November 19, 2008
Columnist: GOP must move away from GOD
Kathleen Park, the same conservative columnist who said that the Rev. Rick Warren’s presidential faith forum was bad for America and who kindly asked Gov. Sarah Palin to drop her bid for the vice presidency, has a column in today’s Washington Post that argues the Republican Party won’t survive unless it kills God. Well, the GOP doesn’t actually have to kill God; it just needs to stop pandering to evangelical voters.
Read the rest of the column here. I understand what she is saying. I really do. Though i am an evangelical and a Republican, I don’t identify with the party’s social conservatism, which has led the GOP incredibly far from its historic base. The problem with Parker’s logic is that Republicans can’t just not afford to get the votes of conservative Christians—they can’t afford for the Democrats to pick them up.
If you take abortion and gay marriage and other assorted red meat out of the mix, why wouldn’t evangelicals move to the more socially conscious Democratic Party?