In all the election chaos, has anyone figured out yet what happened to the Catholic (and evangelical Christian) segment of the vote, compared to 2008? Obama ought to have suffered badly there, given the way he has punked the Catholics, a situation which does not make, say, Baptists any happier.
Regarding the Evangelicals...I am not exactly sure...though some have posited that it had to do with his Mormonism. As for Catholics, almost everyone should understand by now that, due to a variety of factors, approximately half of those who identify themselves as being Catholic, do NOT, in fact, embrace the Teachings of the Church.
In my humble opinion, I think it may have had more to do with the fact that the real issue of this election was FAR more than just the economy...and a clear case NEEDED to have been made about what is really at stake in this. THAT case wasn’t made....AND the liberal press, taking the lowest road, made a profound ad hominem case (which included lies and distortion) against Gov. Romney in the swing states.
Again, with regard to the Church, Father Phillip W. De Vous (Adjunct scholar of public policy at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty), had this to say:
“Last nights election illustrates that Americans have become a people more dependent on the government. The country will continue to trend culturally and politically to the left. This means that conservative causes that take their impetus from the truths and moral rationality offered by the Judeo-Christian political and philosophical tradition will continue to be marginalized, the Churchs liberty restricted, and the cultural, moral, political, and spiritual leftism, hedonism, and materialism, with its attendant anomie and nihilism, will continue the long march through all of our cultural and governmental institutions. . . Given the Catholic Churchs failure to adequately address the cultural, political, and even existential threat posed to it by President Obamas agenda, the credibility of the Churchs witness has been further eroded and enervated, making the Church less likely to be courageous and effective in speaking the hard truths necessary for personal, ecclesial, and national renewal. Because of this, the leftist cultural and moral agenda will continue to increasingly form and even invade our personal, familial, and communal lives. The effect on our national life and civil society will be devastating. Trends of cultural degradation, the normalization of what has until recently been widely understood as moral turpitude, along with debt, deficits, and fiscal ruin will likely be accelerated.”
My summary: The moral case for the America of the Founders is NOT being made. The probability for marginalization of Christians...and inevitably their persecution has just risen.