Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Cuomo Wieghs In

Lou Dobbs also interviewed Mario Cuomo. The subject of religious voters was discussed. Here's what Cuomo had to say:


I have a problem. The report is moral values is 21 percent or whatever of the people who voted. You'd have to define moral values for me. I suspect what they mean is religious values. I suspect that with 40 percent of the people in this country being evangelical, when you say moral values, you're not talking about culture generally, what you wear, the way you talk, what sports you like, NASCAR or basketball. I think they're talking about religious values. If it's religious values, I think there's a lot of space for the Democrats. What they're talking about are basically negative religious values -- you can't do this, you can't do that, this is wrong, this is a sin. The largest part of most religions is the positive agenda. The agenda, for example, for Christians, Catholics specifically -- I happen to be a Catholic -- is an agenda that says take care of the poor, take care of the sick, provide for the working man. That whole area is a very strong one for Democrats to seize.


Cuomo is right here. The religious right has a very blinkered view of what Christian values are. They are so blinded by issues like abortion and gay marriage, that they simply overlook the affront to Christianity entailed in Bush's economic policies and his rush to go to war in Iraq, not to mention his incessant lying and willingness to engage in the most scurrilous attacks against political opponents.

So Cuomo is right that thoughtful Christians should naturally gravitate to the Democratic party. Sadly, it is the not-so-thoughtful Christians who are running the show.

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