In the News: A Party with the Soul of a Church

With apologies to GK Chesterton, we notice a remarkable collection of photos from the GOP’s national convention this week at the Washington Post.

Many commentators (check out samples here, here, or here) have opined on the abundance of religious rhetoric emanating from the Florida convention.  If each of these photos is worth 1,000 words, this photoessay tells the story best of all.

The first thing any viewer will notice is the diversity of religious speakers.  From Judaism, Greek Orthodoxy, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), Catholicism, Sikhism, Protestantism…the convention made an effort to promote itself as ferociously religious, but determinedly non-sectarian.

Image source: Twin

The second reflection that jumps out at us is the spectacle of the convention floor during each invocation.  A vast room, not too unlike an old-fashioned revival tent, packed with people from all walks of life, bowing their heads in reverent prayer.  The image of a convention floor giving its moment of respect to God sent a political statement.  Whatever God you worship, the GOP seemed to be saying, we’re the Party for you.

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  1. ChazIng

     /  September 3, 2012

    Stand for everything = stand for nothing?

  2. @ ChazIng: Do you mean the GOP is trying to be too inclusive, in your opinion? If so, don’t you think the GOP’s self-portrait as the party of religion is an attempt to stand for something? That is, the GOP was trying with this superabundance of religious voices to say, in effect, “If you love God vote Romney/Ryan.”

    • ChazIng

       /  September 5, 2012

      Is the tent only for temporal voter appeal or does the GOP actually care about all ethnic groups (race, religion, income) equally?

  3. Ed Brandt

     /  September 3, 2012

    This new inclusive attitude is sort of a lukewarm nod to Romney. Most of the evangelicals on the right have previously had no use for the LDS (or any church outside of a pretty narrow range), but with the number of Birthers giving speeches at the convention, it’s becoming increasingly important that Romney at least has room for Jesus, unlike the Kenyan Muslim. I’m still waiting for the best person for the job on either side to be an avowed atheist. Man, that would be entertaining.

  4. @Ed: But it wasn’t too long ago that the thought of an African American President seemed impossible. And the hangups over JFK’s Catholicism now seem quaint. Perhaps an atheist President isn’t as far away as it now seems…?

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