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It's all the Democrats' fault

So, a recent poll has 21% of the public saying they wouldn’t vote for an evangelical for president. Now, if you’re an evangelical, what do you do? You blame it on the Democrats:

But that “21” number ought to give evangelicals cause for reflection. When four out of the last five presidents have had some degree of evangelical commitment, it becomes apparent that the American populace is either weary of presidential faith or, perhaps, skeptical.

The most recent evangelical presidents and what we learned from them (in order of moral effectiveness in office — least to greatest):

President Bill Clinton…
President Jimmy Carter…
George W….
President Ronald Reagan…

He goes on to point out that Bush and Reagan were good examples and Carter and Clinton bad ones.

Time out. Does anyone think of Bill Clinton as an evangelical? I’ve never heard him called an evangelical. The other three, yes. But not Clinton. Also, are we really going to attribute skepticism about evangelicals (pretty minor skepticism, too) to someone who was president in the 70s? Even Reagan is stretching it.

And of course, it could be pointed out that Carter is almost certainly more popular now than he was and Clinton is hardly unpopular nowadays. And that Bush is quite unpopular.

Evangelicals in this country need to know that with the American public, integrity in office matters more than electability. Although no man is perfect, Reagan on the whole had such integrity matched with a Christian worldview. In lesser degrees, George W. Bush has the same. After that, the presidential curve flattens, and evangelicals by reputation start taking on massive hits. If it could be said that four out of the last five presidents were serious evangelical Christians, then can anyone blame a fifth of Americans saying they’ve had enough?

Possibly, but it can hardly be said. Friedman is trying to dodge responsibility. Evangelicals are known for opposing abortion, gay rights, and stem cell research, among other things. Those are divisive issues and evangelicals are on the less popular side of two of them. Their stance on gay rights isn’t popular either, except regarding gay marriage. Combine that with their increasing visibility, often from disastrous stunts (Schiavo, anyone?) and you can see where the fairly small amount of skepticism comes from.

But good lord, we wouldn’t a forthright discussion of the issues out of Agape Press, would we? Where would the comedy relief on this blog come from?

Categories: Religion, The Right
  1. July 11, 2006 at 10:22 am

    Actually, Bill C. does belong to an evangelical faith.

    Still, the list is pretty dubious at best. To rank Clinton as the most ethically challenged for getting an illicit blow job compared to W’s screwing of the poor, lying to the public, and using violence for profit and political gain is pathetic. And how can anyone call Carter “immoral”? I mean, conservatives are the ones that called him “soft”: he was too moral in their eyes! And Reagan was hardly a moral example, either.


    That’s the problem with blogs. You can pretty much say anything you want.

  2. July 11, 2006 at 5:57 pm

    Actually, Bill C. does belong to an evangelical faith.

    Even so, I doubt many people think of him as an evangelical. The media often refer to Carter as evangelical, but I really can’t remember ever hearing Clinton described that way.

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