December 15, 2005
Mary Rode A Donkey, Not An Elephant

Finally, elected Democrats are starting aggressively to point out that the commonly accepted New Testament Jesus of love and compassion would vote a straight Democratic ticket:

In one example Wednesday, several congressional Democrats stood before the Capitol Christmas tree as they urged raising the minimum wage. They called it key to the “true meaning of Christmas — hope, generosity and goodwill toward others.” In another, they protested Republican budget cuts for the poor as an affront to Christian values.

UPDATE: Link to more, courtesy of JA in the comments.

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Posted by Wayne Uff at December 15, 2005 06:24 AM
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With 85% of Americans identifying themselves as Christians, a necessary move in the political world.
Jesus, of course, was a socialist. I know because his dad told me. ;^)

Posted by: Buck on December 15, 2005 10:16 AM

Getting the MSM to notice that most Christians don't see Pat Robertson as their leader apparently requires getting arrested.

From yesterday's Progress Report:
VALUES -- PROGRESSIVE RELIGIOUS GROUPS LEAD THE FIGHT TO STOP CUTS TO POVERTY PROGRAMS: "When hundreds of religious activists try to get arrested today to protest cutting programs for the poor, prominent conservatives such as James Dobson, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell will not be among them," the Washington Post reports. "Conservative Christian groups such as Focus on the Family say it is a matter of priorities, and their priorities are abortion, same-sex marriage and seating judges who will back their position against those practices."

Meanwhile, progressive religious groups are protesting budget measures that would cut food stamp, Medicaid, and student loan programs. The leaders of the United Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church USA, and United Church of Christ asked Congress and President Bush to "present a budget that brings 'good news to the poor,' reflecting our nation’s historic concern for justice and the least among us."

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on December 15, 2005 11:21 AM

Buck: you wrote "his dad," but you may have meant, "his mother." Presuming, of course that you were talking about God, and not Joseph.

Posted by: sinful on December 15, 2005 1:00 PM

http://www.americanprogressaction.org/site/apps/nl/newsletter2.asp?c=klLWJcP7H&b=700005

Today's Progress Report has an expanded version of this item as its lead feature, complete with arrest numbers (114), some new examples of the right's invented Christmas controversies, and encouragement for Congress to give the Christmas present of a minimum wage increase.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on December 15, 2005 1:07 PM

I prefer to go to Lourdes when I want to hear from her.

Posted by: Buck on December 15, 2005 1:17 PM

Wayne, this is the correct URL for that update: http://www.americanprogressaction.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=klLWJcP7H&b=914257&ct=1733089.

It's the archive URL; apparently the address I gave is a main page that changes daily. My apologies!

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on December 16, 2005 10:03 PM
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