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Overview Miller gently examines religious prejudice, defends religious liberty, and challenges Democrats to end religious discrimination or remain on the wrong side of a just cause.
Publishers Description Why Christians Don't Vote For Democrats gently examines religious prejudice, defends religious liberty and challenges Democrats to end religious discrimination or remain on the wrong side of a just cause.
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Release Date Jun 1, 2006
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A Book every Christian needs to read Jul 22, 2006
"Secular Democrats who are prejudiced against Christians advocate, support, and vote into law various forms of religious discrimination harmful to Christian America. Not all Democrats, not all secular Democrats, are prejudiced against religion".
Author Richard Miller has made a good case for why Christians should not vote for secular Democrats. As he said above, not all Democrats believe the same way, just as all Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, etc., do not think the same way. And, they do not all vote the same way. I would venture to say if you had ten of each in a room together, there would be divisions among them all, with some going across party lines.
Within 91 pages, the author has packed some great information regarding the reasons he believes Christians should not vote for Democrats. Each of us Christians should make it our priority to get the facts on all candidates who are running for office. I've often heard the expression `if they quack like a duck, they are a duck' --- if they claim to be a Christian, they are a Christian (or whatever one claims to be). But, saying one is a Christian and adhering to Christian values are two entirely different things. Many candidates will offer themselves up as a `Christian candidate', mostly to get votes from the naive Christians, when, in reality, they `go to church', but do not live the Christian life or adhere to all the beliefs of scripture. I have to be fair; there are candidates on all sides who do this. So, it is very important that we all make use of all the information we can obtain to make the right choice when we go to vote.
"Political freedom of speech is the inalienable right of every citizen or group of citizens in a healthy democracy."
The freedoms of Christians are quickly being denied. One of those that is being taken away is the right of a pastor/minister/layman to speak freely from the pulpit to the parishioners about the candidates. This is putting a muzzle on `freedom of speech', which is our right, and the Democrats are behind the effort to stop all churches who are tax-exempt from expressing anything political from within the church.
Richard Miller has tried, throughout his book, to encourage and show us how to be good stewards of our citizenship. If we study each candidate, learn his or her beliefs and behaviors (not just what they say in front of a crowd), then we can make an intelligent decision of which the best candidate will be for the job for which he or she is running. If we fail to make ourselves completely aware of what each candidate is about, and still vote, then we are doing ourselves, and our fellow Christians a disservice. And, when and if the wrong candidate gets in office, and Christianity is pushed farther to the back burner, and we finally lose our `voice', we only have our unpreparedness to blame.
I recommend this book for reading, although it may take several reads to get the full impact of what the author is saying. Thirteen chapters are packed full of information, some of which I wish could have been expounded upon. But, he gives you enough `ammunition' to get you started on the right track of picking the most deserving candidate in the next election. I give the book 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
Does a good job of translating "Christian speak" Jul 22, 2006
There is a vast economic and political difference between secular communism and secular democracy. It is not our intention to study the complexity of this difference, but to keep in mind the frightening similarities causing alarm for Christians in America. What American slavery is to racism, secular communism is to secular democracy. There is a vast difference in degree and form between slavery and racism, but a similar racial prejudice. There is a vast difference in degree and form between secular communism and secular democracy, but a similar religious prejudice. This similarity is a prejudice against religion in general, and Christians in particular.
[...] Not all Democrats, not all secular Democrats, are prejudiced against religion. With this exception to the description acknowledged, hereafter the term secular Democrat refers to those secular Democrats who are prejudiced against Christians.
Richard Miller translates "Christian speak into political speak" and makes a real effort to communicate with a group that doesn't understand him and doesn't seem to want to try. The modern Democratic party is perplexed by Bible-believing Christians, and has been for years. From calling us "poor, uneducated and easy to command" to Senator Tom Harkin comparing Christian broadcasters to the Taliban, it's clear that they don't understand or like Christians.
Miller tries to explain, in a non-judgemental manner and with a minimum of Christian jargon, the mainstream Christian point of view. He's not affiliated with a political party, but since two of his three daughters are Democrats, and his other daughter and wife are Republican, he's the man in the middle. He's not advocating a partisan political view in this book, he's explaining the Christian view as applied to American politics. He gently explains, with very clear examples and analogies, why "Christian America shuns the Democratic Party, not just for this election, but also for every election to come."
Miller writes on a variety of topics including how Christians both pay for public schools which promote a "cesspool culture," and also pay parochial school tuition, to how journalists write inaccurately about Christianity because they have so little familiarity with it. (Remember the Falwell "assault ministry" versus "a salt ministry" quote?) He addresses the fact that one third of our government - the Supreme Court - has been permitted to attain supreme status over the other two thirds.
This is a book that Christians will enjoy, because it clearly states many mainstream points of view in a very concise and quotable way. It's great fodder for political discussions with the Democrats you know, and because he states his case gently and doesn't take gratuitous slams at Democrats, it's very effective. It's a book that will enrage those who meet Miller's definition of "secular Democrat" because the Christian point of view is so abhorrent to them. I would rate this book a 4, because it is a wonderful example of how Christians can engage an adversarial and frequently hostile culture with this verse in mind:
But dedicate your lives to Christ as Lord. Always be ready to defend your confidence in God when anyone asks you to explain it. However, make your defense with gentleness and respect. Keep your conscience clear. Then those who treat the good Christian life you live with contempt will feel ashamed that they have ridiculed you. (1 Peter 3:15-16)
Christians : Read this book before voting for a Democrat Jul 11, 2006
"The author hopes...to encourage Christians to exercise good stewardship of their collective citizenship."
