Welcome to a brand-new weekly feature over here at Faith In Public Life. In our work, we constantly hear about the death of the culture wars and the embrace of a common good agenda. But is this really true? FPL will keep you in the know on the epic battle between the culture warriors and the common do-gooders, who’s up, who’s down, who’s in and who’s just out of touch.
Full disclosure: We’re rooting for the common do-gooders.
With no further ado, this week’s dispatch:
Support life! Oppose universal health care!
One might be easily tricked into thinking supporting the expansion of S-CHIP, a health insurance program for low-income children would be a good, even Christian, thing to do. Luckily, the Family Research Council stepped in to clarify things in an email to supporters. (p.s. did you catch the part that says Catholics United “promotes global warming”? Geeze, I thought these people were progressive. Somebody get them a carbon offset!)
Millions Convert to Christianity following Coulter’s sensitive, humble articulation of the faith
Like an encore of “Imagine,” minus the “no religion” part…
Last week’s release of the report “Come, Let Us Reason Together” detailing common ground between progressives and evangelicals was a coup for common do-gooders. As was the release of “Pursuing the Global Common Good” a collection of essays pairing religious voices with policy makers on crucial issues such as just war and torture. Culture war Armistice Day? Not quite, but a significant step in the right direction.
This Week’s Scorecard:
Due to the one-two punch of the Third Way report (with with FPL had an advisory role) and “Pursuing the Global Common Good” we’re giving this one to the common do-gooders. But of course, the culture warriors won’t give up easily, and if experience is any clue, they have a lot of fight left in them.
It is interesting to see who in the the faith community is speaking out publicly on SCHIP funding. With the “pro-family” religious Right not only silent on helping working families afford more than a prayer, they are also very silent on the blog attacks on the Frost family.
On a more hopeful note here’s a Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy interview with Glenn Palmberg of the Evangelical Covenant Church on SCHIP
What are the moral implications of SCHIP?
This legislation means health care, or a lack thereof, for an additional 4 to 6 million children. About 4 million children are covered by SCHIP, and it’s been a pretty successful program. This legislation would add 6 million more children who don’t have, can’t afford, and can’t get health insurance. That’s a moral issue. We have a responsibility for caring for the poor. It makes a huge difference if they get preventive care and prenatal care. That will affect them for a lifetime.
The Senate passed SCHIP with enough votes to override the President’s veto. The House also passed the bill, but was 15 votes short of overriding a veto without another vote on Oct. 18. What are you doing to persuade House members to change their previous vote?
We have a list of people who have shown some openness to the possibility of changing their vote. We will be approaching them and urging them to vote for an override. There will be pressure put on people to change their minds. We’re going to keep track of how people vote. This is not without controversy and opposition within the denomination, so it will be more voluntary on ECC members’ part.
As you know, the right has been attacking the Frost family for both being too rich to receive and too poor to pay for health insurance and support their children in school. As others have noted, the bizarre logic lost on many is that making what used to be called a decent wage no longer allows a large family to protect a family from the exigencies of life. Here’s middle class Americana are in their own words: