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Hugh does not go far enough. . . “Very interesting stuff, but he objects to a question I have myself raised with my radio audience: ‘Can a Christian be a Democrat?’ “This is a hard question. Of course, one can be a Christian and a Democrat. I have very good friends who are both. However, can one be an intellectually consistent Christian and a Democrat? I think the answer to that is “no.” There is no room in the Democrat party for people who oppose abortion, who find a role for religion in the public square, and who support rational family structures. The party is utterly dominated by abortion extremists, by secularists, and by libertines. How can an evangelical support such a party? Young adults in America are being destroyed by these evils. It is moral relativism that produces poverty in the United States, not Reagan’s tax cuts. The usual response from my liberal Christian friends is to talk about the death penalty and social welfare programs to help the poor. These Uncle Tony types (named for Bill Clinton’s enabling pastor Tony Campolo), the Step-n-Fetchits of the Democrat party, claim to disagree with the mainstream Democrats on the sexual issues, but see a Christ like concern for the poor. They ask, “Can one be a Christian and a Republican?” This is not a hard question. So long as the Republicans are pro-life, pro-family, and allow for such radical things as the word “God” in the pledge, then the answer is “of course.” Uncle Tony should be told Republicans care as much for the poor as Democrats they just disagree about how to help them. This is a real discussion, but the picture of the Republicans as the party of the rich is contradicted by the evidence. The poorest counties in America often vote for Republicans. The richest persons often give to Democrats. The country divides on religion and not economics. Uncle Tony wishes it were not true, but the very poor people he claims to want to “help” recognize that trading the right to pray at a football game for a welfare check is another term for selling out. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church, not a hand out from Washington. The death penalty has been approved by most Christians at most places at most times. The question of how to best help the poor is one on which Christians of good will can disagree, but no Christian can support abortion or gay marriage. No Christian can agree not to say “Jesus” at his job if he works for government. Christians should leave the Democrat party. They need not become Republicans, though I wish they would. However, they cannot vote for John Kerry and remain Christian, because they know, know as surely as they know anything, he has political policy beliefs that contradict the faith once delivered to the apostles. They cannot know any such thing about George W. Bush.

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