I'm happy about this news, but not overly optimistic. Have
we reached a tipping point? I don't know. The electorate
tends to be very fickle, and swings back and forth.
In 2008 things also looked pretty good right after the
election, and then the Tea Party came roaring in for the
2010 mid terms. The R's will certainly be well prepared in
2014, but I hope they'll need to be selling something
better than they were in 2012.
From the comments on the Religion Dispatches article:
"I do think religion is going to have to submit to more
rigorous, evidentiary demands of public discourse, even
though I don't trust science to provide a reliable road
map to social good.
Part of we religious peoples' angst is that many of the
things about the world we've gotten away with simply
asserting for generations are being called into question
and put to tests we're not ready or willing - frankly - to
On Thu, 8 Nov[masked]:19:47 -0500
Mark Tiborsky <[address removed]> wrote:
> Wow- it's becoming clear that this was a great election
> progressives. Amendments in favor of equality for gay
>Americans pass in 3
> states (first time by popular vote), and amendments to
>ban fail in at least
> one state (Minnesota). Measures to repeal "Obamacare"
>and another to grant
> special privileges to religious groups fail in
> Two states vote to legalize pot for recreational use.
>Wisconsin voters have
> elected the nation's first openly gay U.S. Senator,
> ...Who also professes no religion :) Meanwhile, nut
> narrowly kept her seat, but a good handful of the worst
> conservative/religious nuts went down in flames-
>including the "legitimate
> rape/god's gift" twins, Akin and Mourdock, and the
>ridiculous Rep. Allen
> West of Florida.
> And all the goofy God talk & posturing didn't seem to
>have much effect...
> Anthea Butler of Religion Dispatches writes that "fake
>God talk doesn't cut
> it with Americans", but I think maybe it goes beyond. Is
> Right truly losing its influence over the American
>populace in general?