January 12, 2012
Evangelicals no longer resist voting for a Catholic
I’m not sure how much longer Rick Santorum will remain in the GOP race for the presidential nomination, but it’s worth noting that Santorum is not evangelical. I know, you’ve heard otherwise. In a bizarre twist of history, for once a conservative Catholic is being referred to as an evangelical—but that only goes to show how little people understand the evangelical label.
RNS explains Santorum’s religious convictions and their political consequences:
That’s a surprising statement. Just as it was with Newt Gingrich.
As someone who grew up in among evangelicals but counted many Italian Catholics as relatives, I can remember feeling awkward when fellow church-goers would refer to Catholics as not being Christians—as un-Christian as many evangelicals say that Mitt Romney is as a Mormon.
But that’s not to say that those who vote primarily based on conservative social policies don’t see kin in Santorum. JFK he is not. If only evangelicals can similarly overcome those historical religious biases in terms of Romney’s candidacy, they just might be on to something.
Read the rest of RNS’s story here.