The Evangelical………..is not for anything. It defines itself by what it is against. Thank God for whatever that is! Thank God for Gays, Abortionists, Democrats – and Socialists! Oh, but, let them kiss up to brown folks who came south of the border, and negate their vote at the same time by calling upon BIG GOVERNMENT to regulate these voters.
As I predicted, the Roman slave wolves have led their massive voting flocks down a dead end, luring them there with a Gay on a stick, a all day sucker, and a dead fetus on a stick, the evangelical crucifixion. Not once is Jesus mentioned in this quest to be politically correct, in a holy way……………….I guess.
Oh, and it is being ruled caring about the poor, and not calling them “parasites” would be a big help in making thirty million evangelical Republican voters revelant again. (tee-hee)
Did I mention these righteous folks oppose BIG GOVERNMENT, and thus BIG GOVERNMENT defines who they are? To run against BIG GOVERNMENT, and lose, is funny as all hell! I mean, what do you do for an encore?
I hear Sarah Palin is being considered for President.
“In the election aftermath, many conservative evangelicals are being forced into introspection.”
Christianity used to be a form of meditation where monks entered their cubicle and became introspective for many years. Today, any ol evangelical can enter a voting booth for five minutes, and with glee, strike at the enemies of King Jesus.
“are being forced into introspection.”
By whom? Are we talking about some sort of rehab – for BIG LOSERS?
Hodges: Christian right must soften its tone, widen its agenda
By Corey J. Hodges
Special to The Tribune
First Published Nov 14 2012 11:20 am • Last Updated Nov 16 2012 06:07 pm
In the election aftermath, many conservative evangelicals are being forced into introspection.
The results confirmed that our country has experienced a paradigm shift. Culturally, we are becoming more diverse, with the number of minorities steadily rising.
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Ideologically, the nation is embracing more liberal views — voters in four states backed ballot measures that favor same-sex marriage. Compare that to 2008, when such initiatives lost across the board.
Conservative evangelicals have to change if we intend to remain influential in the public arena. Changing our core values is not the solution. Christians derive their values from immutable biblical principles. But some shifting is necessary.
First, the tone of our discourse must change. It is expected that we will disagree at times with elected officials, but there is no place for intolerance and the divisive language that have dominated our politics in the past decade. It is possible to disagree with the policy and still respect the politician. It is also not enough for Christians to refrain from hateful rhetoric, we should vehemently oppose it.
Second, the Christian right must expand its agenda. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Jim Daly, the head of Focus on the Family, noted that evangelicals have made a mistake by marching lockstep with the Republican Party. Neither party has all the answers.
Our focus has almost entirely been on opposing abortion and gay marriage. We have neglected issues such as poverty, health care and immigration reform, which arguably have just as much biblical support as the agendas we oppose. After all, the scriptures command us to exhibit love and compassion and to care for the less fortunate.
The elections are behind us. We may have deep disagreements with the winning candidates, but, as Christians, we have a responsibility to pray for our nation and our elected officials. Any Christian who spews hate and promotes discord is violating biblical precepts.
The Apostle Paul exhorted Christians in Rome to “be subject to the governing authorities” and reminded them that “whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted.” Paul was in no way suggesting that government officials are acting on God’s behalf or even that we are to obey the authorities blindly. Rather, Paul is appealing to Christians to respect those whom God has allowed to govern and strive to live peaceably under the elected establishment.
Evangelicals, conservative or otherwise, must heed these words and help our country move forward
From “Focus on the Family head takes conciliatory tone after election” by Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times 11/10/12
[Focus on the Family leader Jim] Daly is willing to say things that few conservative evangelical leaders are likely to say. He believes, for instance, that the Christian right lost the fight against same-sex marriage in four states in part because it is on the losing side of a cultural paradigm. He says the evangelical community should have been considering immigration reform years ago, “but we were led more by political-think than church-think.”
These are controversial views in Daly’s world, and he concedes that some of them have stirred anger among some of his fellow conservative Christians. But Daly, who exudes preternatural cheerfulness, said he believes that evangelicals need to win over friends, not make more enemies, and that the results of the election underlined the need to reach out to people with whom they have disagreements — including Obama — and seek common ground.
“Maybe we’ve been looking in the wrong direction and we’ve got to be more ecumenical,” he said.
