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October 15th, 2011
10:00 PM ET

My Take: Are evangelicals dangerous?

Editor's Note: R. Albert Mohler, Jr., is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.

By R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Special to CNN

Here we go again.

Every four years, with every new presidential election cycle, public voices sound the alarm that the evangelicals are back. What is so scary about America’s evangelical Christians?

Just a few years ago, author Kevin Phillips told intellectual elites to run for cover, claiming that well-organized evangelicals were attempting to turn America into a theocratic state. In “American Theocracy,” Phillips warned of the growing influence of Bible-believing, born-again, theologically conservative voters who were determined to create a theocracy.

Writer Michelle Goldberg, meanwhile, has warned of a new Christian nationalism, based in “dominion theology.” Chris Hedges topped that by calling conservative Christians “American fascists.”

And so-called New Atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris claim that conservative Christians are nothing less than a threat to democracy. They prescribe atheism and secularism as the antidotes.

This presidential cycle, the alarms have started earlier than usual. Ryan Lizza, profiling Rep. Michele Bachmann for The New Yorker, informed his readers that “Bachmann belongs to a generation of Christian conservatives whose views have been shaped by institutions, tracts, and leaders not commonly known to secular Americans, or even to most Christians.”

Change just a few strategic words and the same would be true of Barack Obama or any other presidential candidate. Every candidate is shaped by influences not known to all and by institutions that other Americans might find strange.

What stories like this really show is that the secular elites assume that their own institutions and leaders are normative.

The New Yorker accused Bachmann of being concerned with developing a Christian worldview, ignoring the fact that every thinking person operates out of some kind of worldview. The article treated statements about wifely submission to husbands and Christian influence in art as bizarre and bellicose.

When Rick Perry questioned the theory of evolution, Dawkins launched into full-on apoplexy, wondering aloud how anyone who questions evolution could be considered intelligent, even as polls indicate that a majority of Americans question evolution.

Bill Keller, then executive editor of The New York Times, topped all the rest by seeming to suggest that conservative Christians should be compared to those who believe in space aliens. He complained that “when it comes to the religious beliefs of our would-be presidents, we are a little squeamish about probing too aggressively.”

Really? Earlier this month, comedian Penn Jillette - a well–known atheist - wrote a very serious op-ed complaining of the political influence of “bugnut Christians,” in the pages of The Los Angeles Times, no less. Detect a pattern here?

By now, this is probably being read as a complaint against the secular elites and prominent voices in the mainstream media. It’s not.

If evangelicals intend to engage public issues and cultural concerns, we have to be ready for the scrutiny and discomfort that comes with disagreement over matters of importance. We have to risk being misunderstood - and even misrepresented - if we intend to say anything worth hearing.

Are evangelicals dangerous? Well, certainly not in the sense that more secular voices warn. The vast majority of evangelicals are not attempting to create a theocracy, or to oppose democracy.

To the contrary, evangelicals are dangerous to the secularist vision of this nation and its future precisely because we are committed to participatory democracy.

As Christians committed to the Bible, evangelicals have learned to advocate on behalf of the unborn, believing that every single human being, at every stage of development, is made in God’s image.

Evangelicals worry about the fate of marriage and the family, believing that the pattern for human relatedness set out in Scripture will lead to the greatest human flourishing.

We are deeply concerned about a host of moral and cultural issues, from how to address poverty to how to be good stewards of the earth, and on some of these there is a fairly high degree of disagreement even among us.

Above all, evangelicals are those who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and are most concerned about telling others about Jesus. Most of America’s evangelical Christians are busy raising their children, working to support their families and investing energy in their local churches.

But over recent decades, evangelical Christians have learned that the gospel has implications for every dimension of life, including our political responsibility.

We’re dangerous only to those who want more secular voices to have a virtual monopoly in public life.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Opinion • Politics

soundoff (5,318 Responses)
  1. ZarGoth

    You take a notion, a belief, for which you have exactly no proof, & raise it to the highest position & make it the focal point of all your thinking.

    & you wonder why we question your motives, & why we fear you? You are not rational, & you want to see elected people who will impose the results of your irrationality upon us all...

