Russell Brown and those nasty evangelical Christians
Russell Brown over at Public Address normally writes good stuff, often on the ball.
His disappointment that Kerry did not win the election influenced his post today. He was drunk with disappointment. Blamed the evangelicals and called it a "Destiny Church vote".
It was nothing of the sort. Four million may have been the popular vote margin, but how does Russell know it was four million evangelical "Destiny type Christians". That’s like saying that the Christian Right and Pat Robertson influenced the election. Rubbish!
Perhaps he wrote it because he seems a little bit pissed off with the influence of evangelical Christians. Perhaps he sees all evangelical Christians as Destiny-types who are stuck on a time-warp of " moral values" and tele evangelism.
It's just that some people who are not Christians do have moral values - and up to 22% of those on both sides of the Christian fence voted on the basis of "moral values" actually voted Kerry. But could it be that in America at the moment, moral issues are a bigger priority for voters than the economy (20%), terrorism (19%), or war in Iraq(17%)? That’s what the exit polls indicate
Among those who cited moral values as their top priority, Bush defeated Kerry 79-18. This report notes that
The numbers were dramatic in Ohio, the state that ensured Bush's victory. Self-described white evangelical/born-again voters composed 25 percent of the Ohio electorate and supported Bush by a 76-24 margin. Jobs were the key concern for Ohio voters (24 percent), but moral issues was right behind (23 percent). Much like the rest of the country, these morally minded voters supported Bush 85-14.
I suspect moral values were more of a feature - yet I would agree that many of them would be evangelicals. Not all.
Ironically enough. I know so many evangelical Christians who can't stand Bush and would have voted for Kerry. Nasty evangelical Christians, aren't they.