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Psst, Don't Tell Anyone: Wave of Dems Leaving the Party Over Marriage, Religious Freedom Concerns
NewsBusters ^ | June 8, 2012 | Tom Blumer

Posted on 06/08/2012 7:45:19 AM PDT by Petrosius

The Catholic News Agency's Michelle Bauman reports that there has been a "wave" of recent defections and departures from the Democratic Party that could be as many as several hundred. The establishment press is clearly being remiss in failing to note them at all -- something which would not be occurring if it involved Republicans going to the party of the left.

The reasons for the moves primarily relate to President Obama's endorsement of same-sex "marriage" and the assault on religious freedoms inherent in his administration's requirement that employers who offer health insurance plans, in Bauman's words, "cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so violates their consciences." Excerpts from her report follow the jump, including a notable quote from Artur Davis, the former four-term Democratic congressman who announced to very little press coverage in late May that if he runs again for public office, it will be as a Republican:

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.

... This support for “same-sex marriage” was a concern for Rick Murphrey, mayor of Kings Mountain, N.C., and prominent Pennsylvania committeewoman Jo Ann Nardelli, both of whom were lifelong Democrats before they recently switched their party affiliation to Republican.

... Among the reasons ... (Artur Davis) cited for cutting ties with the Democratic Party was the contraception mandate, which contradicted his belief that “faith institutions should not be compelled to violate their teachings because faith is a freedom, too."

If Mississippi's experience of 50 switches is happening at even half that rate in several other states, that would mean that hundreds of declared Democratic Party politicians are now former Democrats.

As to Davis, I did a search on the quoted phrase in the excerpt above (still in quotes) at Google News. Only five results came back. Only two were from establishment press sources. One of them was a "Notable and Quotable" item at the Wall Street Journal, which carried the full text of what Davis posted at his web site; the other was in a Right Turn blog post at the Washington Post by Jennifer Rubin. The lack of other results shows that the few establishment press sources which might have carried the news of Davis's move didn't quote one of his primary reasons for making it.

I suspect that many of those who have recently become former Democrats would echo what former Democrat Ronald Reagan said when asked why he left the party: "I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. It left me."


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho2012; catholicvote; homosexualagenda; samesexmarriage; seeya

1 posted on 06/08/2012 7:45:25 AM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Petrosius

I wonder what would happen if the church woke up and realized it could run the table on virtually every issue: if only it would wake up, repent, and vote their faith.


2 posted on 06/08/2012 7:52:33 AM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Petrosius

“Hundreds” of voters leaving the democrat party needs to be “tens of thousands”

OTOH, you’d have a hard time finding a single republican who’s joined the democrats because of their support for gay marriage.


3 posted on 06/08/2012 7:53:58 AM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

I think the author meant to write “hundreds of thousands”.


4 posted on 06/08/2012 7:56:45 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: kidd

Notice that these hundreds are party leaders, not just voters. They will bring their supporters with them.


5 posted on 06/08/2012 7:57:31 AM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Petrosius

Who would have thought that social issues would have done in the DEMOCRAT party!


6 posted on 06/08/2012 8:00:10 AM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - Socrates)
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To: Petrosius

Well, there’s plenty of room for them now in the Liberal Lite wing of the Republican Party.


7 posted on 06/08/2012 8:02:20 AM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: Petrosius

My cousin is our local county sheriff. A good Christian man. But, for the world of me I cannot ever figure out why he is a Dimocrat. I guess when the thugs came to him to get him to run over 25 years ago, they were different dimocrats to a point. But, not anymore. I sent this article to him. Probably make him mad, but whatever. He will just have to get mad! I sent it any way.


8 posted on 06/08/2012 8:04:36 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (Paul said the world would look like in the last days: See Romans 1: 13-32 for the examples.)
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To: Petrosius

Maybe this will be O’Bummer’s nail in the coffin!

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
June 01, 2012

Presidential Proclamation: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2012 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2012

By The President Of The United States Of America

A Proclamation

.......

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2012 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.


9 posted on 06/08/2012 8:05:09 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: kidd
“Hundreds” of voters leaving the democrat party needs to be “tens of thousands”

I don't think they're talking voters here, but rather elected officials and party officers.

10 posted on 06/08/2012 8:11:01 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: tired&retired

Sodomite Pride Month?

lol


11 posted on 06/08/2012 8:15:38 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. and the economy died.)
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To: RetiredArmy

Unions

I know a rookie fire fighter who was “encouraged” to de-register as Republican.


12 posted on 06/08/2012 8:25:18 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Petrosius
“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.”

Where has this sheriff's sensibilities been over the last several decades? What he believes in? The "route they're going to take?" If he has been this oblivious to the radical route that the Leftist Democratic/Socialist Party has been taking since the late 60's, the good sheriff has more serious problems than worrying about his recent Party issues.

13 posted on 06/08/2012 8:30:22 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Petrosius
The establishment press is clearly being remiss in failing to note them at all -- something which would not be occurring if it involved Republicans going to the party of the left.

The press is held in such contempt zings seem a natural way to start off a piece. Life is good! We're winning the battle of ideas.

14 posted on 06/08/2012 8:33:58 AM PDT by GOPJ (Take your little hammer, little sickle and your scary red signs with a fist on it, and go home...)
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To: Petrosius

I’m just waiting for the D-Rat Party to make same-sex “marriage” an official plank in their party’s platform.

If you think this current exodus is “alarming,” you haven’t seen NOTHING yet.


15 posted on 06/08/2012 8:33:58 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

It, and worse, is in the Libertarian platform yet we have libertarians proudly announce themselves as such and defend libertarianism here on America’s top conservative site.


16 posted on 06/08/2012 9:28:43 AM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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To: Petrosius

The Democrat party has been bleeding out the last few decades. Southern conservative Christians who used to vote like daddy are waking up.


17 posted on 06/08/2012 9:39:34 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningfull to say)
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To: Petrosius

“Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama have taken over the national Democrat party.”

You get what you vote for,always think first and trust none.


18 posted on 06/08/2012 9:58:56 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: ansel12
It, and worse, is in the Libertarian platform yet we have libertarians proudly announce themselves as such and defend libertarianism here on America’s top conservative site.

I know. And they have the gall to call themselves "conservative."

19 posted on 06/08/2012 10:43:55 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Petrosius

Democrats that leave the party over a single issue are not a positive, because they bring all the other liberal baggage with them. The GOPe has been dominated with these turncoats since Reagan made it popular to be a Republican.


20 posted on 06/08/2012 11:48:41 AM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period.)
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To: ansel12

And the crazy thing is they keep saying they are the most Conservative of any party. Yeah, right. That dog don’t hunt.


21 posted on 06/08/2012 12:42:11 PM PDT by History Repeats
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To: History Repeats

Libertarians are the left’s paratroopers dropping in behind us, we are fighting the same war on two different fronts, with two allied and similar armies attacking us while using totally different vocabularies and arguments to cause our destruction, one of them is undercutting us from within our own rear areas, wearing our own uniforms.


22 posted on 06/08/2012 1:03:13 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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