Skip to comments.Jimmy Carterís evangelical downfall: Reagan, religion and the 1980 presidential election
Posted on 05/26/2014 5:53:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
In October 1976, just prior to Jimmy Carters election as president, Newsweek had christened 1976 the Year of the Evangelical. Carters candidacy had introduced many Americans to the term evangelical, and his articulation of the themes of progressive evangelicalismcare for the poor, concern for human rights, and an aversion to military conflictbrought 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 Carters victory, however, the evangelical vote was very much in play.
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Not a very good article, just the usual misleading writing.
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.
Did it mention the swimming,hissing killer rabbit?