Evangelicals hope president-elect Clinton will strive for consensus on social issues, not just for dramatic change.
Family Research Council (FRC) receptionist Sheila Ervin had hardly stepped into the office on Wednesday, November 4, when the phones began to ring. “They started before 8 A.M., and they haven’t stopped yet,” she says. Some callers were distraught about the election of Bill Clinton and wanted to talk about how it could have happened. But most, she says, were looking to volunteer in efforts to stem the social changes they fear Clinton may bring about. “There are many sleeping Christians who see the battle ahead and want to join the ranks,” she says.
In the wake of George Bush’s resounding re-election defeat last month, many media and political pundits have proclaimed evangelical activism irrelevant at best, and most likely dead. Voters turned down the evangelicals’ ideology, which was represented by George Bush, the rationale goes. But groups on the activist level disagree, saying that the election outcome was nothing more than a referendum on the economy. And many, like FRC, say they are already seeing a resurgence of grassroots interest to support their causes.
As the dust settles, it is clear that the results of the November election have not laid to rest debates about the role and effectiveness of evangelical political involvement. Indeed, evangelicals garnered a prominent place in this election—one that is likely to continue as the nation’s political climate undergoes massive changes.
Big Gop Voting Bloc
According to exit polls, evangelicals were among the most loyal groups voting for Bush, with some surveys showing as many as 61 percent of evangelicals and fundamentalists voting for him. A poll commissioned ...1
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