But conservative evangelicals, who had a great deal of access to the Bush administration and influenced its policies on abortion and other issues, worry that Obama’s commitment to listen to the concerns of evangelicals comes with caveats on issues such as same-sex marriage and hiring gays and lesbians. They fear he would favor religious organizations like his own liberal denomination, the United Church of Christ, which was the first mainline Protestant church to condone equal marriage rights regardless of gender.
Conservative critics worry that potential vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court would open the door for Obama to create a liberal-leaning judiciary that views the U.S. Constitution as a changing document that accommodates culture, just like many progressive Christians treat Scripture.
Others fear the possibility that federal broadcast regulations could be drawn up to silence Christian broadcasters on issues involving homosexuality on the basis that such talk could be considered hate speech. And they fear that elementary school teachers and home-schoolers will be forced to teach about same-sex relationships. They don’t trust the president-elect to push laws that would reduce the number of abortions.
It’s nice to be on the other side of fence for once. I find it funny that the right winger’s paranoia may bring their own selves down a notch or two. I also think, that’s mostly what it is: paranoia. I don’t see Obama seeking out and destroying their pathetic world view. He, will, I hope, bring the concept of tolerance and fairness back to the American zeitgeist.