republicratitarian / by laurel

For those of you who begin to read this post and cower in fear that I'm about to get fired up about my Political Agenda, fear not. This blog will not be a place where I discuss politics; not because I don't have opinions on politics, but because I don't personally wish to opine in a public forum about a subject that is very, very complicated. I'm certainly not going to be the person who sends out emails to 20-30 of her closest friends outlining the exact reasons why they, as Christians or non, should vote for Obama. Neither am I going to be the comfortable, bourgeois bohemian who sits around sipping Pinot, theorizing the grand solution to all the third world's problems. 

I may have opinions about many things, both major and minor (the majority of them being minor, such as melon, pants, and vegetarians), but I've chosen to stay mum about my political affiliations, stances, leanings, and ideas. Maybe it's the safer route, but you know what else? It's a whole helluva lot less annoying, too. 

Nevertheless, I found this article to be very interesting; it's an apropos glimpse at the political climate surrounding many people just like myself. Also, my old friend Tyler is quoted in it. Dude, you're FAMOUS!

And speaking of quotes, here's one:

"I think it's a new movement starting," said Amy Archibald, 19, a sophomore at the evangelical school. "Most of us would never blindly follow the old Christian Right anymore. James Dobson has nothing to do with us. A lot of us are taking apart the issues, and thinking, 'OK, well, [none of the candidates] fits what I'm looking for exactly.' But if you're going to vote, you've got to take your pros with your cons."

Eugene Cho, a founder and lead pastor at Seattle's Quest Church, which caters to a predominantly under-35 crowd, urges young Christians to look beyond the two or three issues that have allowed Christians to be "manipulated by those that know the game or use it as their sole agenda."

"While the issue of abortion — the sanctity of life — must always be a hugely important issue, we must juxtapose that with other issues that are also very important," Cho wrote in his blog on faith and politics.
Well spoken, indeed.