5/26/2014 8:39:00 AM Marriage views not that different
Brian D. Rude, Rice Lake
I've been a Republican for the past year or so, and so was much interested in Barrie Johnson's letter in last week's Chronotype. He is obviously a Democrat. He puts Republicans together with Islam and Christianity as anti-women. I certainly think everyone should be aware that there are extremist elements in Islam that pose a danger to us, but all the Democrats I know are quick to point out that we should be very careful not to paint all Islamists as anti-women and dangerous. I agree with my Democratic friends totally on that. I am not really a Christian, but I come from a Christian culture. I understand that the words and actions of a few Christian groups, including the Catholic church, seem anti-women. But again I join my Democratic friends in in believing that we should be careful not to paint all Christians as anti-women. And I join my Democratic friends in believing that religion is not a bad thing, in spite of the bad actions of a few zealots. I understand how Johnson can argue that Christianity is anti-women at its origin, but I think it is inaccurate and unfair to suggest that Christians today are tied to some anti-women sentiments of two thousand years ago. I think it is fair to say that Democrats and Republicans do have slightly different views of marriage. In the "Julia" cartoon of 2 years ago, Julia was portrayed as an intelligent and capable person, but marriage was not portrayed as part of her life. I don't think that is typical of Democrats in general. Marriage and family seem to be very important to the Democrats I know. But I think the lack of marriage in the Julia cartoon does say something about a slightly different view of marriage by Democrats and Republicans. Democrats probably think they are more pro-feminist than Republicans. Pre-Clinton I can see how that could be argued. But post-Clinton? That needs some explaining.