K-Lo, Kerry’s been using this line from the book of James for at least a few weeks now. I think it deserves a little deeper analysis. Who exactly is Kerry upbraiding? Is he suggesting that Bush does nothing privately for charity? (If so, how does he explain the year that his friend Al Gore gave about $350 to charity? Where are his tax returns?) In the most literal translation, he is suggesting there are no works of compassion in America today, indicting the whole country of failing God and man.
We know what he’s trying to say: that Bush would be a better Christian by spending more of OUR money on government programs. (Funny, liberals usually hate people who try to suggest being a better Christian.) This seems exactly at odds with the Bush vision of compassion, which suggests that the needy in America are not best helped by the Social Security Administration or the Department of Health and Human Services, but by the individual care and attention of loving people. Don’t just give in your paycheck and say “Done.” Go out and find a need and meet it. Church groups could be doing more of this with federal grants today, but Kerry and his gang want to force religious groups to hire gay men and Buddhists before letting them feed the poor with money sent to Washington.
PS: Finally, Kerry the “Catholic” and his completely ultraliberal abortion politics. I find it odd that Kerry would tell the church to butt out of his public policy views. Who, here, is suggesting someone has faith, but no works? If he absolutely disagrees with the Catholic view of the dignity of the unborn child, why doesn’t he go church-shopping like Wesley Clark? If anything, this abortion line completely undercuts his book-of-James critique of Bush. If you are going to go beyond your faith to making good works in the world, then Kerry and other Senate Democrats whose biographies suggest they are Catholic should show the sincerity of their faith in public decisions, not just private moments.