Still, Daly parts ways with many of his associates when he says that the evangelical right is “fighting an uphill battle of demographics” on gay rights . . .
. . . Daly spoke of a willingness to work with abortion-rights groups to find common ground on adoption — a notion that would probably strike many Christian conservatives as appeasement.
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From “Evangelicals struggle to stay relevant in Republican politics” by Ralph Z. Hallow, The Washington Times 11/13/12
The clout of evangelical voters, once a crucial part the Republican Party’s winning electoral coalition, has come under question after what some say was their failure in the past two presidential elections to put the Republican candidate over the top against a Democrat who had made few friends among social conservatives.
. . . Mr. Daly’s sentiments sit well with traditional Republicans and economic conservatives, some of whom have always felt that loud and uncompromising stands on social issues have cost the party support among a variety of constituencies, including women and a growing cadre of libertarian-minded younger voters.
But reflecting the views of many other conservative religious leaders, evangelical political organizer David Lane, founder of Pastor and Pews, said it was “an outrage” for Mr. Daly to call for Christians to stop engaging in culture wars. Mr. Lane said Mr. Daly was flying the “white flag of surrender” to political opponents of traditional values.
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From “Evangelical Leaders Urge Immigration Shakeup” by Miriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal 11/13/12
More than 150 evangelical leaders called on President Barack Obama Tuesday to make revamping the nation’s immigration system a top priority, following a presidential election in which the Latino vote was a decisive factor.
An open letter from the group demanded that Mr. Obama and the heads of the Senate and House of Representatives support a legalization program for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Among the signatories are Leith Anderson, president of the [seldom] conservative National Association of Evangelicals, and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, a liberal group.
It laid out six principles, including an immigration overhaul that protects family unity, respects the rule of law and guarantees secure borders. The letter said these principles reflect a “growing convergence” with positions by other religious, civic, business, labor and law-enforcement leaders.
Not all evangelicals are on board with legalizing undocumented immigrants.
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From “White Evangelical Asks Black Evangelicals Why They Re-Elected Obama” by Lillian Kwon, Christian Post Reporter 11/13/12
In an open letter to black evangelicals, Michael Brown candidly asks whether they compromised their beliefs by voting for the re-election of President Barack Obama.
“I simply do not understand how my black evangelical friends who so staunchly oppose same-sex marriage and who stand against abortion could cast their vote for the most radically pro-abortion, pro-gay-activist president in our history,” he said as a fellow evangelical.
Brown said he is not attacking black voters in his open letter but that he’s simply inquiring why nearly the same percentage of black Americans who voted for Obama four years ago did so again this year.
Black Christian leaders have expressed their disapproval of Obama’s policies while on Brown’s radio show and have even urged parishioners not to vote for the president. Brown listed Bishop Harry Jackson from the Washington, D.C., area as one of them.
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From “Election 2012 Marks the End of Evangelical Dominance in Politics” by Jonathan Merritt, The Atlantic 11/13/12
. . . 79 percent of white evangelicals voted for Romney on Tuesday. That’s the same percentage that Bush received in 2004, and more than Senator John McCain received in 2008. The evangelical vote was 27 percent of the overall electorate — the highest it’s ever been for an election.
Their support wasn’t enough. Not only did Obama win soundly, but four states voted to allow same-sex marriage. [Correction: Three states]
First, evangelicals’ size is a limitation. . . .
Second, evangelicals’ influence is waning. Conservative Christian ideas are failing to shape the broader culture. . . .
Third, evangelical leadership is wanting. . . .
[The rising non-evangelicals] give me hope that American Christians may be on the cusp of a healthier engagement with the public square.
Just as President Barack Obama’s support varied greatly from state to state on Tuesday, he also did well among certain religious groups and not so well among others in his defeat of Mitt Romney. A Pew Forum analysis of nearly final exit poll data, released on Wednesday, found that Obama won among Catholics, Jews and non-whites across religious traditions, but saw dips in his support among white evangelicals and white Catholics, among others.
“The basic religious contours of the 2012 electorate resemble recent elections — traditionally Republican groups such as white evangelicals and weekly churchgoers strongly backed Romney, while traditionally Democratic groups such as black Protestants, Hispanic Catholics, Jews and the religiously unaffiliated backed Obama by large margins,” said the Pew analysis.
