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I'm falling in love with my camera and taking photos everywhere I go. That, combined with my passions for politics, sports, religion and other things we all agree on, makes this blog persist.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Forget the States, Look at the Counties, and the People

A County By County Map Shows George W. Bush's America Posted by Hello

Winners write the history.

George W. Bush may go down in history as a political genius.

In the aftermath of the election, there have been some interesting, under-the-radar, articles looking at it from a more measured point of view.

The supposed fear of the red states seems overblown, says a blogger named Parableman, because those in the blue have very little interaction with evangelical Christians (and vice versa). He has a call to do something about it, and close the "divide" in our country. Very interesting reading.

Another blogger, "Pray Naked...it's good for the soul," came across an interesting statistic: 64% of people who are antagonistic towards Christians voted for John Kerry.

But the evangelicals are taking over, even in the blue states, so says the New York Times. Conversely, also in the New York Times, Democrats are trying to find the "religious left".

Gregg Easterbrook of the New Republic (and NFL.com's TMQ fame) writes that the word "evangelical" is often overused and out of context.

I can understand where the fear of the "red states" comes from when I look at the county map. While "red" county people are more likely to travel into "blue" cities due to work or vacations, it is less likely that people in cities will spend quality time in the "red" areas. This is probably the root of the recent liberal denial about the election, and why so many "blue" people think this is a divided nation. They just have very little exposure to their way of life, and we usually fear what we do not understand.

But then again, as the moderate voice noted, maybe this had to with how the media saw John Kerry: as a green-tea drinker.


Blogger Jeremy Pierce said...

Easterbrook is actually wrong about what evangelicalism is. It's not about evangelism. He's right that evangelicals can be politically liberal, but he's wrong about why. What Easterbrook describes is those who are evangelistic (although Jimmy Carter is a bad example -- his missions trips are to meet physical needs of underprivileged people and not to spread the good news about Jesus Christ). Carter is no evangelical. As a universalist, he denies central biblical doctrines such as hell and punishment for sin. An evangelical is, at the very least, someone who takes the Bible seriously as authoritative for matters of doctrine and practice.

He's right about what 'born again' means.

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Blogger Brent said...

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