Anyone who knows me knows that I ride HOARD for my alma mater. I have good reason to do so, but I won’t go on and on about all of that right now. I’ll save that for the High Holiday, aka March Madness (*makes sign of the interlocking NC across heart*)
I’ll just clap to beloved Tar Heel and legendary basketball coach Dean Smith for lending his celebrity to the message that, SURPRISE! Democrats are religious too!
Granted, I’m a little late as the ad was part of a 2006 campaign by Devout Democrats, a political action committee based in Chapel Hill, NC. In case you can’t see the print very well, the ad features Dean Smith against a Carolina blue sky. Above his picture, it proclaims in big bold letters: “American Baptist Devout Democrat.” In the middle, the ad quotes Smith as saying, “I’m a lifelong Baptist and vote for Democrats. One reason? Democrats are serious about alleviating poverty.”
I think this is a great message. I’m not religious by any stretch of the word, but I do realize how important religion is to a great many people in America. It’s definitely important enough to shape the political views of most folks. That being said, I think this message is important in an election year such as this one. Opponents of the Democratic party often try to paint us as wildly different from Conservatives, Republicans and the “religious right.” I’m guessing they do that by propogating the idea that we’re all crazy atheists hell bent on taking the country to hell in a papier-mache airplane made out of American tax dollars.
Well, the Democratic party is not homogeneous. There are those who find their religious values and their political views totally compatible. Take NC Democratic chairman Jerry Meek, who said, “When you think about the Bible, what we [Democrats] stand for is right on message with Christian values,” referring to such issues as poverty, health care and the environment.
Source: NC Democratic Party.