However, no matter what Dean says about his
religious faith, it will never square with those biblically
in the know, particularly devout Catholics and evangelical Protestants.
Never. Why? Because his political causes such as pro-choice
and pro-practicing homosexual lifestyles are anti-Scripture.
Therefore, if anything, Dean will garner the
votes of the theologically liberal, such as the Unitarian-Universalist
Society. But he won’t gather any votes from the fundamentalists
nor evangelicals, let alone those Catholics who adhere to traditional
With that, Dean will cast himself either as
a totally sincere theological liberal or a mock-up touting religion
for political opportunism.
Now Dean is particularly focusing on the south
for votes. All the more, the south is overrun with evangelicals,
for example those of the Baptist persuasion. The Southern Baptist
layperson and clergy can spot a theological liberal several
miles away. And when they do, Dean’s not in their hallelujah
camp. Not at all. He’d not make it to the back pew. Therefore,
if Dean is going to start his Amen Corner by courting the southern
churchgoer, he’d better switch over to pro-life and anti-homosexual
lifestyle in one hurry kick.
Dean presently is a member of a congregational
church while his wife and children are Jewish. He once belonged
to the Episcopal Church but pulled out of the local congregation
in Vermont over a disagreement regarding a bike path.
"Howard Dean can never get it straight,"
said Steve Murphy, campaign manager for Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt.
"I mean, first, he said that, you know, that southerners
shouldn't vote on guns, God and gays, and now he says he's going
to use religion more. First, he said, you know, that he was
going to be the candidate of people with confederate flag decals,
and then he apologized for that. You never know what Howard
Dean is going to say. If you don't like it, just wait a little
while, he'll change it."
So expect Dean to be pro-life on Monday, pro-choice
on Tuesday, pro-gay on Wednesday, and anti-openly gay on Thursday.
Well, not really. Dean cannot make that kind of end of one spectrum
to another without falling flat on his theological face.
But he might try. After all, one never knows
about Howard Dean.