Friday, July 25, 2008

Democratic National Convention to open with "interfaith" services

Vjack at Atheist Revolution has brought this to our attention — LINK: Democratic Convention to Include Interfaith Service Led By Pentecostal

Vjack writes:

Plans are coming together for the 2008 Democratic National Convention scheduled next month in Denver. But one question remains for the organizers to answer - what to do with those pesky atheists in the party. Specifically, should they be represented in the interfaith service someone deemed necessary to open the Convention? And in case you haven’t heard about that yet, not only will there be an interfaith service, but it will be led by a Pentecostal minister, Leah Daughtry.

If you don’t recall interfaith services at previous Democratic conventions, that is because this appears to be the first. Not surprisingly, atheists are asking whether they will have any role in such a service or whether they are correct to interpret this as exclusionary.

Personally, I am not overly worried about whether atheists end up being part of the interfaith service or not. On the other hand, I am worried about why an interfaith service is deemed necessary in a country founded on separation of church and state. I am even more bothered over the role of a Pentecostal minister in organizing the service.

The Pentecostal leader (who has been accused of homophobia and other things) bothers me also, since that is such a crazy fundamentalist sect of Christianity. What are they thinking? WTF is going on in this country?! It’s like a nationwide religious revival instead of a national political campaign for President of a supposedly secular government.

9 comments:

vjack said...

The image of a national religious revival is a good one. That seems to be what the DNC is heading for.

Stardust said...

So much for "Change", unless by change they mean that now both sides will be sucking up to the fundies. That’s a change I guess, but not one I was hoping for.

Tommy said...

That's the thing with vacuous slogans like that. The change can be anything. Maybe the change Obama has in mind is to change the perception in the minds of religious voters that the Democratic Party is not an anti-religious party.

Stardust said...

Well, the way I see it he is trying to make it look like they are as evangelical as the fundies in West Virginny.

Stardust said...

It's embarrassing what politics in this country has come to. My overseas friends are greatly entertained by it.

BEAJ said...

The Dems figure they can win over the odd Repub, and they don't think that Dem atheists will switch over no matter what crap they pull.

Stardust said...

beaj, from what I have been reading in blogland, as one person said, "if we found out that Obama had been a serial killer for the past 20 years that he would be better than the Republican". That is just insane. There are people who vote party loyalty even if they vote in a total doofus (GW) or someone they don't even know, who uses pretty words and phrases of others, who is play-acting a part using bits and pieces of famous historical figures from the past who are now dead.

I can't understand blind loyalty and never questioning or criticizing any candidate. Obama appears to be above scrutiny. Like Jesus, we are just supposed to not question and follow blindly like good little Democratic sheeple so we can "defeat the devil".

Tommy said...

if we found out that Obama had been a serial killer for the past 20 years

Hmmm, has anyone bothered to try and match Obama's whereabouts with any unsolved murders in the Chicago area for the last 20 years?

Stardust said...

Hmmm, has anyone bothered to try and match Obama's whereabouts with any unsolved murders in the Chicago area for the last 20 years?

Of course I wouldn't think that Obama is a serial killer. The example the commenter used was ludicrous. It's crazy to think that party loyalty would be that extreme...or is it?