Prelude: My own son, Jake, was conceived unexpectedly and out of wedlock. He is now in his Junior year as a Music Composition major at his university. He is a blessing for which I am very grateful. And he plays beautiful music (1,2).
We shall soon enough know the truth about Evangelical reaction to Bristol Palin's pregnancy. This is a fascinating sociological and political experiment. The results will reveal more truth than any Gallup Poll.
I'm fascinated with how this is going to play out. Since I've been in the blogosphere - aka in comment sections of other blogs - I've defended Evangelical groups as being largely characterized by compassion and love. I've wondered: what might be out there in Evangelical-land that I don't know about? I've asserted there is no secret about what is out there: Evangelicals nationwide are essentially compassionate and loving. There are exceptions, yet they are small in number and even smaller in influence. Therefore, I'm now fascinated with how Bristol Palin's pregnancy will play in the November election. This is a test of my thesis.
The left believe Evangelical voters will rush away from Sarah Palin because of Bristol's pregnancy.
Some Evangelicals will do so. Dramatic statements of condemnation will issue forth; media will gleefully highlight them - and will in fact seek them out to the point of both instigating them, and then mischaracterizing them for greatest effect.
What percentage of Evangelicals will react as the left and media fully expect? I say a small percentage - too small a percentage to throw the election to Barack. We shall see. I'm actually excited to find out.
Postscript: because Bristol Palin's pregnancy is an awesome and miraculous gift from God, because her pregnancy is a blessing to be celebrated (albeit with grace and discretion), therefore I do not deem it inappropriate to discuss the political/sociological aspects of it's effect on the election.
It must be obvious I wish Bristol Palin all the best. Inappropriate things can and will be said about Ms. Palin. I will not be saying them. I, of all people, will not be casting any stones!
Have no doubts about this: Bristol Palin is brave. [...] Brave enough to know that it's not enough to talk about doing the right thing - it's doing that right thing when the moment calls for it the most.