Sunday, September 22, 2013

Quotation Of The Day: The South Dakota Republican Divide Illustrated Perfectly

From this Joel Rosenthal post about the Lincoln County Lincoln Day Dinner:
Stace Nelson whom I have never met and only know through his reputation at the highlight of his speech unequivocally said,
“ I am a Christian, Conservative, and a Republican. You can’t be the third unless you are the first two.” 
Such xenophobic logic has no place in our political debate. Taken on its face, since Christ was a Jew, would he not meet the Nelson Republican Litmus Test? – And be denied to be a Republican?
Further I do believe there are elements of Judeo Christian thought that are shared by Republican philosophy. I.e., the Republican Party was founded in part on wanting to eliminate Slavery. Clearly the GOP and true Christians share values. Christians (if I understand correctly) like Jews believe in clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, comforting the afflicted. Many Democrats share these values as well. The difference lie between the parties and yes factions within our political parties as to whether churches, charities, or the government should be responsible.

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