Brace yourselves, people: Jesus wasn’t at all like Gandhi, Confucius or even Martin Luther King Jr. He didn’t have a “dream,” and he didn’t walk around talking about love and peace – at least not liberals’ idea of love and peace. [Jesus didn't talk about love and peace? Oh, wait, I get it. This is not about Jesus, this is about "liberals' idea of love and peace".]And after that appetizer, Cal Thomas:
Howard Dean’s comments place him squarely in the “Jesus of convenience” camp. His wife and children are Jewish. Cool. But I have to wonder: if Howie’s faith in Jesus Christ is so important to him, why didn’t he marry someone with the same faith? Why didn’t he insist on raising his children in that faith? Say it with me, on three: because what faith Howard Dean has in Jesus isn’t central to his life.
In the Globe interview, [Dean] said Southerners understand religious talk better than his fellow New Englanders. Yes, that "vast Unitarian wasteland of the Northeast," as Charles Colson has jokingly called it, is the latest target of Dean's regional stereotyping. [Beyond the obvious truth of Dean's statement, I'm baffled at either Thomas or Colson. Unitarian? This would be the same Northeast that contains the Catholic stronghold of Boston and Rhode Island, the only state which is actually majority Catholic? The same Northeast with Congregationalist churches on every village green?]The rest of Thomas' article is just garden variety smears, but I find something a bit more...sinister...behind this notion that there's something "strange" about being Jewish, or that it's somehow wrong for a Christian to marry one or let his children be raised in that faith.
Dean is from a Congregationalist background, a liberal denomination that does not believe in ministerial authority or church hierarchy. Each Congregationalist believes he is in direct contact with God and is entitled to sort out truth for himself. [Huh? I think he's still got the Congregationalists confused with the Unitarians.]
Dean's wife is Jewish and his two children are being raised Jewish, which is strange at best, considering that the two faiths take a distinctly different view of Jesus. [And what's "strange" about it? Being Jewish is "strange" now?]