Religious Right Could Be Left Behind By New Republican Plan
I will never be left wing or a liberal, but I am more and more disenchanted with the right wing, Republicans, Christians who push too strongly for getting “Christian values” into society vis a vis politics, and social conservatism.
Maybe if the right wing, particularly Christians, actually invested more time in helping people who are already hurting, rather than braying on cable TV about the vulgarity of culture, the legalization of homosexual marriage and so on, they could make society a better place to live. All they want to do is opine, complain, and use politics, and not actually make a difference in people’s lives (in a personal, one- on- one basis).
Some people who call themselves Christians are ten times more pre-occupied with gaining power via politics than the more usual crowd – they truly want a Christian theocracy, one that is just as bad as Islamic sharia. For instance, they want women who have sex outside of marriage, or marrieds who commit adultery, to be stoned to death (read about it here: Christian Reconstructionism).
- When the great Republican resurrection comes to pass, will conservative Christians be left behind?
- Some leaders of the religious right are openly worried this week after a sprawling 98-page report released by the Republican National Committee on how the party can rebuild after its 2012 implosion made no mention of the GOP’s historic alliance with grassroots Christian “value voters.”
- Specifically, the word “Christian” does not appear once in the party’s 50,000-word blueprint for renewed electoral success. Nor does the word “church.” Abortion and marriage, the two issues that most animate social conservatives, are nowhere to be found. There is nothing about the need to protect religious liberty, or promote Judeo-Christian values in society. And the few fleeting suggestions that the party coordinate with “faith-based communities” — mostly in the context of minority outreach — receive roughly as much space as the need to become more “inclusive” of gays.
- To many religious conservatives, the report was interpreted as a slight against their agenda and the hard work they have done for the party.
- “The report didn’t mention religion much, if at all,” said Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association. “You cannot grow your party by distancing yourself from your base, and this report doesn’t reinforce the values that attracted me and many other people into the Republican Party in the first place. It just talks about reaching out to other groups.”
- Sandy Rios, an Evangelical radio host and Fox News contributor, said the RNC report’s proposals amount to a “namby-pamby” abdication of religious values, and warned that the party could soon lose the grassroots engine that has powered its electoral victories for decades.
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