Christian conservatives, for more than two decades a pivotal force in American politics, are grappling with Election Day results that repudiated their influence and suggested that the cultural tide — especially on gay issues — has shifted against them.

They are reeling not only from the loss of the presidency, but from what many of them see as a rejection of their agenda. They lost fights against same-sex marriage in all four states where it was on the ballot, and saw anti-abortion-rights Senate candidates defeated and two states vote to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

It is not as though they did not put up a fight; they went all out as never before: The Rev. Billy Graham dropped any pretense of nonpartisanship and all but endorsed Mitt Romney for president. Roman Catholic bishops denounced President Obama’s policies as a threat to life, religious liberty and the traditional nuclear family. Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition distributed more voter guides in churches and contacted more homes by mail and phone than ever before.

“Millions of American evangelicals are absolutely shocked by not just the presidential election, but by the entire avalanche of results that came in,” R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, Ky., said in an interview. “It’s not that our message — we think abortion is wrong, we think same-sex marriage is wrong — didn’t get out. It did get out.

“It’s that the entire moral landscape has changed,” he said. “An increasingly secularized America understands our positions, and has rejected them…”

The election results are just one indication of larger trends in American religion that Christian conservatives are still digesting, political analysts say. Americans who have no religious affiliation — pollsters call them the “nones” — are now about one-fifth of the population over all, according to a study released last month by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The younger generation is even less religious: about one-third of Americans ages 18 to 22 say they are either atheists, agnostics or nothing in particular. Americans who are secular are far more likely to vote for liberal candidates and for same-sex marriage. Seventy percent of those who said they had no religion voted for Mr. Obama, according to exit polls conducted by Edison Research.

This election signaled the last where a white Christian strategy is workable,” said Robert P. Jones, chief executive of the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and education organization based in Washington.

“Barack Obama’s coalition was less than 4 in 10 white Christian,” Dr. Jones said. “He made up for that with not only overwhelming support from the African-American and Latino community, but also with the support of the religiously unaffiliated.”

The lone atheist in the office ain’t so alone anymore. The agnostic on the shop floor may not call himself – or herself – an agnostic; but, that’s the appropriate characterization of their attitude to religion. The dozens of young women and men in the halls of academia who are “nones” ain’t about to turn round and decrease in number because some old fart in the Confederacy says they are sinners.

The times they are a’changing. More like Darwin – than Dylan ever imagined.

  1. ECA says:

    I hate to be the first on this, BUT…

    MORALS are for the individual, NOT a NATION of people.
    If the individuals had morals, you would see it in there every day life and things Change according to those Running the country..
    But, we are a nation of Many people and beliefs.

    The Rules for Humans are basic, and unchanging.
    The rules for government are to PROTECT the people..NOT the corp, not other nations, and NOT the Church.

    • stormtrooper 651 says:

      so pedophile eidard again with the racist sub text that angry blacks belong on the democrat plantation, any who attempt to move away illegally should be branded uncle tom house niggas and hunted down.
      i’m a neutral on this and prefer not to comment on the darwinian eugenics reference.

      • stormtrooper 651 says:

        some might argue the only way to protect our blacks is to pass laws against religions to prevent them from trying to persuade them from acting against the party, but I don’t know enough about this and have no opinion either way.

  2. Captain Obvious says:

    Women were 53% of the voters and broke to Obama by 11%. Obama had a 3 point win overall. Do the math.

  3. CPBrown says:

    Yep, there were plenty of angry white women to compensate for Obama.

  4. sargasso_c says:

    Bad times flush the chumps. In a depression people turn to God for answers. As the economy improves, people ask different questions.

  5. noname says:

    This election demonstrated, Republicanism is a CULT.

    1.) A Republican must believe more than reason!
    2.) A Republican must follow and not question their leader!
    3.) A Republican must not be deswayed or dismayed by outside facts or truths!
    4.) A Republican must not have their own convictions like RON PAUL!
    5.) A Republican is never wrong, it’s just missed messaging!
    6.) A Republican needs much more money than $330 million++++ to spread their gospel and win!!!!
    7.) A Republican thinks those “Americans” who don’t agree are evil and not an “American”. Those “non-American” votes must be suppressed and self-deport!!!
    8.) A Republican doesn’t believe in object Truth, but; believe only in what people voted for after crafting with MONEY, MESSAGE and MESSENGER!!!
    9.) A Republican is never wrong and never needs to compromise!!

  6. Supreme Ultrahuman (I see the comment system is still designed for retards.) says:

    The sad fact is liberals are actually right on a lot of social issues, but social issues are completely trivial and irrelevant if the important stuff isn’t solved first.

    Cheap gas to power 4x4s, large houses, urban sprawl, private property and individual wealth are immeasurably more important than miniscule issues like gay rights, abortion and legal pot. Even health care shouldn’t be even mentioned until every single American has a big car and a big house kept at 72F year round.

    Dumbass Liberals and Dumbass Conservatives alike don’t know how to prioritize.