This is a quote taken from the cover of "Why Christians Don't Vote for Democrats" by Richard Miller Published by Xulon Press. The author hits the mark with this book. Miller draws a clear line between Secular Democrats and Christian America in this book. It is very important to consider Miller's definition of Secular Democrats while reading his book. Secular Democrats are defined by Miller as those Democrats who are prejudiced against Christians. While Miller acknowledges the term Christian Democrat, he takes issue with that segment of Christian Democrats who are proven to be "wolves in sheep's clothing" when they end up voting like Secular Democrats.
For the purposes of reading this book, Christian American is best defined as the group of Christians who avoid the Democratic Party when election day rolls around. Miller gives very little attention to the group of Christians who find themselves repeatedly voting for Democrats for various reasons. Miller does offer some great questions to consider if you are a Christian who does continue to vote for Democrats.
Christians will find this book educational on several fronts. Miller provides a unique explanation of the main stream media's perspective on Christian America. Richard Miller does a great job of educating his readers on the importance of voting for candidates who will tip the balance of justice in our federal government in favor of Biblically based Chrisitan values. Miller offers strong opinions of how Secular Democrats pollute our public education system and stifle the attempts of the Christian community to educate children through church based private schools.
The book did have some hard to follow wording. Otherwise "Why Christians Don't Vote for Democrats" was an easy read.
This book rates a 4 out of 5 for delivering the content it promised.
Not What I was Expecting -- A Bit Better Jul 7, 2006
The title of this book is a bit misleading, at least it was for me. I was expecting a complete diatribe about why good Christians should never, ever vote for Democrats, and why those who DO are actually not Christians at all. I was expecting a lot of venom, and I was, quite frankly, expecting to not like the book very much. And I was very wrong.
Why Christians Don't Vote For Democrats should be read by every Democratic strategist. Richard Miller is giving them the keys -- he's telling them exactly what they need to change to get the support of evangelical Christians. He's telling them why, for the most part, evangelical Christians don't vote for Democrats. There's no venom -- how could there be, when two of Miller's own daughters are registered Democrats?
This is not a long book -- it's really not hard to show why evangelicals are not voting for Democrats. But the material is presented in a way that a Democrat could read it and, rather than being offended, realize the gulf that separates them from evangelicals.
Miller makes a lot of statements in the book, though, that I would have liked to have seen expanded. We read that "secular Democrats" want to lower the age of consent, don't believe that the teachings of Jesus or Moses have any value, don't want Christians to be able to afford to send their kids to Christian schools, etc. I would have liked to have seen these generalities detailed a bit more -- specific quotes from specific Democratic leaders, for example. A Christian Democrat reading this would of course say "No I don't." Specific examples would have been a welcome addition to the book in these cases.
Miller's purpose in writing this books seems to have been to make people think -- both Democrats and Republicans. He's achieved that goal; there's a lot of material presented in the book that should make people think. As I said, he's provided Democratic leadership with a rough guide to gaining the trust of evangelical Christian voters, if they will read it and listen.
This will get you talking about christians in politics Jul 7, 2006
"The Democratic Party is not intellectually honest with Christian America"
Why? For many reasons, which Journalist and author Richard Miller unpacks in this book published by Xulon Press.
In 91 short pages Miller tackles topics such as Religious Prejudice, the environment, education, economics and culture. Miller (who is un-affiliated) argues that many of the Democrats views are not just directly against Christian values but would discriminate against Christians. For example, Christians pay school tax, yet they have no representation in the secular school which seeks to teach young people ideals and facts which are not just non-christian but anti christian.
Of course, Miller is not tarring every Democrat with the same brush. He uses the term 'secular' Democrat to indicate those who are prejudiced against religion and religious values. Also, two of his three daughters are Democrats!
Millers goal in writing this book is to argue that if Democrats continue to uphold and pursue these policies then Christian America (which he does not really define in the book) will 'shun the Democratic Party, not just for the next election but also for every election to come', a phrase he uses to end each chapter from chapter 3 onwards.
Millers analysis is peppered with some theological insight (drawing from his time at Bethnay Bible College), as he provides biblical defenses against the Secular Democrat argument (such as it is good to feed and look after the poor but not, as advocated by Secular Democrats, the naive welfare state who allows people who can work to take advantage of taxpayers).
A possible problem with the book might be the generalization of the terms used (secular Democrats; Christian American) which are not really defined. and of course, there are Democrats who do not think in these ways, just as there are Secular Republicans who do. But a tendency to generalize will happen in a book which covers as much ground as this does in 91 pages. However, Miller's thesis has evidence of being true by the fact that the Democrats, in recent memory, have not been regular occupiers of the White House nor having control of the Congress and Senate.
Millers suggestion to the reader is to withhold support, money and of course the vote from the Democrats in order that they may change. This will also provide Christians with political influence.
One area which Miller does not discuss in any detail is the lack of enthusiasm which the average person has for politics. Politics is an area where Christians need to be involved and involved at all levels. The tragedy could be (and for me is very likely) that Christian's say one of two things about this book; 1. So what! 2. I really don't understand or care!Both responses are disastrous for the christian community in the USA.
For this reason I give this book a rating of 3 starts. Miller is calling people to look at the danger areas within politics (and specifically the Democratic Party) which challenge the Christian worldview and are discriminating against Christians. Christians ignore the effects and significance of politics at their peril.