Are We Seeing the End of the Christian Right?

“When Mark Twain was in London, a rumor of his death or imminent death reached the editor of the New York Journal, who sent its London correspondent the following cablegrams: ‘IF MARK TWAIN [IS] DYING IN POVERTY IN LONDON SEND 500 WORDS’ and ‘IF MARK TWAIN HAS DIED IN POVERTY SEND 1000 WORDS.’ The Journal’s man showed the cable to Mark Twain, who suggested the substance of a reply to the effect that a cousin, James Ross Clemens[1], had been seriously ill in London, but had recovered. [Twain’s] reply ended with ‘[THE] REPORT OF MY DEATH [IS] GREATLY EXAGGERATED.’”[2]

In going through some old files, I came across an article that was written on December 15, 1989 that carried this title: “Whatever Happened to the Religious Right?” An article with a similar title – “The End of the Christian Right” – was written by Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University, and published at The New Republic on January 17, 2012.

People have been predicting the demise of the Christian Right for nearly 25 years, ever since the late Jerry Falwell shut down the Moral Majority in 1989.

Kazin argues that the “Christian Right is fighting a losing battle” on the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage. He’s wrong on abortion but right on homosexuality.

There is now a stigma attached to abortion. There has been a steady decline in the number of facilities doing abortions and fewer doctors who are being trained to perform abortions. Here are six factors contributing to the Decline in the number of abortion providers:

• Antiabortion harassment and violence

• Social stigma/marginalization

• Professional isolation/peer pressure

• The “graying of providers”

• Inadequate economic/other incentives

• Lack of medical training opportunities

Blacks and Hispanics – large Democrat voting constituencies – are overrepresented in the number of abortions performed in the United States. This is rarely talked about in Democrat circles, even among so-called black leaders.

“In 1991, there were over 2,176 surgical abortion clinics in America. Today there are 663. Nearly 70% of all surgical abortion clinics have closed for good and that trend is continuing nationally,” said Todd Newman, President of Pro-Life Nation.

Homosexual marriage is a different story. When put up for a vote, it loses, even in a liberal state like California. The entertainment industry, the educational establishment, and activist judges are driving the homosexual agenda. Homosexuals make up no more than two percent of the population. People are afraid to speak out on the subject because they don’t want to be called “haters.” Homosexual activists are organized and will bully and intimidate anyone who opposes them. A frank and open discussion of homosexuality – not “gay” rights – quickly coverts people to the non-homosexual position.

If you look at the top three reasons for the decline in abortion providers, you’ll see that homosexual activists have used these same tactics against anti-homosexual activists.

Kazin goes on to say that the Christian Right has declined in influence in two ways: “the absence of effective, well known leaders” and a lack of enthusiasm for the movement among the younger generation.

It’s true, there are few well known Christian Right leaders. That’s a good thing. Christian conservatives, unlike liberals, aren’t easily led around by the nose. We think for ourselves. In the early 1980s, leaders were necessary because the Christian Right was a new phenomenon. Conservative Christians make up tens of millions of voters. That was not the case in the mid-1970s. There was no discernable “Evangelical vote.” As far back as 1989, social scientists observed that a more mature strategy had emerged by focusing on the state and local levels.

Since there are no longer any national Christian leaders like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, or D. James Kennedy, there are no centralized targets. The Religious Right is decentralized. It’s a moving target spread out all across the United States in too many organizations to name here that did not exist 20 years ago.

Legal organizations like the Christian Legal Society (1961), Rutherford Institute (1982), Liberty Counsel (1989), American Center for Law and Justice (1990), Alliance Defense Fund (1994), and the Thomas More Law Center (1999) are having a big impact in the courts and taking on the very liberal and anti-Christian ACLU. You can see that five of these legal advocacy groups are of recent origin. Three of them began after the Moral Majority shut down.

The Liberal Left has noticed that there is an undercurrent of Christian activist thinking that they identify as “dominionism.” There is no single organization or group of individuals pushing “dominionism.” What we’re seeing is the permeation of Christian principles being adopted by cultural osmosis.

