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"Setting off the God-ar"

From Mark Joseph's posting over at the Huffingtons Post blog, via Jesus Politics:

"My rejected 2000 piece noted that Gore had essentially tried to fool devout Christians with God-talk-using phrases like "I am a child of the kingdom"-language that is basically a secular person's idea of how a religious person might talk and instantly recognizable to the latter as phony.

The same phenomenon re-appeared in 2004 when John Kerry-perceived rightly or not as a northeastern secularist-tried out his own God-talk. With complicated explanations of why his Catholic faith animated his politics in some cases (war and poverty) and not in others (abortion and gay marriage), reminders that he was once an altar boy, and lengthy quotations of Scripture, Kerry tried and failed to convince devout churchgoers that he was of their tribe or even understood them.

For Democrats the lessons of 2004 are there to be learned if they want to win. Americans are deeply religious, very sophisticated and able to figure out when they are being conned. Forget Gay-dar, they have God-dar, and a candidate who tries to fool them does so at his own peril.

God-dar also applies to media types too by the way. When a reporter uses the term "offered prayers" instead of "prayed," or refers to a denomination within Christianity as a "religion" (e.g., 'the Baptist religion') the God-dar is set off as well.

Immediately after the election many pundits seemed shocked at the revelation that for many voters the top issue of concern was not the economy or the war in Iraq but moral values. Shocking? Hardly. Confronted with issues like gay marriage and partial birth abortion, many devout churchgoers decided things had simply gone too far.

But there are at least two options left for people who Schieffer might describe as "religious in a secular way:" The most effective would be to suspend disbelief in God and pray for a Left-Behind style rapture wherein all true believers are taken up into heaven leaving America looking more like Europe, and ready to vote in a Kerry or Clinton II administration.

Or they might consider adjusting to the obvious reality that America is a deeply religious nation and elections are most likely to be won by Democrats who aren't religious "in a secular way," and don't set off the God-dar."
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