Part of Harry Reid's statement (via Atrios)on Bill Frist's planned assault on American values (Front-page headline in today's Tennessean: "Anti-Democrat Christian Event to Include Frist"). I was skeptical of Reid, but he has won me over in a big way as leader with his strong principled stances:
God isn’t partisan.Frist's recent maneuvers and this in particular represent political pandering at its most crass (and that's saying something).
As His children, he does ask us to do our very best and treat each other with kindness. Republicans have crossed a line today. America is better than this and Republicans need to remember that. This is a democracy, not a theocracy. We are people of faith, and in many ways are doing God’s work. But we represent all Americans, regardless of religion. Our founding fathers had the superior vision to separate Church and State in our democracy. It is a fundamental principle that has allowed our great, diverse nation to grow and flourish peacefully. Blurring the line between Church and State erodes our Constitution, and our democracy. It is a blatant abuse of power. Participating in something designed to incite divisiveness and encourage contention is unacceptable. I would hope that Sen. Frist will rise above something so beyond the pale.