As Democrats put up their last stand against Donald Trump‘s disastrous nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, it’s important to remember why they think she’s so awful: She decimated public schools in her home state of Michigan, she wants to use taxpayer money to fund religious schools, she doesn’t understand major issues in the educational world, she has no experience with public schools (having never attended one nor ever sending her children to one), etc.
But if you’re Christian Right leader Ralph Reed, you ignore all those facts to make up your own reason liberals oppose DeVos: They hate the fact that she’s a Christian.
In opposing Mrs. DeVos for being a Christian who supports providing children with access to private and charter schools, the Democrats are doubling down on a failed strategy of demonizing people of faith. This is a losing argument on the merits, and it will only further drive evangelicals and faithful Roman Catholics further away.
Opposition to DeVos’ nomination has nothing to do with her faith. There are plenty of Christians in government — including in the Democratic Party — who would do a fine job overseeing education in this country. DeVos, the Republican donor with no real qualifications for the Secretary position, isn’t one of them. Her desire to build up private Christian schools with taxpayer funds at the expense of public schools that serve everyone would be a problem regardless of the nominee’s faith.
Democrats oppose her because she’s a bad nominee with bad ideas, not because she’s a Christian.
Reed just wants to create another martyr for the cause so he can raise money off of her if and when she doesn’t get the votes she needs.