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The tectonic shift

I am the son of a geophysicist. As such I know a wee bit (emphasis on “wee”) about plate tectonics. Plate tectonics is the theory that best explains how the continents came to be through slow but inexorable movement. [Note: my father reads the blog so perhaps he will give a better explanation – Dad?]
In any event, the key is that the plates shift slowly but the shift cannot be stopped.
There is a tectonic shift happening separating evangelicals from Republicans. It is massive but it is slow. The results may not be seen in 2008 (though I expect they will be seen) but they will in the decade to come.
Evangelicals are increasingly tired of the Republican party. And they feel used. I know this based on countless conversations, the lack of giving to republican congressional and presidential candidates, and the continued revelations of Republican hypocrisy.
For decades evangelicals have been told that the Republican party is the party of morality and of God. Evangelicals have had the sense that the Republican party was almost a political church. For decades evangelicals have given time and money to Republicans in the absolutely good-hearted belief that they were going to create a better and safer America. No evangelical can believe that any more. No evangelical should.
This does not mean we will see conservative Christians flocking to the Democratic party although some will. I think we will see a disengagement – perhaps not of voting but of money. Christians understand what it is to tithe to a good church and that they are stewards of the money God has entrusted to them. They aren’t going to throw much money to politics.

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John E.

posted August 28, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Or maybe James Dobson, et al, will form their own political party.

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posted August 28, 2007 at 11:48 pm

First let’s deal with the “conservative’ tag.
This is a right versus wrong issue. Democrats do not have anything that Christians should join them in promoting.
Republicans David, do not hate Christians.
Democrats do.
Hate crimes deceptions are purely Democrat/Liberal/Progressives attempts of silencing and outlawing Christians.
You’re delusional if you think any sizeable number of Evangelicals are going to support Democrats. No frickin’ way. Some, like me, will look to the tiny number of politically useless _ though morally sound – politicians who happen to be Democrats (for whatever silly reason they hold to), as someone they could vote for, and then see and hear what Pelosi and her Marxist-Sodomite-ilk want to do to us, our children and our homes, and will vote for “their” opposition.
It has always been that simple.
Christians that hold to the Bible as important, reject Democrat political views and the people that spread them.
You may try to project your desires all you want to David, for Christians to support Democrats and reject the people you seem to abhor but it just isn’t reality.
Democrats are bad and Republicans as not as bad.
If we Christians don’t vote, than the greater of the two evils will take power over us, our children, our homes and our freedoms. California, Illinois and Massachusetts are good examples of the totalitarianism inherent in all theings Democrat party.
If you look at the two political forces, the GOP allows more freedoms to exist and allows deceny a voice. The GOP does not hate what is morally good. They may have members that violate morally decent behaviors, but they have none like the Democrats do, that celebrate it.

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John E.

posted August 29, 2007 at 9:08 am

They may have members that violate morally decent behaviors, but they have none like the Democrats do, that celebrate it.
Oh yeah?
Log Cabin Republicans…

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posted August 29, 2007 at 1:30 pm

David: Can’t you block Donny?

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posted August 29, 2007 at 1:48 pm

One thing seems clear to me. There are some who will vote Republican no matter what. They bury their head, cover their mind in ignorance, blind their eyes, and plug their ears and still manage to pull that “R” lever (or whatever the equivalent is on a Diebold election rigging system).
I am wiling to bet that the Republican Congressional Caucus could be caught on video having group sex with chocolate covered sheep while they snorted cocaine, drank Australian beer and sang “The Masochism Tango” in pig latin, and Donny would still support them.
In fact, I am willing to bet that there is nothing that would move Donny away from his support for the GOP…even if every member of that party renounced the Holy Spirit.
I truly feel sorry for him.

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John E.

posted August 29, 2007 at 1:54 pm

David: Can’t you block Donny?
Posted by: Paul | August 29, 2007 1:30 PM
Oh no, please don’t block Donny, his writings are, for me, a fascinating look into a way of thought that is completely alien to me.
Spock totally has a beard in Donny’s universe!

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posted August 29, 2007 at 2:09 pm

I don’t object to anyone voting party line – Republican or Democratic. My only objection is to the anger of some people (Donny) and their black and white limiations, and hate filled name calling. There is no way any reasonable person could view the Democratic party as being Marxist. Certainly no more than the Republican party can be viewed as theocratic and totalitarian.

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posted August 29, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Paul, it occurred to me the other day that how unpleasant it is to read some posters’ ramblings, we’re the lucky ones; they have to spend 24/7/360 with that sort of hatred locked into their heads. We can go about our business and hope for love and reconciliation; the Christlike tenets of the faith that Donny purports to practice so fiercely. I had even talked to David about never reading his blog again, a thought that distressed me, because of comments here; but in the end realized that I can walk on. You can as well, right after choosing to read or not read the posts; others have to live with the prejudices and beliefs that they sling here daily. It has to be tiring after awhile to see Marxists and hippies and satanists of every sort lurking in over 50% of the population, even worse to now see some within the conservative movement…

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