News Tim Burgess: Bible- Believing “Values” Voter
posted by August 30 at 14:28 PMon
Tim Burgess wrote this op-ed for the Seattle Times after George W. Bush was sworn in for a second term—a term Bush won thanks to “values voters,” a group Burgess identifies himself with.
Commentators have been debating what the Democrats should do to reach people like me: Use more faith language, screen candidates for acceptability to red-state voters.
Nonsense. The wisest course for Democrat—and Republicans, too, for that matter—is to get to know and understand people who are driven in life by their faith beliefs. People who believe that truth can be discerned, that some things transcend this physical realm we touch and see every day.
Unfortunately, the likes of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have helped create an image of Christians as narrow-minded, exclusionary, hate-filled loonies who don’t understand the nuance and realities of life.
Uh, Tim? Your clients at Concerned Women for America have done just as much as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson to make Christians look like narrow-minded, exclusionary, and hate-filled loonies—heck, you were helping to write their copy and buy their ads, which means you played a role in making Christians look like narrow-minded, exclusionary, hate-filled loonies.
We place significant value on personal responsibility and contributions to the community.
We try to teach our kids these things.
We worry about the vulgarity and coarseness of our culture and the “values” preached to our children day after day on television, in movies and magazines, and through music lyrics. We despair at the level of coarseness in our political discourse, too.
Uh-huh. How about bearing false witness? Does that coarsen our political discourse, Tim? Because the CWfA is notorious for pumping out sensationalistic lies about gays and lesbians—and there you were, for almost a decade, cashing their checks, pimping for the CWfA. And Seattle’s gay and lesbian voters aren’t supposed to be concerned about that?
Admittedly, we struggle with a lot of pressing issues. We don’t like abortion. We value the sacredness of marriage between a woman and man. We recognize that not everyone agrees with us and we know the law isn’t a good mechanism to resolve these issues, but moral persuasion is.
You struggle with gay marriage, Tim? Boo-fucking-hoo, Burgess. I struggle with second-class citizenship. You know what I’m struggling with? I’m struggling with how to respond to some asshole that believes I should be a second-class citizen, and that my child’s life should be made more insecure, and yet seems to think he can ask for my vote without first issuing an apology and a retraction.
And hey, Tina Podlodowki? You’re supporting Tim—you’ve endorsed him, you’re slapping me around in the comments for expressing concern about Tim’s long financial and professional relationship with the fundamentalist Christian bigots CWfA—a relationship that makes a whole hell of a lot more sense now after reading Tim’s 2005 op-ed.
So tell me, Tina: Has Tim managed to talk you out of supporting same-sex marriage with a little of that “moral persuasion” magic he was advocating in the Seattle Times a couple of years ago? Has he changed his position on same-sex marriage? Or have you?
Don’t be alarmed, but there are faith-driven values voters living right here in this politically blue city. We don’t have an eye in the middle of our foreheads; we’re not foaming at the mouth. We vote Democrat and Republican. We love our city. We’re your neighbors and co-workers.
We just want to make sure our gay neighbors can’t get married—in fact, we think the very idea of same-sex marriage is immoral, hence the need for “moral persuasion” to put a stop to it.
I don’t know about you, Tina, but I find that kind of alarming.