    Faith is not an argument for anything; it is irrationality itself.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • W.G.

      to zargoth while belief in nothing as held by stalin and pol pot and hitler and mao will kill millions and millions of people .
      Get real and give me Jesus anytime !

      October 16, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • ryan

      W.G. you keep believing that crap. When people unquestioningly follow 1 person or god, horrible things like that happen. Stalin was simply a replacement for God, as was hitler, and pol pot. When you dehumanize others (IE teach that everyone but you is going to hell for example) atrocities occur. In every case of genocide in history, there was a deity involved, either a man-deity like the "dear leader" or even the jewish deity as we see in the old testament where god incites the faithful to commit genocide well beyond modern examples.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • pfft

      @W.G.

      haha this is practically the only point you feel confident enough to express. hitler was a roman catholic, and all of them practically believed themselves to be gods through their political ideologies and psycho-pathologies.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • rosie

      To WG; Hitler was Catholic, all the others killed for political reasons, NOT religious (or lack of).
      Jesus (god) didn't kill anyone?!
      Genesis 7
      7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
      7:5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Jeff Williams

      Hitler was a catholic. His troops wore belt buckles that said "God Is With Us".

      W.G. Stop lying.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  2. Colin

    Saturn, to pick up on your point, here are, at least in my experience, ten traits common to most atheists – sorry for the length, too..

    1. You were likely brought up a theist (probably a Christian if you live in the USA) and had to do your own thinking to rise above the beliefs that still occupy the mind of the believer. This usually involved being smart and working hard at school and college so as to get a good, accurate view of the natural Universe and overcoming significant social pressure to dumb yourself down and conform. In short, you had the guts to ask the hard questions and the brains to spot the weak answers. The more you came to understand the Universe, the less reason there was to believe in a god and the more you came to appreciate human nature, the more you understood why billions of us still do.

    2. While rejecting the supernatural elements of the Bible, you nevertheless retain a large amount of the morality taught today by mainstream Christianity. To the extent you reject Christian morality, it is where it is mean spirited – such as in the way it seeks to curtail freedoms or oppose the rights of $exual minorities. In most other respects, your basic moral outlook is indistinguishable from that of the liberal Christian – you just don’t need the mother of all carrots and sticks hanging over your head in order to act in a manner that you consider moral.

    3. You know a great deal more about the Bible than most believers. This is because you took the time to read it yourself and did not rely on the primary-color simple stories you learned in Sunday school. You have also probably done some research into the historical Jesus and have a good handle on where he REALLY fit in to the broader picture of the Middle East at the time. Needless to say, his miracles and other magic powers soon started to look pretty unlikely.

    4. Your knowledge of basic science and history is much stronger than that of your average believer. You likely have a basic working knowledge of physics, astronomy, evolutionary biology and cosmology and a good idea of the history of life on this planet. This acc.umulated knowledge puts you in a position to judge the claims of the Bible in a critical light and they are almost always found wanting. To the theist, this makes you “elitist” and ‘arrogant”.

    5. You relish your role as a religious minority in the USA, as this gives you an impetus to fight and you understand how others with unpopular, but doubtlessly correct views have felt throughout history. There is something altogether satisfying to you about having a deep conviction you are right and being viewed with disdain for your views by the errant majority. You feel a quiet confidence that future generations will look back on you as a member of a class of trailblazers, as religious supersti.tions go into inevitable decline in popularity.

    6. You are likely more environmentally aware than your theist friends and colleagues and unlikely to fall for claims of industry and wind-bag politicians concerning the impact of man’s activities on the environment. You could no more act in an environmentally irresponsible manner because “god will keep us safe” than you could jump off a ship, believing King Neptune will keep you safe.

    7. You generally have a live and let live atti.tude, but will fiercely defend any attempts by theists to thrust their views on you or your children, directly or through control of school boards, the legislature or the executive. While you are prepared to debate and argue passionately with the theist on an intellectual level, you would never wish them harm or ill will. You know you are likely to be smugly told you will “burn in hell for all eternity” for your healthy skepticism. This highlights what you despise about religion, as you would not wish a bad sunburn on another, simply because they have a different religious view to you. You have never heard of an evolutionary biologist strapping a bomb to himself and running into a church yelling “Darwin-u akbar”.

