I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so.
As Sessions notes in the above link, many of the studies suggest that the disaffection with the church began during the Bush years, when the conservative church so closely aligned themselves with the Republican party. Of course, we have not seen much separation since then--not over torture, not over attacks on the poor or women.
But as Fred Clark notes, the problem may be, in part, the fact that racism and hatred are not deal breakers for the conservative church. As long as you oppose abortion and gays, you can do just about anything. In fact, thinking about this recent campaign, many of the most racist Republican moments came in an appeal to evangelical voters. And how did evangelicals respond?
Remember all the principled evangelical push-back against those efforts? No? Me neither, because that never happened. Here are some things you never heard during the GOP primaries: “Newt Gingrich drew criticism from evangelical voters for his racially charged attacks on ‘welfare queens.’” Or “Michele Bachmann lost evangelical support due to her comments about immigrants.” Or “Ron Paul’s newsletters flirting with white supremacists alienated the GOP’s evangelical bloc.” Or “Mitt Romney’s use of ‘illegal’ as a noun angers evangelical voters.”That right there is a big part of why I have lost respect for the conservative evangelical church. They said nothing about torture, and they have been lured by racism, not repelled by it.