Many Americans Want More Religion in Their Politics


#1

The Pew Research Center reported Monday that 72 percent of Americans believe religion is losing its influence on American life, a striking development in a nation where religious arguments, religious leaders and religious voting blocs have long played an important role.

While the​ ​declining influence of religion is, perhaps, a natural side effect of the declining religiosity of​ ​Americans, more surprising is that as religion fades in American culture, many Americans regret its receding role in politics.

Nearly ​half of Americans — 49 percent, to be precise — say houses of worship should express their views on social and political questions, up 6 points since the 2010 midterm elections. And 32 percent — a rising minority — say houses of worship should endorse candidates, which is currently illegal.

Other key findings of the poll: Support for allowing gay men and lesbians to marry has dropped to 49 percent, down from 54 percent in February, and 50 percent say it is a sin to engage in homosexual behavior, up from 45 percent last year. Only 30 percent of Americans now see the Obama administration as friendly toward religion, down 9 points​ since 2012.

The Pew poll, conducted by telephone from Sept. 2 to 9, included 2,002 adults; it has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2014/09/22/?entry=32&smid=tw-nytimes


#2

Wow…really? That is shocking…but GOOD.


#3

It’s only a good thing based on the religion that has the majority leeway. Militant Secularism, Radical Islam, Puritan esque Protestantism, CINO Catholics?

I assure you, whatever begins to replace the religious vacuum in this country will most likely not be orthodox Catholicism.


#4

This part is a little scary to me. Talking about issues is one thing, but when it comes to flat out giving advice on who to vote for, with no research or thought required by the voters, that gets a little scary to me. I think this already happens with many people - they vote according to who their news tells them to vote for, who their friends say they should vote for, etc, without doing research and searching their conscious about who best represents their opinions, I don’t think that getting this from an additional source is a positive.

Of course it could be a good thing in some cases, but overall I think it better for religions to teach their beliefs and philosophies to believers, and then as voters they can make educated decisions.


#5

I agree. And wile i think there IS a morally right candidate, I AGREE.


#6

Can’t part of the political research include hearing what different groups have to say on the matter and why?

I think where it might go wrong is that churches could be fronts for political parties which would denigrate the churches. Also with a more politically partisan religious landscape political parties might be tempted to see religion as an extension of politics and reward certain churches and look to punish those ‘on the other side’.

I think where certain strands of Islam go wrong is that they have a foot in both the religious and political camps. This of course comes from the Koran and many Muslims see this as a strength in that it is also a political handbook on state laws. I think it is a big weakness though and it is helping to fuel a lot of the sectarian attitudes, hate and violence.

The set up we have in the Christian world I think is much better. Churches can comment in general on policies and directives but not be too explicit of parties and candidates. We can work out what the Church thinks without it getting embroiled in the middle of the whole democratic political mess.

If you even read the 1937 encyclical against the Nazis that was smuggled into Germany and read during Palm Sunday, it does not explicitly mention the Nazi National Socialist Labour Party by name but it is very clear what the church thinks of the group.

vatican.va/holy_father/pius_xi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_14031937_mit-brennender-sorge_en.html


#7

As opposed to what? The current secularism I always see being complained about 80% of the time on these boards?


#8

Or Islam or anything else. If you havent noticed, the government is MUCH nicer and more tolerant to other faiths, but not to Christianity especially Catholics.

BUT alas, even some hate Islam. So in reality, we are just going to stay secular.


#9

I am happy that there is a growing desire for religion in politics but I just hope that the values that people want are correct.


#10

Not if the present state of chaos remains with the radical aspect in the middle east threatening the USA at this level. Chaos pushes people toward religion. Islam pushes followers to acknowledge the political/religious dilemma.


#11

Well…you make a good point. But I doubt people will turn to GOD or the CHURCH, just another religion not of God. Which would in a way be worse than a secular state.


#12

Politics is already divided and partisan enough without Religion. Adding MORE religion I think will divide this country even further. It’s bad enough to have only 2 major parties, liberal Dems and Conservative GOP. As far as politics go, we need MORE Parties yes, but actually LESS religion. We should keep religion personal and in the churches in my opinion. When you try and actually legislate ANY Religion, well it’s a bad idea.


#13

It would be nice if public education really WAS secular, in the sense of not pushing any kind of religious or philosophical belief system.


#14

Contradiction in terms. States are bound to prefer Catholicism.


#15

I’m not so sure about that. In the sense that no state should REQUIRE it’s populace to adhere to a specific faith, I certainly agree. But your wording suffers from vagueness. Are you asserting that law and government policy shouldn’t be based in moral reasoning informed by religious faith though? I can’t agree there! ALL law is based on morality. The assertion in some places that you can’t legislate morality is oxymoronic! That’s what legislation IS. If you attempt to say that it can’t be based on explicitly religious morality, then you’ve effectively established secular humanism as the state religion. That’s a disaster, as anybody paying attention to societal trends in the last 25 years should clearly see!


#16

EXACTLY. otherwise, what else will legislation be based off of?


#17

And yet, when it finally comes, self-styled ‘practicing and devout’ Catholics will still whine about how ‘liberal’ it all is. :shrug:


#18

I’m not sure what you mean.


#19

See post #3.


#20

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