Democrats are Christians, Too! (No, Seriously)
This is the second recent religious appeal made by State House Democrats. Steve Hurst has called for "God Bless America" to be placed on Alabama license plates.
Democrats were probably delighted when separation of church and state activist Barry Lynn criticized their "Bible Literacy" course.
"I just don't like the idea of taking one religion and singling it out for special treatment, even as an elective course, and, in addition, this book has problems, not as many as some, but it has problems nevertheless," [Lynn] said.Republican House leader Mike Hubbard called the Dems proposals cynical politics.
"I don't think there's any doubt that the Democrats are going to try to be moving to the right as far as they can and shake the liberal label they have," said Hubbard. "As we head into the election year, I think you'll see the Democrats doing anything they can to move toward the right."Hubbard is right of course. The combination of Bush's value drenched Southern success and the specter of Roy Moore has spooked the Democrats into crafting a legislative agenda to blunt the inevitable Republican cries of "liberal, ACLU loving Democrats".
Smart politics by the Democrats, but it's doubtful that a handful of legislative proposals will completely erase the Republicans "values" edge that has developed over the last generation. But these proposals can give Democrats a little cover heading into what looks to be a religiously charged election year.