Saturday, August 23, 2008

Conservatives Grow Wary of Mixing Church, Politics

A word to conservatives - you do not have to bring religion (that which you claim is built on divine revelation) into politics. The reason - American government is founded on "self-evident" truths. Read the Declaration of Independence. If you make it more complicated than that and you get what we got. Take time to read Frederic Bastiat's The Law for a more detailed explanation of this position. To drag churches into politics is to corrupt both institutions.

Conservatives Grow Wary of Mixing Church, Politics

August 22, 2008

Fifty percent of conservatives think churches and other places of worship should stay out of social and political matters, up from 30 percent four years ago, according to a survey released Thursday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

That's an eight percentage point increase over 2004 and the first time a majority of Americans has held that opinion since Pew officials started asking the question 12 years ago.

On this question, the gap between conservatives and liberals is narrowing: just four years ago, liberals were twice as likely as conservatives to say churches should stay out of politics. Now, 50 percent of conservatives and 57 percent of liberals think that. Four years ago, 62 percent of liberals opposed church involvement in politics. Democrats and Republicans are about even on the question, as well.

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