Although the “Evangelical Manifesto” is not quite the craze the authors would like, the idea of preachers shutting up come election day (and politicians not provoking them with a pulpit to shout from) is getting some love.
Take this editorial from Darrell Laurant with the Lynchburg [Virginia] News Advance.
Lynchburg is all too familiar with vocal preachers in times of inclement political weather. The late, great Jerry Falwell, anyone? At any rate, he knows of which he writes (casual misspelling errors aside):
For a politician, especially on the big stage, bringing such religious leaders to a campaign event has become like bringing a 4-year-old to a wedding. Everyone thinks it’s nice that you’ve brought them, but you never know what they’re going to say.