If Democrats want to make things right after a pathetic showing on Election Day, one way to do it is by elevating the voices that rally their base and have the potential to carry the party forward. One of those figures is Rep. Keith Ellison, who is looking to become the next leader of the Democratic National Committee.
But soon-to-leave Colorado State Rep. and Christian talk show host Gordon Klingenschmitt says that elevating Ellison, a devout Muslim, to that position would be deeply offensive to evangelical Christians.
“You really want this to be the face of the Democrat Party?” he asked. “Don’t you think that kind of thinking offended some of the voters, especially the evangelical voters who brought [Donald] Trump to victory?”
Democrats need to “appear reasonable to evangelical voters,” Klingenschmitt counseled, but are instead “thumbing their nose at the voters who just repudiated them” by even contemplating putting a Muslim in charge of the party.
“You guys can try that as a strategy if you want, but you’re going to lose election after election after election if Ellison is the face of the DNC,” Klingenschmitt predicted, as he prayed that both political parties will select leaders who fear “the one true God, the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob and His name is Jesus Christ.”
Klingenschmitt acts like Democrats are supporting Ellison because he’s Muslim. They’re not. It’s irrelevant. Ellison’s most well-known backers are behind him because he’s well-qualified for the position. (Klingenschmitt didn’t acknowledge that the previous DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is Jewish. Not that her religious beliefs had anything to do with why Democrats struggled earlier this month.)
You can’t “appear reasonable” to people who don’t give a damn about reason because they’re too busy trying to thump everyone with their holy book.
And why would Democrats be trying to appease evangelicals, anyway? The types of evangelicals who would consider voting for a Democrat are probably not the people concerned about a non-Christian leader who understands and respects separation of church and state. The rest of them would be put off by a Christian leader who sides with Democrats on any variety of issues.
Ellison is a fine choice for DNC chair. His faith is a non-factor in that role, and his election to that seat would go a long way in showing that Democrats are not just playing to one particular religious base.
(via Right Wing Watch)