After getting death threats for dissing Sarah Palin, Kathleen Parker is stirring up trouble in the right-wing ranks again. The Republican Party is going to go the way of the Shakers if it doesn’t lose some of that old time religion, she writes in the Washington Post. The party’s religious base has scared off moderate voters, and is a shrinking share of the electorate. “Like it or not, we are a diverse nation, no longer predominantly white and Christian,” writes Parker.
Religious values are important, of course. And some young, secular voters will change over time. “But preaching to the choir produces no converts. And shifting demographics suggest that the Republican Party—and conservatism with it—eventually will die out unless religion is returned to the privacy of one's heart where it belongs.”