Originally posted by Frank777
No, they simply co-exist under the same tent. The Dems should try making those who advocate for the unborn feel comfortable in their party. It would blunt the Republican lead in attracting churchgoers.
There are a lot of tensions between the neo-cons and the so-cons, those on the left just try to pretend those differences don't exist. So-Con pro-family groups include members who despise war, and would rather not have anything to do with the military-industrial complex.
And if you remember, the neo-con architects of the Iraq war felt no need to justify their position from the Bible.
Many so-cons remain in the GOP tent, because if you oppose abortion or gay marriage, or even just looking for a party that respectfully listens to religious voters, there is no place else to go.
Everyone gets their personal values from some philosophy or teaching. And the idea of democracy is that you are free to advocate your beliefs and values openly. Calling those you disagree with "Bullies with Bibles' is the kind of name-calling you deplore when it's aimed at the Democrats.
All true (and well said), but:
The current incarnation of the party, as embodied by Bush, is trafficking heavily in "good vs. evil" rhetoric.
They've made it clear (and by they I mean the republicans that are crafting the image for this election cycle) that the choice we are making is between a man of God who believes in God's special plan for America and will never be swayed by "evil doers" either here or abroad, and a man of no spiritual attainment whose drifting, ego driven positions are a result of his reliance on mere secular guidance.
That's what they think will win. That's who they think is their base. Sure, the real party has its rifts and varieties, but that is not the face that is being forgrounded at the moment.
For the moment it's piety, patriotism, and more piety. Hence, Dick Cheney, as a public face of the bush admin, can fairly be called "the face of Christian charity", insofar as that concept has been co-opted by Rove et al. If you dislike that you should probably take it up with Bush.
Note that I have never used the phrase "bullies with bibles", but if I had I would be referring to the cynical charlatans who use religion as a club and a shield to advance their decidedly secular agendas.
Calling out the Bush admin for its manipulation of public values in no way equates with a general condemnation of faith.