Thursday, April 20, 2006

Chatting with Howard Dean

The Christian Science Monitor has an interview up with Howard Dean. Here are a couple of highlights.
On the Democrats' policy on Iraq:

"There is a consensus that we cannot continue to have a permanent commitment to a failed strategy.... One, we are going to support our troops and two, you are going to see a ... desire to resolve the situation ... by turning this over to the Iraqis and bringing our folks home. The only thing that is left up to some modest differences is what the timetable is."

On religion and politics:

"The religious community has to decide whether they want to be tax exempt or involved in politics."
Hmmm, doesn't that sound like Bush's policy in Iraq? Turn it over to the Iraqis and, as has been said so often, "as they stand up, we would stand down." So, he's basically endorsing Bush's plan. Or is there a whole world of difference in the details he's leaving out concerning the "timetable?"

And on churches being tax exempt - does that include every church that candidates from Bill Clinton to Al Gore to John Kerry campaign in on every Sunday during an election year? Do we really want to go there in examining churches and their relations with candidates? If we do, fine, but just be sure to examine both sides of the practices of both parties.

And is that the policy of the Democratic Party now - if we take over, we'll take away the religious exemption from churches, particularly those that support conservatives? Does the party truly want to threaten that?