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November 7th, 2012
08:21 AM ET

Election results raise questions about Christian right's influence

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Washington (CNN) – For many conservative Christian leaders, it was a nightmare scenario: Barack Obama decisively re-elected. Same-sex marriage adopted by voters in some states. Rigorously anti-abortion candidates defeated in conservative red states.

On multiple levels, Tuesday’s election results raised questions about the Christian right’s agenda on American politics, eight years after the movement helped sweep President George W. Bush into a second term and opened the era of state bans on same-sex marriage.

“For the first time tonight, same-sex marriage has been passed by popular vote in Maine and Maryland,” said Robert P. Jones, a Washington-based pollster who specializes in questions about politics and religion.

“The historic nature of these results are hard to overstate,” Jones said. “Given the strong support of younger Americans for same-sex marriage, it is unlikely this issue will reappear as a major national wedge issue.”

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Some conservative evangelical leaders echoed that line. Albert Mohler, who heads the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said on Twitter that votes for same-sex marriage suggested that “we are witnessing a fundamental moral realignment of the country.”

A Tuesday ballot measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state is still pending. In Minnesota, voters rejected a Tuesday measure that would have banned same-sex marriage there.

Thirty-eight states have banned same-sex marriage, mostly via constitutional amendments.

Obama’s victory also raised questions about the Christian right's influence in the electorate.

Though evangelical leaders as diverse as the Southern Baptist Convention’s Richard Land and Christian icon Billy Graham voiced support for Mitt Romney (Graham stopped short of an official endorsement), Obama performed better among white evangelicals than he did in 2008 in some states.

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In swing state Ohio, exit polls showed that Obama got 30% support among white evangelicals. While that’s hardly a victory, it’s better than the 27% support Obama got among those voters four years ago.

Before the election, many evangelical leaders predicted that opposition to Obama over his support for abortion rights, his personal endorsement of same-sex marriage and his vision of government as a force for good would trump reservations evangelicals had about Romney’s past social liberalism and his Mormon faith.

“There is no evidence in voting patterns that President Obama's 'evolution' on same-sex marriage cost him anything,” Mohler said in another tweet Tuesday night.

Obama also narrowly won Catholics, even after the U.S. Catholic bishops waged a rigorous campaign against the Obama administration around the issue of religious liberty. The bishops alleged Obama was forcing Catholics to violate their own teachings by making health insurance companies provide free contraception coverage for virtually all employees.

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John Green, a religion and politics expert at the University of Akron, said Obama’s win among Catholics was partly a testament to the growing Latino demographic.

“Maybe Hispanic Catholics were not as moved by religious liberty-type arguments as by immigration and economics,” he said.

Unlike in 2004, when John Kerry a former altar boy lost Catholic voters, the Obama campaign had a robust religious outreach program aimed largely at Catholic and evangelical voters. The effort included videos from Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, talking about their Christian faith.

Obama's success among some religious demographics also illustrated how economic issues, as opposed to culture war concerns, dominated the election cycle.

The defeat Tuesday of two Republican Senate candidates who made national headlines with anti-abortion remarks also raised questions about the Christian right’s power.

In Missouri, U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin, who in August walked back his remark that "if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," lost his bid to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.

Akin’s campaign became a national cause for conservative Christian activists after the Republican Party abandoned the candidate and encouraged him to drop out over his abortion remark.

In Indiana, Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock lost his race against Democrat Joe Donnelly after saying last month that pregnancies resulting from rape are “something that God intended to happen.”

Conservative Christians did claim some victories Tuesday night, including helping the GOP retain control of the U.S. House of Representatives and helping elect tea party favorite Ted Cruz as a U.S. senator from Texas.

Ralph Reed, the leader of conservative group the Faith & Freedom Coalition, planned a Wednesday morning press conference to release his data about what he called the enduring influence of “values voters.”

