Friday, November 05, 2004

LOSING MY RELIGION

Oh, life is bigger
It's bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no, I've
said too much
I set it up

(First chorus of R.E.M.'s Losing My Religion)

Of all the post-election autopsies, one that's getting a lot of play is religion.

It's now pretty clear that religious issues and beliefs were a major factor in the defeat of John Kerry. No one would disagree that the so-called "religious right" voted for George Bush in massive numbers.

But the label "religious right" is used by liberals almost as an epithet. Degrogatory, isn't it?

Kerry was abandoned by those who indicate they are Christian and regularly attend church. What's most important, however, is that within that group of "Christians who regularly attend church" are Catholics.

A majority of Catholics voted for George Bush. Catholics who historically supported Democrats. Catholics who, on Tuesday, voted against a Catholic. Catholics who rejected John Kerry.

Wow. That'll leave a scar.

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