Christian Coalition Condemns Left-wing Prejudice

Via GoogleNews, I found this story: “religious right accuses democrat senators of ‘prejudice’” from a UK site called “Ekklesia.”

The Christian Coalition of America has condemned all the US Senators who voted against the confirmation of Condoleezza Rice for Secretary of State, as ‘prejudiced’. In a statement the Right-Wing group named the 13 senators who voted against the appointment, including Christians and John Kerry who recently ran for President, and talked of the politician’s “prejudice against successful American conservative minorities”. “President George W. Bush has not only appointed the first black man to be Secretary of State” (Colin Powell) the statement said; “but has now had confirmed by the United States Senate the first black woman.”

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[T]he President of the Christian Coalition, Roberta Combs, said “President Bush should be highly commended for his appointment of minorities to Cabinet positions and other high- level positions in his Administration. In fact, no president in American history has reached out to minorities as much as has President Bush.”

It is not believed that in talking of “minorities” she was referring to gay men and women.

Given the sneering tone of the piece, the fact that I’d never heard of Ekklesia, and that none of the other 1400-odd related stories had that headline, I thought I should check it out.

Lo and behold, I found this press release on the Christian Coalition of America website:

Christian Coalition Condemns Left-wing Prejudice Against Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Christian Coalition of America condemns left-wing Senators — and a moderate running for President — for their prejudice against successful American conservative minorities, as exemplified by their vote against the confirmation of Condoleezza Rice for Secretary of State.

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President George W. Bush has not only appointed the first black man to be Secretary of State (Colin Powell), but has now had confirmed by the United States Senate the first black woman. President Bush said today: “She will be a great secretary of state and Dr. Rice and I look forward to moving forward.”

The President of Christian Coalition of America, Roberta Combs said, “President Bush should be highly commended for his appointment of minorities to Cabinet positions and other high-level positions in his Administration. In fact, no president in American history has reached out to minorities as much as has President Bush.”

The Christian Coalition of America is America’s largest Christian grassroots organization with more than 2 million supporters.

This is simply shameful. Further, the hamhandedness of it simply astounds me. As I noted this morning, it’s long past time for both parties to stop the reflexive use of the “racism card,” especially in cases where zero evidence of racial animus exists. Aside from it being the right thing to do, it would be the smart thing to do for groups like the Christian Coalition, who would seem to hold the key to the most obvious way to break the Democratic Party’s stranglehold on the black vote. (Blacks are easily the most religious and socially conservative large bloc in the Democratic coalition.) Not to mention that these folks are really bad at playing this game.

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Comments

  1. I’m not sure whether this is a good thing or not.
    In yet another example of bloggers reporting on bloggers… Anywho. The (I believe Right-leaning blog “Outside the Beltway” points at a UK publication that points to… oh, bugger it. The topic is the Christian Coalition condemning the votes against …

  2. LJD says:

    Yes, both sides should stop playing the race card, including affirmative action. Equality is equality. Lack of opportunity and barriers to success are color-blind. That said the following statement is absolutely true:

    “President Bush should be highly commended for his appointment of minorities to Cabinet positions and other high-level positions in his Administration. In fact, no president in American history has reached out to minorities as much as has President Bush.”

    Too bad you rarely hear the left acknowledge any of his accomplishments.

  3. Bernice says:

    I am a black female, happy that dr rice has done well in her public life, but i disagree with her on a lot of her views,those that mean i am a horrable person?why when her name is called all we hear is how proud blacks should be of her, I ask are you folks proud of bush just because he is white, seem a little foolish to me,

  4. Bithead says:

    But let’s picture a black Democrat in that nomination, under Bill Clinton.

    (Yeah, fat friggin chance)

    Do you suppose for one split second that were any republicans to object to such a person on policy grounds… even clearly on policy grounds, which this is certainly not… that the Democats wouldn’t be screaming ‘racism’ like a pack of cats in heat?

    But no, let a Democrat KKK member vote against DOctor Rice and suddenly the charge of racism is out of bounds?

    Gee, what’s wrong with this picture?