Monday, August 15

Justice Sunday II -- The Point of it all

RedState.org was doing some live blogging of Justice Sunday II, and has a great break down of what happened. I particularly liked what Leon points out where two important messages to voters on the Center.
...the event relentlessly pounded home two necessary messages that have appeal to folks in the center: that the fight over the judiciary is not about imposing a set of religious values on everyone - it is about the right to be involved in the political process. This is a message that can appeal to folks who are ambivalent about one message or another that might have been mentioned tonight (abortion, gay marriage, etc.). While folks in the center may not have strong feelings one way or another, they can certainly relate to a message that calls for those issues to be resolved democratically, and not by the courts. This point was pounded home eloquently in numerous ways by numerous speakers.
This is key. It is not so much about the specific issue, but about the proper roll of the courts and the rights of citizens to self-rule. That is what our nation was founded on, and the courts are trying to take that away. Let's not get distracted on disagreements, but focus on the things we can agree on. The courts have overstepped their bounds.
The second point that was pounded home over and over again is that people of faith are free to allow their Christian worldview to inform their political view as well. I more or less took that away as the second major message of the night
Leon wonders about the point of it all:
I came away from this event puzzled a little by the point of it all. It certainly was a grand production, and the lineup of speakers was impressive from a social conservative standpoint, but they were all allotted about a measly four minutes (except for Dobson, who got eight despite not being there). That's just not really enough to get into a point of any substance. So, in consequence, it kind of ended up being a long series of sound bites that more or less sounded the same
To understand the point, you need to look at who the audience was--people of faith that for much to long have been told they could not mix their faith with their civic duties. Christians have been set aside, and have been discouraged from applying their moral values to the public square. The individuals you saw speaking at Justice Sunday are out to tell the church that they need to get involved, cannot remain silent and must engage in accordance to their moral values.

Read the full coverage -- hat tip to RedState.org for an excellent coverage of the event. Check out the links Leon provided.
I'd encourage you to check out their sites for further coverage. Present at the event were: Captain Ed Morrisey, Lance from Red State Rant, Joe from Evangelical Outpost, Jackson Miller (the lone lefty in attendance, despite the fact that others were invited), Bill Hobbs, Beth Woodfin, Trey Jackson, RedState contributor and AlarmingNews blogger Karol Sheinin, and Charmaine Yoest, who in addition to being a great blogger and FRC powerhouse, also lent me her laptop so that I could liveblog.
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