The American Enterprise

Honest Howard.(Scan)

It's easy to dismiss Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean as a loose-lipped ideologue. (Republican Senator John McCain has referred to him as "the gift that keeps on giving.") But Dean's seemingly casual remark that the GOP is "pretty much a white Christian party," reflects the views of his militantly secularist faction.

In a recent talk show interview, Democratic senator Tom Harkin charged that Christian broadcasters are "sort of our home-grown Taliban." In The New Yorker last September, M Gore described the faith of President George W. Bush as "the American version of the same fundamentalist impulse that we see in Saudi Arabia." Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor wrote in The American Prospect that America's "evangelical right" despises religious liberty and seeks nothing less than a "state-sponsored religion. …

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