What exactly is a liberal?

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As usual, I'm a bit confused. The term 'liberal', when used by those who purport not to be so, has come to mean so many things that I've lost track. The Republican party uses the term for anyone who is not Republican. The so-called Christian-right seems to apply to anyone who does not agree with their secular (desguised as Christian morality) political opinion. Some associate it with the intelligentsia, others with a type of media bent, still others with a life-style or moral stance. Can anyone shed light here?

Yours in Christ,

-- Anonymous, March 10, 2005


Ron, It appears that most folk think of themselves as the center of the universe. Therefore anyone to the left is labeled Liberal and anyone to the right is labeled Conservative. Different strokes for different folks.

Perhaps the solution is to stop labeling and talk about issues and what we believe and where we are on each issue.

For example, I think that abortion for birth control purposes is sinful; but at the same time it is necessary when the health of the mother is endangered. However, it must be limited. The danger to the mother could be physical (she could die) or mental in the case of rape for example. In other words, a discussion on what we believe rather than labeling can be productive whereas labeling causes division and no one hears the other at all.

Be Blessed

al paris

-- Anonymous, March 11, 2005

But to further muddy the waters, We have the concepts of Liberal, Moderate, and Conservative Dems and Pubs.

Technically, then, a liberal Republican is ideologically no different than a Conservative Democrat.

-- Anonymous, March 11, 2005

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