What’s happening to the Christian Right is not the typical top-down system that Liberals envy. Christians are reshaping their world by the building up of the family, entrepreneurship, self-publishing, homeschooling, creating curricula, and film making.

Keep in mind that the Left is minimizing its footprint. They’re having fewer children. Their institutions are crumbling. The university is no longer seen as the gateway to success. They no longer control the media. Hollywood is still liberal, but it’s losing its impact. The latest SOPA fight is a perfect example. “They fought the law and the law didn’t win.” Box office receipts are also down.

If present trends continue, there will be a power shift away from political centralization. That’s what’s driving the liberal establishment to grab as much power as it can right now. They know their time is short.

Notes:
  1. Twain’s real name was Samuel Clemens []
  2. Quoted in Clifton Fadiman, gen. ed., The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes (Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1985), 555. []

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  • M. Carlson

    All you anti-birth control people ought to step up and pay the welfare and medical for all the unlimited population that you think we all should have. And what jobs do you have for them?

    • bobinpa.

      No, all you who think it is Perfectly fine to Rut, Breed, and Spawn, should be sure you have enougth assets to feed, cloth, and educate what you reproduce before you Spread your legs or drop your pants. "Dont'cha Think???

    • Myrtlelinder

      I am quite unfamiliar with anti birth control. What I am familiar with is murdering the population to control it. Every time there an abortion is performed at least on person is murdered. If you are murdering your children, stop and practice another form of the many forms there are. My husband and I were married 40 years, had two children raised them without any assistance except from GOD, we educated them and they found their own jobs. We did not kill any. Now this was 60 years ago, surely you M. Carleson can find some form of birth control in this enlightened age, which is better than murder. There is one form that I recommend very highly, "SELF CONTROL", another one, take responsibility for your own actions and not expect somebody else to pay for your mistakes.

      • hawkeye

        AMEN, SISTER!

    • Old geezer

      I always thought there was a difference between birth control and premeditated, prenatal murder.

      • Myrtlelinder

        Old geezer, All Christian and all people with a smidigen of common sense, sees it that way. If you kill him/her, that is murder in any law abiding country even if the "law" does not recognize that fact..

    • ForTheRepublic

      We adopted a US son in 1996. At that time, there were 2 Million couples wanting to adopt, while only about 57,000 actual adoptions occurred. Adoption is the best option, as proven by the hundreds of thousands of psycho problems induced by killing your own child in the womb. Moral education and marriage are the best abortion preventatives existing-- unfortunately, the absence of manly father figures and the break-down of families is the root cause for most young ladies being taken advantage of by perverts too immature to be called "men".
      "Welfare" should be taken care of first by family, then church, and if you're really desparate-- the incredibly entitling government; whose only success is filling our prisons.

      • Myrtlelinder

        There are thousands of couples today who are trying to adopt a child but the GOVERNMENT, THE SAME GOVERNMENT THAT PROMOTES ABORTION make the rules so hard that makes it almost impossible to adopt a baby. I have talked to several people who have tried for years to adopt a child and have had no success.why IS IT THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT US TO ADOPT THESE BABIES WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN UP and encouraging the killing/murdering them, makes no sense!!!

    • Mike

      Ever heard of adoption??

    • JD Perera

      Only God can create life. We have no right to murder God's creation for whatever purpose. If these births come God's way by a married mother and father he can certainly make sure that they are cared for. God holds the wealth of this world in His hand. Maybe people trying to do God's work (handle the population) need to look to themselves to alleviate the problem of so called over population. Do you get my drift, whose father is the devil? God made this whole world and everything in it. He can take of a baby's welfare. Repent and give your heart to the Lord for your own good. I'm trying to tell you.

    • http://www.BornAgainHeathens.com Tim BAH

      All you people that want to continue murdering babies in their mother's womb will have some "splaining" to do at the Great White Throne Judgement.
      http://www.BornAgainHeathens.com

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    2 Timothy 3
    1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

    • Old geezer

      AMEN!

