Sunday, May 11, 2008

"Young, Evangelical...for Obama?"

This article from the "Seattle Times" is really good. It seems to be very honest with its statistics, and I of course love the mention of Shane Claiborne. I highly recommend reading it!

Here are some highlights:

"Dudley's disenchantment with the GOP isn't unique among young, devoutly Christian voters. According to a September 2007 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 15 percent of white evangelicals between 18 and 29, a group traditionally a shoo-in for the GOP, say they no longer identify with the Republican Party. Older evangelicals are also questioning their traditional allegiance, but not at the same rate."

"Shane Claiborne, a Philadelphia Christian activist and author of "Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals," has a different name for these folks: "political misfits."

Claiborne has traveled around the country the past several years, speaking and preaching mostly to college-age Christians who are "both socially conservative and globally aware." That makes them disenchanted with both major parties, he said.

"It's not about liberal or conservative, or Democrats or Republicans," he said. "I don't think it's a new evangelical left. ... There's a new evangelical stuck-in-the-middle."


♥ Kate said...

yes! somebody gets it.

a new blog, huh? interesting. . . liiiike what do you have in mind?

carissa anne said...

haha, the above comment is me. my roommate left herself logged in!