Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : November 3, 2004

Does anyone think that Bushes victory will result into an increase in evangelization in the United States?

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3 Responses to “Hmmm…”

  1. Chris B. on November 4th, 2004 11:33 am

    Quote from article:”Democrats peddle issues, and Republicans sell values.” Is one better than the other?

  2. pat on November 4th, 2004 4:49 pm

    In a word, “no.” It may help those who are already politically active conservative Christians to advance some more of their agenda, but Christians actually run the risk of over-stepping and creating a backlash against Christ if we’re perceived as just being about a political agenda.

    I can be pretty harsh in my criticism of my own side (I’m a conservative Christian and a Bush supporter) but I read enough from the left to get pretty irritated with them, as well.

    For example, the article you referenced above has the following quote from the Village Voice: “Also troubling, he says: ‘Republicans without a doubt have made some, if only marginal, gains among black voters.’”

    I find it SO typical and hypocritical that the party that complains about how “divided” we are also finds it troubling when black voters start to leave the fold and vote Republican. Shouldn’t it be good news that blacks are perceiving that Republicans have some ideas that appeal to them, as well? Score one for less divisiveness.

  3. blorge on November 5th, 2004 1:12 pm

    I’ve found it a bit disturbing that Bush has been talking about having a clear mandate from the people. I know he won by a substantially bigger margin than expected, but give me a break.

    If evangelicals continue the trajectory they’ve been on since basically the early eighties when they allowed themselves to be hijacked by some strategists in the republican party, they will get a well-deserved backlash. I would slightly modify what ChrisB said by saying that there will be an intensification of the already-started backlash against the “Religious Right”

    Evangelicals haven’t always been republican, maybe we need return to our roots- the politics of Jesus.

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