    8. You likely know more about other religions than your average theist. This makes you less fearful of them and enables you to see parallels. You realize that, if you were born in India, you would have been brought up with a totally different religion. You realize that every culture that has ever existed has had its own god(s) and they always favor that particular culture, its hopes, dreams and prejudices. They cannot all exist and you see the error all faiths make of thinking only theirs exist(s). This “rising above” the regional nature of all religions was probably instrumental in your achieving atheism.

    9. You likely have a deep, genuine appreciation of the fathomless beauty and unbelievable complexity of our Universe, from the 4 nucleotides that orchestrate every aspect of you, through to the distant quasars, without having to think it was all made for you. You likely get more out of being the irrelevant ant staring up at the cosmos than you do in having to pretend that it was all made to turn in majestic black-and-white pirouette about you.

    10. While you have a survival instinct, you cannot fear death in the way the theist does. You know that the whole final judgment story, where you may be sent to hell if you fail, is Dark Ages nonsense meant to keep the Church’s authority. You also know that you were dead for 13,700,000,000 years before you were born. It is impossible for you to fear death, for the simple reason that you know the capacity to fear (or to feel pain or discomfort) itself dies. You will not even know you are dead. Fear of death is as meaningless to you as is the fear of a vacuum, the fear of not being born. You feel a lot more secure, and indeed a deep comfort, in this knowledge, than you would in trying to yoke yourself to some quasi-hope that every part of your intellect tells you is untenable.

    In short, there is nothing shallow or angry about atheism. It is a refreshing, honest, brave and intellectually satisfying way to see the World.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • Jeff Williams

      Well said, Colin.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • Saturn

      a good post, i enjoyed it.

      plus, it mentioned me. i feel special.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:26 am |
    • GE in MD

      Very well said. The evangelicals who are following this thread should read and ponder a bit. I'd like to see some civil thoughtful replies.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Larry L

      Great comments. I'm copying them to send to friends. Thanks.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Credenza

      All the agreeable people on here are very impressed with your clever sounding arguments. By agreeing with you, they feel clever.
      I, however recognize it for what it is – a total crock!

      Atheists creep out of the woodwork EVERY time religion is mentioned. Why? It must have lots going for it if they feel threatened by it.

      October 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  3. Sarah Michele

    They are crazy crackpots. No matter what you believe, they (or anybody) shouldn't have a say in what I choose to do.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  4. Mark

    First of all, evangelicals are only a threat to ideals, not other people.

    I'm glad we're viewed as a threat. It means we're standing up and speaking out against some things that are wrong. The Bible says, "be salt and light". It also goes on to say that if the salt loses its flavor, it's not good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under foot.

    The problem is that non-believers want to quickly label Christians as "trouble makers" or "dangerous" any time Christians voice oppostion to the anti-God agenda that's constantly being pushed...Abortion...Gay Marriage...Seculariztion of our gov't, our schools, etc. The anti-God crowd gets all upset when they can't (simply at will) marginallize God because they don't want to be shackled by his commandments.

    Yes, I have a problem with secularists...
    1.) Re-writing the history books and devaluing the fundemental, Scriptural roots of our Nation.
    2.) Declaring God to be irrelevent in our Schools & and our Governmental forums and tossing Him out like an old shoe.
    3.) Treating unborn HUMANS as blobs of goo that can be "disposed" of at will. And further more, doing in under the guise of "welfare of the mother" which is only the case in about one half of 1% of the time.
    4.) Brainwashing our kids in schools. Telling them that a couple billion years ago they simply floated up out of some primordial soup, sprouted legs, and boom...here we are. Rather than the truth. That they were all CREATED in God's image, with a purpose.
    5.) Sanctioning the "union" of two men or two women and insulting real married couples everywhere by declaring the "union" a marriage. A marriage is a man, and a woman. That desciption has served us well as a species since the beginning of time. Only in the last 40 to 50 years has it been deemed inadequate.

