Saturday, April 11, 2009

So this isn't really a blog post on culture wars.

I'm too tired. But I wanted to share this Guardian piece about Obama's effect on the culture wars.

The president has taken a stand against anti-abortion rules in clinics and legalised funding for stem cell research. He has praised Islam and Iran on his recent overseas trip and held a Passover ceremony in the White House. Meanwhile, a series of states, including Iowa, deep in the American heartland, have legalised gay marriage and more are expected to follow suit.

Yet, for all the sound and fury this has prompted on the extreme right, Obama remains a popular president. That has led some to wonder if the culture wars are finally losing some of their power. "People are tired of this. A lot of them are thinking: let's move on," said Professor Shaun Bowler, a political scientist at the University of California, Riverside.

Read it. Is good.