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Dean Now Willing to Discuss His Faith (washingtonpost.com):
"'Faith is important in a lot of places, but it is really important in the South -- I think I did not understand fully how comfortably religion fits in with daily life -- for both black and white populations in the South,' he said. Dean has visited South Carolina, which holds its presidential primary Feb. 3, nine times since the beginning of the campaign. 'The people there are pretty openly religious, and it plays an ingrained role in people's daily lives,' he said. "
Oh boy, has Dean stepped in it.
I think he should just be honest about his religious faith, that he's mostly secular and that its a good thing. The problem as he is realizing is that no matter how immoral and despicable a person's actions may be, as long as he parades his religion around (a la Bush) you can get a pass. You can be the most generous, moral person roaming the face of the planet and still get the shaft over someone less so because of their willingness to profess their "faith". Affirmative action anyone?
I know from where I speak on this one.
Religion is alot like patriotism. It can be a form of social posturing. Around here its not uncommon to see a Fish symbol plastered next to a flag sticker. In some cases that will be right next to a OU football helmet decal. Don't laugh, I've seen it more often than I care to think about it. I don't understand it myself, but then I have a strong contrarian streak. If I see lots of people doing something I feel a strong impulse to do the opposite. And I always root for the underdogs!
Dean's catching flak for having a Jewish wife and not pushing christianity on his kids. I say bravo for him. He was able to look past religious differences and not let that keep him from doing what he thought was best for himself and his family. The cult-like wing of christianity will never be happy with anyone who doesn't know the secret handshake and press for a theocratic state. The majority of people use their common sense more than most politicians give them credit for and hopefully will value honesty over pandering.
I can only hope Dean doesn't lose what respect I have for him by trying to cater to a small but vocal minority of people that judge people solely on their religious posturing.
I may be wrong.
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