    • Myrtlelinder

      Your are right Raymond, and we are seeing all of those things coming about every day, all over the country, all of the world and not only is it being done, it is being praised, it is being legalized. We are called fanatics, we are way out of time; out of fashion. I tell you what, "I'll continue to be out of fashion, too. I'll fight it with every breath, and every day."

    • Myrtlelinder

      I believe we will loose our Christian according the the USA laws, but they don't count, the laws that count, which are important are THE LAWS OF GOD. We will never lose that right and we will always obey God's laws.

  • Buddell

    The bible is hysterical fiction.

    • Old geezer

      Buddell,

      If you are right, then I, as a professing Christian, have had a wonderful life. The joy of having a peace in my heart that the world did not give me and cannot take away. I have been blessed by not only tithing, but sharing with the poor and downtrodden. And, I have joy in my life from worshiping GOD, having been saved by his son, JESUS CHRIST. If that was all there was to life, it would still be worth it.

      However, if you are wrong, and I believe you are. I will see my blessed redeemer and the good life will have only begun. Life for unbeliever will be everlasting torment.

      I would rather live my life as if was a Holy and Merciful GOD, only to come to the end of it and find out I was wrong, rather than live as if there was no GOD, only to find out I was wrong. PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!

    • http://www.chick.com Raymond

      Buddell,
      you'll have a chance to tell Him that at the White Throne Judgment,
      just before an angel casts YOU into the Lake of Fire to burn forever.

    • screeminmeeme

      Buddell...

      Man is stripped of purpose in a godless reality. An impersonal universe is bereft of purpose and plan, moving toward decay, disorder and death.

      It's a pointless existence. This is the logical implication of atheism, and NO ONE can live consistenlty with them.... all of us ACT as though human existence has meaning, as though moral values are real, and as though human life has purpose and dignity.....but all THESE THINGS PRESUPPOSE an INFINITE and PERSONAL CREATOR!

      IF GOD IS DEAD....then MAN IS ALSO AS GOOD AS DEAD.

      You can't find God fro the same reason a thief can't find a policeman.

      • http://www.chick.com Raymond

        Very interesting.

      • TheEkstaza

        What a very sad propositon that your life can have no meaning without a god. I have plenty of purpose and meaning in my life that I have decided upon. It does indeed die with me, though. And I am perfectly fine with that fact. You see, I don't have to live forever. I don't want to. I appreciate my life more, knowing that all I have is 80 to 100 years or so to live it. It is also a scientific certainty that, if we don't colonize the Universe, the human race will not be around for the end of the Universe. All human activity is destined to be forgotten by a Universe with no memory of us at all. Our insignificant momentary exisistance occurs in but a tiny fraction of the immense depth of time in which the Universe exists. In that sense, human life has no meaning at all.

        • hawkeye

          I would have to respectfully disagree with you...... We have eternal life and we will live forever, because our body isn't who we are, it is our soul inside of this body (or shell) that lives on. If you don't know about eternal life, you may want to find out more about it, because no matter what you think, your soul is going to live forever somewhere. Better to be in the light than in darkness.

    • T Lady

      I'd like to see you say that to the Author Himself.

      • TheEkstaza

        Kind of hard as they are all dead and mostly anonymous. There were more than one you know. And they were all men.

    • Myrtlelinder

      Budddell, the Bible is historical, it also up to date, to this very day, the latest news you can get., It is for today, yesterday and back to the creation of the world about 5,000years ago. It gives all the information we need, to live our lives, today. It even predicts the condition of what the the world would come to, in the future, exactly as the world has become. Before you throw it in the trash, read it, especially the new testament. There are some very surprising and eye opening facts in there for you. There is a saying that I have heard all of my life, "Don't knock it, until you try it." Sit down and read it, with an open mind and enjoy..

      • TheEkstaza

        Reading the bible with an open mind is precisely what lead to me becoming an atheist. Once I stopped accepting it as absolute truth and evaluated it on it's content, all of the cutains fell away and I could see through it all. I suggest that everyone read the bible.

