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Election results raise questions about Christian right's influence – CNN Belief Blog

Election results raise questions about Christian right's influence – CNN Belief Blog

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By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Washington (CNN) - for many conservative Chri

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Washington (CNN) - for many conservative Chri

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Election results raise questions about Christian right'sinfluence âÂÂ CNN Belief Blog
By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion EditorWashington (CNN) - for many conservative Christian leaders, it had been a new nightmare scenario:Barack Obama decisively re-elected. Same-sex marriage adopted through voters in a new few states.Rigorously anti-abortion candidates defeated inside conservative red states.On multiple levels, Tuesday's election outcomes raised questions concerning the Christian right'sagenda in American politics, eight years after the movement assisted sweep President George W.Bush right into a second term as well as opened the actual era associated with state bans aboutsame-sex marriage."For the first period tonight, same-sex marriage continues for you to be passed through well-liked vote throughout Maine as well as Maryland," stated Robert P. Jones, any Washington-based pollsterwho focuses primarily on queries about politics and also religion."The historic nature of those results tend to be hard to overstate," Jones said. "Given your strongassistance associated with younger Americans for same-sex marriage, it isn't likely this problem willreappear as a major national wedge issue." Your Take: should churches end up being polling places?Some conservative evangelical leaders echoed in which line. Albert Mohler, who heads the SouthernBaptist Theological Seminary, said about Twitter in which votes for same-sex marriage suggestedthat will "we are witnessing any fundamental moral realignment of the country." A Tuesday ballot measure to become able to legalize same-sex marriage inside Washington state canbe nonetheless pending. Throughout Minnesota, voters rejected the Tuesday measure in which couldhave banned same-sex marriage there.Thirty-eight states get banned same-sex marriage, mostly by way of constitutional amendments.Obama's victory in addition raised concerns about the Christian right's influence inside theelectorate.Though evangelical leaders as diverse because the Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Propertyas well as Christian icon Billy Graham voiced assistance with regard to Mitt Romney (Grahamstopped short associated with an official endorsement), Obama performed better amongst whiteevangelicals compared to he did in 2008 in any few states.Follow your CNN Belief blog about TwitterIn swing state Ohio, exit polls demonstrated that Obama got 30% support among white evangelicals.while that's hardly a new victory, it's a lot better than your 27% support Obama got among those voters four a long time ago.
Before the actual election, many evangelical leaders predicted in which opposition to become able toObama over his support regarding abortion rights, his private endorsement regarding same-sexmarriage and his awesome vision involving government like a force for good would trumpreservations evangelicals had about Romney's past social liberalism and the Mormon faith."There isn't any evidence within voting patterns that President Obama's 'evolution' about same-sexmarriage cost him anything," Mohler said inside an additional tweet Tuesday night.Obama additionally narrowly won Catholics, even following your U.S. Catholic bishops waged a newrigorous campaign contrary in order to the Obama administration across the issue associated withreligious liberty. Your bishops alleged Gated Community Annapolis MD Obama has been forcingCatholics in order to violate their own teachings start by simply making health insurance companiesprovide totally free contraception coverage with regard to virtually just about all employees.CNN's Belief Blog: the faith sides at the actual rear of the biggest stories John Green, any religion as well as politics expert at the University Or College regarding Akron,stated Obama's get among Catholics ended up being partly any testament for the growing Latinodemographic."Maybe Hispanic Catholics were not as moved by religious liberty-type arguments as by immigrationand also economics," he said.Unlike throughout 2004, when John Kerry - a new former altar boy - lost Catholic voters, theparticular Obama marketing campaign stood a robust religious outreach plan aimed mostly atCatholic and evangelical voters. The Particular effort included videos via Obama and also VicePresident Joe Biden, the Catholic, talking about their own Christian faith.Obama's achievement among a few religious demographics furthermore illustrated how economicissues, as opposed to culture war concerns, dominated your election cycle.The defeat Tuesday regarding a pair of Republican Senate candidates whom produced nationalheadlines using anti-abortion remarks also raised concerns in regards for you to the Christian right'spower.In Missouri, U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin, who throughout August walked again his remark thatwill "if it's a reputable rape, your female body provides ways to try to shut that will whole thingdown," lost his bid to be able to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill, a new Democrat. Akin's campaign became any national cause for conservative Christian activists after the RepublicanParty abandoned the candidate along with encouraged him for you to quit over his abortion remark.In Indiana, Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock lost his race against Democrat JoeDonnelly following declaring last month which pregnancies resulting via rape are generally"something in which God intended for you to happen."Conservative Christians would claim a amount of victories Tuesday night, which includes enhancingthe GOP retain control of your U.S. Home regarding Representatives and also helping elect tea partyfavorite Ted Cruz as a U.S. senator from Texas.Ralph Reed, your leader regarding conservative group your Faith & Freedom Coalition, planned a

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