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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 04:03:28 PM EST
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Having read the comments ...

You have a unique definition of "love."    ;-)


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 04:43:18 PM EST
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Well, they don't love the diary, but they love the fact that evangelicals might vote for Obama en masse.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 04:46:16 PM EST
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Ah.  Correction noted.

Oh well.  See my conclusion re: the average Kossack's grasp of politics.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 05:14:38 PM EST
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Daily Kos: Lazy Quote Diary: Evangelicals for Obama
Jesus is VERY logical. You just don't know him.

Head-meet-desk session, ready, go...

Then again, they have a bizarre point, of sorts. Religion legitimises narratives, and if the evangelicals are going to veer off from the bigoted side of evangelism and move towards the being kind to the poor end, that has to be an improvement.

As long as they don't try to start teaching Intelligent Design or biblical literalism in schools, it's still progress, of a kind.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 06:43:50 PM EST
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So far I haven't seen anyone with a cross and nails.  Personally, I find the concept of a Theistic Deity to be an absurdity, and literalist interpretation of the Bible to be intellectually stultifying.  But most are brought to their church as small children, as the Bible recommends.  If raised in a loving family, their belief is tied into their love of family and their entire process of socialization.  I don't have any problem welcoming those who have concern for the social and ethical teachings of Jesus into a political coalition, especially if they have some inkling of the limitations of literalist fundamentalism.

To the extent that they take their cues from leaders, I would prefer that those leaders be Democrats than that they be Republicans.  I doubt that there will be enough evangelical defectors from the Republican Party for them to change the Democrats position on abortion, for  instance.  And I agree that we should take steps to make the need for abortion less common.  There may be enough defectors, however, to cripple the Republicans for a long time.

I wish that popular enthusiasm for religion in the USA were more like that common in Europe.  Perhaps an established religion in the USA would have helped accomplish that task.  If you have any suggestions as to how that wish could be fulfilled, I  would like to hear them.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 05:15:42 PM EST
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