Is the GOP the White Christian Party?
September 9, 2013
In 2005 Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean gave his famous, “I have a Scream” speech to a packed room of adoring Democrats. He squawked about a number of Liberal hot-button issues. But his most inane rant was when he shrieked that the Republican Party is a "White Christian party." Unfortunately Dean is not the only nutcase in the Democrat party. His views are echoed today by many prominent Democrat leaders.
Any fair-minded person of either party would acknowledge that the Republican Party is just as diverse, if not more diverse, than the Democrat Party. Spiritually speaking, fact is that the Republican Party welcomes anyone of any religion, while the Democrat Party is by and large antagonistic to religion of any kind. The Republican Party is just as racially diverse as the Democrat Party, but it doesn't try to make political points from that fact while the Democrat Party, on the other hand, consistently plays the race card.
The hypocrisy of it all is astounding. The Democrats accuse the Republicans of being a "Christian" party, yet if one reviews news coverage of recent presidential campaigns a curious fact emerges. There are far more "church shots" (i.e., photos and videos taken in front of churches with candidates embracing the pastor) of Democrats than there are of Republicans.
In every presidential election the Democrat Party cynically uses churches and pastors to further their agenda, even though the party regularly votes as a bloc against any church - or family-friendly legislation. The Democrats endanger those churches by holding political rallies in their sanctuaries and taking up campaign collections during church services. Such pursuits endanger the churches' federal tax exempt status.
The viewpoint held by Democrats toward minorities also comes up short in comparison with Republicans. Democrat politics keep minorities in the clutches of slavery known as the welfare system. These policies have condemned entire families to generation after generation of welfare status. Children who have grown up seeing their parents depending on welfare grow up thinking that this is the “norm” and their lot in life, and sadly the cycle continues.
Let’s not forget that the Republican Party was the party that freed black slaves against the vicious opposition of the Democrats. One hundred and fifty years ago, on January 1, 1863, the Republican Party’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. Republicans rejoiced while Democrat politicians and newspapers cursed Abraham Lincoln for freeing slaves. New York’s Gov. Horatio Seymour, who would become the 1868 Democrat presidential nominee, denounced the Emancipation Proclamation as “a proposal for the butchery of women and children.” The Louisville Daily Democrat called it “an outrage of all constitutional law, all human justice, all Christian feeling.”
Democrats like Obama often try to associate themselves with, and favorably compare themselves to Abraham Lincoln. But they can’t change history. Abraham Lincoln was a staunch Republican. No matter how often buffoons like the “Reverend” Al Sharpton accuse Republicans of trying to put blacks back in chains, they can’t change the fact that Republicans broke those chains.
Republicans consistently propose legislation that would help minorities break the ties of welfare. Democrats sabotage such legislation just as consistently because welfare recipients are their strongest voting bloc. While more than a century ago Republicans freed the slaves, today Democrats have almost completed the reversal of the Emancipation Proclamation using welfare, food stamps and the bigotry of low expectations.
Republicans have also contributed to the advancement of blacks and Hispanics to positions of power on many more occasions than have Democrats. Yet the Democrats still falsely claim to be the party that supports blacks. President Bush appointed more black federal judges, cabinet members and high-ranking government officials than has any Democrat president (including Slick Willie Clinton, who once claimed that he was "America's first black president"). And Bush was the only president of either party to have appointed:
1) The first black National Security Advisor (Dr. Condoleeza Rice)
2) The first black Secretary of State (General Colin Powell)
3) The first black female Secretary of State (Dr. Condoleeza Rice)
And today two of the most promising leaders of the Republican Party are Hispanic: Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Both are serious contenders for the presidency.
We should also consider the following indisputable facts. In the words of Al Gore, they are “inconvenient truths” that fly in the face of Democrat propaganda:
Republican President Eisenhower first integrated schools in Little Rock.
Republican Senator Everett Dirkson broke the Democratic filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which was led by Democratic Senators Al Gore Sr. and Bill Clinton’s mentor William Fullbright.
A far greater percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act.
Republican president Nixon first initiated affirmative action in federal hiring.
So much for the Republican Party being a "White, Christian Party" as Democrats claim.
The Republican Party has an issue with race alright, but it’s more a problem of acuity than reality. The reality is that the Republican Party abolished slavery in the United States, passed the Civil Rights Act, and has worked to initiate far more opportunity for minorities than the Democrats. Conversely, the Democrats continue to oppress minorities through the slavery of the welfare system in order to keep them voting Democrat.
But the Bible says in Romans 14:16, “Do not let your good be evil spoken of.” The Apostle Paul is speaking here of not doing anything that might appear to others as wrong, even if we know it is not wrong. The Republican Party has failed in this area.
The bottom line is that the Democrats have proven to be masters at swaying the press and framing the debate. Republicans need to go on the offensive in the PR war. They need to comprehend that the Democrats are “speaking evil” of all the good that Republicans have done – and they’re getting away with it.
What should Republicans do? First, they should stop being reluctant to discuss race. Republican leaders should talk openly about the things discussed in this article. They have much of which to be proud.
Second, they should become more skilled in the use of modern forms of communications. Obama would never have been elected had he not used social media far more effectively than his opponent. Republicans should learn from this.
Finally, the Republican Party should not stoop to the level of the Democrats by lying and manipulating the press. They should, however, pay more attention to PR and develop better relations with the media. It’s hard to do this when over 90% of the editors and publishers are registered Democrats or Socialists. But at the very least they need to try.
It’s not enough to do the right thing. You have to let the voters know that you’re the good guys.
DNC Chairman Dean: GOP is a “White Christian Party”
Tom Barrett is the Founder and Publisher of www.ConservativeTruth.org. He has written thousands of articles that have been republished in national newspapers and on hundreds of websites, and is a frequent guest on radio and television shows. His unique viewpoint on social, moral and political issues from a Biblical worldview have resulted in invitations to speak at churches, conferences, Money Shows, colleges, and on TV (including the 700 Club). Tom is also an expert speaker and writer on the subject of Biblical Finance, & is the Founder www.ChristianFinancialConcepts.com.