Broad Church Family Values

Whatever one says about the election, the moral controversies that have been at the
center of past elections seem not to have been critical. Possibly the contraception
issue—but I think people who voted one way or the other on that issue would not
have changed their vote if the issue didn’t exist. I think the same is true for abortion,
gay marriage, stem cell research, etc.

I may be proven wrong by exit poll analysis, but I’m hopeful that the deep divisions
revealed in the election weren’t made deeper by religious rivalries. –J. Douglas Ousley



One Response to “Broad Church Family Values”

  1. John Ubieta says:

    Based on the post-election polling data, this seems to have been a unique election influenced more by a changing demographic landscape. For the first time, we have a president who wins re-election despite serious concerns regarding the economy and job security. Romney ran out of gas a few feet away from the finish line. Indeed a very bitter defeat for him, his family, campaign staffers and supporters. From a religious angle, it was interesting to see a Mormon and Catholic together for the first time in a party ticket. And for the first time, we had two vice-presidential candidates who are both Catholic. However, religious ideas did not play any part in this election despite the fact Mormons hold very strong views on many issues. Romney’s Mormon background was never challenged. The rivalries and divisions we have are the rising tensions between affluent white males and well, everyone else. It’s similar to the division in our own church where mostly non-whites make the bulk of the church, but lack the economic resources of the much fewer white members. Bill O’Reilly from FOX News seems to have understood the changing demographics in our country and added that “they want things”. Correct Bill, everyone wants things, and not just here, but everywhere.

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