Danforth criticizes the party's embrace of the notion that America is a Christian nation as a Christian clergy himself. Danforth directly explains why we can't call ourselves a Christian nation:
Some people have asked me whether America is a Christian country. The answer must be no, for to call this a Christian country is to say that non-Christians are of some lesser order, not full fledged citizens of one nation.
Danforth attacks members of his party who sought to intervene in the Terri Schaivo case in an effort to prevent the severely brain-damaged woman from having life support removed. Danforth, describing it as "Big Brotherism", writes:
That the federal government could intervene in the Schiavo case was a threat to all the families that had seen their loved ones suffer through terminal illness. It was a threat to people who were terrified that their own lives might someday be artificially extended in nightmarish circumstances. It was a threat to some of our most heartfelt values. It was Big Brotherism in the extreme, an exercise of the raw and awesome power of the federal government. They intervened not in the name of principle, but at the expense of principle. They abandoned principle by deciding a medical question without any firsthand knowledge of what they were doing.
Danforth also advances the view that the party should be advancing gay rights instead of trying to block them. He eloquently and forcefully writes:
I believe that homosexuality is a matter of sexual orientation rather than preference. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is, in my view, comparable to discrimination on other civil rights grounds. It is wrong, and it should be prohibited by law. I think that the only purpose served by the campaign for the amendment is the humiliation of gay Americans, advocated by the Christian right and eagerly supported by its suitors in the Republican Party. In reality, it is gay bashing. Danforth then goes even further, saying supporters' assertions that the amendment would protect marriage is ludicrous. America's divorce rate is now over 50 percent, and marriage is under attack from a number of quarters: finances, promiscuity, alcohol and drugs, the pressures of work, cultural acceptance of divorce, et cetera. But it is incomprehensible that one of these threats is when someone else, whom we have never seen, in a place where we may have never been, has done something we don't like.
Spoken like a true believer in the party of Lincoln. Folks, I think we've found the right man to move the Republican Party back to its roots as the party of civil rights.