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Collapse of Christian Evangelicalism?

From Christian Science Monitor.

Evangelicals have identified their movement with the culture war and with political conservatism. This will prove to be a very costly mistake. Evangelicals will increasingly be seen as a threat to cultural progress. Public leaders will consider us bad for America, bad for education, bad for children, and bad for society.

Emotionalism and fear killed this cat. American culture -- like capitalism, like the Roman Empire -- seeks to expand its membership -- a process of mainstream-ization. Who's to say that gay people shouldn't be included in the mainstream? Society can benefit from their contributions, and same-sex marriage, for example, is symbolic of acceptance as full citizen.

Older people can probably remember when anti-Semitism was prevalent -- when Jews and African-Americans had access to loans and education blocked. But skill and talent wins out in the long run; in this case, a rising tide lifts all ships.

What I'm waiting for is how the conservative movement will adjust. Perhaps an entire generation of white Christian jingoists -- the McCain supporters who yelled of Obama, "Kill him!" -- will have to pass on.
 
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