Sucks to be You, Evangelicals
Evangelical politicians are the guys who gather up money and power by claiming God speaks to them. They prefer to be called “social conservatives” as if they are not entirely driven by religious fundamentalism. They have had a pretty sucky week. After a long string of victories, Evangelicals feared they were losing a second presidential nominating process. TO MORMONS FER CRISSAKES! So they met in Texas to pick a candidate. Case closed, they imagined. We still matter, they assumed.
Not so fast…
These leaders thought they were watching the nomination slip away because of dilution of influence. Some supported Perry, some Santorum, and some Gingrich. Pick one guy, they thought, and we’ll be running the show again. Work separately, and THAT MORMON will get the nomination.
When last we visited the meeting, I predicted quite emphatically (foolishly?) that evangelical leaders knew Rick Santorum is unelectable. Santorum is on video opposing birth control, a position that surely makes him icky to women of every political stripe. But darned if they didn’t pick Santorum anyway; silly me.
They never imagined the real reason for Romney’s march might be that courting the evangelical vote no longer matters.
These guys are not the kind of pastor you might find at your neighborhood church. They are more like that TV pastor who will send you a free plastic packet of “blessed healing water.” “Drink it if you have cancer. If you are blind, pour it on your eyes. AND BE HEA-LED!” we’re told.
They guys seek to use the bible to make people give them money. Then they invest their collection-plate earnings with despots and dictators proffering the logic that if God didn’t want them to do it, he’d stop them. I’m reminded of the old joke which ends, “I just throw all the money up in the air and I figure God will take what he wants while it is up there.”Continued on the next page