November 22, 2004,
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article appears in the November 29, 2004, issue of National Review.
Two things surprise me about the Democratic Left's public response to their bitter election disappointment and the shattering of their illusions. The first is how little they know about Christians and Christian faith; the second is the ugly stereotypes that govern their descriptions of Christians.
At the same time, two things please me. First, they are repeating the same mistakes they made before the election, virtually guaranteeing themselves still more shattered illusions; second, they are verifying that voters were not mistaken about the Left's distorted moral vision, a vision they try to force on us. The redoubtable Michael Kinsley, for instance, has declared his own moral superiority over religious people in a tone of faux self-abasement.
In a column, he wrote, "People on my side of the divide want to live in a society where women are free to choose abortion and where gay relationships have full civil equality with straight ones." Full civil equality: Now there's a weasel expression if I ever heard one. Marriages? Civil unions? Which?
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