    • Sav'd by grace

      Sir,
      For your sake you better hope it is hysterical fiction. I choose to believe it's not one bit fiction. Time is running out .... so please consider your life, isn't it even a little bit should I say logical that there could be a Creator who's wanting you to get closer to Him !
      I don't know sir but please just ask God to show you He's real ! In my case it took a drug overdose to wake me up and because of God's mercy I'm alive to share this with you.

    • Keith

      Then why have all of the prophesies come true so far and the ones that have yet to come true are apparently in the process.(See Middle East for references) The Bible message is a mystery for the lost. I hope you find God and in the process WAKE UP STUPID!!!!!!

    • anon

      Methinks that you show the exceptional reason why moral debate is impossible with militant homosexuals and progressive liberals, you failed miserably in portraying any reason in your answers. They are simply mindless rhetoric based on nothing but a silly attempt at argument with no meaning and no evidence.

  • Ty Merrill

    What we are seeing is the rise of Mormonism. Mormons make up less than 2% of US population but make up 5% of US Senate. They have huge impact on states like Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, and Utah. Mormons have been after the presidency since its founder ran for the office, before he was thankfully put to death. Mitt has been running for this office for six (6) years, his ground organization is based in and from the secret Mormon temples all over America, his Super-PAC money comes from the Mormon church and offshore accounts, and the company (Bain Capitol) he is telling everyone is where he got his experience has given 3 to 1 for members of the DNC over GOP. Like Obama, Willard will say and do anything for power, power for people that we Americans don't care for too much.

    • PissedOffinAZ

      Being a former Mormon for whom it took 36 years of life to finally break from their cult, I feel nothing but sorrow for my former brothers and sisters. The church their founder, Joseph Smith the great blasphemer and heretic, sucked them all in to an organization who's very basis for being is not bible based in that their religion teaches that Christ is their elder brother. Ty Merrill, instead of fearing the unknown, try getting to know them, talk to them, pray for them. They need all the help they can get to find their way to the true Christ and His Salvation, they don't need fear-mongering, ranting and railing.

    • Dorvan

      I believe you are right. We don't need a mormon president, but we sure don't need Obama. Or muslims in any offices. I am so fearful of split votes that will leave Obama in office.

      • Myrtlelinder

        Amen, we must get him out of there, no question about that!!!!!

    • eRetired Major

      You know not of what you speak. Politics is not spoken of in our local meeting houses nor within the walls of our Temples. Our founder, Joseph Smith, was murdered by a drunken mob. Is that what you call being put to death? You must be a very law abiding, faithful Christian. Mormons are just like other Americans. While some are liberals, most are conservatives. One of the most liberal in Congress, Harry Reid, happens to be one of the 5 LDS senators you complain about. I doubt Senator Reid receives many votes from members of the LDS Church, who are overwhelming conservative. The other 4 are center or right of center. Governor Romney donates tithing to the Church (as do all faithful members). He doesn't take money from the Church. Where do you get your information?

    • Howard Hatch

      Sorry, Ty, you have no idea what your are talking about. Mormons have no agenda except to save this country and it is Mitt's ambition to contribute to the rescue. Your comment is based on pure religious bigotry, nothing else.

  • Buddell

    Let's hope we're seeing the end of religiosity, one of the biggest scams ever perpetrated on mankind.

    • PissedOffinAZ

      "Let's hope"? Looks to me like it is a personal wish from a forum troll. I don't see any support for you ignorance. Move along.

      • Myrtlelinder

        Perhaps, maybe, this person was raised in an anti-GOD home, environment, We just do not know what makes a person reject the"MAKER OF THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING IN OR ON IT. Before you give up completely .......OffinAZ talk seriously with some good Christians, give yourself a chance, get a Bible and read it. Give yourself a chance. to know HIM. You will never regret giving yourself this wonderful chance.

      • TheEkstaza

        I support Buddell!

