Posted January 30, 2013 at 6:57 PM
by Kenzi Green, Director of Communications, College Democrats of America
The GOP has long tried to make faith a divisive issue in our country, but as CDA Faith Caucus Chair John McCarthy points out, true progress can be made only when we recognize a common message. Here’s what he has to say:
It’s about the values we share. All major religions share a common message of caring for each other and protecting those living on the margins of society. Yet we currently stand at a crossroads that requires Democrats of Faith to not only speak up—but to organize.
The Extreme Right has operated under the assumption that they speak for all people of faith. For decades they’ve used tried to sell a message to the American public that Democrats are waging a “war on religion,” fueled around fear and issues that divide us. Yet the only war on religion is the one coming from out-of-touch politicians who are using our common faith to push a political agenda.
This past election we helped defeat one of the most radical agendas the faith-community has ever seen. Congregations from around the country came out against the budget that Congressman Ryan authored, and Governor Romney endorsed. This budget would have gutted programs that built a social safety net for the “least of these” among us. It has become increasingly clear how out of touch the Republican Party has become with faithful America.
Whether you worship in a Church, a Temple or a Mosque, as Democrats we realize that our politics and faith are inseparable. The President could not have earned a second term if it was not for the strong work of faith leaders and the communities they represent—but it’s far from over. Most importantly as young people-of-faith we have the responsibility to organize, and demonstrate to the Republican right that we’ve found a President who shares our values…and we won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
-John McCarthy, CDA Faith Caucus Chair