January 11, 2005

THEY WALK AMONG US:

Getting to know your 'enemy' may show you share common ground (LINDA S. WALLACE, 1/06/05, Houston Chronicle)

Tranquillity came only after I set aside a few hours to learn about the Christian right, the group cut deepest by my words.

What really amazed me are all the interesting facts I easily managed to find. Before I had pried open my mind, I had seen only articles that reinforced my own view. Funny, isn't it, how a closed mind works so hard to stay closed?

The information I uncovered changed some of my views. A report from the Center on Religion and Democracy titled "The State of Disunion: Survey of American Political Culture" was especially helpful.

The Christian right is not anything like the group I imagined. It is over-represented by people between the ages of 35 and 49; disproportionately female; and disproportionately well-educated, well-paid and from the professional classes, the survey found. Two-thirds of the Christian right say they have at least some college education, compared with just half of the total population.

I also discovered we shared some vital political ground: Supporters of the Christian right are among the most unwavering in their commitment to the American political system, the survey said. Forty-eight percent scored high in their respect for political institutions in America.

Moreover, I was startled to find that some of the leadership now are tackling human rights abuses and health issues in Africa and other poverty-stricken areas.


Like Hellboy, it helps that we sand down our horns.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 11, 2005 11:10 PM
Comments

--The Christian right is not anything like the group I imagined. It is over-represented by people between the ages of 35 and 49;--

Tail-end boomers...


hehehehehehehehehehe

Posted by: Sandy P at January 12, 2005 12:07 AM

'Tail end boomers' on the high end, yes... but Gen-X (like me) on the bottom end. THAT is even more ironic, considering the media's characterization of my generation as a collection of slackers.

Posted by: Steve Bragg at January 12, 2005 9:07 AM

Perhaps, the 'tail-end' boomers were tired of paying for a party(the 60s)to which they were not invited.

Posted by: Bart at January 12, 2005 10:46 AM
I was startled to find that some of the leadership now are tackling human rights abuses and health issues in Africa and other poverty-stricken areas [emphasis added]
Not only startled, but quite wrong, too--at least if she really does think that this is a concern developed only recently among Evangalicals.
Posted by: Kirk Parker at January 13, 2005 1:34 PM
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