Democratic party trending towards the direction of possibly becoming an opposition party to the Church.

When you think about racial equality and civil rights, which political party comes to mind? The Republicans? Or, the Democrats?

Most people would probably say the Democrats. But this answer is incorrect.

Since its founding in 1829, the Democratic Party has fought against every major civil rights initiative, and has a long history of discrimination.

The Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, opposed Reconstruction, founded the Ku Klux Klan, imposed segregation, perpetrated lynchings, and fought against the civil rights acts of the 1950s and 1960s.

In contrast, the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an anti-slavery party. Its mission was to stop the spread of slavery into the new western territories with the aim of abolishing it entirely. This effort, however, was dealt a major blow by the Supreme Court. In the 1857 case Dred Scott v. Sandford, the court ruled that slaves aren’t citizens; they’re property. The seven justices who voted in favor of slavery? All Democrats. The two justices who dissented? Both Republicans.

The slavery question was, of course, ultimately resolved by a bloody civil war. The commander-in-chief during that war was the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln – the man who freed the slaves.

Six days after the Confederate army surrendered, John Wilkes Booth, a Democrat, assassinated President Lincoln. Lincoln’s vice president, a Democrat named Andrew Johnson, assumed the presidency. But Johnson adamantly opposed Lincoln’s plan to integrate the newly freed slaves into the South’s economic and social order.

Johnson and the Democratic Party were unified in their opposition to the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery; the 14th Amendment, which gave blacks citizenship; and the 15th Amendment, which gave blacks the vote. All three passed only because of universal Republican support.

During the era of Reconstruction, federal troops stationed in the south helped secure rights for the newly freed slaves. Hundreds of black men were elected to southern state legislatures as Republicans, and 22 black Republicans served in the US Congress by 1900. The Democrats did not elect a black man to Congress until 1935.

But after Reconstruction ended, when the federal troops went home, Democrats roared back into power in the South. They quickly reestablished white supremacy across the region with measures like black codes – laws that restricted the ability of blacks to own property and run businesses. And they imposed poll taxes and literacy tests, used to subvert the black citizen’s right to vote.

And how was all of this enforced? By terror — much of it instigated by the Ku Klux Klan, founded by a Democrat, Nathan Bedford Forrest.

As historian Eric Foner – himself a Democrat – notes:

“In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party.”


The head of a Christian think-tank sees the Democratic party trending towards the direction of possibly becoming an opposition party to the Church.

This assessment was given by Mark Tooley, who serves with the Institute on Religion and Democracy. His synopsis came after looking at a study by the Pew Research Center showing that among liberal Democrats, 44 percent believe the impact of churches and religious organizations is negative – with just 40 percent believing it is positive.

Overall, 36 percent of Democrats believe that churches have a negative impact on society, while 50 percent thought it was positive.

“We’ve ever really had a political party, as many European nations do, with an opposition to church, and hopefully we never will, but the trend seems to be that much of the Democratic Party – a plurality – seems to be heading in that direction.”

Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority of Republicans had a positive view of the church.

“Majorities of both conservative Republicans and Republican leaners (75 percent) and moderate and liberal Republicans (68 percent) say churches and religious organizations have a positive impact,” Pew researchers found from their recent nationwide poll.

Tolley said there could be some negative ramifications to having a pro-religion political party and an anti-religion political party going head-to-head in America.

“It would be potentially dangerous if one party becomes the almost exclusively pro-religion party and the other party becomes the secular party – which has sometimes occurred in Europe,” the expert on religion and politics alerted.

He contends that many people who are hostile toward religion do not fully appreciate the impact religious institutions have on society.

“So, a lot of this is just ignorance,” Tooley concluded. “And of course, many liberals ideologically are very statist in how they view society, and so for them, the Church and other institutions in civil society may seem peripheral – or unneeded – as the government can do it all on its own.”

More trends showing the diffences between the way Republicans and Democrats view the media, colleges and universities, religious institutions, labor unions and financial institutions were also revealed in a review of the Pew Poll on OneNewsNow.


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