May 22, 2012

Voters Tiring of Hearing Religion From Politicians

Perry praying

As our politicians desperately try to show how pious they are, it seems that growing numbers of Americans are growing tired of religious pandering.

This article at CNN by Lisa Desjardis suggests that some evangelical Christians are beginning to tire of hearing religious talk from politicians. Tim King (Sojourners) is quoted as saying:
You don't get to win the argument because you have more Bible verses. You need to make the case about why your policies are good for everyone.
That makes sense, but Sojourners represents progressive Christians (i.e., the evangelical left). It is hard to imagine those on the political right feeling similarly. After all, many of them seem genuinely interested in theocracy.

And yet, Desjardins points to the results of a poll from the Pew Forum for Religion and Public Life showing something they have never seen before: 38% of voters indicated that politicians are talking about religion "too much," an all-time high in the last 10 years. Although this trend is more pronounced on the left, it was observed even among Republicans. That is encouraging.
For now, it seems that the more politicians talk about religion, the more voters want them to stop such talk.
Sounds good to me!

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