In a remarkably unguarded moment on Inauguration Day, Nancy Pelosi declared the following about white-working class Christians: “They pray in church on Sunday, and prey on people the rest of the week.”
She wasn’t finished.
“And while we’re doing the Lord’s work by ministering to the needs of God’s creation, they are ignoring those needs, which is to dishonor the God who made them.”
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) January 20, 2017
Accusing white working-class believers of “dishonoring” God and “preying” upon people is an interesting strategy for retaking the White House in 2020. She’s a bit confused as to who’s been doing the actual preying the last few decades. But Pelosi does have a point if, by “ministering to the needs of God’s creation,” she means stuff like:
- Booing both Israel and the God of Israel at the party’s national convention,
- Imposing a gag rule, enforced by IRS audits, on clergymen who speak out about candidates,
- Dragging faith groups with names like the “Little Sisters of the Poor” into court because they won’t pay for abortions, then forcing them to litigate all the way to the Supreme Court,
- Fighting any legal impediment to the annual murder of over a million unborn children, then selling their body parts,
- Laying the groundwork for lawsuits against churches that refuse to use a transgender’s preferred pronoun and instead insist on adhering to biological truth.
Perhaps Pelosi should chat with Michael Ware, a theologically conservative Christian who served as Obama’s director for faith outreach during the 2012 campaign. Shockingly, Team Obama had one on its payrolls. Speaking to the Atlantic a few weeks ago, Ware described how he wrote a campaign document entitled “Economic Fairness and the Least of These.” Ware was then chided by another Obama staffer: “Is this a typo? It doesn’t make any sense to me. Who/what are ‘these’?” Most Democrats, being biblically illiterate, have no idea that phrases such as “the least of these” were coined by Someone of significance to believers.
Ware’s suggestions to Democrats about outreach to Christians are pretty straightforward: at least pretend to seek their votes and, while doing so, at least pretend not to hate them.
Hopefully, Democrats won’t take Ware’s advice. If Republicans hope to survive the post-Trump era, they need, at some point, to make inroads with church-going Latinos, African-Americans, and Asians. The Democrats’ religious animus, now so open and toxic, is making that task a little easier.