Monday, March 29, 2004

The Nerve

The Bush campaign is all worked up because John Kerry had the nerve to quote Scripture on the campaign trail.

John Kerry cited a Bible verse Sunday to criticize leaders who have “faith but has no deeds,” prompting President Bush’s spokesman to accuse Kerry of exploiting Scripture for a political attack.

Kerry never mentioned Bush by name during his speech at New North Side Baptist Church, but aimed his criticism at “our present national leadership.” Kerry cited Scripture in his appeal for the worshippers, including James 2:14, “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?”

“The Scriptures say, what does it profit, my brother, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” Kerry said. “When we look at what is happening in America today, were are the works of compassion?”

Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt said Kerry’s comment “was beyond the bounds of acceptable discourse and a sad exploitation of Scripture for a political attack.” [New York Times]

Come on, Senator, you know that sanctimony and religious exploitation is the copyrighted property of the Republican party. Any use or rebroadcast of their material without express written permission is prohibited.

[Update 3/29/04, 5:00 p.m. Check out what Kevin at Lean Left has to say on the subject. Eloquent and moving.]