Christian Right Trying To Rename Itself
by Chris Bowers, Tue Nov 09, 2004 at 12:10:26 PM EST
But that isn't the whole answer, he said. (...) In ditching the term, "Christian right," Green summed up, the Christian right chose to associate itself with the pool of Christians from which it hopes to draw, not the folks who already belong.As demographics change, the numbers are not there for the Christian right in the long-term. They know, as well as we do, that in order for them to survive as a powerful political force long-term, they will need to form alliances with other groups. Specifically, right now, they are targeting an alliance with devout Catholics, but by attempting to ditch the term "Christian right" in favor of "evangelical / born again," they clearly are also looking at peeling away a significant portion of the African-American vote.
Given this, rather than going along with their requested name-shift, I think it is obvious what name we should continue to call them. Christian right it is.