Andrew, your summary of Christian-Democracy is pretty good. Here’s another. I actually took a college class on this subject many years ago. I was forced to. But I don’t think much has changed on the subject since then.
What I am having trouble understanding is your position. You originally said you feared the GOP is turning into a European-style Christian Democratic Party. Thus far, in three posts, you’ve provided one real example, i.e., Huckabee’s victory in the Iowa caucuses. Of course, the Iowa caucuses are a very poor indicator of trends, especially in the GOP. I look at the other major GOP candidates, including Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson, and I see no evidence that they are Christian Democrats.
You now say that Christian Democracy may reside below the surface. It’s difficult to respond to such an assertion. But your enthusiasm for Ronald Reagan — who helped breath life into the conservative Christian movement and which became an integral part of his coalition — seems contradictory to me. Given your position today, I would hav thought you’d have voiced concern about Reagan’s above the surface alliance. Even during Bush’s seven years, he hasn’t done all that much to justify your concern. His faith-based initiative has hardly been the rallying cry of the GOP. His opposition to abortion is no different than Reagan’s. Indeed, Reagan, working with Jesse Helms, actually tried to amend the Constitution to end it. As for same-sex marriage, I doubt there would have been much difference between Reagan and Bush.
So, no, I don’t see a lot that justifies your original concern.