Thursday, January 08, 2004

Howard Deans say that his faith affects how he approached the bill on gay civil unions.

Granted, this isn't going to sway any staunch anti-homosexuals, and will probably bother militant gay rights activists, but it's a reasonable nuanced position. I particularly like how he uses science in harmony with religion. He doesn't say that science has invalidated religious belief. Rather, he holds that religion must be updated to account for new data that science can give us.

Dean strikes me as someone who is not a natural speaker; he has to experiment on the campaign trail to determine how best to communicate what he believes. I think by the summer he'll be talking a lot more ably on religious points and (assuming he wins the nomination) he will be able to sincerely (if not smoothly) mix religion into his comments.

So I am not worried that religion and gay civil unions are potentially issues in 2004.

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