I took a lot of heat the other day for suggesting that the Christian right is a lot smaller than Christians think. They simply weren’t there for Romney. Either they sat on their hands because Romney is a Mormon, or they just aren’t a potent bloc for the right any longer.
I also suggested, with good intent, that politically, Jesus should not be the centerpiece of the right’s platform. God certainly can be, but not Christianity. It is too exclusionary, too intimidating to secularists and possibly alienating to a growing number of people who are not necessarily Godless, but not practicing Christians. Christians, being fruitlessly pedantic, may believe that, technically, there is no such animal. But they are apparently out there, if this research is to be believed, pulling the lever for the current Messiah, and not Jesus Christ.
I look at all data with healthy skepticism. Often, the opposition releases data in a attempt to elicit the response they want from their foe. But the piece of data that is irrefutable is that Obama sits in the white house.
Could these numbers be a fabrication, so that the RNC, responding to the DNC’s bait, does what I have suggested, drop Jesus? It might.
But what if it’s accurate? Would Christians be interested in winning national elections any longer? Would they simply insist on an ecumenical platform, even if meant losing secular votes they might get otherwise?
Prepare for a fight. It’s coming. Life is never easy.
ht/ norm einstein