How evangelicals won a war and lost a generation

Originally posted on CNN Belief Blog:

Opinion by  Rachel Held Evans , special to CNN

(CNN) — On March 24, World Vision announced that the U.S. branch of the popular humanitarian organization would no longer discriminate against employees in same-sex marriages.

It was a decision that surprised many but one that made sense, given the organization’s ecumenical nature.

But on March 26, World Vision President Richard Stearns reversed the decision, stating, “our board acknowledged that the policy change we made was a mistake.”

Supporters helped the aid group “see that with more clarity,” Stearns added, “and we’re asking you to forgive us for that mistake.”

So what happened within those 48 hours to cause such a sudden reversal?

The Evangelical Machine kicked into gear.

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Spending Statistics: Republicans vs. Democrats

Originally posted on Atypical Guy:

Politics, at least in the United States, seems to be an industry that’s based on emotional, irrational thinking.  Often, the method of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) is employed to confuse those voters who think with their “stomachs” rather than their heads.  Most Americans seem to have no problem with the trillions of dollars spent on attacking Iraq, but they are outraged by paying an extra dollar or two per gallon of gasoline.  We live in a nation where hysteria over a manufactured threat – terrorism – has given government free reign to curtail liberties.  We ask for no evidence related to the effectiveness of unbridled spending on war and “Homeland Security”. 

Economics will be an important part of our next Presidential election.  One of the main arguments against the Democratic party seems to be that it will raise taxes and increase spending.  But is there any statistical information to…

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