“By a series of recent initiatives, Republicans have transformed [the] party into the political arm of conservative Christians… The elements of this transformation have included advocacy of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, opposition to stem cell research involving both frozen embryos and human cells in petri dishes, and the extraordinary effort to keep Terri Schiavo hooked up to a feeding tube.
Standing alone, each of these initiatives has its advocates, within the Republican Party and beyond. But the distinct elements do not stand alone. Rather they are parts of a larger package, an agenda of positions common to conservative Christians and the dominant wing of the Republican Party…
Republicans have allowed [their former] agenda to become secondary to the agenda of Christian conservatives… The historic principles of the Republican Party offer America its best hope for a prosperous and secure future. Our current fixation on a religious agenda has turned us in the wrong direction.
Quick quiz. Does this quote come from:
- a Christian minister who presided at Reagan’s funeral
- a former GOP senator who supported Clarence Thomas during his hearings
- a former Bush administration official
If you picked “all of the above”, you’re right. Rev. John Danforth, a former Senator from Missouri and Bush’s last ambassador to the U.N., has written a sharp critique of his party in the New York Times.
(via Salon’s War Room)