Thursday, July 31, 2008

Democratic Convention Reaching Out To Faith Communities, With Some Objections

The Democratic Party continues its efforts to reach out to faith communities in connection with its upcoming Denver Convention. (See prior posting.) According to a story on the Convention's official website, on July 25, marking one month before the start of the gathering, members of Colorado Ute Indian tribes performed a Native American blessing outside the Pepsi Center where the Convention will be held. The first official event of the Convention will be an interfaith gathering on Sunday, August 24 at the Wells Fargo Theater in downtown Denver. The Secular Coalition for America, however, issued a release expressing dismay at the exclusion of "tens of millions of American voters who are nontheists." It says it has written Convention CEO Leah Daughtry suggesting that the interfaith event will be divisive, and seeking to discuss ways to make the Convention more inclusive. Apparently Daughtry is taking the secularists' concern seriously.