Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
430 South Capitol Street
Washington, DC 20003
An Open Letter to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
I am greatly distressed and disappointed to learn that during the recent special Congressional election in Mississippi, the DCCC ran ads linking a key Republican donor, Sheldon Adelson, to what you refered to as "atheist China".
Certainly there are good reasons to point out the influences a
foreign nation - especially one with a questionable human rights record
- might have with a candidate.
But labeling China as "atheist" in this context can only be seen
as a slur against atheists.
(And it's an inaccurate characterization of China - many Chinese
are religious, and the Chinese government officially recognizes
Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism, and Protestantism, and in recent
years has organized international forums on Buddhism and Taoism.)
George H. W. Bush lost the atheist vote for Republicans when he
declared, "I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens,
nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."
I'd hoped for better from Democrats.
Until such time as I receive an apology or rational explanation
from the DCCC, I shall withhold my vote from any Democratic candidate
for the House, and will ask my friends and allies - and everyone who
values religious liberty - to do the same.
Very truly yours,