A new book is out entitled Why Christians Don't Vote for Democrats by Richard Miller. He believes that Democrats are prejudiced against religion and that he is defending religious liberty and challenging Democrats to "end religious discrimination." My major concern with this approach is not the author's political views, but the self-delusional way it makes him blind to some important facts.
1. Millions of Christians do vote for Democrats and many of them do so because they feel that Democratic candidates are often closer to what the Bible teaches about social justice than are Republican candidates. Is not Richard Miller engaging in religious discrimination by disenfranchising all of these Christian Democrats? Who gave him the right to label them as not Christians?
2. Liberal politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, have been stronger defenders of religious liberty than conservative politicians. For example, liberal politicians would say that an employer should not be allowed to fire an employee because she refuses to work on the Sabbath, but conservative politicians have taken the position that government should not intrude on business to protect the rights of that employee.
3. To turn the disagreements that many Democrats may have with the agenda of the Religious Right into a matter of religious discrimination and religious liberty is to suggest that it is wrong to voice or vote opinions that differ with the current ruling majority in American politics. Since when is it "liberty" of any kind to be told that one cannot disagree with the party in control?
Christians would get a lot more respect for moral positions, against abortion, for example, if they did not resort to this kind of political demagoguery. Those who want to use the law of the land to enforce Christian morality and then use political manipulation of this kind are fueling the prejudice of secular people. This is precisely what other Americans are afraid of. Miller's book is doing more to create prejudice against Christians than anything published by the Democrats.