Monday, 12 November 2012
Yet more marginalia
Trends exposed by this US election aren't favourable to the religious right. With each election, more voters voters identify themselves as having no religious affiliation. Now one in five do. Voters who say they're evangelical voted nearly 4-1 for Romney, but with each election they become a smaller and older sector of the electorate.
Evangelicals and Catholic bishops fought same-sex marriage referenda in four states and lost all of 'em. Anti-abortion senate candidates lost. Wisconsin elected the senate's first gay woman. Two states voted to legalise recreational marijuana.
R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., told the New York Times “It’s not that our message — we think abortion is wrong, we think same-sex marriage is wrong — didn’t get out. It did get out. It’s that the entire moral landscape has changed. An increasingly secularised America understands our positions, and has rejected them.”