Addenda: Race-Based Voting, Religion-Based Bashing, and Church-Based Politicking

A few additions to today’s pseudo-morning-report:

4.  What do you think of race-based voting?  Is it all right only for minorities?  If so, why?  Is it a necessary “evil” in order to redress racial imbalances in our country?

5.  All you have to do is read the comments to this article about Sarah Palin’s PAC to see the bitter venom against cultural and religious conservatives.  I have mixed feelings about Palin and her stances, but the bile she brings to the collective throat of the Left still astonishes me.  I don’t mind it, in fact that I think it’s vital, when people oppose her and others on the basis of her/their policies; what bothers me is when people reject her because she is a conservative white evangelical with a history of Pentecostalism.  I’m not Pentecostal, but I have close friends who are, and they are no less rational (and many, many Pentecostals are politically liberal) than others.

6.  Finally, what do you think of the way Obama is seeking to use churches to spread the health care reform gospel?  Is it all right for this candidate, but not others?  Or is it all right only when the President is seeking certain goals?  What if he seeks a goal (caring for the sick) that is clearly Christian, but adopts means (this specific bill, including mandates and a government option) which are not clearly Christian?  The comments from the Catholic Bishop in the Hot Air article are worth reading.

About Timothy Dalrymple

Timothy Dalrymple was raised in non-denominational evangelical congregations in California. The son and grandson of ministers, as a young boy he spent far too many hours each night staring at the ceiling and pondering the afterlife.
In all his work he seeks a better understanding of why people do, and do not, come to faith, and researches and teaches in religion and science, faith and reason, theology and philosophy, the origins of atheism, Christology, and the religious transformations of suffering