So I was over in front of the retiree class this morning explaining on three hours’ sleep that Arkansas goes against the national grain because of our static culture and our anti-Obama obsession and our aversion to taxes.
Of the latter — taxes — I noted that the people voted to increase their sales tax for roads. That’s because, I suggested, the Arkansas voter is willing to vote higher taxes for himself from time to time, but not to let any politician ever do it for him.
Afterward, a woman walked up to me and said she had canvassed door-to-door for Democrats in Faulkner County and manned a booth at the county fair. And she said I was missing it.
“It’s religion,” she said. “The question I always got was, ‘Are you a Christian?’ And the comment was that they didn’t think they could vote Democratic and be a Christian.”
She said it was abortion, gay rights, Jeremiah Wright and that floor fight at the Democratic convention over whether to mention God in the platform.
I post it because I think she may have it.
And I don’t really want to get into it, except to quote that Sojourners guy, Jim Wallis, who says the problem isn’t religion in politics, but bad religion in politics.