I voted for a "bland Christian know-nothing"

I've read a lot today about how Democrats will need to distance themselves from the far left wing if they want to have a chance to win battleground states. This edition of the Political EYE in the St. Louis American is the perfect example of the "progressive" rhetoric which would probably offend many Missourians, even many of those who voted for Kerry and McCaskill. Here's the most ridiculous chunk:

  • "If Blunt for governor was a trial balloon for the electability of bland Christian know-nothingness over substance, a disturbing message is visible on that balloon floating its way to Jefferson City. Everyone in his right mind knows Claire McCaskill is more qualified to run a state government than Matt Blunt. When voters don't vote on substance, credentials, experience or ability, then a person of reason who continues to speak about politics is left with a feeling very much like that of talking to a wall. The wall doesn't care how long you talk to it. All it understands is a coat of paint.

    Progressives need to learn how to apply coats of paint. We need to find bigger, broader brushes - shorter, simpler messages. And it would seem we need to find a way to make it look like Jesus is on our side, since Jesus - and an enormous load of unfounded nastiness about Claire McCaskill - was the only asset Blunt could even begin to claim for himself in this election. And, unbelievably, with Bush at the head of the ticket, that was enough to win the right to govern the state of Missouri.

    One can only pray - the EYE is trying to get into this Jesus habit starting now - that the trial balloon of blank, bland, blonde Blunt doesn't soar any higher than Missouri. Unfortunately, his resemblance to George W. Bush - both are shallow, provincial-minded sons of privilege who can be taught to stay on point and thump the Bible - is unmistakable, and won't be lost on Republican strategists."

So we have yet another example of Christians being branded as anti-intellectual simpletons by the left. Rather than simply shaking my head and moving on to ignore such ignorance, I want to explore what exactly is perpetuating this myth of "bland Christian know-nothingness." I think much of it has to do with the arrogance of the left, and their reluctance to actually get to know one of those Bible-thumpers and see what's going on in those bowed heads of theirs. I also think those of us who are already into that "Jesus habit" need to make more of an effort to articulate the logic behind our beliefs beyond "because the Bible says so." For example, while our opposition to abortion is based on the Biblical principle of the sanctity of life, it is also supported by the right of every American (whether they are in the womb or outside it) to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. (I realize that example doesn't capture that complex issue, but a discussion of abortion isn't my point here.) It is apparent we will need to reach out to the left wing apart from the Bible. We should not be surprised; Paul told us in 1 Corinthians 1, "the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength."

(via JohnCombest.com)