Values Voters

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"Values Voters"

The Christian right had its big Values Voters Summit over the weekend, leading David Frum (who’s really trying to get kick out of the movement) to snark:

BTW: anybody else notice the implied message of scheduling a “values voters” summit on Yom Kippur?

Indeed.

Though something I endlessly find peculiar about American politics is the lack of distinctly Christian values in the most self-consciously Christian warrens of the political culture. Christianity has a lot in common with other religious and ethical systems. But there’s also all this fairly distinctive stuff in there about pacifism, turning the other cheek, etc. But “Christian” politics is, if anything, more violent and revenge-oriented than other strains of our political culture.

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