Interesting perspective of the US war between Left and Right from across the pond: Just remember that whatever right-wing leaders say, the struggle continues. Frankly, I suspect this “concession” is merely a “poor, poor pitiful me” approach to re-gaining momentum and support. Even if our opponents appear to be easing up or throwing towels, keep doing your part for justice. We haven’t won until everyone is equal under law.
Leading evangelicals have admitted that their association with George W. Bush has not only hurt the cause of social conservatives but contributed to the failure of the key objectives of their 30-year struggle.
James Dobson, 72, who resigned recently as head of Focus on the Family – one of the largest Christian groups in the country – and once denounced the Harry Potter books as witchcraft, acknowledged the dramatic reverse for the religious Right in a farewell speech to staff. …
“We are awash in evil and the battle is still to be waged. We are right now in the most discouraging period of that long conflict. Humanly speaking, we can say we have lost all those battles.”
Despite changing the political agenda for a generation, and helping push the Republicans to the Right, evangelicals have won only minor victories in limiting the availability of abortion. Meanwhile the number of states permitting civil partnerships between homosexuals is rising, and the campaign to restore prayer to schools after 40 years – a decision that helped create the Moral Majority – has got nowhere.
Though the struggle will go on, the confession of Mr Dobson, who started his ministry from scratch in 1977, came amid growing concern that church attendance in the United States is heading the way of Britain, where no more than ten per cent worship every week.
Unease is rising that a nation founded – in the view of evangelicals – purely as a Christian country will soon, like northern Europe, become “post-Christian”.
via Telegraph (UK): US religious Right concedes defeat
Another view from Politico:
…[S]ome social conservatives believe they are on the verge of a new awakening on the political front — one driven by grass-roots activists, disdain for the Obama administration and viral Internet campaigns rather than reliance on their political leaders in Washington.
“The more Democrats push on these issues, the more they face a backlash,” said Keith Appell, a Republican public relations strategist who has represented a wide range of conservative groups, including Concerned Women for America. “The conservative base is itching for a fight.”
But as social conservatives try to regain their leverage on gay marriage, gun control or immigration, they risk accusations of being politically tone deaf for pushing such issues while the U.S. economy remains in a crisis. When people are more worried about health care, job security and cratering 401ks, heated debate over who’s allowed to marry whom may seem out of touch.
“I think most people want relief from the divisive debates of the culture wars,” said Mark McKinnon, a former adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign and GOP consultant. “Given the economic hardships most are facing, they probably view these arguments as old, irrelevant and a distraction. That said, I’m sure the cultural warriors are putting on their war paint and banging the tom-toms.”
via Politico: Gays, Guns Put Right on Defense