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.
Wusses and basketcases. We cannot tolerate your hospitality, because you don’t think as we do. Incredible.
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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.
Leah Libresco: If you can’t take the heat…
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