Friday, June 17, 2005


Basically ripping off Armando's front-page post on the Daily Kos:

Republican Former Senator John Danforth says no
to the Dobson/Bush/Frist Extreme Agenda

Moderate Christians are less certain about when and how our beliefs can be
translated into statutory form, not because of a lack of faith in God but
because of a healthy acknowledgement of the limitations of human beings. Like
conservative Christians, we attend church, read the Bible and say our prayers.

But for us, the only absolute standard of behavior is the commandment to love
our neighbors as ourselves. Repeatedly in the Gospels, we find that the
Love Commandment takes precedence when it conflicts with laws. We struggle to
follow that commandment as we face the realities of everyday living, and we do not agree that our responsibility to live as Christians can be
codified by legislators.

When, on television, we see a person in a persistent vegetative state,
one who will never recover, we believe that allowing the natural and merciful end to her ordeal is more loving than imposing government power to keep her hooked up to a feeding tube.

When we see an opportunity to save our neighbors' lives through stem cell research, we believe that it is our duty to pursue that research, and to oppose legislation that would impede us from doing so.

We think that efforts to haul references of God into the public square, into schools and courthouses, are far more apt to divide Americans than to advance faith.

Following a Lord who reached out in compassion to all human beings, we oppose amending the Constitution in a way that would humiliate homosexuals.

For us, living the Love Commandment may be at odds with efforts to
encapsulate Christianity in a political agenda. We strongly support the
separation of church and state, both because that principle is essential to
holding together a diverse country, and because the policies of the state always fall short of the demands of faith. Aware that even our most passionate ventures into politics are efforts to carry the treasure of religion in the earthen vessel of government, we proceed in a spirit of humility lacking in our conservative colleagues.

Well done Sen. Danforth.

I'll add an amen to that.

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