DATE: 12/16/2004 09:28:00 AM
Noonan and Faith - Peggy Noonan says one way for Democrats to reconnect with people of faith is to take a stand for Christmas. The hostility shown toward people of faith over the past few years was one of the reasons, I believe, for Bush's re-election victory. The removal of "under God" from the Pledge of Alleigance, the Ten Commandments controversy (which I thought was rather overblown by Christians) and the current struggles Christians have to recognize one of their most important holidays all show a growing liberal intolerance of public displays of Christian faith.
Noonan points out that when Christians look at Bush, they see a man who is sincere about his faith and his mentions of God. When Kerry spoke the G-word, he often sounded uncomfortable with it - sometimes almost blurting it out in embarrassment at how low he had to stoop to win the object of his ambitions.
I'm not suggesting that we have a litmus test in this country for public office based on one's religious beliefs. All I want is for liberals to extend some of their rumored tolerance to those of us who choose to believe in God.