  7. Mextli says:

    Eideard did you ever hear of obsession?

  8. What? says:

    I read an interesting post by a guy struggling to climb back to the middle class. He didn’t blame anyone for his situation, and didn’t mention any partican views. He just talked about how he had lost his income, and was working to restore it, starting with $10/hr jobs.

    This guy is an example of an inspirational character to me.

    Unlike the whining child on here who likes to complain about how the liberals are destroying his life.

    • Gwad his own self says:

      His mother’s basement? You’re a buffoon.

      This noble patriot proud of his $10/hr job will be living in his mother’s basement because that would be all he could afford.

      How about if he could only earn $8 an hour? Would he still be proud to be working?

      $4 hour?

      $2 hour?

      At some point even the stupidest person realizes that he’s being taken advantage of.

      I’m guessing you make a lot more than $10/hour, if you work that is. Tell us about the lifestyle you propose making minimum wage (that you suggest should be sufficient for all the little people of the world.)

      Again, I’m guessing NO RESPONSE.

      • So what says:

        Gwad said “At some point even the stupidest person realizes that he’s being taken advantage of.”

        Dude have you been reading alfies posts? He is the one percent who fail your test.

  9. humanist says:

    I can’t help but laugh at some of these comments, and crying because they can no longer have the biblical principle of slavery, as the education levels increase the theist dictatorships will meet their maker (who doesn’t exist) maybe the GOP will realize this but I do expect it to last another election cycle.

  10. tcc3 says:

    Wow, I’m sure glad TeaDud agreed not to comment any more (as much)…

  11. DUde says:

    In other news, angry white DU commenters reveal themselves to be the minority.

  12. Murray Rothbard says:

    What happened is that most Ron Paul supporters decided to stay home. No sense in giving any legitimacy to a sham election whose outcome was determined months (or years) in advance. There was no material difference between the two candidates so voting for either was pointless.

  13. Uncle Patso says:


    I mean, I had heard that the Right was surprised and discombobulated by Obama’s re-election, but I didn’t realize the extent. They really thought _that_ strongly that Romney would win? Not only that, but they expected him to save them from the mean old Obama.

    Doesn’t this go against the Bible, both Old and New Testaments?

    * Psalm 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men…

    * 1 Corinthians 2:5 so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom …

    And so forth.

  14. MikeN says:

    Evangelicals increased in both numbers and as a percentage of voters, as well as their share of the vote that they gave to the Republican. Lately Eideard has been putting up posts that say the opposite of reality.

    • noname says:

      If God wanted a Republican in the White House he would have given Republicans brains!

      Instead, Republicans are like Zombies, walking around looking to eat brains instead of developing one!

    • Captain Obvious says:

      Lately Eideard has been putting up posts that say the opposite of reality.

      You mean like Romney Ohio or something?

  15. t0llyb0ng says:

    Why did Romney lose?

    1.  Voters are growing more & more wary of high-level decision-making based on medieval belief systems.

    2.  Romney has too much money & is out of touch with the middle-class mind-set.

    3.  Teabaggery alienated the women’s vote.  Silly old men don’t need to be micromanaging birth control choices.

    4.  Repuglicans wanted to overturn Obamacare (which is a genuine turkey of a plan) but offered no alternatives.

  16. t0llyb0ng says:

    Oh, there was a #5:

    Romney was too waffley.

  17. Chucky Cheese says:

    Christian conservatives, for more than two decades a pivotal force in American politics, are grappling with Election Day results that repudiated their influence and suggested that the cultural tide — especially on gay issues — has shifted against them.

    Gee. You think?!

    A group of fools who only have a fairy tale to offer as any kind of evidence want to tell everyone else what’s right and wrong?! And then they want the masses to decide who should be put in control of their very lives? What’s wrong with THAT?!

    PLENTY is wrong with that if you ask me.

    Clearly, both political parties “believe” someone has to be made supreme leader in charge of EVERYTHING. So it should be no surprise when the masses occasionally choose something resembling a devil simply because they can SEE HIM!

    I’m not saying Obama is Satin or anything. But if there is a Satin then I’m sure Obama has at least met him.

    I still want to know what happened in that short time period when Obama went missing after he was elected the first time. Does anyone even remember that?!

    • Gildesleeve says:

      I believe Michelle has worn Satin a few times. I didn’t know you bothered to capitalize the names of fabrics, but what the hell (nyuk nyuk).

  18. Somebody says:

    Billy Graham! Hah! That was money well spent!

  19. Dallas says:

    Article is spot on.

    Is that cadaver on the right Billy Graham? If so, the question posed is Mormon back on the cult list with election paddling or did Willard file for an extension ?

  20. The Trojan Horse Technique has been used by the children of Satan, the Fake, “Jews,” to infiltrate the United States Government to bring it down to remove Jesus Christ and Christianity from the American Continent. Please join Forces with the Hebrew Israelite Nation as we expose the strategy of the enemy in this hour and launch a offensive operation against those whom Jesus/YeshaYah call, “The children of Satan.” John 8:44


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