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Last weekend, a coalition of pro-family and faith-based organizations hosted the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. But while hundreds of attendees gathered to hear dozens of prominent politicians and pundits discuss the issues that motivate people of faith, one group was conspicuously absent: liberals.
It’s not that the left hasn’t been “reaching-out” to religious voters. In fact, ever since exit polls showed “moral values” was the difference maker in the 2004 presidential election, liberals have been hard at work courting people of faith. Democratic Party leaders began consulting with religious leaders and appearing on Christian broadcasts and at conservative churches, and Democratic candidates started incorporating religious themes into their speeches. Most recently, Democrats launched FaithfulDemocrats.com, an online community of Christian Democrats that “make[s] no apologies for rooting our identity as Democrats in our faith as Christians.” As the Economist stated earlier this summer, “the religious left is more energized than it has been for years.”
Unfortunately for the left, all this God talk has yet to resonate with most Americans. A recent Pew Research Center poll found that the percentage of Americans who saw Democrats as “religion friendly” fell from 40% in October 2004 to 26% last month (including a 14 percentage point drop among black Protestants and 10 points among Catholic Democrats). Further, 69% of the public still thinks “Liberals [have] gone too far in trying to keep religion out of schools and government (up two points from 2005).” Most telling, according to Pew, only about 7% of the public say they identify with the “religious left” political movement.
If you look at the population of current.com, one would conclude that most liberals don't believe or care about God. I can't help but wonder if this is a false environment, or is it just "popular"?Last weekend, a coalition of pro-family and faith-based organizations hosted the... more
It seems an eternity since the bloodshed began. Back then, oil was $30 a barrel, Saddam was still sitting, however uneasily, on his throne in the Baghdad Presidential Palace and the Oakland Raiders were the second best team in football. Today -- five years later -- oil has eclipsed $100 a barrel, Saddam is ancient history and the Oakland Raiders are in disarray.
Much has changed since March 2003. But one thing remains obstinately the same: the slaughter of innocents in Darfur. Over the last half-decade, as many as 400,000 people have been killed and another 2.5 million (continuing now at 30,000 a month) have been driven from their homes in Sudan’s western region.
The world’s most recent flailing attempt to quell what the United Nations calls the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” was to have taken place on January 1, when the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was supposed to send 26,000 soldiers and policemen to Darfur. Instead only 9,000 troops (roughly one soldier per 22 square miles) were deployed.
That outcome -- the U.N.’s humiliating failure in Darfur -- is the one the Sudanese government, responsible for arming and directing the Janjaweed, Arab militias behind most of the bloodshed, seems determined to produce. Recently, the International Criminal Court accused Ahmad Haroun, former Sudanese minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, of targeting civilians in attacks on four villages in west Darfur in 2003 and 2004. Accusations against Haroun include personal responsibility for murder, rape and pillaging. But although the Sudanese government has known for a year about the case against Haroun, it refuses to prosecute him or send him to The Hague (where the International Criminal Court is located) for prosecution. Instead, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir promoted Haroun to lead a Sudanese national group overseeing UNAMID.
In mid-February, 12,000 Darfuris were forced to flee into neighboring Chad when the Sudanese army launched a major assault on two Darfur towns. At least 100 civilians were killed in the attacks. Sudan expert Eric Reeves writes that, “Darfur is more dangerous now than it has been in years.”
Meanwhile, access for humanitarian agencies is decreasing as attacks on humanitarian workers have reached “unprecedented levels,” up 150 percent according to the U.N.
It is difficult to say what 2008 will bring for Darfur. Will China’s desire for favorable press coverage during the Beijing Olympic Games compel it to stop underwriting mass murder? Does President Bush’s recent signing of legislation allowing state and local governments to cut investment ties with companies that do business in Sudan portend a more robust response from the United States? How will the emerging political crisis over stalled implementation of Sudan’s separate North-South peace agreement affect chances of peace in Darfur?
Important questions all. Meanwhile, the United Nations -- which this year will mark (quietly, one presumes) the 60th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide -- has decided after years of neither preventing nor punishing genocide in Darfur that it’s ready to take heroic action.
The World Body recently announced that it would dispatch the world’s most formidable action hero -- Spiderman -- to assist in its peacekeeping efforts. That’s right. The U.N. has contracted with Marvel Comics to start printing cartoons depicting Spiderman fighting alongside U.N. peacekeepers. While it remains to be seen whether or not the marketing ploy will help boost the image of the hapless U.N., it’s become increasingly clear that any U.N.-brokered peace in Darfur will be purely fictional.
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“Barack Obama and I have an honest disagreement on the issue of abortion.” -- Senator Bob Casey at Democratic National Convention
This was supposed to be the year. After decades of demanding unalloyed fidelity to the absolute pro-choice position, 2008 was supposed to be the year a revitalized Democratic Party showed new-found tolerance for divergent views on abortion.
And it was supposed to begin at the Democratic National Convention. As an ABC News reporter predicted just before the convention, “The Democratic Party is planning a convention designed to soften the edges on the party’s support for abortion rights, with a revamped platform and a speaking lineup that reinforces efforts to broaden Democrats’ appeal on the hot-button issue.”
Continued “Barack Obama and I have an honest disagreement on the issue of abortion.”... more
Abortion is illegal in Argentina, except under certain circumstances. When a twelve-year-old girl, raped by her stepfather, was denied an abortion by doctors, a judge stepped in to help decide her fate. The case has sparked further debate over a woman's right to an abortion and the appropriate way to interpret the abortion ban's exceptions. Abortion is illegal in Argentina, except under certain circumstances. When a... more
You know, no matter where you stand on the abortion debate, toying with women’s lives through false advertising is pretty effed up. We’ve read a lot about “pregnancy crisis centers”, which seem like abortion clinics, but really only offer “counseling” that scares and guilt trips pregnant women into not getting abortions. Likewise, it’s really frickin’ irritating to hear that ProChoice.com is actually an anti-choice website serving up all sorts of anti-abortion information. What I don’t understand is how the pro-choice movement doesn’t have the authority to get the domain name back.
You know, no matter where you stand on the abortion debate, toying with women’s... more
Current's Mariana van Zeller traveled to Mississippi, a state with some of the strictest abortion laws in the country, to speak with people on both sides of this controversial issue.Current's Mariana van Zeller traveled to Mississippi, a state with some of the... more