He wants to “restore,” “return to,” or “reclaim” the “Judeo-Christian values” that he believes are “the foundation of this nation.”
How times have changed. A half-century ago, even a Democrat could say such things unmolested.
"I don't think we put enough stress on the necessity of implanting in the child's mind the moral code under which we live.
The fundamental basis of this Nation's law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don't think we emphasize that enough these days.
If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state."
Harry S Truman
February 15, 1950
Now, I don't necessarily agree with all this, um, chapter and verse, as it were, but judging by the approving reaction in some quarters to John's column, I do expect that such flagrant religious patriotism would sit uneasily with a sizable swath of today's Democrat electorate.