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A vote sign is displayed above a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe during the U.S. presidential election in Phoenix, Arizona November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ELECTIONS RELIGION)
With Romney’s defeat and same-sex marriage now legal in Washington, Maryland and Maine the social conservative movement is already in the process of surveying the damage. Faith leaders from Southern Baptist Seminary President Al Mohler to the conservative Catholics at National Catholic Register are evaluating what Mohler called “new moral landscape in America,” where the old religious norms are unpopular as public policy. LifeWay Research’s Ed Stetzer says that conservatives “must face the reality that we may be on the losing side of the culture war,” and many activists spent the week mulling over how to shift their political activism to a re-engagement with the culture.
Religious progressives too are taking a look at their new policy priorities –from addressing immigration reform to finding ways to deal with the deficit while protecting safety net programs they say protects the common good.
This week, I spoke with the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners and Nick Stuart of Odyssey Networks about what Tuesday’s results mean for religious people and values across the spectrum. Watch the video of our conservation below.
Your Take: What did 2012’s election results teach us about the state of religion in politics today? Is there a new faith and values order?
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