Right, R.I.P.?

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“Re­mem­ber ev­ery­thing we were told about the 2004 elec­tion? You know, the one held on the day the En­light­en­ment died, when Amer­ica was con­quered by Je­sus­land. The re­li­gious right had al­ready taken over the Repub­li­can Party; with the re-elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Bush and GOP gains in both houses of Congress, it seized con­trol of the en­tire United States gov­ern­ment. [. . .]

“Now for­get all of that, be­cause the old con­ven­tional wis­dom has been sup­planted by the new: the re­li­gious right is dead — or at least anachro­nis­tic. [. . .]

“When­ever the Repub­li­can can­di­dates do well, there is hand­wring­ing about the power of the re­li­gious right; when the GOP loses, th­ese so­cial con­ser­va­tives are surely to blame. [. . .]

“Yet pun­dits should be more skep­ti­cal of an­a­lysts who draw elec­toral maps in which the Bi­ble Belt is os­tra­cized. The Chris­tian right’s re­cent his­tory is full of res­ur­rec­tion sto­ries.”

W. James Antle III, writ­ing on “Last Rights,” Dec. 8 in the Amer­i­can Spec­ta­tor On­line at www.spec­ta­tor.com

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