“Democrats speak out on religion,” by David Kranz, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 3 May 2005, http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050503/COLUMNISTS02/50503001/1001/NEWS (from Daily Kos through South Dakota Politics).
My state isn’t so big that I can’t congratulate Grassrootdems.org for getting its billboard on both Minnesota avenue and dKos
Democrats are tired of letting Republicans own the faith and values message, so they are taking their case to the streets.
A billboard campaign was launched Monday by the Minneheha County’s Grassroots Democrats, letting people know what their party stands for, says chairwoman Lisa Engels.
Green, black and white signs at Seventh Street and Minnesota Avenue and at Russell Street and Westport Avenue say: “Jesus cares for the poor, so do we. Democrats make America stronger.”
“The whole thing behind it is to counteract the Christian right and their so-called monopoly on religion,” Engels said. “They have been able to get out there and convince people that the flag wraps better around them than it does us, and that is not true.”
A good start by South Dakota liberals, if a hopeless one. The biggest “liberal” church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America , is regularly ignored by its members and in terminal decline. The state Presbyterian Church (USA) worshippers are in loud revolt against the national leftists. The fastest growing churches are known for their conservatism — the Catholics, Mormons, Orthodox, and “baptists.”
But at least they have some 4GPS2 force. After all, half of the battle is just showing up. (The other half is winning.)