Democrats continue to lose ground in terms of public perceptions about the party's friendliness to religion. The Pew Research just released a follow up survey which has been compared to an earlier poll from last year. According to the poll, released August 29, only 29 percent of the public thought that the Democratic Party was favorable to religious values. A survey conducted in August 2004 indicated that 40 percentage viewed Democrats as hospitable to religious concerns. Additonal information can be obtained from the Pew Research Center at http://www.people-press.org.
How did this happen ? Let's take a look at a recent posting from a social progressive Democratic activist in response to one of my posts suggesting that Democrats need to get back to traditional values. "I disagree that Dems need to get back to mainstream traditional values. Dems should attack religion for what it is: complete bull. Because of religion, we are falling behind other countries in things like stem cell research. Dems should come out in support for gay marriage because it's the right thing to do. It's a civil rights issue and gays should not be discriminated against any more than blacks." The writer that I quoted is sadly typical of many social progressives who arrogant take an attitude of militant secularism. With Democratic activists like this is any wonder that we have lost Middle America ?