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Social Conservatives: GOP Can't Live Without Them

Tommye75 Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 10:14 AM
As a 76-year-old Catholic woman currently dating a Baptist minister, I have had a number of very intrigueing conversations with him regarding this election. And although I participated in the Rosary Crusade prior to the election, I also said "Thy will be done!" But, I didn't mean it! I was firmly convinced God would act to preserve our beautiful nation. He did not and Obama was elected. My friend tells me and I am now convinced that this is God's will and His plan. And although I do not understand it, I must accept it and not be resentful. But, oh Lord, it sure is hard! As one of your social conservatives, I will continue to stand by my convictions and I will continue to fight for religious freedom. And I will pray for understanding
One of the largest elephants in the GOP's post-election room is the fate of Christian and other social conservatives. Party honchos can't just wish this problem away -- or, maybe they can.

There has been increasing hostility toward Christian involvement in politics, and the animus hasn't been solely from the left. To be sure, Democrats have taken the lead, demonizing conservative Christians as science-challenged scolds who don't care about women's "reproductive rights," but there is plenty of antipathy from certain elements within the Republican Party, as well.

Many establishment and some libertarian Republicans have long looked upon Christian conservatives with mild, condescending...