Thursday, January 08, 2004

Oops, Howard Dean Did It Again

Oops, he did it again, to borrow a musical phrase from Britney Spears, who knows a thing or two herself about making mistakes. Howard Dean tried once more to play the religion card, but he's still not much of a card player.

While Howard Dean has stated that he doesn't turn to faith as a source of knowledge or inspiration to aid him in policy decisons, he sort of wants everyone to know that sometimes he does....? So....yesterday, he cited his decision as Vermont governor to sign a bill legalizing civil unions for gays as an instance when he was influenced by his Christian beliefs.

"My view of Christianity is that the hallmark of being a Christian is to reach out to people who have been left behind,"Dr. Dean began admirably.

OK so far.

"So I think there was a religious aspect to my decision to support civil unions." Think? You're not sure? Trying to make retroactive political hay? OK, he's a politician. They all make political hay out of the past. Possibly a genetic flaw in politicians. They can't help it.

But Dr. Dean then clarifies for us. He can't leave well enough alone. He just can't keep his mouth shut.

"From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay people."

Huh? God created everything, but man has free will. Adam and Eve proved it first. Maybe Dr. Dean missed that story and its larger meanings. (Maybe he was looking for it in the New Testament.)

So using Dr. Deans' theology, God created murder, incest, infidelity? Does that mean that God also created "Joe Average," "Extreme Makeover" and everything on the WB and Fox? I thought bad programming was pretty much a sin, but I guess not. God created it, so it must be good. ("God saw all that he had made, and it was very good." Genesis 1: 31)

By the way, Dean says he doesn't consider homosexuality to be a sin, but he opposes gay marriage. He has not yet cited his Biblical support for this stance.

I want to be helpful....I'm searching now for Jesus' teachings on hypocrisy.

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