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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
Liberals are wrong to view Hobby Lobby case as a big victory for an insurgent Religious Right
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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It’s been two days now since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby case, and I still stand behind the claim I made HERE on Monday that the ruling doesn’t terribly upset me.

As Damon Linker reminds us HERE, this minor victory for the Religious Right doesn’t change the overall socio-political drift of the past decade or so:

While indignant, paranoid liberals have been suggesting that Samuel Alito’s majority opinion signals the resurgence of the religious right…those who have been following the fate of social conservatives for many years understand that something pretty close to the opposite is going on.

Far from serving as a sign that a newly emboldened religious right is returning to political prominence in America, the Hobby Lobby case is just the latest example of social conservative retrenchment and retreat.

Back in 2004…social conservatism was close to the apex of its power. George W. Bush had just won re-election in part by using language and advocating policies derived from Catholic natural law theory and the encyclicals of Pope John Paul II. Those policies included a robust defense of bringing religion into public life, absolute opposition to abortion and euthanasia (remember Terry Schiavo?), and the introduction of an amendment to ban same-sex marriage in the U.S. Constitution.

What a difference a decade can make.

Since 2004, the religious right has suffered reversals on several fronts…

The religious right, as a coherent national movement, is dying fast. Liberals need to start thinking and acting like the victors they are instead of like the victims they once justly considered themselves to be.

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