“Preliminary evidence is they turned out and they voted heavily for Romney,” Reed said in an e-mail message Tuesday night.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Christianity • Politics

soundoff (4,434 Responses)
  1. Trish

    II Peter 3:3 "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts 4 and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the biginning of the creation." There are some other relevant passages for the issues at hand: God sits in the heavens and He laughs; God is not mocked; the fool says in his heart there is no God. I look at the pathetic array of comments of pseudo intellectuals and fools. The day is coming very soon when you will have a split second realization that everything is about the Almighty God and not your finite fantasies apart from Him. I know God and I live as He commands. I repeat what Jonah said to the wicked, morally rotten Ninivites: "Repent and be saved". Hell greedily awaits the souls of fools. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. This is known as the truth – cannot be argued. God is the truth but you will not know Him without seeking Him. May God reach you before you end up screaming in hell, burning. I don't care if you laugh and mock me. I represent the Lord God Almighty and I am warning you of the disaster you have failed to see as yet. Repent and be saved while the Lord still may be found.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • William Demuth

      Your so called Lord has been MIA for 2500 years.

      You see, no one can find something that never existed.

      Christ is a glorified Santa Claus, for the weak minded.

      You will live, you will die, you will rot, and you will be forgoten

      Deal with it

      November 7, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Sly

      Trish, you are correct.

      Praise Allah – the great Lord.
      Allah is kind, giving, and our God.

      And, Allah promises 79 virgin's to us all. It's going to be a long time up there in Heaven, and with millions of virgin teenage chicks up there, I need a long time.

      Going to be fun. Praise Allah!

      Anyone knockin' this 'God Stuff' hasn't stopped to think how many gorgeous teenage virgin chicks there are in Heaven – and get this: NO LAWS! Wilt, your record will fall!.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      William Demuth.........you've bought into the lie cause it makes you feel better about your sins. your body will die, your soul will live in eternal torment, escape it while you can.!

      November 7, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • christian hunter

      still preaching after getting your butt kicked in the election?? gotta love nut case t-bags like yourself!! LOL

      why don't you religious zealots find a new country to establish your values in? most of us in this country don't want any jesus in our lives. especially the twisted, disgusting version of jesus you believe in.

      this country was established in spite of Christianity. we will never give in to your myths and fables.

      ha ha losers!!!! enjoy the next four!

      November 7, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • MiddleWay14

      Fv_ck your nonexistent god–your divisive mythological nonsense–that some manipulative tool conjured up and wrote down in a book to control you and others like you thousands of years ago. You are a stu _pid sheep.

      You are part of a self-propagating hegmony that needs to end now.

      If you want to know what reality is, open your eyes and trust your senses. You are living in it. Your brain's inner narrative is a fictional self-defense mechanism which is trying to justify your self-aggrandizing, your feelings of misguided moral righteousness, and your hatred of others.

      The sooner you realize that the ideological foundation of your whole entire life is a massive farce, the sooner you will be able to start living in reality. We are not going to be waiting around for you in the meantime.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • CORWIN7

      Actually Trish...I hate to be the one to break this to you but the Sun doesn't "rise" nor does it "fall" it's the center of the solar system and our planet revolves around it. The only thing more shocking than that you do not yet know this is the gall you show in calling others "pseudo intellectuals".

      November 7, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • ZeusDeusMaximus

      @Sly and the 79 virgins;

      Bad news, fella- Islam is a very segregated heaven where, just like on earth, women have a seperate area. So no women in "Man-heaven"...you know what that means right? You know what those 79 virgins are? Little boys...you sure you want any of that? Islam is SICK!

      Besides, I, Zeus, am the correct answer to Pascal's Wager...ha puny mortals!

      November 7, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

      It does?

      Since when?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • I don't care if you laugh and mock me.

      Naw, we're just funnin' with you, Trish. Jes' yaknin' yer chain.

      No hard feelings, eh?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • v_mag

      Trish, there is a problem when someone is 100% certain about something. It is a form of pride, and I believe your Bible teaches that pride cometh before a fall. Many were 100% sure that Mitt Romney was going to be the new president, and they were 100% wrong. You believe that you are a prophet, and that you are speaking for God, but I would suggest that is only 1 possibility, because many holding totally different beliefs are 100% sure that they speak for God. I think you would agree that both things cannot be true, and therefore, someone is wrong. What bit of evidence do you have that you in particular are God's spokesperson? Is it just a feeling you have? Because, lots of people have feelings that turn out to be in error.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  2. zap777

    When religion is used to divide and/or judge people, in tiime, there are less supporters to judge and divide.
    They easily forget that, only God can/will judge us!

    November 7, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      HelpfulNot Helpful
      Romans 6:1-23 ESV / 8 helpful votes
      What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. ...

