I remember the 1976 election clearly - I was in the Army at the time, stationed in Oklahoma. Although I’ve always been a Christian, I have never considered myself an evangelical or fundamentalist. I found Carter’s running pretty much on his religion off-putting. What really surprised and troubled me, however, were the reports I was getting from lots of other young officers from fundmentalist and/or evangelical backgrounds about how strongly their pastors and denominations were pushing Carter as “one of us”.
I started out with Walker this cycle, though I thought well of Cruz and supported him once Walker dropped out. The more I saw of Cruz and his religious backers and (at least) fellow travelers, the less comfortable I became. The dominionism of Ted’s father is outside even the mainstream of evangelicalism or fundamentalism. The language of Beck and many of Cruz’s other supporters is troublingly apocalyptic, even unhinged. Ultimately, we’re better off not running Cruz.