Alter Boy Takes The High Ground

by | Oct 15, 2004

“There’s a great passage of the Bible that says, ‘What does it mean, my brother, to say you have faith if there are no deeds? Faith without works is dead.’ And I think that everything you do in public life has to be guided by your faith, affected by your faith, but without transferring it in any official way to other people. That’s why I fight against poverty. That’s why I fight to clean up the environment and protect this earth. That’s why I fight for equality and justice.” -John Kerry, during Presidential presentation #3, when asked about Catholic bishops who have warned their parishioners that a vote for Kerry would be considered a sin

My favorite rhetorical flourishes from John Kerry during the Presidential presentations came when he quoted passages from The Bible, throwing Dubya well off his mark. This guy is good. He’s not conceding the religious vote, despite the fact that no evangelical Christians will vote for him. There are plenty of mainstream Christians, dissenting Catholics, and people of all faiths (and no faith) who will.