Nov. 8, 2012
Is America Losing Its Christian
By Mike McManus
I have to admit I have egg on my
face. I predicted that Obama’s support of same-sex marriage in
May would make him “a one-term president.” I also predicted
defeat for all four same-sex marriage referenda in Maryland,
Minnesota, Maine and Washington state.
While six states and Washington DC had legalized gay marriage,
they came as the result of a court case or a state legislative
vote. In the 32 states where the public could vote on the issue,
traditional marriage was upheld every time. That gave me
confidence that America’s historic Christian values would
triumph - again.
Not so. Obama won a sweeping victory, and same-sex marriage will
soon be legal in Maryland, Maine and Washington State.
Minnesota’s attempt to pass a constitutional amendment to limit
marriage to the union of one man and one woman – was defeated.
On top of that, Colorado and Washington passed ballot
initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use – though
the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it is illegal.
What responsible adult thinks it would be great if more young
people could get stoned regularly? Maryland also voted for a
huge gambling casino.
Most important, how could a nation where nearly two-thirds of
Americans are members of a church or synagogue vote for
President Obama who not only favors abortion on demand but
encourages lawsuits against states who decide to stop funding
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion mill?
How could anyone with kids vote for a man who pledged to cut
deficits in half, but actually doubled them, imposing huge debt
on our children and grandchildren? Oddly, he appointed a deficit
reduction commission that came up with a good plan – and then
Small wonder the stock market plunged the day after the election
by more than 300 points, the largest one day drop this year!
Those with investments in the market see a future of higher
taxes, anemic job growth and plunging stock values.
I don’t understand how 52 percent of Catholics could vote for a
man who told Catholic universities and hospitals - with a sixth
of the nation’s beds – that they had to offer free
contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs to
their employees, a step morally repugnant to committed
Catholics. How could Catholics support a man who trashed their
Both parties nominated a Catholic to be vice president, but only
the Republican nominee supported traditional marriage and
freedom of religion, while opposing rampant abortions.
Most evangelicals passionately share these pro-life,
pro-marriage values and are concerned about the nation’s descent
toward bankruptcy. Yet Obama carried such evangelical-rich
battleground states as Iowa and Virginia. Evangelicals and
Catholics dominate Ohio, yet it was another swing state for
Romney was not the perfect candidate. He talked about Hispanics
deporting themselves rather than suggesting the need for
immigration reform. In the third debate, Romney should have
asked Obama about his mishandling of the Libyan attack and his
cover-up lies about mobs that did not exist two weeks later at
the UN. Also, Romney is a Mormon, which is a puzzling faith to
There were some mitigating factors that must be acknowledged.
A poll by the Faith and Freedom Foundation on Election Day
reported that white evangelicals voted by almost 4-1 for Romney.
Catholics who regularly attend Mass voted 2-1 for him.
Maryland’s vote for same-sex marriage was 52 - 48 while the
liberal state supported Obama by a 62 – 37 margin. Some black
evangelicals voted for traditional marriage and Obama.
But not enough of them. Why?
Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for
Marriage, which raised $5.5 million to buy ads supporting
traditional marriage in the four states balloting on the issue,
confesses, “We were outspent 8-1 in some states. There were a
lot more folks with wealth to fund their side. People remembered
their ads but did not see our ads. There was complacency on our
side, to be honest. We won by such a large margin in North
Carolina five months ago, we did not have enough donors.”
However, something much more fundamental has gone wrong. David
Aikman, author of a new must-read book, “One Nation Without God:
The Battle for Christianity in an Age of Unbelief,” deplores the
“overall movement of American society away from the Christian
core values that we were established with.
“America is in the same condition as England in the 1750’s
before the Wesleyan Revival – corrupt, immoral and alcoholic.”
What can be done?
Aikman calls for “a massive revival that we have not seen since
the Great Awakening.”
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