Bye-bye, Rick and Huck! Why GOP evangelicals have deserted their old pals

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Ted Cruz, shown here at an Austin, Texas rally, is aiming his presidential campaign at evangelical voters.

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Ted Cruz, shown here at an Austin, Texas rally, is aiming his presidential campaign at evangelical voters.

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Christian social conservatives explain why they spurn Santorum and Huckabee, the 2016 candidates who focus the most on their agenda, for Ted Cruz and Ben Carson.

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  • Dan Barker

    It’s nice to see that many evangelicals are becoming less myopic on social issues — if that is indeed true. In my opinion, the younger generation is much more tolerant and accepting of diversity (including sexual inclination as well as theology). The “old time” preacher types are making themselves less relevant in a time of social progress. We all — most of us — want a world with more understanding, more harmony, personal freedom, and less violence. It seems like the experiment of the arch conservatives has run its course, with disappointing and divisive results. We are electing leaders for ALL of society, not just evangelicals. I never thought the President should be our “Pastor in Chief.” That would be the opposite of religious freedom. When evangelicals broaden their focus beyond personal ideology, that is a true “blessing” for the nation.

  • samuel johnston

    If the evangelical’s selfish resentment secures the nomination of Donald Trump, it will prove that they do not really care about their fellow citizens, or the country that they leave to their children.