Here's Fox News pundit Morton Kondracke lecturing us mean ol' liberals about the glories of Evangelical Christianity:
If fair-minded secular Democrats went to church - they are open to the public, by the way - here's some of what they'd learn: Lesson No. 1: Far more than abortion, evolution or homosexuality, Evangelical Christianity is about love, redemption, forgiveness, charity, humility, hope and self-sacrifice.
Oh really? Here's Fox News reporting on Jerry Falwell's recent activities:
Seeking to take advantage of the momentum from an election where moral values proved important to voters, the Rev. Jerry Falwell announced Tuesday he has formed a new coalition to guide an “evangelical revolution.”
Falwell, a religious broadcaster based in Lynchburg, Va., said the Faith and Values Coalition will be a “21st century resurrection of the Moral Majority,” the organization he founded in 1979.
Falwell said he would serve as the coalition's national chairman for four years.
He added that the new group's mission would be to lobby for anti-abortion conservatives to fill openings on the Supreme Court and lower courts, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and the election of another “George Bush-type” conservative in 2008.
“We all, for the first time, began to realize the potential of religious conservatives, particularly evangelicals, when something over 30 million of them went to the polls,” he said, noting most supported the president and anti-abortion candidates, and voted to approve 11 initiatives across the country banning gay marriage.
I see a lot about abortion and homosexuality here; not so much about love, forgiveness and charity.
Here's Agape Press columnist David Sisler discussing the role of evangelicals in the election:
As I said, I have a theory about why George W. Bush was re-elected. The homosexual community gave him a huge assist.
Statistics indicate that 25 percent of the voters in Tuesday's election were evangelical Christians. The reason many of them they went to the polls, so the exit pollers say, was to vote for a single issue: the marriage issue – one woman plus one man equals marriage.
Eleven states -- Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Utah -- had the issue on the ballot. It was defeated in all 11 states. It was close only in Oregon, 56 percent to 44 percent, and even there, the folks who allow physician-assisted suicide, agreed -- this time -- with what the Lord God Almighty said in the Book of Genesis.
The homosexual community has an “in your face” attitude about almost everything connected with their lifestyle, a lifestyle which the Word of God condemns. In their militancy they forced the “one man - one woman” measure onto 11 state ballots.
In 11 states evangelical Christians voted in unprecedented numbers, and they helped carry nine of those crucial states for President Bush (in Oregon, John Kerry won the popular vote by the slim margin of three percent, and in Michigan by only one percent).
While evangelical Christians were in the voting booths, loudly affirming the traditional definition of marriage, three out of four of them also voted to re-elect George W. Bush. And President Bush received more votes for president than any candidate in the history of our nation.
If it were not for the militancy of the homosexual community, insisting that they be allowed to marry, insisting that the state sanction their violation of God's Word, those evangelical Christians would have stayed home like many -- far too many -- did last year.
It doesn't get much clearer than that. Many evangelical voters went to the polls solely because of the gay marriage issue. They would not have left home otherwise.
It would not be difficult to find dozens of other quotes from prominent evangelicals along these lines.
I'm fully prepared to be persuaded that people like Falwell and Sisler are actually fringe figures in the Evangelical community, but I see no evidence that this is so.
I know many fine people who are serious about their Christian faith but have no urge to use the government to enforce their moral views. For those people I have nothing but respect. But it sure looks to me like they are a minority of relgious voters in this country. And they are definitely in the minority of politically active Christians.
Kondracke's entire, silly column deserves a proper fisking, but that will have to wait for another day.