Monday, October 25, 2004

Kerry Embraces the Social Gospel

John Kerry gave a speech in Florida yesterday which centered on an issue he has not frequently addressed: his religious beliefs. In the course of the speech, Kerry described his commitment to "a Social Gospel", which he defined as "a moral obligation to help those who are less fortunate."

The Kerry campaign acknowledged that, unlike the faith of President Bush, Kerry's religious commitments had not been a focus of the campaign up to this point. However, a campaign spokesman said that Kerry (who generally keeps his faith to himself) decided to come out in the open about his faith now because a vast majority of Americans (one poll says 70%) say that they want a President who is deeply grounded in faith.

This webpage has long derided Kerry (and Democrats generally) for not talking more about religion -- for not challenging the right's dubious claim to the Christian high ground. Kerry is doing it now, and he's doing it in the right way, i.e. by referencing the social gospel. I applaud him and the Democrats. Let's just hope its not too late.

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