    • Padremike

      Interesting comment. God is the greatest reality and you haven't a clue. The scriptures, which you disdain, says that no one will have an excuse to not know God because His presence is everywhere. Even the dumb pagans understood there was something greater than themselves but not you "enlighten ones." You are, however, right there solidly in the camp of the Marxists because to be a Marxist you must absolutely deny the existence of God. A dog does the perfect will of God and you and I don't. The reason is because only man, of all species, has free will and can understand and communicate things that are unseen and abstract. Quite frankly, you're just not very smart.

      • T Lady

        Methinks Buddell is a fool.

        • http://www.chick.com Raymond

          Me thinks you are correct.

      • TheEkstaza

        If your supposed "knowlege" of a god is based in reality, then surely you have some real evidence for what you propose. You referenced the "Scriptures". Is that all you have? If so, you don't have much. I could just as easily point to the Harry Potter book series and make claims about Voldemort. Also, why wouldn't the Koran be equally valid, or the RigVeda, or the Mayan scrolls? What you are asking us to do is believe in your philosophy above all others because it says it is true. Well, so do all of the rest. And guess what, we don't believe in them either. Provide real proof or expect to be dismissed.

    • screeminmeeme

      Buddell...You've made 2 'absolute' statements, yet atheists reject the idea of absolute truth

      What atheists do is akin to someone who scrapes the paint off a painting to prove there is no Painter there.

    • Mike

      Sorry, but it is only beginning

    • Tout

      How often has this been said ? It will be repeated. Wishfull thinking. God is Master. Remember those words: God is Master.

    • TheEkstaza

      Unfortunately Buddell, your message is falling largely on deaf ears. One of the most daunting tasks we face as rational freethinkers is somehow fixing a world that is completely convinced it is doing the right thing, when it is absolute poison. I believe Sam Harris said that and I agree whole heartedly.

  • Myrtlelinder

    You may say your body is your own to do with as you see fit. Even if this were so, you are not murdering your body, you are destroying "what you put in your body" you are murdering the child. GOD says in I Corinthians 6:19-20 Know ye not that your body is the temple of the HOLY GHOST which is in you, which ye have of GOD, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify GOD in your body, and in your spirit, which are GOD'S.

  • hot02rod

    AMEN !!! I HOPE PEOPLE READ AN HEED WHAT JESUS SAID.

  • DebraD

    I am not anti-birth control, but am certainly pro-life:I don't want abortion used as a birth control method. I don't believe that insurance companies, and, especially establishments that are against birth control, should have to provide it for free. Insurance premiums will certainly go up, and.
    , with Obamacare, taxes will go up. I don't want to pay for someone else's birth control-it is a choice, and should be paid for by the individual using it!

    • Padremike

      Until 1928 every Christian denomination believed that birth control was an evil that should not be condoned. In that year at Lambeth the Church of England had a issue in which birth control was discussed and although no one exactly put their blessing to birth control, the dam sprung a leak to give us the massive amount of birth control by abortions we have today. Having been born in 1940, 1928 doesn't seem that long ago to me. Of one thing you can be absolutely certain. If we can dehumanize life in the beginning and destroy it, eventually the end of life will also be dehumanized with euthanasia. We're seeing more of this every day. Then infanticide for children, up to a certain age, who are no longer wanted or require too much care because of special needs. Then we'll discover reasons to move to the middle. Ever see the movie, "Logan's Run?" There are always those who argue that we don't have enough resources, not enough food. That is patently not true. It is governments that starve their people and it is a statement which claims that God cannot and will not take care of that which He creates.

  • Blair Franconia, NH

    I don't think so. Jerry Falwell ended the Moral Majority back in the early 1990s, and it was replaced by the Christian Coalition, which
    was headed by Ralph Reed.

  • Georgia Eagle

    Hey Godfather!

    You note, "Kazin goes on to say that the Christian Right has declined in influence in two ways: 'the absence of effective, well known leaders' and a lack of enthusiasm for the movement among the younger generation."

