Though Sarah Palin's anti-choice rhetoric became more aggressive in the final weeks of the campaign, Newsweek notices that choice was a largely silent issue in the Presidential election (on the state level it's another story). Of course many people — Sarah Palin included — know that people don't want to hear about the sanctity of life when they're worried about the sanctity of their mortgage. However, as Newsweek's Lisa Miller notes, even Evangelical mega-church pastors who were rabidly encouraging their flocks to vote against pro-choice candidates in 2004 have not spoken up during this election cycle."The silence of Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren on the subject of abortion in this election has been notable," Miller writes. "In 2004, Warren sent an e-mail around listing the five "non-negotiables" for any evangelical voter, and abortion was of course high on that list. This year, he has made no such pronouncement." Unfortunately, Miller doesn't think the abortion battle is anywhere near over, despite the fact that it has not been an overarching issue during this election. Though some older pro-life Catholics have been able to get past Obama's pro-choice stances because they agree with him on the economy and the environment, it seems that the anti-choice conviction of many young Evangelicals remains strong. Miller reports, "According to research by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, young evangelicals are as conservative—if not more so—than their parents on abortion." With the overwhelming popularity of Barack Obama among people of my generation, I really thought that after years of an increasingly socially conservative country we were in for a swing to the left. But according to Miller, just as the left has been galvanized by Obama, the right was galvanized by Jerry Fallwell and the moral majority in the 80s. "Young evangelicals, especially, who were raised in that environment talk about how difficult it is to see abortion in anything but black-and-white terms," Miller says. "Gov. Sarah Palin, whose family portrait contains the silent but not hidden message, 'I didn't have an abortion and neither did my teenage daughter,' speaks directly to these Christians and echoes the messages they've heard their whole lives—at home, in Sunday school, at youth group and at church. " Knock on the hardest piece of oak in existence, we will be seeing an Obama administration stride into the White House in 2009, and if that's the case, our right to chose will be relatively safe for a prolonged period of time. But don't ever fool yourself into thinking that the battle has been won. Those nuns do not fuck around. The Silent Issue [Newsweek] Earlier: South Dakota Will Vote On Measure Basically Banning Abortion Sarah Palin: Obama Has Left Behind Even The Middle Ground When It Comes To Abortion Some Pro-Life Catholics Have Become Obama Grandmamas