The Common Good

The End Of The Religious Right, Take 47

Source: Patheos
Date: October 29, 2013

The Wall Street Journal recently had an article on the supposed pull-back of Evangelical Christians from the field of politics. It opened with the transition from Richard “radical homosexual agenda” Land to the kinder, gentler Russell Moore as the public face of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Along with much of the religious right, Southern Baptists are undergoing a generational shift as Mr. Moore and his allies recalibrate their methods and aims. The moment is significant not only for America’s religious life but for its politics, given the three-decade engagement by evangelical leaders that kept social issues on the front burner and helped Republicans win national elections.

The article suggests that Evangelicals are getting more skeptical of the Republican party just as the Republican party starts to rethink its alliance with the Religious Right. If this is accurate, then it means the break-up of the coalition that put Reagan into the White House and keeps sending scores of pulpit-pounding congresscritters to Washington.

If it’s accurate. The problem is that we’ve heard this refrain countless times before. Jim Wallis of Sojourners has been pushing the “end of the religious right” meme for over a decade now, and so far it hasn’t materialized.