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Religion and Politics

by: DocJess

Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 11:42:09 AM EDT

The American Religious Identification Survey came out yesterday for 2008, and it turns out that, as a country, the United States is less religious than we used to be.

I haven't seen it yet, but I'm sure that somewhere, someone is taking this data and plotting it on a map and coming up with the conclusions that the more blue states tend to be even less religious than the red states. I'm waiting for the CD and county breakdowns.

So here's my thought: what if even the red states become less religious? What does that do to the IIE's ability to organize through churches? My guess is that the more right wing someone is, the more likely that they are religious: that is, the evangelical base of the Republican party isn't wavering. Not now. Not ever.  Therefore, it may be that by being able to organize in churches, it could conceivably increase their wing of the party. This may become important as the IIE feels out which branch will become their most dominant.

A side point is that as people become less religious, they become more moderate in their views of "social issues", thus leading to the possibility of compromise. Things like "abortion should be legal and rare" rather than outlawed. My hope for this moderation comes from Republican Nancy Reagan, who yesterday praised President Obama's lifting of the stem cell ban. 

It's hard to quanitfy, but there is no discounting the affect of the religious right on the Republican party over the past 30+ years. It's  hard to imagine that if more and more people give up religion that this won't also have a profound affect on that party. 

DocJess :: Religion and Politics

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I consider myself a born again Christian.  I know that most people think that most of us are Republican.  The truth is I checked the religious box on the poll but I consider that a misnomer.  I haven't been to church in a while because I feel my political views somehow put me out of place.  I don't think that people should be judged based on their political views.  The truth is I don't know what I think about abortion. I just feel it is an unimportant issue because the likelihood of it changing is almost nil. I think we can all at least agree that it is not a good thing and do what we can to decrease the number of abortions.  As far as gay marriage I feel they should be allowed to be married from a legal standpoint.  Unless you are forcing churches to perform gay marriages I don't see how someone being gay and being married affects my religion.  I may believe that having homosexual "relations" is a sin but I believe everyone has a right to do it and it is not the place of the govt. to dictate morals.  It is also a sin to cheat on your spouse and to have premarital sex but there is not nor should there be a law against either of those things especially considering how many people would be affected.  Plus the Bible says God loves everyone no matter what their sin and tells us not to judge others.  People may believe that because of what I said here that I am prejudiced but I don't believe I am.  I have my beliefs but I know that other people disagree with me and that is OK.  I have friends who are gay and that is OK, that is their choice to make and I am fine with it.  I believe they should be allowed to serve in the military as well.  I don't see how someone being gay would affect the military in a bad way at all.  The fact is that there are some far right wing nuts who seem to have both infected the Republicans with religion but more disturbing to me they have infected the Christian Movement with politics. They have infected it to the point that people in church may judge you based on whether or not you are a Republican and some preachers preach politics from the pulpit.  When politics and religion mix it is not a pretty picture as we have seen.  Lets keep them separate from each other I think it will benefit both our politics and our religion.




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