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  •  You're incorrect and the victim of wishful.... (4+ / 0-)
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    thinking, the dominionists and their faux compatriots, Falwell, Robertson et al... have split ways, they've gone large and local, moving into the grass roots and creating local political organizations within the Republican Party for over 20 years. They are not dead and fractured, they are alive and organized locally. They haven't given up on the national Party, but realized they had to deepen their influence and their bench. The Christian Right is nowhere near exhausted, they're just working at a different level now and expanding their networks to include people they wouldn't go near before, Catholics, Jews, militias, Blacks and the monied classes, who they'll gladly use and then turn on, one by one, in the name of their own zealotry.  

    "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

    by KJG52 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 03:37:55 AM PDT

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    •  This crowds power is evolving. (0+ / 0-)

      They couldn't keep the Republican party in line on "gay marriage" in New York. If they still wielded the influence they used to it would have been a snap to kill it.

      Likewise they lost a surprising number of Senate Republicans in the DADT repeal battle, which the Christian Right fought with everything they had.

      They are far from counted out. Since seizing control of the House, the GOP has prioritized one gay bashing piece of legislation after another. They have certainly introduced and voted on far more "hate the gays" bills than jobs and economy bills.

      Fortunately they are also fast losing the power to actually pass them.

      And I think even they know it ain't coming back. I saw a poll that showed even 44% of white, self-identified Evangelical Christians under 30 support marriage equality for gays. They are losing even their own flock. Family Research Council leader James Dobson even said they have lost the youth in a news interview.

      "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

      by Scott Wooledge on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:58:01 AM PDT

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