Christian Right’s Influence Shaken by U.S. Election
I think it’s much too soon to say that the last election put a stake in the heart of the old moral majority. People have been writing those articles for decades yet the Religous Right keeps rising from the graves the pundits place them in. They persist and they will re-invent themselves before next election, and you can bet they haven’t stopped in red states or on local issues. Expect a lot more religious right abortion grandstanding in the next congress and in every state legislature South of the Mason Dixon line, and some North of it.
For decades, right-leaning white Christian evangelicals, currently at least 25 percent of the U.S. electorate, have been a significant and influential voting demographic.
During Tuesday’s highly anticipated presidential election, however, the evangelical movement suffered a huge loss of candidates and social reform propositions.
Eight years ago, the Christian right’s agenda and support helped sweep George W. Bush into a second term as president, and set in motion a series of state-level moves to ban same-sex marriage. But Tuesday, the electorate seems to have largely rejected this agenda.
Today, conservative evangelicals are forced to ask themselves whether their days of political influence are over.
‘I don’t think the Christian right has declined in politics,’ Roberta Combs, president of the Christian Coalition, a conservative political organisation, told IPS. ‘Evangelicals turned out in record numbers and voted for Mitt Romney, but it just wasn’t enough.’
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