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  •  I became disillusioned with Methodism (1+ / 0-)
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    because it was no longer evangelical. By that I don't mean being born again & trying to convert people, but rather the social missions with which Northern Methodism had been identified, & was was no longer practiced much. The loss of that spirit contributed to the end of Methodism as a truly influential denomination in American life.  Hillary Clinton lucked into this active Methodism as a teenager, & it changed her life.

    It is important, I think, to understand why conservative evangelicals are so defensive that they have  resorted to the "victimization" excuse despite their numbers & political power.  But understanding is not simple matter. Take this recent election as an example. Coming together so solidly behind a Mormon, with white Catholics,  against  Barack Obama, they still couldn't patch together more than 47% of the vote, & there wasn't one candidate in the Republican primary field who would have done better. They have been losing their America, bit by bit, to pluralism (which they often mistake for secularism), for many decades. Now they are "pluralized." Their successes look more & more like blips on a steadily declining graph line. Maine passes marriage equality. Maine? They know one more new generation of voters & it's going Federal. Their own  children  are smirking at them behind their backs. They don't know what battles are most worth fighting anymore, so they try to fight them all, always a losing strategy.

    "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

    by DJ Rix on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 10:37:42 PM PST

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