      November 7, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • Huebert

      We are quite capable of making our own judgments, without the help of your imaginary friend.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • mama k

      Lol. quotes from chatty cathy Paul?? from Gullible's Travels, Part 2?? If you listen to a Christian long enough, they will speak on two different sides of an issue, and use different parts of the Bible. All it takes is some political motive. Of course, that's when the fun starts as you listen to them tell each other they are not true Christians.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • JFCanton

      But people tend NOT to be so capable (or perhaps proficient?)... that's the problem that history reveals.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • mama k

      Of course my last reply was regarding Atheist LousySkeetShooter.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Scotchguard

      If AtheistHunter cannot make a cogent argument with resorting to spewing Bible verses, he might as well give up now. Not too gifted in the persuasion department.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  3. steve_schoner

    Doc Vestibule, You are wrong. Look at what Jesus did when the the "religious right" of his day brought before him the woman caught in adultery. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!" And He wrote in the sand the unspeakable sins of all, and one by one the accusers departed in shame.

    He then turned to the woman and said, "Woman where are your accusers?.... Go and sin no more"

    That is the Grace that Jesus wished for all. Not stones.

    Making the Law of Moses the law of the land leads to death. The Right-Wing Christian conservatives need to learn that lesson, before they impose their edicts on all.
    .

    November 7, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Atheist Hunter

      I guess Paul was wrong too huh?

      Romans 6:1-23 ESV / 8 helpful votes
      What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. ...

      November 7, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • ZeusDeusMaximus

      ...and Bilbo said "What have I got in my pockets?"
      And it was known yea verily that a riddle that was not, in the purest sense, and yet by the grace of Iluvatar in the answering shall ye know its truest nature..
      ...whereat Gollum said " What has it got in its pocketses, precious? String, or nothing!" and though he begat a wrong in answering twice, yea that he answered gives the nature of the riddle, that is that it IS The Riddle, glory be to Iluvatar! R'amen

      When will you find something other than the bible to quote? Do you know how tedious it gets always having to argue against the SAME thing over and over? PLEASE find another way to argue your point, you know, something more objective.

      Aaahhh, I crack myself up!

      PULL...............kapow! Ha ha ha puny humans...........

      November 7, 2012 at 11:51 am |
  4. Sly

    God is very upset that America has let gay people into politics, and He is going to send another hurricane up the coast to punish us.

    What is next for our great country? Let women vote? Or minorities? I'm telling you, God is not going to be happy if we let women or minorities vote.

    Thank God that will never happen.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Tim

      HAHAHAHAHAHA what an idiot

      November 7, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Tim

      whoops wrong comment, you're obviously being sarcastic

      November 7, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Oh My, How Sly do Lie
      November 7, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • Sly

      Uh, yes Tim, I couldn't very well just come out and say what I wanted, cause God would Smote me down.

      Ever been 'smoted' by God? It hurts like hell for a few days.

      So, I had to speak very carefully so God wouldn't notice. She is so busy these days, that if you are a bit sneaky you can pull a fast one on Her.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  5. JAC

    I pray and fear for our country. Not so much for religious reasons, but for the crushing economic debt we've incurred as a nation which is going to profoundly influence our childrens' and grandchildrens' lives. That's what makes me sick. And yes, I am a Christian and am proud of it.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • TheVocalAtheist

      Praying and fearing is not going to do a darn thing. Quit your bellyaching.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • William Demuth

      Cool

      Tax the church, problem solved.

      Tax religious donations, and make all the nuns become gym teachers, and let the priests marry the altar boys, and freedom and goodness shall reign for ever and ever.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • chris

      SO BRAVE

      November 7, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • Romnesia

      The debt is a worry. Were you concerned about it when Bush created it or only when Obama inherited it?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      @JAC

      Well, then get the GOP cronies in the House of Reps, and Grover Norquist to get out of the Presidents way so he can get this taken care of.

      Peace...

