The religious right claims to be all about America and such proud patriots, but now some are calling for an electoral boycott. It’s both the dumbest and smartest thing they’ve ever done:
…The movement has had growing pains and the statement issued Wednesday, called an “Evangelical Manifesto,” is the latest sign of emerging fractures as some activists seek to broaden its agenda beyond hot-button social issues such as opposition to abortion and gay rights.
“Christians from both sides of the political spectrum, left as well as right, have made the mistake of politicizing faith,” the manifesto declares.
“That way faith loses its independence, the church becomes ‘the regime at prayer,’ Christians become ‘useful idiots’ for one political party or another, and the Christian faith becomes an ideology in its purest form,” it said.
Theological analyst Michael Cromartie insists that the manifesto most likely won’t have much political impact: “It’s a sign of maturation of the evangelical movement…It’s an important theological document but it will have limited political influence because it is making a essentially a theological argument.”