The reason the Democrats lost, argues David Bernstein in the Washington Post, is that their words, actions, and policies made large numbers of Christians afraid that their religious liberty is in jeopardy. So even though they had major qualms about Donald Trump, they voted for him in large enough numbers to give him the victory.
Bernstein’s point, I believe, is that Democrats wouldn’t have to threaten religious liberty to meet their major policy goals. The country could have gay marriage without punishing those who don’t believe in it. The country could have legalized and insurance-subsidized abortion without making religious people pay for it. LGBT folks could have legal rights and find acceptance–probably more acceptance– even if they made some accommodation to religious sensitivities. And yet, Democrats threatened and demonized Christians, oblivious to the fact that this meant that a very large percentage of the American public would not be voting for them.
Read Bernstein’s analysis after the jump. Is he describing you? [Read more…]