, affiliating en mass with the Democratic Party, take great pleasure in poking fun at people of all religions, most especially Christians. How could any reasonable person they ask, believe in a religion that recounts the story of a man being swallowed by a whale and living to tell the tale? I admit that, as a man of science, I acknowledge they do have a good argument on that one. But whether a person believes the story of Jonah and the whale is a literal truth or mere figurative prose is beside the point. The point at hand is how long will the faithful among the Democratic Party tolerate such sacrilege?

In particular, blacks in America have deep roots in the Christian tradition stemming, some historians suggest, from the sufferings of their slave ancestors toiling under the yoke of human bondage. With little more than their religious beliefs to sustain them, these early Americans developed a deep abiding faith in the notion of Christian deliverance, both worldly and in an after life. Similarly, according to historians, blacks relied on their faith to sustain them through the struggles of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and today, many blacks continue to rely on faith as they work to improve their economic circumstances.

So how does the Democratic Party reconcile the strong religious faith of its black constituents with the derisive comments made by its atheist constituents toward people of religion, particularly Christians? Again, I haven’t a clue, but I would suppose that some damage control will eventually be necessary. Democrats in Hollywood love to poke fun at Christians, Southerners, and members of the military – a classic example is the movie “A Few Good Men‚“ starring Tom Cruise and Kiefer Sutherland. Aaron Sorkin, the film’s screenwriter, must have considered himself rather clever in having combined all three groups into one character – Lieutenant Jonathan James Kendrick (Sutherland) who played a uniform- wearing, bible-thumping racist with a southern accent. Sorkin managed to get away with the Kendrick portrayal by having him victimize a black lance corporal named Harold W. Dawson. Sutherland’s performance was exquisite and left viewers wanting his character punished for his role in tormenting Dawson. Imagine, however, Hollywood portraying a black in the role of an ignorant, bible-toting, proselytizing bigot out to do in the innocent. Trust me, it isn’t going to happen.
It’s obvious, therefore, that the left has a certain sensitivity when it comes to making fun of people of religion, especially Christians, if that person happens to be a member of an important constituent group, i.e., blacks, Catholics, or senior citizens. I’m just curious how long it will take these groups to catch on to the growing tide of atheism within their party. The handwriting is on the wall regarding America’s liberal elites’ attitude toward people of religion – it’s ok to make fun of them if they are Christian, conservative, Caucasian, and less than 60 years old.

However, the time may come when those members of the Democratic Party that are deeply religious finally reject the growingly overt attitude of atheist liberal elites regarding people of religion by placing their faith above government promises. When that happens, liberal democrats will face a dilemma of Biblical proportions.
Amen, Brother, Amen

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