Liberals are always preaching about the separation of church and state, in the sense that individuals who have views shaped by religious faith ought to keep those views out of politics. Juan Williams gave voice to this viewpoint yesterday on Fox News Sunday. This view, while constitutionally nonsensical, unfortunately has great sway in the current zeitgeist among the elites of our courts and law schools.
But the left in America holds that position only for religious conservatives. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton (don’t laugh) are both big players in Democratic Party politics, and have both been Democratic presidential candidates.
Democratic politicians go to churches and speak every election cycle. Bill Clinton did it, Hillary did it, Al Gore did it, John Kerry did it. They’ll do it again in ’08.
Next time you hear a liberal/Democrat going on about keeping religion out of politics, be sure to ask them if they would have told the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to shut up and keep his faith-based political views to himself, if they’d had the chance.
But of course they wouldn’t have dreamed of such a thing. They’re perfectly happy to have religion in politics, if it’s used to support left-wing views. They simply don’t like conservative political views, and they don’t like traditional Judeo-Christian moral views. Bring the two together and you’ve got a force-multiplier of aversion. It has little to do with standing up for some perceived threat to the Constitution (although many on the left have no doubt convinced themselves it does). They simply want to marginalize anyone who disagrees with their agenda. It’s just another tool in the toolbox. It’s all politics, not principle.