      November 7, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • MC

      I would guess a rebounding economy (= more tax revenue) combined with spending cuts and prudent tax increases will bring our deficit under control IF we are willing to work together and to forego the militaristic agenda that is draining our resources and morals. The problem with the austerity proposed by Ryan was that by tipping the country back into recession (the typical result of austerity) we would actually reduce tax revenue. I fear the "fiscal cliff" – while reducing the deficit short-term – could do the same thing.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Richard

      I'm an atheist, and I agree with you....well, except about that "pray" thing. We need our leaders to put party politics aside and get our fiscal house in order.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Scotchguard

      And the majority of that crushing debt was brought to us by the Christian president George W. Bush in the process of slaying Iraqi children based on a lie. Or have the Christians conveniently forgotten that fact?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • CORWIN7

      And Jesus said unto the man "Take thy fish and loaves and hoard and hide them for you will need them in the time of crushing debt before us...?" Is that how it went?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  6. Stevo

    Wow. Sad to see that people like MiddleWay14 get to vote.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • James R Ruston

      Sad to see you think that way. People like you really have to come to grips with the fact that a majority in this country oppose your attempt to impose your religious beliefs on us through the force of law.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Will

      I'll take his reasoned and tolerant vote over your (apparently) less reasoned and intolerant one.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Brian

      He sounds more reasonable than you. Organized, mobilized religion is evil. Faith is not.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Scotchguard

      The fact is, he DOES have the vote and his opinions are now mainstream. If Christians want to be a part of government, they need to take a serious look at that, because that's exactly what America's vote was about. In last night's elections two states passed gay marriage laws, two states legalized marijuana for recreational use, and an openly gay woman was elected to the US Senate. America will not be ruled by extremists, Christian, Muslim, or otherwise. And people are now ready to mobilize to make sure that's what happens.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  7. Ivan

    You can't yell about nations being run by Islamic religious control and then demand Christian values control the US government. Religion has no place in politics.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  8. magnum12

    As America becomes more secular, socialist, atheist and immoral so will economic melt downs and natural disasters increase in direct proportion to it.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • William Demuth

      A vengfull Jeebus is the last shelter of an immature mind

      No wonder you guys are losing power.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • Ken

      As opposed to America becoming more authoritarian, anti-poor, theocratic, and fascist?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • James R Ruston

      I can understand that you have a different take on the nation's morality. But natural disasters? Give me a break.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • TheVocalAtheist

      And this is based on what?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • midwest rail

      Absolute nonsense.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Romnesia

      What a sore loser. Morality has nothing to do with the other things you list as evils. Why do you religious types feel that morality only exists under threat of punishment from an imaginary friend?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • JAC

      Who the heck is Jeebus?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Andy

      LOL. And the Aztec calendar with its face with tongue hanging out is a clear sign of the zombie apocalypse. LOL.

      I'm guessing magnum is a scared little white guy who fantasizes about needing magnum size.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • squashnmoon

      Nah.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • mike

      it is time for you and your cronies to give it up. you've been talking that trash for decades now.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • MC

      Yeah, look at Canada! Oh wait ... their economy is kicking our butt, their social ills have always been far less than ours.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • cronewinter

      Wrong..the natural disasters are the result of the greed of the republicans who want to drill, deforest, pollute and destroy the earth. Mother is not happy and your god is angry that you've misused him for generations to hold down women and minorities.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Veritas

      Please logically prove to me that anything you just said is based upon anything other than your own inner fantasy life. I predict that if we don't legalize gay marriage and become more secular then we will all be eaten by giant gophers and then killer giant pandas will run amoke on our streets. That made about as much sense as what you just said.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • magnum P I

      Heck, yes, God steered hurricane Sandy right into Gotham/Gomorrah due to its general marinated decadence!

      (Although he somehow spared San Francisco.)

      Pat Robertson, I was wondering when you'd show up and sound off.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • karlito84

      Secular/athiest have nothing to do with socialism. One could be a secular capitalist as easily as one could be a c religious socialist. Get a clue.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  9. Ron

    America is seeing the light, we don't want a Christian Taliban in America. Good riddance!

    November 7, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  10. OneWay

    I will never shut up because as the Apostle Paul said: " I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation for all who believe". My job is to tell others of how their sins can be forgiven and live a better life trough Christ. I am living proof that the Bible's words are real, accurate and its promises are fullfilled in all those who trust its words. I will never shut up. If you dont want to listen, than dont, there are few who are still willing to listen and I will shout it loud.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • MC

      Thank you! I am looking forward to joining you at future anti-war rallies and in opposition to the warmongers like Bush, Cheney and those who would seek to inherit their agenda.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • therealpeace2all

      @OneWay

      Please... never shut up ! I will even fight for your right to hang a sandwich board around your neck saying "God hates fa gs" or some drivel by the Christian Right.

