Why evangelicals will vote (it's not what you think)

Bullies who use their influence to discriminate against people who think differently from them populate too many institutions. Consider the controversies in Silicon Valley where employees at companies like Google fear reprisals if they express conservative views or the CEO at Mozilla lost his job for quietly supporting traditional marriage with a campaign contribution years earlier.

Expressing one’s faith in such settings is treated like an offense committed by the “bitter” who “cling to guns or religion.” In other settings, faith is treated as a joke.

At this year’s Emmy Awards, “Saturday Night Live’s” Michael Che explained that his mother would not be watching the show “because you guys don’t thank Jesus enough. That’s true. The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.” My many Democratic friends would disagree, but that’s beside the point.

In the face of rampant disrespect for religious differences, is it any wonder that people of faith turn out in droves in one of the few places where the left can’t easily put its finger on the scales — the ballot box?