Election results raise questions about Christian right's influence
November 7th, 2012
09:31 AM ET
1 year 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. ThinkAgain: Celebrate, then let's all get to work!

    @Sam: "We have found out that the Christians are just a name, ..."

    Not all of them. The Nuns on the Bus certainly embody the best Christian principles; Jim Wallis and Sojourners do a lot of good; I'm a Christian and a Liberal. It all depends on whether you use your so-called faith as an excuse for self-righteous hating.

    November 7, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. rs

    Guest-

    Let's look at the GOP's campaign strategy- deny citizens the right to vote; lie and distort the truth about Mr. Obama, conditions in America, and their responsibility for the mess we're in; defy the President of the United States; pass unconstitutional laws- many being narrow, radical and religiously based. What about that strikes you as being "moral"?

    November 7, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    STOP trying to push YOUR religious beliefs on others!!!

    November 7, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. ThinkAgain: Celebrate, then let's all get to work!

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

    Stop whining and sitting on your hands! DO something about it by supporting President Obama and his policies which, in spite of all the GOP obstruction, have resulted in getting us out of Iraq, wrapping up responsibly in Afghanistan, bin Laden dead and al Qaeda's leadership decimated, GM on top, the Dow over 13,000, housing on the rebound, REAL health care reform, consumer confidence up and unemployment down!

    If you want to make 32 straight months of private sector growth continue to 33, 34, 35, etc., etc., etc., then DO SOMETHING TO HELP!!!

    November 7, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Chuckie

    It will not get better for them. They have passed their apogee.

    November 7, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Wilson

    And the dumbing down of America continues apace. It is proving successful so far.

    November 7, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F

    We need to ensure that Rick Scott is defeated in 2014. Charlie Crist, we need you!

    November 7, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. NC Mom

    This election could have gone either way. God is a Democrat.

    November 7, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. judy

    the christian vote gave up their right when they did a flip flop for a candidate they said belonged to a cult. Then backed him to get rid of our president. WE watched this and decided religion belongs in churches not in politics.Forward

    November 7, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Wilson

    This country is so hosed. The divide between the peoples will only grow wider now.
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    Most all of the anger and hostility in our politics is coming from the right wing, particularly the so-called "Christian conservative" branch. I don't blame the average voter because they have been grossly misled and morally abused by their own leaders.

    When someone can stand up and say that "rape is God's wlll", then I KNOW that they are speaking with the voice of Satan.

    November 7, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Any crazy right wingnut who thinks this election was about skin color is an example of an uninformed Fox foreign owned media viewer. This was about job growth over the last 32 months, increased sales of cars and homes, our troops coming home, health care, social security and medicare, women's rights, immigration reform, rebuilding America, and education.

    November 7, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Data Driven

    "we are witnessing a fundamental moral realignment of the country"

    Yum, your tears of despair taste delicious, wingnuts.

    November 7, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Wilson

    @ThinkAgain: Celebrate, then let's all get to work!

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

    Stop whining and sitting on your hands! DO something about it by supporting President Obama and his policies....
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    I would if his policies were good for this country. They have proven disasterous, the damage will be felt for years, and will be felt stronger as obamacare goes into full effect. I can only hope that congress can mitigate the continuing disaster of Obama's presidency.

    November 7, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Wilson – The dumbing down of America is a result 15% of right wingnuts thinking that Romney killed bin laden, 30% of baggers think Obama is a muslim, 70% of right wingnuts think tax cuts for the wealthy create jobs, 25% of the GOP are birthers, and 45% of pubes think anti abortion legislation in congress is going to create jobs, jobs, jobs. Dumb is the norm of the GOP.

    November 7, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. I am your lord

    "god" only exists in the hearts and minds of the deluded, the schizophrenic, and the brainwashed. It's about time we get this religious craziness out of politics.

    November 7, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Wilson

    @think again, if there has been so much job growth as you liberals are fond of touting, they why are there fewer people working now than since the 1950s?? See, your funny math does not add up. FYI we are not out of Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan is not really wrapping up, GM on top??? I choked when I read that, you really need to get real, and all reliable non political economists are saying the DOW has been artificially supported for the past 2 years. Unemployment down???? pull your head out of the sand and look around and check the "real" unemployment rate. Even the fudged numbers unemployment is higher than when Obama took office. And I'll toss in the little fact you keep ignoring, the debt has increased more in Obama's 4 years than it did in Bush's 8 and that including adding Bush's wars to Bush's debt.

    November 7, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Sniffit

    God intended this to happen. It was a "legitimate" win....no matter how hard CNN and the MSM try to drum up a narrative taht there's no mandate to govern despite Obama/Dems/liberals beating back four years of obstruction, ideological tantrums, farsical legislative shenanigans, filibusters, secret holds, manufactured crises, personal attacks, fabrications, blatant misinformation campaigns, infantile demagoguery, bigotry, racism, sexism, religio-fascist divisiveness, self-centered bad faith refusal to govern and attempts to usurp the power of the PEOPLE, their votes, their rights, their hopes, their wealth, etc. Heck, CNN began selling the "Obama has no mandate to govern" malarkey INSTANTLY after calling the race for him last night, so you've already got a leg up from the "liberal MSM" continuing to help you sell your tantrums with false equivalency he-said-she-said "journalism." Do it. Double down. Do the same thing again expecting a different result. Buy into that manufactured false equivalency narrative of "no mandate" and "Obama has to move towards the GOP, while the GOP can just keep on doing what they've been doing." Do that. Believe your own BS. Listen to naught but the echoes ringing in your closed ideological hivemind. Repeat all of it with the MSM's help. WE DARE YOU.

    WE OVERCAME. And, make no mistake, we SHALL do it again. You have a choice: accept the olive branch and the concessions that go with it, or simply be beaten with it.

    November 7, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Dave

    No group has done more to damage this country at home and abroad than the Christian right. It's about time their ship sailed.

    November 7, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Obamacide: The Death of a Country

    Give Obama and the Democrats everything they want. The sooner the country is destroyed, the sooner it can start rebuilding. Enough of the slow bleed to socialism. Let's make it happen immediately. Full government run and paid for healthcare. Free government abortions for everybody. Raise tax rates to the levels to pay for it along with the current 1 trillion deficit. Expect 50-60% tax rates, maybe 75% like the French want. I'm done fighting and working. I am going to learn to be a socilaist and watch tv and wait for my goverment check and freebies. I advise everybody else to do the same.

    November 7, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Deb in MT

    @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.

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    Thankyou, LIP: I –and I'm sure many other Obama supporters–appreciate your thoughtful comment this morning.

    We might be giddy today, but it's already time to roll up our sleeves and get back to the work of facing our looming problems head on. All Democrats, Republicans and Independents are cordially invited to join in with the massive effort ahead.Like the President has said many times: we are all in this together, and we rise or fall together.

    November 7, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Wilson

    @Wire Palladin, S. F

    Wilson – The dumbing down of America is a result 15% of right wingnuts thinking that Romney killed bin laden, 30% of baggers think Obama is a muslim, 70% of right wingnuts think tax cuts for the wealthy create jobs, 25% of the GOP are birthers, and 45% of pubes think anti abortion legislation in congress is going to create jobs, jobs, jobs. Dumb is the norm of the GOP.
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    And statements like this is why you on the left have no credibility.

    November 7, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. rs

    Wilson-
    Whose party is anti-Education? The "dumbing down" you fear has been the result of Republican policy.

    November 7, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Liz

    Better to be godless

    November 7, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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