      It ensures your parties continued irrelevancy.

      Please continue... 2016 is coming up, and we'd like to make it 3 in a row.

      Peace...

      November 7, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Michael

      But what about those that don't believe what you believe? Don't we have a right to live our lives without you forcing your beliefs on us? This isn't Pakistan!

      November 7, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Ken

      I'm sure that the KKK saw burning crosses and lynching people as just part of their job as "educators" too.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • cronewinter

      Please, feel free to continue to rant..you make us stronger with every word you spew.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • CORWIN7

      Fine...no one is suggesting you be silent...freedom of speech insures you can stand on your soapbox all day long and shout your ideas of values to the masses...however...attempting the legislate them into law and force others to live by your ideals...THATS UNAMERICAN! it's almost talibanish!

      November 7, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Veritas

      I am a Christian also, and St. Paul said he wasn't ashamed of the gospel. He never said to impose your views upon those around you with the force of law. Just because you believe something doesn't mean you get to legislate those beliefs or impose them on others. Try doing what Jesus said, "So in everything do to others as you would have them do to you" Matthew 7:21.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  11. Stevo

    The biggest problem with how people voted for President is that social issues took too much of a precedent. It is not up to the leader of the executive branch of the federal government how social issues are handled. It is on the states to decide how social issues are handled. The economy, defense issues, and immigration issues should really be about the only extremely large issues that a Presidential candidate's platform deals with. State governments pass most of the laws anyway in regard to social issues. Why should the President of the US even have an opinion or platform stance on these issues in the first place? What future Presidential candidates should do is put their feet in their mouths and say, "That is a states issue and the states should retain their governing power on this matter. For me to comment would be to overstep my boundary as a federally elected official." Don't vote for President in the future based on social issues people. Otherwise, your vote will have counted for nothing. He is a figurehead and has no bearing on how social issues are handled.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • MCR

      Marriage and domestic partner ship rights are not, however, only a state issue, as in affects federal taxes, inheritance, immigration rights, and benefits for federal workers and the military.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • steve harnack

      Simply put, we don't want a bigot for President, we want someone who really does believe that all are equal. "In the future don't......" man your time is past, done, over.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  12. James

    If any Christian speak about their beliefs outside their homes and churches, they should be put in prison. Their speech and participation in our political system is offensive to us. Better yet, let's feed them to the lions and make a sport out of it.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • magnum12

      You are a psychotic walking time-bomb and only a matter of time before you kill someone. You should be locked-up for the good of society.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • David

      If anyone of us Christians said a statement like yours about anything we oppose we would be ostracized and called bigots. Yet you feel free to say such an offensive statement. You have become what you fought against. As a Christian I am free to believe and adhere to what I wish. I am free to have an opinion, its called democracy, its what the USA and other democratic nations have been founded on. That is reprehensible that you would say something so inappropriate. Your bigotry and arrogance overcame your intelligence and understanding of where we have arrived at as a society.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • cronewinter

      For shame James..I am a very strong liberal, totally joyful at the outcome of the election, but saying what you said is as bad as anything the Taliban or the christian right has ever said. Don't let political victory turn you into a dictator or a hater. We need to heal our country not further harm it.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Veritas

      Yes, except that this is still the United States of America and we still have something called the First Amendment. Please go back to North Korea or China or Soviet era Russia where these views were popular. Your statement is unamerican and unenlightened.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  13. The New Self

    It’s very important that we take matters of electing our leaders seriously as Christians. Also, as Christians we are required to speak out against moral evils that leadership in our nation may legislate in favor of. However there’s one vote that we often lose focus of in times like this, check out that vote at http://alivewithchrist.com/confession/

    November 7, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • MC

      I certainly hope Christians will vote en masse against warmongers like GW Bush in the future.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • cronewinter

      Of course you are free to speak out on your belief system and moral code. You are not free to force it upon the rest of lus. Live as you will but keep out of our bedrooms and Drs. offices. Thank you.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  14. Michael

    God, I hope so! If Republicans got rid of the crazy from their party they might stand a chance.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Matt

