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6 years ago  ::  Jan 03, 2008 - 3:04AM #1
Mlyons619
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From the "Twelve Tribes of American Politics":

Moderate Evangelicals

No, it's not an oxymoron: these white evangelical Protestants hold less orthodox religious beliefs (54% are biblical literalists) and don’t show up in church quite as often as the "religious right" (35% go weekly or more often), but they belong to evangelical churches and regard themselves as born-again Christians.

Moderate evangelicals make up 10.8% of  the voting-age population, and made up 9.0% of the total 2004 vote.   48% of moderate evangelicals are conservatives, 26% are moderates, and 16% are liberals -  47% are Republican: 47%, 31% are Democratic, and 22% are Independents.

Moderate evangelicals are not as concerned about cultural rot as their conservative brethren. They're still pro-life, pro-war and anti-gay-rights, but place a greater emphasis on economic issues, where they tend to be moderate: 61% would fund more anti-poverty programs by taxing the rich. Only 40% said their faith was important to their political thinking, but they nonetheless support the political involvement of religious organizations.

In 2004, Moderate Evangelicals placed most emphasis on foreign policy and economic issues in deciding their vote, but broken down by candidate, Bush voters cited social issues and foreign policy as most important, while Kerry voters cited the economy.


At one time, former President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat,  was the chief of the tribe -- he stated he turned to his faith during his term of office -- yet his presidency was secular-based, and ultimately viewed as a failure.

Is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee the chief of the Moderate Evangelicals today?

If Huckabee were to be given the nod by the Republican Party,

Who else among the other potential candidate might be considered a moderate evangelical?  Are there moderate evangelicals among the Democratic leadership that moderate evangelical Dems can rally behind, or would moderate evangelicals in the Democratic Party jump ship and support a Huckabee candidacy?

Would such a leader be able to rally the other tribes, or would such a leader be too "Christian?"  Could such a leader be a uniter -- or a divider?
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6 years ago  ::  Jan 03, 2008 - 3:04AM #2
Mlyons619
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From the "Twelve Tribes of American Politics":

Moderate Evangelicals

No, it's not an oxymoron: these white evangelical Protestants hold less orthodox religious beliefs (54% are biblical literalists) and don’t show up in church quite as often as the "religious right" (35% go weekly or more often), but they belong to evangelical churches and regard themselves as born-again Christians.

Moderate evangelicals make up 10.8% of  the voting-age population, and made up 9.0% of the total 2004 vote.   48% of moderate evangelicals are conservatives, 26% are moderates, and 16% are liberals -  47% are Republican: 47%, 31% are Democratic, and 22% are Independents.

Moderate evangelicals are not as concerned about cultural rot as their conservative brethren. They're still pro-life, pro-war and anti-gay-rights, but place a greater emphasis on economic issues, where they tend to be moderate: 61% would fund more anti-poverty programs by taxing the rich. Only 40% said their faith was important to their political thinking, but they nonetheless support the political involvement of religious organizations.

In 2004, Moderate Evangelicals placed most emphasis on foreign policy and economic issues in deciding their vote, but broken down by candidate, Bush voters cited social issues and foreign policy as most important, while Kerry voters cited the economy.


At one time, former President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat,  was the chief of the tribe -- he stated he turned to his faith during his term of office -- yet his presidency was secular-based, and ultimately viewed as a failure.

Is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee the chief of the Moderate Evangelicals today?

If Huckabee were to be given the nod by the Republican Party,

Who else among the other potential candidate might be considered a moderate evangelical?  Are there moderate evangelicals among the Democratic leadership that moderate evangelical Dems can rally behind, or would moderate evangelicals in the Democratic Party jump ship and support a Huckabee candidacy?

Would such a leader be able to rally the other tribes, or would such a leader be too "Christian?"  Could such a leader be a uniter -- or a divider?
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6 years ago  ::  Jan 22, 2008 - 4:05PM #3
Do_unto_others
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"Is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee the chief of the Moderate Evangelicals today?"

Huckabee a "moderate"??? You have GOT to be kidding!

P.S. There's no such thing as "gay rights", only EQUAL rights and gays sure as heck don't have 'em in America.
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6 years ago  ::  Jan 25, 2008 - 7:49PM #4
Mlyons619
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If you read, "The Twelve Tribes of American Politics," you'd see that, according to the article, Huckabee is considered a MODERATE Evangelical due to his stand on certain social issues, e.g., support for the poor and disadvantaged.  In fact, there are many Fundamentalists who don't think he's conservative enough. 

Whether or not you see him as "moderate," or they a "conservative," it's all relative. 

From Hitler's viewpoint EVERBODY was a radical red, while from Mao's viewpoint, EVERYBODY was a reactionary capitalist.  Most of us operate from somewhere between these two extremes...
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