    I think that the "old guard" leadership of the Christian Right's is waning because their strategies and underlying assumptions about how to engage in the world of politics are the cause of their inability to be a bulwark against the onslaught much less turn back the forces of darkness. The old guard has an implicit faith and loyalty to the GOP; the G.W. Bush administration and the responding rise of the TEA Party has put that loyalty to the test. Many of the pro-life faithful are waking up to the reality that their victories over the past three decades have been shallow at best and none really strike the heart of the beast -- the dehumanization of the preborn child, the crippled and infirm. They are increasingly disgusted when their "leaders" do everything within their power to keep from striking the root, framing their reasoning in political "wisdom" and utilitarian ethics.

    Now the younger generation of Christian leaders is looking at the failures and beginning to shout what my generation of Christian "Reagan Republican" leaders and activists has feared: http://www.wontgetfooled.com

  • http://www.drbilllemoineandassociates.com DrBillLemoine

    Let's hope we're seeing the end of the Christian Right--grabbing the spotlight and politics with gusto. Scripture separates the two--church and state. So does the Constitution. Give to state what is its, to God what is his--and stop legislating morality. Social engineering can only lead to apostasy like in much of Europe. Who follows Church teachings after Sunday? It's the hypocrisy so evident in todays lobbying and lawmaking. The Lord will take care of his own and punish transgressors soon enough--it's not the Christian Right's job, unless you're a cult. . .

    • http://www.chick.com Raymond

      Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20,21

      Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galations 6:7

      • http://www.drbilllemoineandassociates.com DrBillLemoine

        You've supplied the epitaph for Bachmann, Pawlenty, Cain, Palin, Huckabee, Perry, Daniels, Barbour and others too cynical to run against this President. Let's reap the platform proposed by Democrats in 2012. You scatter pearls before swine in all those cults mobilizing for church-state union against the Constitution and Bible.

        • Alex

          First off dr bill I first think that you may have to go back and read the Constitution of the United States of America, no where is the seperation of church and state in the Constituition. The term originated in a letter from Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Dansbury Baptist Association in 1802, now for attacking the Cristian politicians, calling them cynical you're a complete MORON, look at your president and I bet you voted for him. Look where we are now, he ran on the notion that he was going to be tranparent he was going to allow the American People to see all bills and laws prior to him signing , just has not happened has it? Now we are in even more dept than we've ever been in, and he's going to ask for more, he's just as much a MORON JUST AS YOU ARE!!!!!! Wait till he allows sharia law into our courts and the muslims to control America, I THINK NOT. As A former U. S. Marine I did take an oath to support and defend this nation and our Constitution from ALL ENEMIES FORIEGN AND DOMESTIC! PERIOD,

        • Alex

          To Raymond OOORRRAAAHHH keep up the good fight thanks. to all my Brothers and Sisters in arms for defense of this Great Nation Thanks and my prayers are with you all, to all the Fallen Brethren in arms and your families May God Bless You, it will not be in vain. To God, Country, And Corps. God Bless America, One Nation Under God.

        • http://www.drbilllemoineandassociates.com DrBillLemoine

          Another unidentifed writer. . . Read Amendment I again yourself--it's called the 'separation' clause. Remember bill passage is congressional--it's their transparency that's lacking. Call you congressman and senators about that. You ignore the Speaker, pressured by TEA caucus ideologues, walking away from BIG cuts to the deficit proposed by the president. Pay attention to facts. Use of any law and precedents by courts is up to a predominantly Republican appointed judiciary--congress refuses to duly and routinely appoint Obama's nominees. It's Europe that fights Sharia law encroachment, not the USA bound by its Constitution, case laws and precedents. Upon dismissal from the service, you're not under oath any more. Remember that--you're just like me, and 300 million other Americans.

    • screeminmeeme

      Bill.....We legislate morality all the time. YOU cannot steal or murder or slander someone. Why? Because of the law which says they are immoral and criminal things to do.

