Thursday, November 20, 2008

Christianism XII: It's not our fault the GOP lost

Self-described member of the religious right, Joe Carter, isn't so happy about recent claims that evangelicals contributed to the GOP election defeat by alienating moderate voters. His rationale? After all these years of patting their own backs about how much influence they had in government, now they really didn't have any influence at all:
"Evangelicals constitute the largest single voting bloc in America, yet what do we have to show for it? Can Parker (or anyone else) name the significant achievements of evangelicals over the past few years? I can’t think of anything."
Really? Here's a short list off the top of my head in under 90 seconds. I'm sure others can add dozens of other examples.
  • George W. Bush, 2000
  • George W. Bush, 2004
  • Samuel Alito and John Roberts
  • Successful anti-gay marriage resolutions in 30+ states
  • Successful limitations on abortion at the state level
  • Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003
  • The invasion of Iraq
  • PEPFAR and the MCA (on the good side, for a change)
  • etc...

Were evangelicals the only constituency that made these things happen? Of course not. Were they a key constituency? Yes.

But now that they're in the minority, I suppose it's time to trot out the old victim mentality again.

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