Friday, December 03, 2004

Red State Conservative Christian Hypocrisy versus Blue State Virtue

OK, Andrew Sullivan’s post was more about the contradictions in American life than Christian hypocrisy, but it is the hypocrisy that stands out. On marriage for example:

Marriage was a key issue in the last election, with Massachusetts' gay marriages becoming a symbol of alleged blue state decadence and moral decay. But in actual fact, Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in the country at 2.4 divorces per 1,000 inhabitants. Texas - which until recently made private gay sex a criminal offence - has a divorce rate of 4.1. A fluke? Not at all. The states with the highest divorce rates in the U.S. are Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. And the states with the lowest divorce rates are: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Every single one of the high divorce rate states went for Bush. Every single one of the low divorce rate states went for Kerry. The Bible Belt divorce rate, in fact, is roughly 50 percent higher than the national average.

On Abortion:

America has an abortion rate of 21 abortions per 1,000 women aged between 15 and 44. Holland has a rate of 6.8. Americans, in other words, have three times as many abortions as the Dutch. Remind me again: which country is the most socially conservative?

Conservative Christianity has foisted its values on America with a vengeance but if these values aren’t held by those who are imposing them why should any of the rest of us take them seriously? As a Christian I cannot help but find the Religious Rights rhetoric versus conduct gap depressing.

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