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Democrats leave party over marriage, religious freedom concerns


A wave of local and state Democrats throughout the U.S. are leaving the party due to controversy over its leaders’ support for “gay marriage,” as well as concerns about religious freedom and the defense of the unborn.

“There comes a time when you have to stand on what you believe in,” said Greg Waggoner, sheriff of Leake County, Miss. “And I can no longer have any connection with the Democratic Party if that’s the route they’re going to take.”

Waggoner was one of seven local Mississippi Democrats who formally switched his party affiliation to Republican on May 30.

He said that the Democratic Party took an “extreme left turn” when its national leaders “endorsed same-sex marriage” in recent weeks, presenting a direct conflict with his faith and allegiance to Christ.

Firmly committed to the belief that marriage is a union “between a man and a woman,” he realized that his views were better reflected in the Republican Party.

According to the Mississippi Republican Party, more than 50 Democrats in the state have switched their affiliation since “Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama have taken over the national Democrat party.”

Other states – particularly those in the South – have had a similar experience, as Democrats are exiting the party at a significant rate. The shift is being attributed to increasingly liberal stances by leaders of the Democratic Party.

On May 9, U.S. President Barack Obama voiced his official endorsement of “gay marriage,” becoming the first president in the country’s history to do so.

His announcement came just days after Vice President Joe Biden said that he was “absolutely comfortable” with “gay marriage.”

The move immediately sparked controversy, with critics arguing that it does not reflect the will of the people. In every state where the issue has been put to a vote of the citizens, marriage has been upheld as the union of a man and a woman. [More]





  1. Michael Joseph Francisconi says:

    Shame, shame we have not dealt with employee rights to Collective Bargaining with their employers yet and that Catholic schools and hospitals are employers. Employees have a right form unions to bargain for health insurance including birth control. We Catholics should demand the US Bishops resign as they have overstepped their authority and are forcing their narrow view on the rest of us. Where is religious freedom, political freedom for the rest of us?

    • Jim says:

      Michael — face it — you’re not Catholic, so don’t refer to yourself as such. You have started the religion of Michael Joseph Francisconi, and you have one member of your church — yourself. Leave us Catholics alone, and we’ll leave you alone.

  2. Carl says:

    Bobbleheads unite!

  3. Peggy says:

    When choosing who to vote for it is necessary to consider ALL of the candidates’ positions, not just one or two issues like gay marriage or abortion. While it is true that the Democratic leadership is more liberal than I am on these two moral issues, they are much more in line with my views on their stance for social justice for the poor and unemployed while the Republicans support big business and the wealthy at the expense of social justice programs. Obama has really showed poor judgement by letting his liberal moral stance distract from the social justice issue. I still think I will vote for him as the lesser evil. This gay marriage and abortion thing is being counteracted by the states. God help us!

    • David Tilly says:

      I have to agree with Peggy. I also will support our President at the poles come November. I really believe the good outweighs the bad in Obama’s actions and plans – although I am very distressed regarding abortion.

      • Jim says:

        You should be distressed by the abortion issue, David — can you hear the sound of over one million babies crying every year as they are poisoned with saline in their mother’s wombs, or, worse yet, pulled three-quarters out and then have their neck punctured so their brains can be sucked out, as happens in partial birth abortion? Twice, at the state level, Obama voted against legislation that would have mandated life-sustaining interventions for babies born alive after a saline abortion. I once talked with a nurse who witnessed what happens in these situations — the babies are taken to a back room and left to die. Obama supported that. And you can think any person with that stance could possibly be good for our country?

    • Jim says:

      Peggy — your view of Republicans has been manufactured by the despicable media. With the exception of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal and maybe one or two other media outlets here and there, they all distort the truth, portrayed Republicans in a bad light. Do you really believe any Republican would oppose tax-supported interventions for abused children, battered women, or a person without medical insurance having a heart attack? Empirical studies have found Republicans are more generous than Democrats with regard to charitable giving. The Democrats are more charitable with other people’s money.

  4. Deacon Holcombe Pryor says:

    I was a “Kennedy Democrat” who became a “Reagan Republican.” My change was a result of the “pro-abortion stand” of the Democratic Party. Since then other things have happened which confirm my own political conviction.

  5. Mary O'Brien says:

    And the Republican “pro-life” philosophy is so much better????????

    • Jim says:

      Mary — Being against the slaughter of over one million babies a year — it doesn’t take much thought to realize that is a far superior position.

  6. Mary says:

    Tony,homosexual behavior as well as masturbation are always sinful; one’s culpability may be diminished, however, for psychological reasons. We, as Catholics don’t determine if an act is sinful. The Church is here to guide us in those areas. Our responsibility is to have a properly formed conscience which is aligned with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

  7. joseph francis says:

    This should be shown on CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, all the liberal T.V. stations. I am hopeful that there are many more Democrates who have moral Christian values, who see Obama’s crazyness and agenda for a secular, pagen society,religion free, who in November will vote Republican. To these Domocrats I thank you for your moral courage.

    • Jim says:

      Well, Joseph, you of course are correct — but the despicable liberal media never would show the truth.

  8. Tony says:

    I believe we will do well to look further and deeper into same sex attraction through the lens of modern psycological and sociological studies to determine if all acts of homosexulatiy are subjectively sinful accross the board. I would say they might not be.
    A careful reading to the Cathechism states that in the course of human devleopment not every act of masturbation is sinful.
    One has to determine if one is guilty of sin even if his acts are not in keeping with the understood moral law.

    • Jim says:

      Tony, You did not read the Catechism carefully. Paragraph 2352, which concerns itself with masturbation, acknowledges mitigating factors (as there are with any sinful behavior), but it doesn’t assert what you stated, that “not every act of masturbation is sinful” — the Catechism only allows that this COULD be the case, not that it is the case.

  9. Jim says:

    Well, I’m waiting for all the posters who support that heretical nun’s work (from Yale Divinity School) to comment about this — I was so sure that homosexuality was the way to go. You know, 21st century thinkers are so much smarter than Augustine and Aquinas and all of the other great thinkers in world history. That nun’s work will, in the end, wind up in the trash with all of the other garbage.

  10. Jim says:

    Halleluia — thank God for His grace inspiring these Democrats who are putting their faith above worldly considerations.


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