Sick of Compromise, Christian Right Drops Politics

New generation of religious conservatives question old guard's tactics
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2009 4:04 PM CDT
"Dr. Dobson and the pro-family or Christian right political movement is a failure," said one Christian activist.   (AP Photo, Jill Nance)
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(Newser) – A new generation of religious conservatives is turning its back on political activism, Kathleen Parker writes in the Washington Post. Today's Moral Majority accuses Christian leaders like James Dobson of bringing the cultural wars from churches to Congress and compromising their beliefs. Now, “Dobson and the Christian right political movement is a failure,” said one, calling the loss “self-inflicted.”

Even Dobson has conceded defeat, and the clash crystallized recently when a Christian radio host confronted a Dobson deputy, calling him “the Karl Rove of the religious right.” Many on the Christian right contend that Republicans like John McCain and Mitt Romney don’t share their values. “The heart of Christianity is in the home, not the halls of Congress or the courts,” said one author.