Sunday, May 29, 2005

How many evangelical-swallows make up a takeover-spring?

Yesterday's G&M articles (archived here and for the google link, try here) raise the question of whether CPC nominations are being captured by evangelical activists. A few examples are cited. But as several commentators have noted, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with evangelicals participating in politics, or in them organizing their own community politically. They are merely doing what many ethnic communities have been doing in urban centers for decades.

Is it a question of proportion? I'm sure many people would express dismay if every successful Conservative nominee were closely associated with groups like the 'Equipping Christians for the Public Square Centre', 'Focus on the Family', or the 'Defend Marriage Coalition'. Or even if it were 50% or even 33%.

But, frankly, so far something less than a dozen such nominees have been identified (here), and not all of these necessarily belong in a list of evangelical activists. (I have my doubts about Weston, for example.) So far, I suspect, there is no clear pattern. Some nominations are being won by evangelical 'machines'; in other ridings where evangelicals had carried the CPC-flag in recent elections (Meneer in London; Penell in Burlington), this year's nominees are coming from the 'mainstream'.

So, although I think this phenomenon bears watching, I don't think there is anything of concern yet.

[edited for clarity: Sat 12:16 pm]