    Secularist, non-Christians are determined to tear away the moral fabric of our nation, and the ironic question that's asked is...are Evangelicals Dangerous??? Confusing.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:01 am |
    • GE in MD

      It seems to me that making your views as itemized the basis for public policy is the same as theocracy. If that's what you want, say so. If theocracy is not what you want, please explain how your views, if implemenmted, would differ.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • E

      Please tell Dr. Tiller's family about how evangelical Christians, like the one who entered a Church and gunned him down, are harmless to other people.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • Mark

      @E...

      OK. I will. Gladly. But, first please tell me who is Dr. Tiller? Was he mentioned in the story? Did I miss something?

      What I find perplexing is how people are so quick to pick up on a "label" only when that label fits their particular belief system.

      For example, a lunatic walks into a fast food restaurant and offs 5 or 6 people in cold blood, and then proclaims that he's a born again evangelical Christian. Everyone piles on and out comes the "anti-Christian" crowd. Does the simple fact that the person claimed to be a Christian make it so. NO! I could walk around all day "arresting" people and handing out parking or speeding tickets, but without the CREDENTIALS, my claims of being a police officer are baseless. If I claim to be a member of a particular club, group, or organization, but yet don't act in accordance with the belief system of said group then people would rightfully call me an imposter. But, nooooo. Not with Christians. Why the double standard? Why don't you hear people say, " that person wasn't a Christian. He wasn't acting in accordance with Christian principles". i.e. Love thy neighbor. Love your enemies. Esteem others more than yourself. Be patient, kind, loving, etc.

      October 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Credenza

      Mark. Thank you for your comments here. It makes a refreshing change to read coherent and intelligent posts. Respect.

      October 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  5. capitalismsucks

    those who work to destroy justice / equality deserves no justice / equality. only morons believe in "freedom" to oppress others through speech and action.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  6. M. Harris

    Secular voices should dominate public life! We are not, nor have we ever been a "Christian " nation. A majority of the population may be so, but majority rule is merely a polite way of saying "mob rule."
    Our government is to be open and fair to all people of whatever race, religion, ethnicity, favoring none, therefore to be completely non-religious, and to claim otherwise is anti-American.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  7. BKM

    Once an insight or seachange or whatever allows one individual to see or hear unfettered becomes religion it transforms into the worst humans have to offer under the guise of the best.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  8. Eric Sell

    OH, good...there for a minute I thought evangelicals were something to worry about! lol. So, talks about opposing abortion b/c they're all about "all people are made in God's image"...apparently w/ the exception of all the 10s-100s of thousands god ordered slaughtered (kill all that breathes) in the OT.
    And he talks about being good stewards of the earth. Well, you could find that in the bible, but when most read "have dominion over" they seem to read it as "do whatever you want" and forget about "dressing and keeping". Plus, since every rainbow is apparently a reiteration of the promise of no more worldwide floods, then who cares about CO2 and global warming?
    They believe that man+woman is the best pattern for marriage b/c the bible tells them so? Cool, that doesn't bother me. But the problem is that they'll then legislate that...and legislating based solely on what is written in your fav holy book IS creating a theocracy.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  9. JoJo

    Is this a trick question? Of course they are dangerous. They've always been dangerous. They are a cancer of the mind. A virus that spreads by brainwashing children.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:01 am |
    • Credenza

      Of course you'd say that! The whole world knows that the US of America is filled with:-
      people who reject God and prefer the worship of money;
      live for plastic surgery and body sculpture:
      think every day they are part of a movie and one step away from the real world;
      so greedy and concerned only with self-gratification, they ruined their own country and its original values;
      have an overrated sense of their own importance;
      are despised by the rest of the world for their big mouths and failed education system.
      Murder others, no problem, but wet themselves if 'threatened ' by terrorists.

      Without a true belief in God you have nothing – and it shows.

      October 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  10. Lola

    CNN bashes religion on Sundays.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • kimsland

      Sunday is religious bashing day, didn't you know?

      October 16, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • LOL

      each news service gets a diff. day. CNN gets sunday for the baby jeebus bashers, i go over to Al- Arabiya on fridays for the pedo-prophet bashers, saturdays i take off because the jews have never done anything to me. nice people. mondays i go after bran-flake pagans.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • E

      Did you even read the article?

