Howard Dean at least has the sense to realize that the Democrat Party is disdainful, if not downright opposed, to the concerns of evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics. In a recent interview with CBN News, Dean stated that he wanted to reach out to Christians:
CBN.com – (CBN News) - Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean told CBN News that his party has a lot in common with the evangelical community. With the 2006 midterm elections creeping closer, CBN News sat down with Dean to discuss the Democrat’s new outreach to conservative Christians.
Dean said that “one of the misconceptions about the Democratic Party is that we’re godless and that we don’t have any values.”
The Vermont liberal is trying to change that. Dean wants evangelicals and other conservative Christians to know that Democrats have something to offer them.“Dean said that ‘one of the misconceptions about the Democratic Party is that we’re godless and that we don’t have any values.’”
“The truth is, we have an enormous amount in common with the Christian community, and particularly with the evangelical Christian community,” Dean said. “And one of the biggest things that Democrats worry about is the materialism of our country, what’s on television that our kids are seeing, and the lack of spirituality. And that’s something we have in common.”
He added, “The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says that marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s what it says. I think where we may take exception with some religious leaders is that we believe in inclusion, that everybody deserves to live with dignity and respect, and that equal rights under the law are important.”
Whoops! It turns out that’s not what the Democrat Party platform says at all. Dean was forced to backtrack:
“I misstated the Democratic Party’s platform, which does not say that marriage should be limited to a man and a woman, but says the Party is committed to full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and leaves the issue to the states to decide. The Democratic Party remains committed to equal protection under the law for all Americans. How we achieve that goal continues to be the subject of a contentious debate, but our Party continues to oppose constitutional amendments that seek to short circuit the debate on how to achieve equality for all Americans.”