November 11, 2004


God's country: Christians' support for Bush illustrates moral counterattack (Gayle White, November 7, 2004, Atlanta Journal Constitution)

It's not the war in Iraq that is uppermost on the minds of many conservative Christians. It's the culture war.

And they're feeling under attack. "Christmas vacation" has become "winter holidays" in the public schools, and Janet Jackson's bare breast interrupted a wholesome family supper in front of the Super Bowl.

"It goes basically to one's fundamental worldview and way of thinking," said Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. "The worldview of conservative Christians is fundamentally different than that of secular America. Those who stand where I stand feel like we're under assault from the secularists."

There has been evidence outside the ballot box that conservative Christians were fighting back --- and that their views appeal to a large segment of the American public.

"The Passion of the Christ," a film about Jesus' last hours and death on the cross made by Mel Gibson, a traditional Catholic, blew out the box office. Books such as Bruce Wilkinson's "The Prayer of Jabez" and Rick Warren's "The Purpose-Driven Life" have consistently topped best-seller lists. Television shows such as "7th Heaven" and "Joan of Arcadia" that have religious underpinnings draw a solid audience. Gospel music in all its genres accounts for about $1 billion in annual sales in the United States. "Veggie Tales," Christian videos for children, became a huge industry. And Christian products moved out of the aisles of the "Christian" bookstore onto the shelves of Wal-Mart and Borders.

Behind some of this success are basic concerns: Three-quarters of those questioned in a recent poll by Barna Research, a California firm, said they do not feel children are being well prepared morally for life; more than four of five adults worry about the moral condition of the nation.

"I think the question that runs through people's minds is 'how far is too far?' " said the Rev. Dwight "Ike" Reighard, former president of the Georgia Baptist Convention who now heads the department of "people and culture" at HomeBanc Mortgage Corp. Each of Homebanc's 26 offices has a chaplain, and Reighard is in charge of them.

"It sounds good to say just let everybody do what everybody wants to do. But that's called chaos. You have to have rules in society. There has to be a central core set of values and ethics. For many people in the life of this country, that has meant Judeo-Christian teachings."

Starting, said Reighard, with the Ten Commandments.

Roy Moore certainly got the last laugh.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 11, 2004 11:10 PM

"I think the question that runs through people's minds is 'how far is too far?' "

Bumper sticker for 2006/8.


Posted by: genecis at November 12, 2004 9:55 AM

We've become a nation of busybodies

Posted by: Harry Eagar at November 12, 2004 2:17 PM

Become? It's what made us a decent society to begin with.

Posted by: oj at November 12, 2004 2:31 PM

Roy Moore is still a crank.

"more than four of five adults worry about the moral condition of the nation"

Are we to believe that one out of five adults are responsible for the moral deterioration of the country? These four out of five are many of the same people who are viewing pornography through the privacy of their cable tv or internet service. We are a nation of moral idealists as well as rationalizers of our own behavior.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at November 12, 2004 5:28 PM


Yes. No more than 20% of the country agrees with the extreme social views the courts' elites are handing down.

Posted by: oj at November 12, 2004 5:52 PM

Roy Moore was a harmless crank who became important because of the utterly childish response of the Courts and the MSM.

Posted by: Bart at November 12, 2004 7:18 PM

Morality isn't in the viewing, it's in the doing.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at November 13, 2004 4:36 AM


That's false. In simply holding the view you've both objectified your fellow men and helped create the climate where evil reigns.

Posted by: oj at November 13, 2004 8:10 AM

So you're using the "climate" argument, eh? You've learned something from the politically correct multiculturalists who would ban free speech to prevent the "climate of fear" from oppressing the minorities. It is the sure sign of a bankrupt philosophy to stoop to the "climate" defense.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at November 14, 2004 11:34 AM

All culture is climate.

Posted by: oj at November 14, 2004 11:48 AM

Get an umbrella.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at November 14, 2004 4:33 PM