      Our Constitution gives all Americans the right to be enthusiastically, politically active. However, you would prevent those people, for whom you have the greatest contempt, from doing so. What does that make you? Fearful? Anti-American?
      Anti-free speech? Hypocrite?

      • http://www.drbilllemoineandassociates.com DrBillLemoine

        There's nothing in the bible that defines the moment of conception, so all Christian Right's efforts there are overreaching the bible--a grab for power, not morality. The New Testament sets men and women equal so why are CRs limiting womens' reproductive rights of biblical 'free will' and diminishing their healthcare resources (say in NE)? I don't want a clergyman leading this country any more than I want libertine. Keep your religious principles to yourself, follow them carefully, and we have no beef. I'm personally living the Way and wish everybody would--get knowledge and understanding, ask for wisdom--biblical dictates not evident in many 'religious' right leaders and followers today.

  • Harry C

    I am amazed at the people who speak with such authoriy about those who live by faith, yet, they do not even have a clue. Jesus said: "... the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. (John 14:17). An old man named Ray Smith saw in his mother as a child the power of faith (simply believing and trusting Christ Jesus). After 78 years he wrote about his miraculous Spiritual experiences in a book titled: "Realizing God or a form of godliness?" (read a review on Amazon.com). More things are wrought by faith and prayer than this world dreams of. He tells how to change from a mere form of godliness to actually realizing God in your everyday life.

    • screeminmeeme

      Harry C....Amen. Indeed, those who most vociferously oppose Christ, are clueless...but God tells us why:

      2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
      2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

      Christians ought be praying for God to remove those blinders that the devil has put over the eyes of the lost.

  • Old Vet

    It seems to me that when (1.) they took the prayer out of the Schools, and (2.) when the Second Parent had to go to work, that was about the time when morality started to decline. ( I am well into my seventies, so although I am NO expert, I have seen a lot in my years.) I don't remember the plethora of abortions when I was a young parent, If you don't like abortions, then encourage your kids and grand kids to have a religious faith play a larger part in their lives. Can't they keep their legs together and their pants zipped anymore? I don't think the Government has any business paying for all this fetal destruction whether on the taxpayers dime or not. I believe it is immoral, But then,I've been told My opinions don't matter because they don't make sense.

    • screeminmeeme

      OLD VET......ditto those comments. I too am older than dirt and have seen the rapid decline of our culture into hedonism and dissipation. We've both seen God disregarded and thrown out of our societal insitutions and without submission to the Absolute Truth Giver, people insist on making their own ''truth''.

      "Women's rights'', as preached by leaders of the 'sexual revolution, were foundational to the war on the unborn we are seeing today. Many women are now reaping the consequences of having lived a libertine's life of debasement while looking for love in all the wrong places. Their loss of dignity and self-respect is the inevitable end to the lifestyle. They can, however, be restored, is they'd only seek their Creator, Jesus Christ and submit to Him. He is the only One who can turn things around.

      I too, have been told my opinions don't matter. We know better, tho, don't we?

  • BHUDDA

    We the people always pay for the stupid things done in congress but to some ,voting is apopularity contest ,a bueaty pagent and a political corectness forum . Obama is the price for lowering the voter age to 18 .Abortion is the product of the women libs of the 60's and homofobia is a person bound to make all minorities equal regardless to what the majority thinks .The first visit to Roe vs Wade will raise the bar on abortion ,and sort out who should be allowed an abortion .The homosexial thing is already illeage because there is an act on the books that requires a sitting President to only honer the union of a male and female reguardless to what the state laws are.Obama isn't a leagal sitting president so any thing he gets passed will get eventually burned.I say raise the voting age to 25 and only let land owners vote as prescibed in colonial days .

  • screeminmeeme

    The answer to the headline above: A resounding NO!

    The reason: because the Christian ''right'', is right.

  • John Beach

    All one need do is to consider what are the costs of immorality and a lack of ethics in personal and business relationships and it is clear that choosing to be that way is not without cost! It is not merely the opinions of others that are important. It is what is moral and ethical that is, regardless of what others think. It is also what is purposeful in life and what is not. It is a matter of behavior, not orientation or politics.

