Republican Universalists

Rev. Fred Hammond suggests that it is impossible, or at least incongruent, for Unitarian-Universalists to belong to the Republican Party.  Leaving aside the reasons and arguments for this position, it is worth noting that historically Unitarians have been major supporters of the Republican Party, and that it was Universalist Israel Washburn Jr. who co-founded (and named) the Republican Party.  One finds Unitarians and Universalists among the founders of state Republican Parties as well.  Of course, a lot changes in 150+ years, and today’s Republicans, while a diverse lot, are far removed from those of the past (just as all Americans today live and think differently from people of the 19th century)

For those attending this year’s Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly in Phoenix, there will be an interesting program that seems relevant: “The Unheard Voices of Unitarian Universalist Conservatives.”

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  1. We’ve contributed a few Secretary’s of Defense lately too: William Cohen, Elliot Richardson, and William Perry. Perry wrote a column a few years ago calling for a strike on North Korea’s missle sites. So we can be a martial bunch when we think the times call for it. Thanks for the link..

  2. Dave

    Thanks for the heads up on Washburn — I updated Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Washburn,_Jr.

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