Thousands Gather at One Nation Working Together Rally, Including Communist Party USA
Tea Party “Antidote?”
8:41 AM, Oct 4, 2010 • By MARK TOOLEY
His withdrawal from the rally’s endorsers was no doubt grudging, as Winkler complained about the many complaining e-mails and phone calls from clergy and church members that were “shocking in their vitriol.” The Methodist lobbyist said he was praying the rally would over come “misguided controversies” and deliver hope for its official agenda. That agenda included raising the minimum wage, increasing union membership, loosening immigration enforcement, more mortgage bail-outs, and workplace protections for sexual minorities like transsexuals.
Evidently the rally supporters, in emphasizing the ostensible diversity of their coalition to the media, also implicitly acknowledged the tension of combining civil rights groups, labor unions, gay rights organizations, anti-war groups and some socially conservative churches, not to mention the Communist Party USA. Seemingly the United Methodists were the only major group publicly to withdraw from the rally because of discomfort with other coalition partners.
One Nation Working Together did draw a crowd, thanks to union buses and beautiful autumn weather. Organizers claim that 175,000 people attended, with media reports indicating it was still fewer than the Beck rally. But the far-left coalition, too much even for liberal United Methodists, ultimately may invite more ridicule than energy for November’s election.
Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, is the author of Taking Back the United Methodist Church.