Post by Tracey12
Dear Fellow Believer,
The following video should be spread far and wide. This is the real
democrat party. This is the real democrat mind-set.
Communio . . . JANUARY 31, 1999 Communio Archive
To strengthen our shared life in Christ through mutual
participation and the free exchange of ideas.
An EMail Letter from Walter Cronkite
For many, many years, I did my best to report on the issues of the day in
as objective a manner as possible. When I had my own strong opinions as I
often did, I tried not to communicate them to my audience. Now, however, my
circumstances are different. I am in a position to speak my mind. And that
is what I propose to do.
For a decade, I have watched with growing apprehension the rise to real
political influence in our country of a genuinely radical movement known as
the religious right wing.
It is lavishly funded. According to published reports, the Christian
Coalition alone has an annual operating budget in excess of $20 million.
This movement is tightly organized. And it is led, says Christian Coalition
Executive Director Randy Tate, by political operatives who have earned for
themselves "an advanced degree in hardball politics." As a political
organization, the Christian Coalition has been a great success. It is a
textbook example of what a relatively small number of skilled and committed
political organizers can accomplish within our democratic system.
But with the Christian Coalition, I have a real problem. I consider myself
a person of faith. I work very hard at being a Christian. And certainly,
the Christian Coalition does not speak for me. Whats more, I am absolutely
sure that the Christian Coalition does not speak for the great majority of
men and women. Do you agree? I hope that you do. And I also hope that
youll join me as an enthusiastic supporter of the absolutely vital work of
TIA The Interfaith Alliance. What is The Interfaith Alliance? TIA is a
faithbased group whose members are drawn from many religious traditions.
On TIAs national board are some of Americas most distinguished religious
leaders. Among others, they include Joan Brown Campbell, General Secretary
of the National Episcopal Church... Catholic bishops Francis Murphy of
Baltimore and Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit... Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, former
President of the American Jewish Congress... Reverend Gardner Taylor,
cofounder with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Progressive Baptist
Convention... Denise Davidoff, Moderator of the Unitarian Universalist
Association. TIA is a diverse group as diverse as America. And its
members have come together for the purpose of standing up to the Christian
Coalition and other radical right wing groups and individuals who wrap
themselves in the language and symbolism of religious faith.
From a mere handful of people a little more than a year ago, TIA has grown
into an organization of 40,000 with local alliances in 35 states. And every
month it is adding thousands of new members. In Tennessee and Georgia,
Virginia and Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, TIA is on the move... TIA
chapters have challenged and exposed right wing "stealth" candidates for
local school boards published and distributed their own voter guides
testified before state legislative committees.
TIA is the mainstream... With passion, TIA supports the precious American
tradition of religious liberty and the separation of church and state. And
loudly and clearly, TIA proclaims that Pat Robertson, Ralph Reed and their
friends are not repeat not mandated to speak on behalf of the community
of faith. But in order to pose a real challenge to the right wing
extremists, TIA must continue to grow.
TIA must be in a position to serve as a voice as an organizing focus as
a base from which people of good will can stand and fight against the
forces of extremism and division. But to do all of that TIA most urgently
needs our help.
Will you take a stand? Will you help TIA in saying "No" to religion as a
political cover "No" to Pat Robertson "No" to Ralph Reed "No" to
I hope very much that you will. And I hope, too, that in your support for
TIAs work, you will be as generous as you possibly can. TIA asks
supporters to make an annual membership contribution of $25. But if you
can, I urge you to do more. Your gift of $50, $100, $250 or even $500 will
help TIA grow strong. And that I submit to you, can only be a good and
helpful thing for our country.
A lot of good people are counting on you. Please say "Yes."
Wisdom from 1938:
"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people
tolerate the growth of private power to a point where
it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself.
Post by Tracey12
That in it's essence is fascism: ownership of the
government by an individual, by a group or any
controlling private powers."
-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, message to congress,
proposing the "Standard Oil" Monopoly Investigation, 1938
* The insane twist the facts to fit their world view.
* The rational change their world view to fit the facts.
- "Fascism should more properly be called
- corporatism, since it is the merger
- of state and corporate power."
-- - Benito Mussolini, father of fascism.