      October 16, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  11. R

    'When Rick Perry questioned the theory of evolution, Dawkins launched into full-on apoplexy, wondering aloud how anyone who questions evolution could be considered intelligent, even as polls indicate that a majority of Americans question evolution'

    Majorities form government not truths. Majorities believed various gods controlled the weather, the world was flat, the earth was the centre of the universe, etc, etc, etc.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • E

      Funny how so many people are questioning, and so few are actually bothering to find the answers to their questions by going to the library or even reading some actual scientific studies and books. Heck, they won't even bother to read non religious websites.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  12. chrisg

    Keep your religion OUT of my government and out of my life. Stop knocking on my door at 8:00 sunday morning

    October 16, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  13. allenwoll

    The purpose of ANY organization - notwithstanding its nominal stated purpose - is to gather money, power and control and to use these vigorously to forcefully suppress those who differ with that nominal purpose.

    Otherwise, why organize in the first place ? ?

    October 16, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • W.G.

      Your goofy

      October 16, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • LOL

      Only Mormons have that much organization. their org charts are like reading Dune. Christians? not so much. but what i want to know is WHICH ONES ARE THE REAL ONES? i've seen about 5 different ideological groups claiming to be THE REAL CHRISTIANS in the last 2 hours.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • Jeff Williams

      """The purpose of ANY organization – notwithstanding its nominal stated purpose – is to gather money, power and control and to use these vigorously to forcefully suppress those who differ with that nominal purpose."""

      This must be news to the gals in the bridge club.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • Credenza

      allenwolf – typical American. Everything centres round money for you.

      October 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  14. Hasai

    "What is so scary about America’s evangelical Christians?"

    Well, the ones in South Carolina put GWB into office, and, quite frankly, everyone's waiting for them to do something even worse.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  15. Marc W. McCord

    The author makes some valid points. Secularists do raise alarm bells often based upon hype and hyperbole. Christians do the same thing, and they do it without regard to what their Bible tells them. "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and unto God that which is God's", "Love thy neighbor as thyself", "Let he who is without sin casr the first stone", and I could go on ad infinitum.

    The reason why secularists fear a Christian theocracy in our government is because the leaders, and many followers, of that concept talk the talk, but they do not walk the walk. They oppose abortion, but kill abortion doctors and turn their backs on those unwanted babies after birth leaving them to grow and die in poverty. They oppose legalization of drugs, yet many smoke tobacco and drink alcohol. Tobacco kills more people in one year than all illegal drugs have in the combined history of our nation.

    Christians love war and hate war protesters. More people have been killed in the name of God than from all other causes combined. The Crusades are a shining example of "Christianize them, or kill them." Christians preach abstinence, but they do not practice it. The Belief Blog even has a current story about why Christians aren't waiting anymore.

    God commanded us all to be good stewards of his earth, yet Christians openly favor and promote development of fossil fuels, the extraction of which greatly damages our air, water, soil, property values and human, animal and plant health. Destroying the EPA is NOT protecting God's creation! Promoting industrial activities that destroy the earth in the process is a direct slap in the face of God's message about being good stewards of his creation.

    God told us that we are all our brother's keeper, but all too many Christians want to thrown old people and poor people out on the streets without insurance because they cannot afford to live a decent life in America. Many Christians openly advocate that those people are too lazy to work without considering the lack of quality jobs or adequate education in America over the past 30 years, and the number of such jobs lost grows with every company here downsizing and moving jobs to China or India, all to the detriment of God's children. Many Christians also advocate the dismantling of public education, which would greatly hurt the vast majority of American children and render them useless in the future job market that depends on high tech education.

    But, it is the hypocrisy of most christians that turns everybody else off. Christians do not condemn Republican elected officials for their role in driving up the deficit with bankrupt spending on useless wars and tax breaks for the top 5% of American wage earners while cutting money to programs that assist the poor and the elderly. Christians need to re-read that book and then decide if they actually believe in what Jesus taught, or if they are going to continue talking one thing and doing the opposite.

