Taking the Election at Faith Value
By Tony Perkins
When it comes to religious liberty, don’t expect Americans to go quietly. That much was clear in Houston, where the momentum from I Stand Sunday continues to fuel a grassroots revival that may have impacted last Tuesday’s election results. From the HHS mandate to marriage, the White House’s assaults all boil down to one consistent theme: religious intolerance.
And the nation knows it. In a new piece on social conservatives’ new motivator, even a liberal columnist recognizes the common denominator behind the church’s new engagement. “White evangelicals turned out in large numbers and voted overwhelmingly Republican in the 2014 midterms… So what drove them? They voted Republican because they have been convinced that Democrats, and the Obama administration in particular, pose a dire threat to their religious freedom.”
Who can blame them? With a White House team stocked with homosexual activists, the fallout has been almost immediate. What we had before the redefinition of marriage was an understanding that homosexual and religious liberty could coexist, as long as neither side imposed their ideology on the other. In the brave new world of political correctness, there is no such accommodation. As Chai Feldblum, the President’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission head, famously said, she “had a hard time coming up with any case in which religious freedom should win” in a clash with sexual liberty.
Although it’s tough to combat this onslaught, it’s not impossible. There are still enough Christians in America to fight back. And last Tuesday, that’s exactly what they did. “Seventy-eight percent of evangelicals voted Republican,” the Daily Beast points out, “… eight points higher than in 2006…” Combine that with the new climate of religious intimidation, the Beast says, and the conservative movement is ripe for re-engagement.
In a recent Pew poll, the Beast explains that “…29 percent called the Obama administration ‘unfriendly’ to religion. That might not sound like much, but consider that today, 57 percent of white evangelicals believe the Obama administration is ‘unfriendly’ to religion. That is up a fairly whopping 19 points from 2009 — before the administration, in the Christian right’s eyes, proved itself ‘unfriendly’ to religion by enacting the contraception coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act, supporting marriage equality, and other perceived offenses.”
Unfortunately for the Left, what they meant to silence Christians is only energizing them. Give the people a chance to vote, and they will defend their religious rights, parental rights, economic rights, and every personal liberty that is threatened by the administration’s stampede toward lawlessness.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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