Political Incivility

March 10, 2010

Mark DeMoss--a prominent evangelical whose PR firm represents Christian leaders like Billy and Franklin Graham, Chuck Colson, Liberty University, and Campus Crusade for Christ--is turning his back on the Republican Party. He is upset about a recently leaked Republican presentation that included caricatures of several Democratic leaders like Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi. DeMoss, who has been leading a project devoted to promoting civility, described the presentation as "shameful, immature and uncivil, at best" in a letter to Republican leaders. He added that such behavior "only contributes to the widespread cynicism of politics in general and our Party in particular" and therefore is "indefensible and destructive." DeMoss, who gave the Republican Party $15,000 in 2008, also pledged in his letter not to give any longer to the Party. It is good to see someone stand up for civility and be willing to put their principles ahead of their party affiliation.