Courtesy of Religion News Service:
It's hard to argue with the headline: "The End of the White Christian Strategy." White Christians--evangelicals, mainliners, and Catholics--made up fully seventy-five of Romney's coalition but only 38 percent of Obama's. It's the age distribution, however, that tells the deeper story.
Romney's coalition most closely matches the over-65 crowd, only older. It's whiter and less religiously diverse than seniors are. Call it your great-grandfather's Oldsmobile.
By contrast, Obama's coalition fits snugly in between the youth cohort of 18-to-29-year-old Millennials and the 30-49-year-old Gen-Xers. It's unsurprisingly overrepresented among African-Americans and a little light on evangelicals and "other Christians," but generally presents a fair picture of where America's religious layout is headed in the coming decades.
As I am sure many of you already know I view the movement away from religion and faith based perspectives to be of incredible importance to insuring the survival of this country, and of mankind in general.
I believe that once we are no longer jerked to and fro by differing religious factions battling for dominance on this planet we will see the end of terrorism, the end of war, and perhaps even the end of bigotry as we know it.
In America the Republican party is bonded to the Religious Right in unholy political matrimony, in such a way that the death of one virtually ensures the death of the other. Not a bad thing in my estimation.
And they are well aware of it too. That is why they are so focused on defunding the public school system and increasing the number of religious charter schools, private schools, and home school programs. They are not at all interested in educating our children, they are only interested in keeping them malleable, and NOTHING does that better than religious indoctrination.
If America is truly going to set an example for the rest of the world as we move into the 21st century than the movement away from superstition and anti-intellectualism needs to take root on our shores first. And thankfully it appears that we are indeed headed in that direction.