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The Republican Rebranding

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The next Republican up for a name change?

The next Republican up for a name change?

There has been a move afoot among conservative circles.  I was reading my copy of Christianity Today this morning and I noticed that Gary Bauer and several other conservative evangelicals no longer want to be known as the religious right because it has come to be associated  “with a hard-edge politics and intolerance.”  The term which was first penned by Jerry Falwell has become a perjorative term because people use it to describe a narrow minded and hypocritical ideology.   For that reason, conservative evangelicals are looking for a softer, more friendly way to describe their narrow minded and hypocritical ideology.

Now, I admit that as a conservative evangelical myself I frequently here this term used as a put down.  “Terms like ‘Religious Right’ have been traditionally used in a pejorative way to suggest extremism,” Focus on the Family Vice-President of Media and Public Relations Gary Schneeberger said. “The phrase ‘socially conservative evangelicals’ is not very exciting, but that’s certainly the way to do it.”

Now, I’m not one to question Focus on the Family for anything having to do with Public Relations, but that term really strikes me as being boring and awkward.   We need a term to refer to ourselves that has the pizzaz of Up With People while still having the sense of superiority of the term Moral Majority.   American Taliban worked until Pete Sessions co-opted that name for the Republican Party.     I’m going to stick with Right Wing and a Prayer myself.

In other news, military contractor Blackwater has decided on the new name Xe (pronounced Zee) believing that the Blackwater name was hurting their image because it was far too easy for the company’s critics to google and learn about them.  With name changing to be all the rage in Republican circles, the odds on favorite to be next in line appears to be our  Former President George Herbert Walker Bush.

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Written by thatsrightnate

February 13, 2009 at 10:50 pm

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  1. I have to admit that Right Wing and a Prayer is pretty good. For one thing, it’s ecumenical, much like my choice of “religio-fascit” and that’s one of the things they say they’re going for.

    zenyenta

    February 14, 2009 at 7:34 am

  2. I love that the conservatives think they can change their own name. Okay, maybe they can start calling themselves the “socially conservative evangelicals” or “the people who want to take away your freedom of choice” but I will personally always refer to them as the Religious Right. At least, until they back up the name change with policy change.

    Dollface

    February 14, 2009 at 10:39 am

  3. It’s a shame, because “Religious Right” is such an economical name — expressing three true things with only two words. That’s a truth factor of 1.7 — even the Bible only gets about 0.9 (it loses a few points for the soft porn sections of Song of Solomon).

    Fraser

    February 15, 2009 at 5:13 am

  4. I always look at it as religious right as in correct, not as in right wing.

    thatsrightnate

    February 15, 2009 at 9:43 am

  5. I also believe that the term “Religious Right” is getting a bit stale. The kids demand something different, and if we want to keep up with the times, we need to adapt and conquor. I’ve come up with something new! The “Religious Reich”. See, it’s a more powerful term. It’s all about building empires and gaining power!

    wrecksracer

    February 15, 2009 at 9:28 pm

  6. i agree, nate, and i have a pithier suggestion: how about “the Christian Correct”?

    gina

    February 16, 2009 at 8:49 am

  7. I like that one a lot

    thatsrightnate

    February 16, 2009 at 9:47 am

  8. I also like the Christian Correct, and would gladly be a member. However, in these harsh political times, we can’t afford to be divisive. We need to be tolerant for the sake if winning. We don’t want to alienate our Jewish Banker associates or our Muslim gas station owner friends. These people have real money, and have potential value to the party. I wonder what Rush’s position is on this?

    wrecksracer

    February 16, 2009 at 11:37 pm

  9. We eagerly await for Rush to weigh in

    thatsrightnate

    February 17, 2009 at 5:52 am

  10. . . . . God bless you, you are %100 right

    Eponine

    April 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm

  11. Conservative Republicans are proposing a 10-point checklist gauging proper adherence to core principles of the party. This approach reminds me of Moody’s Fundamentals of Christianity, which began the fundamentalist movement. For more, I recommend http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/11/24/the-fundamentals-of-the-gop/

    euandus2

    November 24, 2009 at 2:56 pm


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