Michael Medved, in one of his comical persecuted-Christians articles, asks:
"Why is it less controversial when liberals talk about their religious outlook than it is for conservatives to speak about our faith?"
Simple Mike. Because when liberals talk about their religion, it's usually because they were asked, and it would be tough to tell what their religion was from their voting record. They respect the separation of church and state. I might disagree with their analysis of the data, but at least they care about the data. Conservatives on the other hand, give us shit like this:
"Programs teaching U.S. schoolchildren to abstain from sex have not cut teen pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases or delayed the age at which sex begins, health groups told Congress on Wednesday.
The Bush administration, however, voiced continuing support for such programs during a hearing before a House of Representatives panel even as many Democrats called for cutting off federal money for so-called abstinence-only instruction.
These programs, backed by many social conservatives who oppose the teaching of contraception methods to teenagers in schools, have received about $1.3 billion in federal funds since the late 1990s."
We are pouring money down a rat hole because conservative Christians refuse to deal with the reality of what does and does not work in sex education. They believe that sex outside of marriage is a sin, plain and simple. Any appeal to data is just a smoke screen. For evidence, simply ask someone like that to commit to supporting whatever the data supports. Ask them if they would support handing condoms out in elementary school if the data shows it reduces pregnancies and disease transmission. Watch them squirm, dance, bob and weave to avoid answering.
So Mr. Medved, THAT'S why conservatives make us a lot more nervous than liberals when they talk about their faith. Liberals mostly keep their goofy little comfy ideas to themselves. You actually try to apply them in the real world, which gives us abstinence only education, evolution-free biology, and makes me wait in the damned store until noon before I can get my Sunday beer. Is this really so difficult to grasp? Their religion makes them seem pitiable. Yours makes you a giant pain in the ass, and produces lots of social problems, not the least of which is more ignorant children having unwanted children.