“We will not be welcomed by the likes of YOU!” – UPDATED

For crying out loud, Democrats? How insecure are you?

If you’re secure enough in what you believe — if you’re certain that you have a premium on the truth — then what’s so threatening about these welcome baskets that you can’t accept them with a little good grace, say “thank you” and then enjoy the pralines and throw the literature away, if you don’t like it?

This reminds me of that silly female professor who had to leave a talk by Larry Summers because the poor shrinking violet could not bear to hear that men might be different from women and got a case of the public vapors over it.

When you are secure in what you believe, you’re not threatened by someone handing you a praline and a prayer card. You’re able to be gracious about it, and treat people like…you know…fellow human beings.

When you are secure in what you believe you can “be not afraid,” of a welcome basket.

The Democrats choose to have their convention in one of the church-happiest parts of the country and then refuse the hospitality of some church-sponsored “Welcome” baskets:

The Democratic National Committee banned dozens of Charlotte churches from distributing gift baskets to delegates because the congregations hold values that are contrary to the party platform, according to local religious leaders.

“They told us our views on women’s rights are contrary to the Democratic party platform,” said David Benham, the lead organizer of the Charlotte714 religious movement.

Charlotte714 is a group of more than 100 churches across the region that mobilized to pray for the Democratic National Convention. More than 9,000 people gathered last Sunday for a time of worship and prayer in advance of the convention.

A gathering of some 200 Muslims praying in Charlotte was given extensive national coverage. The massive Christian received scant coverage.
Benham said the name references an Old Testament passage in 2 Chronicles 7:14 – calling the nation to prayer.

He said 56 churches wanted to “Adopt-a-Delegation.” They put together gift baskets featuring Carolina Pralines and a letter welcoming them to the city and offering assistance in transportation, childcare or spiritual matters.
“We were just trying to display Southern hospitality,” he said. “We wanted them to know we were happy to serve them.”

However, DNC officials conveyed to city leaders that the Christians would not be allowed to present their gift baskets.

“I got a call from the mayor’s office speaking on behalf of the convention and they asked us not to participate,” he said. “They told us our views on women’s rights are contrary to the platform.”

Benham said he was shocked because all the churches involved are mainline denominations ranging from Baptists and Methodists to Assembly of God.[...]
So instead of gift baskets, Benham asked if they could send welcome letters to the delegates. Again, he said the DNC refused – because the churches hold pro-life values.

You can read the rest, here.

Wusses and basketcases. We cannot tolerate your hospitality, because you don’t think as we do. Incredible.

(Image courtesy of shutterstock.com)

UPDATE:
Yeah, these are the tolerant folks who are afraid that if they accept a welcome basket, they might find out the people offering them are…um…people, not caricatures.

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  • megthered

    The dnc is not the party of mainstream America anymore bit I wonder how many people know about this? MSNBC didn’t carry any of the booing and jeering when tbe platform was changed. I know my hometown news stations didn’t carry any of it on the news. I think and hope that people have seen the light with this administration.

  • http://www.protechwriting.com/ ljcjr

    I would bet that the folks who did this are probably young and brilliiant but without too much common sense. Let’s think that with some life experience under their belts, they might have reacted differently

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  • Jim Piper

    I believe it is mentioned in the original article, refusing gift boxes from churches that don’t express the same values, yet honoring muslims. No offense to individual muslims, but even non-violent, moderate muslims are against homosexuality, abortion, women’s rights,ect. What does that say about DNC values?

  • Chris Hitz-Bradley

    I think you’re all missing the point. Many of the churches are anti-abortion and some have views on women’s rights that are antithetical to what the Democratic Party is supposed to stand for. So the party didn’t want to associate itself with them. Do you think the Republican National Committee would’ve allowed atheists to distribute welcome baskets with atheist literature? Of course not, the RNC has the right to choose what it associates itself with, just as the DNC does.

  • marya

    Did the DNC officials fear that the pralines and letters might be infested with “spiritual cooties”? That’s how silly it sounds to me.

  • Lennox

    And we’re constantly told that liberals are the smart, enlightened ones.

    Deliberately offending 56–fifty-six–local churches? In a swing state, in an extremely close election? Way to go, brain trust. Thanks for proving yourselves to be the arrogant, bad-humored, poorly socialized fanatics that many suspected you to be.

  • RGB

    You either toe the party line or you’re out… This sounds more like the Soviet Socialist Party in former Soviet Russia or one of the Communist International meetings. And in some regards both parties in the U.S. are becoming increasingly like that.

  • Ted Seeber

    Let’s not forget that the Republicans treat anybody who doesn’t believe that the Invisible Hand of the Market is God exactly the same way.

  • JoeD

    I enjoy your blog so much more when you’re not politicizing everything and playing into the polarizing bs of our times. Stay with issues of faith and spirituality, leave the politics to the politicians. Otherwise, you’re gulity of being perceived as another ideologue–and you’re so much more. You sound like a Republican apologist. Please get back to sounding like an intelligent, senstive Catholic and not a talking head for FOX News.

  • Victor

    (((Let’s not forget that the Republicans treat anybody who doesn’t believe that the Invisible Hand of the Market is God exactly the same way.)))

    Why won’t your GOD (Good Old Dad) allow new wine to be placed in old skin NOW? Long story short, why don’t you wake UP Victor cause we’re in the 21st century NOW!

    “I” don’t know what you’re talking about sinner vic! :)

    http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2012/09/05/berlin-declares-circumcision-legal/#comments

    I hear ya Anchoress! Don’t we Christians have enough problems Victor without you adding to “IT”? :) :(

    http://www.splendoroftruth.com/curtjester/2012/09/those-waiting-to-be-born/?wpmp_tp=1

    Peace

  • Tim

    “Let’s not forget that the Republicans treat anybody who doesn’t believe that the Invisible Hand of the Market is God exactly the same way.”

    Please cite examples. It’s an economic theory, not a religon, diety, or anything resembling one.


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