    As Gandhi said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." Truer words were never spoken. Live by example if you want everybody else to follow you. The far right wing of the Republican Party is more a testament to the teachings of Hitler than of Jesus.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • chrisg

      Thank you Marc, great post

      October 16, 2011 at 10:04 am |
    • John

      Please do not repeat the canard that more people have been killed in the name of God than for any other cause.

      Athiests have run up a rather impressive score: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:04 am |
    • chrisg

      John, please do your research. you can even google it.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • Harpy Lady

      I completely agree. Very well said.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • Johnny G. Casady

      That was an amazing succinct and accurate post. Unless you object I am going to quote you on facebook. There is no way I could have said this better. It crystalizes the essence of my thoughts on the matter also.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • Larry L

      Great comments. I'll vote for you!

      October 16, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Jeff Williams

      Good post, but one point needs expansion:

      """The Crusades are a shining example of "Christianize them, or kill them.""""

      This is really a basic summary, but the Crusades were a belated response to the Islamization of northern Africa and Europe that threatened or blocked Christian pilgrimage routes to Jerusalem, as well as Muslim conquests of traditional Christian holy sites.

      The Muslims were every bit as responsible as the Christians were for the bloodshed.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Credenza

      John – You're right, of course, but they'll all come out of the woodwork when you mention that Atheists have killed more than all the religions in history.

      They'll SAY that Hit1er and St@lin were Catholics – Sheepdip. They were both Apostate. [Icould call myself Jennifer Lopez; it wouldn't make it so] They'll SAY that M@rx and Len1n wer Jews; again they forfeited the right when they became Communists who are, by definition, Atheist.

      Atheists fancy themselves as pseudo scientific philosophers. But they're actually just wannabees who envy the peace and serenity that belief in God brings.

      October 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  16. JohnnyCool

    The New Yorker accused Bachmann of being concerned with developing a Christian worldview, ignoring the fact that every thinking person operates out of some kind of worldview. The article treated statements about wifely submission to husbands "and Christian influence in art as bizarre and bellicose."

    Random fact: The related articles on this story also have Ms. Bachmann bringing up Satan in a discussion of taxes with Cain. That's pretty darn bizarre.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • LOL

      Bachmann read How Then Should We Live? one too many times in the 70s.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  17. Unsung

    This article is a joke. It assumes that you have to be religious in order to have concern regarding marriage, family and moral issues. As an athiest I have concerns regarding all of those things and have seen more than enough acts of immorality by "good christians" than I care to remember. Religion and government should not be mixed. It is that plain and simple. The government job is to represent the people. NOT thier religious agendas.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • al

      you have concerns, but no basis to support the side you land on... you can say, we should care for this or that, but you could also say, who cares! and it would be consistent with the way you view the world.... a christian can't do that..well, he could but he would be going against his basis for what he says....a christian must be concerned for certain issues because of the christian's basis for what he/she says to be true.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  18. El Kabong

    The religious right are a bunch of hypocrites. They are anti abortion but pro death penalty. Feeding the poor and healing the sick are nothing more than handouts (welfare, Obamacare) for lazy freeloaders. Jesus would be a flaming liberal if he were alive today. Especially if he would condemned the "job creating" wealthy elite.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Zach

      Jesus wouldn't be a liberal, lol. The only remotely-close-to-liberal thing he'd advocate is that communities take better care of their sick and disabled Read: not create a nanny state that takes care of anyone who's too lazy to work.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  19. Melissa

    In the past, evangelicals would be taken as crazy crackpots and possibly stoned. Instead, WE treat them like they know best. Its disgusting. They're nuts and should NOT be treated the way they are being treated.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Brutus

      Very open minded view on things.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  20. Dave

    Jesus said"Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and render unto the Lord that which is the Lord's" . Caesar of course refers to the government. Jesus was essentially saying that it is important to maintain a separation of church and state. Look at the Spanish inquistion. Islamic Pakistan split from Hindu India. Look at what's going on in Iran. This is what happens when there is not a strict separation of church and state. Evangelicals should stop acting like Pharisee's and heed the advice of Jesus to maintain a separation of church and state.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • LOL

      That assumes Evangelicals are able to interpret anything in a non-literal sense and understand a parable.

      October 16, 2011 at 10:01 am |
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