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Thursday, November 04, 2004
 
Two articles today touched on the real crux:

Tom Friedman says:

My problem with the Christian fundamentalists supporting Mr. Bush is not
their spiritual energy or the fact that I am of a different faith. It is the way
in which he and they have used that religious energy to promote divisions and
intolerance at home and abroad. I respect that moral energy, but wish that
Democrats could find a way to tap it for different ends.

"The Democrats have ceded to Republicans a monopoly on the moral and
spiritual sources of American politics," noted the Harvard University political
theorist Michael J. Sandel. "They will not recover as a party until they again
have candidates who can speak to those moral and spiritual yearnings - but turn
them to progressive purposes in domestic policy and foreign affairs."

And another one by ghost-writer "Spengler": Its the culture, stupid. Quote:
What brought 4 million more evangelical voters to the polling stations than
in the previous presidential election? The US evangelical movement is not by
nature political. Families join evangelical churches as a refuge against the
septic tide of popular culture that threatens to carry away their children.
Evangelical concerns center on family issues, child-rearing and personal values
rather than national or global politics.
[...]
It is the hard, grinding reality of American life in the liberal dystopia
that makes the "moral issues" so important to voters. Partial-birth abortion and
same-sex marriage became critical issues not because evangelical voters are
bigots. On the contrary, parents become evangelicals precisely in order to draw
a line between their families and the adversary culture. This far, and no more,
a majority of Americans said on November 2 on the subject of social
experimentation.


Having mingled with various church groups over the past year, I can testify to this. The pattern is visible to the casual observer.


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