While the broad makeup of religious preferences did not drastically change, there were shifts in support for Obama since 2008. His share of the vote increased among four religious groups identified in exit polling data: Hispanic Catholics (from 72 percent to 75 percent), black Protestants (from 94 percent to 95 percent), non-Protestant black Christians (from 94 percent to 95 percent), and those affiliated with Islam and “other faiths” (from 73 percent to 74 percent).
The president lost support among most religious groups as defined by the exit polls. The biggest drop came in the Jewish vote, which fell 9 points, from 78 percent in 2008 to 69 percent this year. Forty percent of white Catholics supported Obama, compared to 47 percent when he beat Sen. John McCain, and 20 percent of white born-again Christians and evangelicals backed the president, compared to 26 percent the last time.
Romney won the white born-again Christian and evangelical vote handily, with 79 percent nationwide saying they had cast ballots for him.
Yet in one battleground state, Ohio, the president improved his share among white evangelicals by 8 points to 29 percent. The group’s slice of Ohio’s electorate was 31 percent, nearly the same as in 2008.
The GOP nominee’s own faith, Mormonism, was a hot topic during the campaign, and 78 percent of the traditionally Republican Mormon electorate supported their coreligionist. Obama took 21 percent of the Mormon vote, a 3-point increase over the percentage who said they voted for Sen. John Kerry in 2004. That year, President George W. Bush received 80 percent of Mormon votes. (National exit poll data on Mormon voter preferences were not released in 2008.)
moderates have had their candidate in 2008 and they had their candidate in 2012. And they got crushed in both elections. Now they tell us we have to keep moderating. If we do that, will we win?” said Bob Vander Plaats, president of the Family Leader. Vander Plaats is an influential Christian conservative who opposed Romney in the Iowa caucuses 10 months ago and opposed Sen. John McCain’s candidacy four years ago.
The conservative backlash sets up an internal fight for the direction of the Republican Party, as many top leaders in Washington have proposed moderating their views on citizenship for illegal immigrants, to appeal to Latino voters. In addition, many top GOP officials have called for softening the party’s rhetoric on social issues, following the embarrassing showing by Senate candidates who were routed after publicly musing about denying abortion services to women who had been raped.
Ted Cruz, a tea party favorite, trounced Texas’s establishment candidate in a primary on his way to becoming the second Hispanic Republican in the Senate, and the battle he waged in the Lone Star State epitomizes the fight between the two sides. Although he is considered a rising star with a personal biography that GOP leaders wish to promote, Cruz falls squarely in the camp that thinks Romney was not conservative enough and did not fully articulate a conservative contrast to President Obama, except during the first presidential debate.
“It was the one time we actually contested ideas, presented two viewpoints and directions for the country,” he said at the Federalist Society’s annual dinner in Washington. “And then, inevitably, there are these mandarins of politics, who give the voice: ‘Don’t show any contrasts. Don’t rock the boat.’ So by the third debate, I’m pretty certain Mitt Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama.”
Rick Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania who finished second to Romney in the GOP primary, lampooned Romney’s assertion that Obama’s victory was fueled by “gifts” to core liberal constituencies in the form of legislative favors.
“The American people do not want ‘gifts’ from their leaders, particularly when these gifts leave a steep bill for our children to pay, but they do want us to be on their side,” Santorum wrote in a USA Today op-ed published Monday. He placed the blame on the national party, saying it lacked an appealing agenda: “We as a party, the party of Ronald Reagan and ‘Morning in America,’ failed to provide an agenda that shows we care.”
The dispute began to take shape soon after Obama was declared the winner and Republicans, who had hoped to claim the Senate majority, lost two seats. Two days after the election, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told ABC News that the Republicans’ mission was to appeal to nonwhite voters: “How do we speak to all Americans? You know, not just to people who look like us and act like us, but how do we speak to all Americans?”
Evangelical leaders and conservative activists have a simple message for establishment Republicans about Mitt Romney’s failed presidential bid: We told you so.
After nearly two weeks of listening to GOP officials pledge to assert greater control over the party and its most strident voices in the wake of Romney’s loss, grass-roots activists have begun to fight back, saying that they are not to blame for the party’s losses in November.