[promoted to the front page. And a big welcome to Pastor Dan]
Joe Lieberman is hanging out with Sam Brownback and the Richard Scaife sockpuppet Institute on Religion and Democracy. The Reuters article is basically a hack rework of the IRD press release:
Evangelical Christians, known for opposition to abortion rights and same-sex marriage, flexed their political muscle on Thursday and one said Democrats suffer from a “religion gap” at the polls.
“The religious left is political smoke and mirrors,” Diane Knippers, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, said in a statement read at a gathering of the National Association of Evangelicals. “It simply doesn’t have a significant voting base.”
Citing polls showing strong evangelical support for Republican President Bush (news – web sites) in the 2004 election, Knippers, who couldn’t attend the meeting, said in her statement: “The Democratic Party needs to begin to close its religion gap. Its leaders would do well to seek out advice from religious leaders who have a genuine constituency.”
Does Lieberman even pretend to be a Democrat anymore?
Lieberman talked about his commitment to stemming global warming, and the place of religious faith in the U.S. government.
“I think your presence, your advocacy on a whole host of issues is not only welcome but necessary and classically American,” Lieberman said. “America itself is a faith-based initiative.”