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09/22/2006

Report: GOP fears losing evangelicals; Retort: Though knowing the GOP, they'll convert that 'fear' into strategy

by Jeremy Hooper

The AP is reporting that because of the lack of attention that Pres. Bush and Congress have paid to religious conservatives' issues, there is concern among GOP ranks that many evangelical voters will either stay home this election cycle or do the unthinkable and vote for Democrats. Yet ironically, it's the AMOUNT of attention the President and Congress have paid to religious conservatives' issues that provides one of the key reasons you couldn't pay us to support this current crop of Republican power players, and why we'll be first in line to try and remove them from this office.

So why does it seem to us that this generation's right wingers have done little but try and push religious conservative issues, yet seem to the religious right like they've neglected things like gay marriage? Well, because various state constitutions keep getting amended to ban us from marriage, which pisses us off greatly, yet the biggy daddy enchilada constitution hasn't been tainted with inequality yet, which makes the religious right nervous. So basically, they're not going to be happy until we're uber-banned, and we're not going to be happy until we're ring finger-banded.

But we do think the evangelicals should at least give our side a shot and see what we can do with this world. After all, considering the last few years of American life have played out like a fear-induced, polarized, apathetic nightmare of low approval ratings and even lower governmental trust, perhaps its God's way of saying that the right's game of moral Monopoly was one we should've never allowed to be played in the first place.

So we encourage you to vote Democratic or don't vote at all, traditional conservatives. Who knows, it could be fun to stop feeling so scared, unsafe, and divided all the time!

Evangelical voters more jaded in 2006 [AP via Boston.com]

**UPDATE: Or maybe they're not so scared: Conservatives Confident Base Will Vote [AP via ABC.com]

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