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NanuqoftheNorth    7,921

White Evangelicals are half of GOP primary voters

March 15, 2012 5:58 PM

NEW YORK -- With nominating contests completed in 27 states and nearly 40 percent of Republican National Convention delegates allocated, Republican primary voters are showing a record-breaking religious bent.

So far, 50 percent of Republican primary and caucus voters have been white evangelical, or born again, Christians, based on CBS News polling of voters entering or exiting their polling places since the first contest in January.

The data comes from entrance polls in two caucus states, Iowa and Nevada, and exit polls in 14 primary states - Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.

"Conservative people of faith are playing a larger role in shaping the contours and affecting the trajectory of the Republican presidential nomination contest than at any time since they began pouring out of the pews and into the precincts in the late 1970's," said Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, who called our attention to the numbers today.

"They are indispensable to any winning strategy for the eventual Republican presidential nominee in both the primaries and the general election. Any candidate who ignores these voters and the values that motivate them does so at their own peril," Reed said.


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NanuqoftheNorth    7,921

"Jesus is a Liberal"

It is clear that we American Christian Democrats are in a jam. We've become the silent majority,

we have almost no political voice and the Radical Right has stolen the humble, compassionate,

inclusive and loving "peoples" mantle of a Liberal Jesus and converted Him into a judgmental, elitist,

ultra conservative fascist poster boy. Let's just say it: "How did Jesus become pro-rich, pro-war and

only pro-America? It is time to take back our faith. Any Gospel that isn't 'good news' to poor people

is simply not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And since when did promoting and pursuing a progressive

social agenda with a concern for economic security, health care, and educational opportunity mean

you had to put faith in God aside?"" - Jim Wallis, Sojourners. Read it again - please. Got it?! :-)

Many pundits claim that the last two Presidential elections went to the Republican Party because

of the Right Wing, Conservative Evangelical Christian vote. The fascinating thing is that Liberal,

Progressive and Democratic Party Christians far out number the Radical Evangelical Republicans.

So what's the problem? We believe that Christian Democrats have not passionately shared their

beliefs and have not openly made the direct connection between their Christian values and the

political choices and consequences.

Americans are among the most religious people in the world - and we openly profess that our beliefs

influence our voting, our form of government and our social policy. Yet - where is the political power

of the American Liberal Christian? Consider, as Charles Reed recently said: "We now have the most

corrupt, dishonest, and mean-spirited government in our history. Its performance in people programs

is the worst in the industrial world. The world's richest country is at or near the bottom in things like:

minimum wage, vacation time, paternity leave, poverty rate, illiteracy rate, crime rate, prison rate,

access to health care, access to legal services, access to decent housing, access to public

transportation, and access to higher education." How is this possible and what can be done?


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