30 Years Of The Religious Right AND THE NATION IS MORE LIBERAL!
Posted by Job on September 17, 2008
Of course, rather than fighting this liberal trend, the religious right is merely conforming to it, and its acceptance of McCain – Palin proves it. In the 1980s the religious right demanded leaders that were explicitly fighting for Christianity and against not only such things as abortion and gay rights, but were demanding a rollback of such secular and atheist measures as the ban on prayer in schools and religious symbols in public places. (Of course, there has NEVER been a ban on holding religious OBSERVANCES, you know, CHURCH, in any public places other than public schools – and even there they can take place so long as they are student initiated and led – but when have these people EVER shown a desire to take the gospel outside their suburban megachurches to the streets?) Now, not only are they backing McCain, who despises religious and social conservatism, but their embrace of Palin is based almost completely on her having the appropriate cultural identifiers (5 kids, from the rural west, being a hunter) than anything that she has actually done or said that she wants to do in order to promote Christianity and social conservatism in government. As a matter of fact, evangelicals are falling over themselves to deny that Palin tried to ban books from the public library, knowing full well that trying to ban books, art, music, etc. was a huge front in the culture wars of the 1980s. Why did the religious right give up the censorship battle? It wasn’t because they changed hearts. It wasn’t because they reread the Bible, Christian history books, and theology books and discovered that they were wrong. No, they gave up that battle – and so many others – because THEY LOST. Political expediency over religious doctrine and spiritual principle?
You can tell that the religious right has been a massive failure simply by their declaring Sarah Palin to be their next Ronald Reagan just because she is from Alaska, is an NRA member, and chose not to have an abortion. More evidence that as the nation moves further away from the Bible, the religious right is moving with it.
The link below states:
We have documented a similar, if less drastic, shift in public views of morality. Just three years ago, a majority of those we surveyed said that “there are absolute standards of right and wrong that apply to everyone in almost every situation.” Today, however, respondents by a narrow margin say they believe that “everyone has to decide for themselves what is right and wrong in particular situations.”
I readily grant you that such is the only thing in that article that speaks of something having remotely to do with Christianity … the rest is on issues involving the role of government, foreign policy, etc. But so what? Hasn’t the religious right been telling us that the strait gate to heaven is that of supply side economics, free market capitalism, less government, a strong military and aggressive foreign policy, etc.? The religious right made neoconservatism part and parcel of its agenda. Therefore, a rejection of neoconservatism is every bit a rejection of the religious right as is moral relativism. Then again, McCain – Palin shows just how New Agey relativistic the religious right has gotten along with everyone else, especially when you consider that McCain’s “bounce” began with his being embraced by Rick Warren and Saddleback “Church.”