In the Media: Evangelical electorate and SOA Watch

The Evangelical electorate    

I was recently in a conversation where it was asserted that evangelical Christians have become so rigid and myopic in their political views that they can’t be swayed from the Republican Party anymore. According to early exit polls, that opinion might need some rethinking.

If you know evangelical Christians, or happen to be one, you know the primary concern is salvation through Jesus Christ. You also know that the political implications can include pro-life stances in terms of abortion, but also in terms of poverty, human rights, war and capital punishment. Most importantly, their faith does include a desire for high standards of integrity and morality from its leaders. So perhaps it’s no surprise that along with the weariness of President Bush’s foreign policies, another dominant reason for Democratic success this year was scandal

Mary Sanchez on SOA

The assassinations of six Jesuits and two housekeepers at the University of Central America in November, 1989 sparked the first protest vigil at the School of the Americas, where some of the assassins and planners were trained. Seventeen years later, SOA Watch expects 20,000 people to descend upon the gates of Ft. Benning, GA to protest what has since been renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. The event takes place Nov. 17-19.

Last year, after the fact, Mary Sanchez wrote an excellent column connecting SOA Watch protests and the life and death of Oscar Romero. As a reminder of why so many Kansas Citians attend, read her column here.

— Michael Humphrey

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