Friday, February 04, 2005

Hallelujah Hillary Confounds Base

I know that this is last week's news, but I think it's still worth commenting on:

The Economist January 27th 2005

SISTER HILLARY
Can the Democrats close the God gap?

“GEORGE BUSH is not the only American politician with a penchant for “God-drenched” rhetoric (to borrow a phrase from Peggy Noonan, chief speechwriter for Ronald Reagan). Last week the lioness of liberalism herself, Hillary Clinton, engaged in a bit of God-drenching of her own at a fundraiser organised by the Reverend Eugene Rivers, a leading campaigner against teenage violence. She lavished praise on faith-based organisations, repeatedly invoked God's name and declared “I've always been a praying person.” Mrs Clinton's speech was part of a growing debate on the left about how to close the God gap. Democrats want to change the focus of religious debate from abortion and gay marriage to, say, war and poverty. Jim Wallis, who has the rare distinction of being both an evangelical preacher and a Kerry voter, points out that the Bible has 3,000 references to alleviating poverty.”

Hmmm...Preacher Wallis might consider this, too:

John 12:1-8 Jesus Anointed at Bethany

1Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5“Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages” 6He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “ It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

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