Friday, December 26, 2003
Dean and Religion: The Boston Globe has a piece on Democrat presidential candidate Howard Dean's own "Southern Strategy" to emphasize his Christianity.
Now, I try to do my best not to judge other people's faith, so I won't really comment on the substance of what Dean says in the Globe article.
However, Dean did post his "holiday" message yesterday on his blog.
"Today, for just a single day out of the year, much of the world recognizes a day of peace. It is a day when we set aside our differences and come together to celebrate an ideal of a world free from hate, free from want and free from war.
"Over the 3,500 years of recorded human history, we have seen thirteen years of war for every year of peace. Today, as we gather with families and friends, we must remember the hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers separated from their families, serving overseas. We must remember the people of Africa who have seen too much war, destruction and want this year, and we must remember all of the other humanitarian crises that escape our notice on other days of the year.
"On this day more than most, we must resolve to continue our work and to redouble our efforts to ensure that someday soon world peace can be something we celebrate more than just once a year.
"The United States was founded on an ideal that we would serve as a peaceful and moral beacon for the rest of the world. Thomas Jefferson once wrote, 'Peace with all nations, and the right which that gives us with respect to all nations, are our object.' The biggest roadblock to achieving that is our own doubt that it can be accomplished. Franklin D. Roosevelt told us that 'The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.' May today bring peace on Earth and goodwill toward everyone."
There is absolutely no mention of Christmas or Jesus. For someone who plans to talk about his faith, Christmas Day might be the day to do it.
Frankly, this is the most incredibly lame holiday message I think I've ever read -- and that truly is a major accomplishment.