Is the GOP too Religious or Not Religious Enough?

Nathanael Yellis By Nathanael Yellis • Last Updated May 18, 2021

My friend David, writing in Newsweek, suggests that the GOP faces a demographics problem because of its too religious. The argument goes: as fewer people go to church, the religious political party finds fewer adherents.

While David may be right about the part of the GOP's base that is evangelically Christian and politically conservative, I think he's wrong that they are the entire GOP.

David Brooks sees it differently too. Instead of a party dominated by religious conservatives, as it was in the past, he sees today's GOP as wholly defined by economic conservatives.

But my guess is that both Brooks and David want the GOP to become more moderate in its policies. I doubt either base would stomach that.

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