  • Ronnie C.

    RON PAUL a GYN surgeon who has NEVER done even ONE abortion.
    Never turned in Federal paperwork to be reimbursed for health care
    given to poverty stricken patients. NO MEDICAID or MEDICARE ever
    submitted, He provides his clinic servise to the poor for FREE.

    He returns 1/3 of his Congress pay to the Treasury. He refused the huge,
    like "Royality" Congressional Pension plan and did NOT fill out the paperwork.

    A Christian in more than words only. He lives his beliefs in daily practise.

    • screeminmeeme

      True. The man is a very committed Christian who walks the walk.
      I don't always agree with him about his foreign policy, but I respect him immensely.

  • NAM VET 73

    Buddell, you are an idiot for spouting your slime. You will find your reward in hell by forsaking GOD.

  • http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/ Tucci78

    "There has been a steady decline in the number of facilities doing abortions and fewer doctors who are being trained to perform abortions."

    That's really grasping at straws. Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a commonplace gynecological procedure, and will always be a part of surgical training. It's not particularly exacting, and requires no more extensive facilities than can be found in an outpatient surgical center. Heck, one can manage it pretty nicely with the equipment in a dentist's office, if a GYN table is brought in.

    Moreover, there are pharmaceutical measures that work reliably in the first trimester.

    Once people know that it can be done (and information on how to do it is available all over the place), abortions will be sought by women desiring to terminate their pregnancies. All the religious meddlers can do is make surgical interventions less safe, and thousands of women will die or be rendered sterile as the expression "back alley" returns to common use.

    You religious "conservatives" don't seem to mind government rammed down the private citizen's personal throat as long as it's done to suit your peculiar desires to run other people's lives, right?

    Hm. Some "conservatives" you clowns are.

    • screeminmeeme

      Tucci78....if Roe V Wade is repealed, women will still have a choice.
      They can choose to have sex and risk pregnancy...they can use an established birth control method...or remain celebate until they wish to have children.

      But once pregnant, their right to choose is superceded by the child's right to live.

      No doubt abortions will be available, one way or another. It will be up to them if they want to break the law and have their child tortured and killed.

  • bett

    get us off titanic or head on to the iceberg w/phony promises of politicians who will not geliver http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifJG_oFFDK0

  • Larry Swicegood

    I must disagree with the writer of this column that the Christian right is losing the battle against homosexual marrige. He said we are winning against abortion, which is true. And we will win against the homosexual marriage issue. We have an advantage over the radical homosexual. The gay activist only have the liberal elite, which is nothing to what we Christains have. We have the greatest leader of all time. His name is "JESUS," and he cannot fail, no matter what the homosexual radicals throw at us. You see folks, "GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN ME THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD." And that's true for all Christans. So go ahead and make your claims. No matter what law is passed now or in the future we will still win in the end.

  • Tout

    There have always been persons who deny God. And there will be in the future. God gives knowledge to Peter as far as Doctrine is concerned; will never change. Discipline is a different subject; it can change. But study the truth: Nothing can come from Nothing. So, something (Someone) had no beginning, will have no end. This is just a start. Study seriously !

  • yakksr

    "They know their time is short."

    Let's all hope so.....

  • Ralph

    Why push the myth that Christians are afraid of being called haters? It's only a word. And single words don't win arguments. I have been called a hater and bigot many times. When that happens I don't run away--I press on and win the argument.

  • Another Chuck

    I too must disagree with the assertion that "When put up for a vote, it loses, even in a liberal state like California." because *twice* when it was put up for a vote via ballot initiative, it passed by a large margin - Prop 22, 61% for and 39% against, and Prop 8, 52% for and 47% against. Yet the sovereign power of the people was thwarted by a judge that should have recused himself from the case because he himself was in a homosexual relationship and stood to gain from Prop 8 being overturned, a clear conflict of interest.

  • Clif

    Hey Buddell, why don't you Budd-OUT!!!