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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:41 PM

What’s next for religious conservatives?

By David Gibson| Religion News Service,
Updated: Wednesday, November 7, 5:03 PM

Mitt Romney failed in his bid to win the White House back for Republicans, but the biggest losers in Tuesday’s voting may be Christian conservatives who put everything they had into denying President Obama a second term and battling other threats to their agenda.

Instead of the promised victories, the religious right encountered defeat at almost every turn. Not only did Obama win convincingly, but Democrats held onto the Senate — and the power to confirm judges — and Wisconsin elected the nation’s first openly gay senator, Tammy Baldwin.

Meanwhile, Republican senate candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock went down to unanticipated defeat in large part because of their strongly anti-abortion views, and an effort in Florida to restrict abortion failed. For the first time ever, same-sex marriage proponents won on ballots in four out of four states, while marijuana for recreational use was legalized in two out of three states where the question was on the ballot.

Even Michele Bachmann, an icon among Christian conservatives, barely held onto her House seat in Minnesota while Tea Party favorite Allen West lost his congressional district in Florida.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/whats-next-for-religious-conservatives/2012/11/07/d1688f08-2926-11e2-aaa5-ac786110c486_story.html

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:46 PM

1. Will they double down or soften their positions? Hard to know.

Interesting tidbit from article:

exit polls indicated that evangelicals turned out more strongly for Romney (or against Obama) than they had for any other Republican in history

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Response to cbayer (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:51 PM

2. Their social agenda utterly crashed.

What will be interesting is seeing whether the social agenda is downplayed as a drag on the right's economic agenda.

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Response to rug (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:52 PM

3. That's going to be a tough one. They would have lost even more

badly without the christian right vote.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 07:20 PM

4. Irrelevance, thats whats next.

Hanging on to the hateful and divisive ideology will result in just that.

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:21 PM

6. I agree.

Movements based overtly on division cannot last. The strongest movements are based on union.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 07:20 PM

5. As an interim solution, they ought to take time out for mutual recrimination.

Later they can repeat their mistakes at their leisure.



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Response to dimbear (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:22 PM

7. If this were the eleventh century there could be an anathema party.

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