WashPost column: “Armband religion killing Republican Party”

November 20, 2008

Has religion turned into a vote loser in U.S. elections? In covering the U.S. presidential campaign, most analysts took religion as an important vote-getting factor and asked which candidate was appealing most to which religious group. Much was made about how the Democrats were more comfortable with “Godtalk” on the trail.

Now Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker has asked whether religion has turned into a serious vote loser for the more faith-friendly party, the Republicans:

“The evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh. Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party … the GOP has surrendered its high ground to its lowest brows. In the process, the party has alienated its non-base constituents, including other people of faith (those who prefer a more private approach to worship), as well as secularists and conservative-leaning Democrats who otherwise might be tempted to cross the aisle.”

Is it time for the Republicans to rethink what Parker calls their “preaching to the choir?” Is there a lesson for the Democrats here?

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I can definitely say that I, as a moderate independent, am very much put off by the evangelicals’ control over the republican party. They come off as anti-science, irrational, medieval-thinking buffoons, railing against Evolution and biological research while they take their children to exorcists and pray hysterically for the Rapture.
People like that scare me to death. Their world view is so bizarre that I despair of being able to come to any common ground with them, ever. They believe in demons, for christsake!
I will never vote for any party that lets people who think like that get near the nuclear button. They may well decide to hasten us to Armaggedon because they decide it’s “God’s Will”.

Posted by Robert Reppy | Report as abusive

The Evangelicals are the BIG losers. If they onlly folowed what Jesus Christ Himself taught and modeled, they would have known NOT to get into the same bed as the U.S. politicians. Jesus Christ said that if you’re part of the world, then you are really against God.

The Plan Of The Christian God
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Do You Have Faith In God?
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Posted by Anonymous | Report as abusive

To Robert
I promise they are not trigger happy, we just don’t fears end times because we have hope, some thing the World can’t possibly have without knowing Him. You see this book has been written and you me or anyone else is not going to change that. Robert, really without all the whooplah that you get from the churches, there is a better plan….Man i like life, i do, had a blast, but we can’t understand what G-d means when he says He has something better, because we can’t comprehend it. EVERYBODY was born with a measure of faith, even you. I teach on end times and NOT TO GET IN FEAR about it. The most damage done by churches, preachers and teachers is the age old Fire and Brimstone…trying to scare people to G-d….It does not work, will not work and never has worked. But we do live in a place that won’t be as we know it forever,,and as the bible does say, lovers of the world won’t like to hear that……..The Lord gave me a message a few months ago, and no not audibly, but in my heart….come to my Web some time and start with the message 1st Believe and if you read the rest of the messages please read them in the order, right to left…from the top to the bottom. I promise after the first story, you will see your first miracle. See if it wasn’t a G-d given message…..Oh and in case your wondering why I write G-d like this..Its because I teach to many Jewish people…I am not going to go it to it, but I write it that way not to offend them….
Just click on my name, it should take you there…
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Dominick Villapiano

This old chestnut again? Ms. Parker must have a very short memory. Every time that GOP loses, some of the elite start talking about the “death” of the Religious Right. They have never been right before. Why should we believe them now?

Conservative Christians are among the most-committed and most-reliable footsoldiers in American politics. Our numbers and our influence are nowhere near as large as the secularists fear — Exhibit A is the continued availability of legal abortion — but we do have an impact. In a year like 2008, in which every single factor was breaking in the Democrats’ favor, the GOP simply couldn’t win even with our help. However, this loss doesn’t mean that conservative Christians are finished, nor does it mean that the GOP is finished.

We simply need to sharpen our message, clean out the corruption, and come back again in 2010. Democrats survived the 2000 & 2004 elections. We’ll survive 2008.

Posted by Naaman | Report as abusive

By dragging god into partisan politics, the fundamentalists put at risk the credibility of their faith. Witness the last election: McCain and god lost. Thousands of believers had their prayers ignored. [was god away from the phone when the call came in?]

Religion doesn’t have a lot of credibility among the thinking class at the best of times; linking it to sleazy politics sure doesn’t help.

Posted by eric | Report as abusive

OK People,
Not one person ever became president that G-d did not appoint himself.
Exactly who was elected has been appointed, and who is elected now, was supposed to be elected. G-D don’t loose elections LOL. Obama wiil be good for the economy, but he will make a great mistake, and this mistake will bring a wrath on America, like we have never seen. Obama, will not back Israel, and we WILL see the effect of that DECISION come to pass. Just like when we ( the US ) put pressure on Israel to divide their land for Palestinian peace. That was biblical, do not divide his (G-d’s) land and his people. We are already seeing, what those decisions have brought upon us as a Nation…
Ask me where I got this Information. I’ll be glad to show ya.