Party Faithful

Can Dems entice the faithful without resorting to straw men? Very gay straw men?

Leah Daughtry
Leah Daughtry

Condo congregation preacher and the Democratic Party's Chief of Staff and CEO for next month's Democratic National Convention, Leah Daughtry – whose main mission with the party seems to be to shepherd faith-based folks into becoming party faithful – was profiled this past weekend in the New York Times.

Boston Edge contrib Kilian Melloy pulls the light out from under the bushel and shines it on some not too gay-friendly literature that was funded and distributed during the Daughtry's watch as the head of the party's interdenominational group, Faith in Action (FIA):

"But there may be a darker side to the story for GLBT Americans. The New York Times article related how Howard Dean had gone along with Daughtry's idea for an interdenominational group called "Faith in Action" (FIA) that would study and come up with ideas for the issue of how to connect with religious voters.

One such action was the FIA-financed "Faith and Values Voters Guide," created by Alabama's Democratic party chairman and distributed before the Nov., 2006 election. The Voter's Guide contained a section concerned with a "covenant for the future," which included a plan to "require public schools to offer Bible literacy as part of their curriculum," as well as to "defeat any efforts to redefine marriage or provide the benefits of marriage to a same-sex union" – language that seems to target civil unions and domestic partnerships as well as marriage equality, and which constitutes what gay and lesbian families who support the Democratic party might regard as a slap in the face."

I was thinking somewhere a lot lower.

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