Monday, December 10, 2018

"Voters Influenced by Pulpits on Sunday"--DNC Chair Concerned

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Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez has a problem with Christians.

He thinks we're stupid.

And he is concerned that "Pulpits on Sunday" have too much influence.

Be informed.

Last week Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said, "Democrats have to adopt a broader communication strategy," because they are not reaching voters who are influenced by "the pulpit on Sunday."

Perez said,
"And we all have to make sure that we're affluent in what's happening across our ecosystem so that we can come to each other's defense, because we need to build a bigger orchestra. They've had a big orchestra for some time and they've got a megaphone to amplify, whether it's Sinclair at a local level, or Fox News at a national level. I've learned this from the outreach we've done at the DNC. Why aren't we penetrating, they ask. And I had someone in Northwestern Wisconsin tell me, 'you know what, for most people I know, their sources of information are Fox News, their NRA newsletter, and the pulpit on Sunday."

He added,
"And it should come as a surprise to no one that our message doesn't penetrate. It should come as a surprise to no one that, that person has elevated the issue, of course, to the top because that person on the pulpit is saying, 'Ignore everything else that this person has done and is doing. We have to focus on one issue in Roe versus Wade.' And people buy it because that's their only source. So, as we move forward from here we've got to talk about these substantive ideas, but we've got to talk about a broader communication strategy. We've got to talk about other reforms that will enable us to elect Democrats up and down the ticket so we can actually have the capacity to implement them."

I understand Perez's frustration.

With people like Nancy Pelosi speaking in riddles most of the time, Alexandria Occasio Cortez and Bernie advocating America become a socialist country and Elizabeth Warren considering becoming the first "native American" and the first woman in the presidency---Perez better come up with something before 2020.

But does he really believe that Christians are that uninformed? Stupid?

And if so, does he really believe this message will resonate with ordinary American people?

The answer, unfortunately, is yes.

Essentially, the message of the Democratic Party last week was: "We've got to address the 'pulpit problem' to better 'penetrate' the American electorate."

Bill Donohue, president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, says Perez not only unloaded on Christians, but also made a veiled "stab" at President Trump.

He said,
"This man is from some other universe. When I go to church on Sundays, I rarely hear a priest mention abortion, except in passing. More important, we Christians are not stupid people who take our political cues from any one source. We actually read and think for ourselves. That we regard the fate on unborn children to be a paramount issue is true. We only wonder why others don't agree. What is more important than the right to live?"

This is not a new position for Perez---last year he said, "Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman's right to make her own choices about her body and her health. That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state."

Now he has evolved to identifying and speaking out against those who advocate and influence against the universal, non-negotiable right to abortion on demand.

Forget about deeply held religious beliefs and the sanctity of life. "Women's health care" and "choice" is more important than life.

However, Perez's evolved position for his political party is even too much for some within his own party.

After hearing Perez's remarks, Mark Shields, a Democrat commentator, said, "The Democratic Party, which is a pro-choice party, would now become the 'no-choice' party.

The DNC is in trouble, as is the entire Democratic Party. This demeaning remark toward any and all Christians will not help them.

President Trump's pick for US Attorney General will not calm the fears of the pro-abortion folks regardless of what political party they affiliate with.

Friday, President Trump announced he will nominate William Barr for US Attorney General.

By all accounts, Barr is highly qualified and worked with both the Reagan and Bush 41 administrations.

Lifesite, a conservative pro-life information site, published this: “Trump praised him as one of the most respected jurists in the country,” and they quote the president as saying Barr was his first choice from the beginning.

Fox News reported that Barr is very opposed to abortion. Barr is very conservative, pro-life, opposes Roe v Wade and believes that “right to privacy” does not extend to abortion, and “Roe was not rightly decided.”

Pro-life conservative leader Gary Bauer agrees. So, does Senator Lindsey Graham, who says let’s get on with confirming him.

Christians are very happy with Trump’s choice.

Secular allies, who agree with Perez’s anti-pulpit position, are not.

The far Left secular progressive “Patheos” news site immediately went to press, warning the public of the dangers associated with Barr as A/G.

They told their readers, “This is a Theocracy Alert.”

“Trump’s pick is a conservative Catholic,” they warned, adding, “who rejects the separation of church and state, calls secularists 'fanatics' and blames secularism for moral decline.”

They continued with a list that, in their mind, disqualifies him to serve:

  • Believes in state’s rights.
  • Believes women do not have a constitutional right to abortion.
  • Is a bigot toward non-religious people.
  • Condemns separation of church and state in public schools.
  • And he has “bemoaned” the rise of secularism and the breakdown of traditional morality.

Bottom line, they say: “William Barr is a dangerous religious conservative who rejects the separation of church and state, rejects equal rights for LGBT people, calls secularists ‘fanatics’ and blames secularism for the nation’s supposed ‘moral decline’.”

This will likely lead Democratic Party Chairman Tom Perez to more anxiety attacks.

And maybe he’s right. Maybe people are listening to “the pulpit” on Sundays, and maybe at least some pastors are speaking to the culture from a biblical perspective.

Be Informed. Be Encouraged. Be Prayerful. Be Faithful.