Election results raise questions about Christian right's influence
November 7th, 2012
09:31 AM ET
2 years ago

Election results raise questions about Christian right's influence

(CNN) – For many conservative Christian leaders, it was a nightmare scenario: Barack Obama decisively re-elected Same-sex marriage adopted by voters in some states. Rigorously anti-abortion candidates defeated in conservative red states.

On multiple levels, Tuesday’s election results seemed to mark a dramatic rejection of the Christian right’s agenda, eight years after the movement helped sweep President George W. Bush into a second term and opened the era of state bans on same-sex marriage.

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  1. Guest

    They raise more questions about the immoral lefts principles!!

    November 7, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Expat American

    Hate, intolerance and bigotry wrapped in a Holy Bible is still hate, intolerance and bigotry.
    I don’t want the Fascist Right to change. I want them so stay just they way they are.
    As demographics change, the Bible Brownshirts are the key to future progressive victories as their ideology and electorate gradually becomes extinct in the United States of America.

    November 7, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. jpmichigan

    Social issues is what got Obama re-elected. Majority of voters were 30 and under, manorities and single women. These voter choice was a continuation of social giving by the government rather then self-relience. It is hard for one to stand on ones own and easier for others to take responsibility, but eventually the money dries up and those who choose to work and pay taxes will find that raising taxes to compensate those of need doesn't always work or is it fair. Granted there are those who REALLY need support and then there are those who expect it. There was not much tought given by this administration to make it easy for illegal immigrants to recieve visa and then drive liceanses just before election, ability for those to vote was the main agenda. Now it is all up to Oabama and his administration to show ALL Americans that he can lead and govern for ALL Americans, and that he has learned and grown from the mistakes and gains of the past 4 years, or will it be business as usual at All Americans expence.

    November 7, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Child of Christ

    This is an outrage. People need to read the bible. It is a sin for a man to love a man or a woman to love a woman and those will be punished by the lord. Everyone is losing faith and now we have yet again for another 4 more years, a non believer in office. WATCH OUT AMERICA

    November 7, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People!

    It was validation as it was "god'will" that the GOP version of "chri$tianity" should be smacked down.

    WWJD?

    Pretty sure He would not call 47% of Americans, including poor and elderly, "moochers".

    November 7, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Bill

    These people and their obsessive, idelogicaal extremism are finished as a force in politics. Auctiully, they have been for some time, but they can not accept that. Thank goodness for that. Ralph Reed, Billy Graham, Pat Robertson??? More like Manny, Moe and Jack.

    November 7, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. maine liberal

    I concur with you strictly in your opinion of the comparative merits of atheism and demonism, and really see nothing but the latter in the being worshipped by many who think themselves Christians.
    -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Richard Price, Jan. 8, 1789 (Richard Price had written to TJ on Oct. 26. about the harm done by religion and wrote "Would not Society be better without Such religions? Is Atheism less pernicious than Demonism?")

    November 7, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Dave

    If the republicans would get out of our personal business they would probably have had a chance.

    November 7, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Raz

    We are now a dependent, secular nation dominated but minorities and single mothers so this is natural. You can't fight progress.

    November 7, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. LIP

    My nominee for President did not win, but with that said, we now have President Obama with us for four years and need to give him our support. This country will not stand divided and we have been divided for too long. This requires everyone to forgive and forget from the top down and from both parties and all of their supporters.
    We need to remember that the country was equally divided by popular vote and we must work together now.

    November 7, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Tim

    Last night reminded me of the movie "Independence Day". People dancing in the streets right before our Country was destroyed.

    November 7, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. gt

    this race was about skin color....not results of the last 4 yrs...i hope the next 4 are better for our country and folks looking to find work....good luck mr president

    November 7, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. D. Wilson

    ONE POINT Religion And religish beliefs are a PERSONAL choice. This country was founded on that People have the freedom to choose thier own beliefes and faith. Also that church and STATE should be sepperated. Christians have chose thier faith and beliefes and that is wonderful. How ever it does not give the right to try and force those beliefes on others through Goverment. IF Americians want this Polarazation of politics to stop try the following. GOP stay out of my bedroom and beliefs. DEMs leave my guns alone and dont try to support everyone thru goverment aide

    November 7, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. g

    change -made in china to made in america -only fix

    November 7, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. rs

    The so-called Christian Right's influence IS real, and that shouldn't be doubted. Having said that however, what needs to be understood is that it is a serious, but small minority that largely offends the sensibilities of a much larger population- ESPECIALLY when it pushes and supports sub-humans like Akin, Mourdock and that ilk.
    Frankly they have been used. They have been sold a bill of goods- wierd stuff like welfare for the rich, taking benefits from the poor and old. The GOP called that "socialism" and told them to be very afraid and angry. In other words, these Christians were sold on supporting very un-Christian values.

    November 7, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. rs

    Child of Christ-
    People of God should not worship the rich- especially at the expense of the poor.

    November 7, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Sam

    We have found out that the Christians are just a name, They are full of hate, evil and would love to destroy the USA. GOD certainly didn't intend those that truly love him be so EVIL

    November 7, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. BLKMANinAmerica

    These so called questions about "Christian right (C.R.)" were and have been raised from the very beginning. The only the C.R. is giving American's is more and more "isms=HATE", please get over yourselfs "C.R." very little if any of your 'isms' is Christ like at all.

    November 7, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Bell

    I agree they did not and do not have much influence. Christianity and charitable giving are on the slide.

    November 7, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Gurgyl

    Let me solute to those that supported OBAMA.

    November 7, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    What's the confusion? Voters upheld the US Constitution and the principle of separation of church and state. Simply put, the right is wrong. If they cannot understand that, may their God help them.

    November 7, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Wilson

    This country is so hosed. The divide between the peoples will only grow wider now.

    November 7, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. GOP = Greed Over People!

    "bible"?

    Do you mean the book of fables that took oral stories told by mortal man, and interpreted by mortal man, and written by mortal man, and finally, compiled by mortal man centuries after the death of Jesus?

    The Bible may be many things, however, the "word of God" is not one of them.

    November 7, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. ThinkAgain: Celebrate, then let's all get to work!

    Christians in America need to stop whining that they are being persecuted every time someone disagrees with them or decides to lives their lives according to their own beliefs. Christmas is a national holiday; there are thousands upon thousands of churches of every denomination in our country; religious organizations enjoy tax-exempt status.

    That is enough! We are NOT a theocracy and never will be – get over it!

    November 7, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. rs

    Perhaps what we have learned is that it is time once again to separate religion from politics. It is at best an unholy mixture that seems to bring out the worst in both. Between the GOP promising we'd "go to hell" for voting for Obama (and not their plutocrat), to the Catholic Church trying to throw their weight behind the anti-birth control GOP, national decisions need to be made against a much broader base than arcain religious or theological points.

    November 7, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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