      I was wondering what % of the GOP coalition is the Christian Right. Each party is made up of smaller factions that latch on strongly to different parts of the overall agenda and I'm sure there are elements of the Democrat coalition that don't speak for the majority of their voters. Is it possible for the GOP to ditch the Christian Right and still be a national party or do they simply make up too large of a % of the coalition?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  15. squashnmoon

    The thing about "a fundamental moral realignment of the country” is, these religious issues don't affect the population at large. Gay marriage does not affect fundamentalist marriages in any way, abortion rights does not affect pro-lifers in any way. I have never understood why religious people need desperately to make everyone adhere to their own values. Why can't they just go be happy with their promise of eternal afterlife and leave us alone?

    November 7, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Arvind

      Will a pasture be liable for discriminition if he chooses not to wed a gay couple in his church? Would reading from a religious text that speaks against gay relationships be a hate crime? Would a religious organization choosing not to hire a gay person be considered as a discrimination? Just some scenarios to think about.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  16. MC

    Another thing I am hopeful about is that we will avoid "Christian" right wars in the future that have harmed our country and other nations. The social right's embrace of war while opposing not just equal rights but basic environmental protections and science did not bode well. It is a happy day to see this agenda rejected.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  17. Dr. R. Holcombe

    "Is Christian right's influence over?". I won't belabor the point. Don't be quick to jump to conclusions. My response to that is , "Hell, NO!" Those who don't like it can go straight there, anyway!

    November 7, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Steven

      Said by a loving, tolerant Christian.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • cronewinter

      That is why you lost the election last night. Stop and reassess, believe what you will and don't shove it down the throats of others.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  18. Atheist Hunter

    saiah 5:20: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

    Be careful what you ask for. You ask for a nation of evil and darkness and you just may get it!

    November 7, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • MC

      I truly think we have turned a corner on that evil by rejecting the evil far-right agenda that started terrible wars, rejected science that promises to improve our lives, and opposed basic environmental protections. GW Bush is the least popular ex-president in history, showing a rejection of evil by many Americans.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • TheVocalAtheist

      With people like you we already have evil and darkness, we working our way out of it, go away, there's no place for you in this world.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Sly

      Yes ... next thing you know those atheist's are going to demand that women or black people be allowed to vote!

      Straight to hell for all women and black people – heck, all minorities!

      We all know Heaven has a 'Whites Men Only' sign outside. That's why they call it the White House.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • christian hunter

      yes....only christians know good from evil right??

      have fun at your christian taliban meetings and enjoy the next 4 years bigot!

      November 7, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  19. God's Oldest Dreamer

    I died last night and when I resurrected myself this morning, I became enthralled that B.O. won! Body odor tends to stick with us all.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:11 am |
  20. MiddleWay14

    The christian right is the United States' version of the taliban.

    Thank goodness they will be returned to the fringes of society from whence they came, knocked fiercely off their pedestal of false moral righteousness (a.k.a. bigotry) and back into their holes.

    The last thing we need in this country is any of the christian rights' inane backwards authoritarian thinking. Last night, we defeated the christian rights' evil, racist, bigotted, self-defeating influence. WE VOTED FOR LOVE, PEACE, FREEDOM, AND TOLERANCE!

    Neither the christian right nor anyone else can stand in the way of progress towards full realization of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in this country.

    This is the time that moderates in the Republican party should seize their party back. This is the time that third parites should put forth their best efforts to increase their influence. We as Americans welcome new ideas for building a better future so long as those ideas are respectful of the diversity of ways peaceful individuals choose to live (i.e., tolerance of diversity and freedom).

    November 7, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • MC

      Well said!

      November 7, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • amusicalmarriage

      Well said. We can only hope that the generations to follow will have more common sense and realize all of the political nonsense does not bode well for the human race. Yes, I said human race, not repubs or demos. It is time for us to bring this planet back to a more peaceful , loving and understanding civilization.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • STLMin

      Do you mean to say that you voted for tolerance as long as others see as you do? Your statement contradicts itself in that you are being very intolerant to those who have an obedient faith in God. How can one preach tolerance while in the same sentence speak so hatefully of others. Is that not the definition of intolerance? It is a little scary to see “double think” leap off George Orwell’s pages and into reality.

      November 7, 2012 at 11:42 am |
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