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Jimmy Carterís evangelical downfall: Reagan, religion and the 1980 presidential election
Salon ^ | Randall Balmer

Posted on 05/26/2014 5:53:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway

In October 1976, just prior to Jimmy Carter’s election as president, Newsweek had christened 1976 the “Year of the Evangelical.” Carter’s candidacy had introduced many Americans to the term evangelical, and his articulation of the themes of progressive evangelicalism—care for the poor, concern for human rights, and an aversion to military conflict—brought many evangelicals into the arena of politics, some of them for the first time. Nearly half of evangelical voters in 1976 favored Carter, which represented a significant increase from the showing of Democratic candidates in years past; white evangelicals, following the lead of Billy Graham and others, had generally tilted Republican in the postwar era. In 1980, four years after Carter’s victory, however, the evangelical vote was very much in play.

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1 posted on 05/26/2014 5:53:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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Ronald Reagan 1980 Republican National Convention Acceptance Address delivered 17 July 1980, Detroit, MI
2 posted on 05/26/2014 5:57:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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Not a very good article, just the usual misleading writing.


3 posted on 05/26/2014 6:26:30 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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By that time the leftists had mocked Bible -believing Christians for their “paranoia” over “Godless Communism” for well over a decade. Here steps up Jimmy Carter to castigate “inordinate fear of Communism,” in the era of Scharansky and especially Solzhenitsyn. Salon , of course, would find an author so high on his own fetid odor that he missed that factor completely. Later events, specifically Carter’s anti-semitism, have more than vindicated the evangelical turn against him. And a resolve anything like Reagan’s dispatching of the USSR with his feet planted firmly on the bedrock of his Evangelical electorate is something that we can only pray will be restored in the future.


4 posted on 05/26/2014 7:16:23 PM PDT by gusopol3
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Not a very good article, just the usual misleading writing.

Did it mention the swimming,hissing killer rabbit?


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5 posted on 05/26/2014 8:51:29 PM PDT by skeptoid (the thought plickens)
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