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March 21st, 2012
05:06 PM ET

More Americans say too much religion in politics

By Kevin Liptak, CNN

(CNN) – For the first time since 2001, a plurality Americans say there is too much religious talk from politicians, according to a new survey released Wednesday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The poll showed 38% of Americans saying there was too much religious expression from politicians, compared to 30% who said there was too little. Twenty-five percent said the current level of religious rhetoric was the right amount.

Those figures represent a shift from 2010, when more Americans (37%) said there was too little talk of faith compared to those who said there was too much (29%).

Wednesday's survey was the first time since 2001 the figure for Americans believing there is too much religious talk in politics has surpassed the number who say there is too little.

Read the full story on CNN's Political Ticker.
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 2012 Election • Church and state • Politics

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  1. Cixpeesy

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    April 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
  2. Muneef

    Check link;

    http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/the-salafist-equation-1.996976

    March 29, 2012 at 7:55 am |
  3. Prayer changes things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things .

    March 24, 2012 at 8:03 am |
    • Jesus

      -.You've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!!...-

      March 26, 2012 at 8:29 am |
  4. STL_Tim

    If you would like to see more religion in politics, go to the Middle East.

    March 24, 2012 at 1:05 am |
  5. Michael1

    There is too much religion, period. We need more of Christ in every sphere and every department. I would like to see less religion everywhere, and more of Christ everywhere. I wish that Christ would be formed in all politicians representing us. Then they would be inclined to deal honestly and not steal from the people. But most of all for the furtherance of the gospel and the spread of Christ's kingdom. For this is the child of God's primary joy, to see my self decrease, and Christ increase, that God may be glorified.

    March 24, 2012 at 12:56 am |
  6. Church Lady

    You are all free to believe whatever you want and so am I. If, for example, you want to believe you are on earth because of some great cosmic accident – feel free. I choose to believe I am here because of a good and loving God. Let's be honest, I'm not going to change your mind and you aren't going to change mine. So why don't you move on to an athiest blog and leave this one to those of us who believe.

    March 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      that just it Atheist do believe I mean the big bang laughs at everything we know about math and expansion

      and of course their reasoning is the entire universe equals 0 as if quantum-physics is not a pseudo-science you still cant expand 0 to 1 now the big bang does explain the cycle of the universe crunch-bang-crunch-bang but does not explain the origin and nether dos Yahweh maybe if you all get past the arrogance you would realize were universes away from ever understanding it

      March 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • sam

      It continues to stymie me when people honestly think humanity is so great, it must have come from a higher being. We're animals that can read and write, that's all. We're the best a god could come up with? Really? God gets an F on this terrarium experiment he's set up.

      March 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • jean

      Because this isn't a blog for people who share one view to pat each other on the back and tell each other how wonderful they all are. This is an open forum for people who don't necessarily share the same point of view to discuss and debate. Not only that, this is a story about the ways that the diverse population of this country feel about the current trend of mixing religion and politics.

      This is a discussion of a topic that impacts everyone in this nation. Not just you.

      March 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • cherish

      I'm with you church lady. If God doesn't exist how is it that they have uncovered tons of proof the bible is real! I guess someone made it planted proof. Let them hang there selves there are known atheist that have died and came back only to change there lives and try and tell these people that God is real. So let them laugh now because one day we will be the ones laughing and live forever in eternity. There have been generations before that tried the same thing saying there is no God choosing there own way. During the flood which scientist have proven there was a world wide flood 8 people lived. I think it's funny God wrote the world would end by fire and now we have nuclear weapons which could end the world. I even hear non religious saying what is wrong with this world it can't keep getting worse. It can and it will but, I have hope which Jesus Christ !

      March 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      When you actually graduate from high school, honey, do send us all an announcement.

      March 23, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
  7. L. E. Green

    Mixing politics and religion is like mixing horse manure and chocolate ice-cream. It doesn't hurt the horse manure but the chocolate ice-cream is ruined.

    BTW, high degrees of social pathology and high degrees of religiosity are positively correlated (Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, heavily Red States in the USA, etc.). Secularism and healthy societies that report high degrees of happiness are positively correlated (Western Europe, Scandinavia, heavily Blue States in the USA, etc.). The religious leaders who warn against secularism have it backward.

    March 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Mike

      "Mixing politics and religion is like mixing horse manure and chocolate ice-cream. It doesn't hurt the horse manure but the chocolate ice-cream is ruined."

      I would argue that it is both that are ruined when they are mixed - politics and religion, that is.

      March 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Proven .

    March 23, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • Jesus

      `~`You've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!!~`

      March 23, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • boocat

      You remind me of the scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail where it showed monks hitting themselves in their heads with their bibles and then proceeding to walk off the edge of a cliff and falling to their deaths.

      March 23, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  9. catholic engineer

    “The Deklara*tion of Independence dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man.” – G.K. Chesterton What I Saw In America, 1922

    March 23, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • WASP

      @catholic: the declaration of independence states that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
      me and my wife created my son.....so it said their creator it does not specify what creator.

      March 23, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • PrimeNumber

      @WASP And so how would you describe your family? As a democracy or no? And you did not create your son. You participated in a natural mechanism that was already in place.

      March 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  10. Got Reason?

    Please look up the phrase 'cognitive dissonance'. It may explain many things about your beliefs etc.

    March 23, 2012 at 8:26 am |
  11. Kebos

    "Atheism is not healthy for children..." is known by me and I know they don't believe what they say and are only posting their one-liner to incite others to post in favor of atheism. And for that, I say "Thank You" for doing this. It does bring out those with the correct view to post who might otherwise not.

    March 23, 2012 at 5:30 am |
    • just sayin

      President George H W Bush has said an Atheist is not a patriot and should not be considered a citizen of the USA. We are one nation under God. Prayer will rid our land of the curse of Atheism and let freedom breathe free once again. Atheism is definitely not healthy for America, for children or for other living things.

      March 23, 2012 at 5:41 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Keep that dream alive just spewin'...that's all it is...you can't prove a god exists, so stop lying!!

      March 23, 2012 at 6:52 am |
    • Primewonk

      @ just sayin – why do you hate the consti.tution?

      March 23, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • boocat

      "Patriotism" is the last refuge for a scoundrel."

      March 23, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  12. Religious Earth

    "More Americans say too much religion in politics"

    It has been that way eversince. Only now that it's getting more obvious.

    And we don't need to have another survey to know it. Just look at the results of the Republican nomination, it says it all.

    March 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • Mirosal

      I think the republi-tards need to read Article 6 of the Consti'tution. It says it all there, in black-letter law. They are in violation of federal law. Arrest them all, and since their campaigns do nothing but incite fear into people, maybe they are just terrorists. Send all the republi-tards to Gitmo.

      March 23, 2012 at 6:57 am |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    March 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Not for amputees.

      March 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • just sayin

      Regeneration is a work in progress. When God reveals the final mysteries to mankind whatever will you find to whine about?

      March 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • And they all lived happily ever after, thanks to prayer

      On October 2, 2006, a deranged man with a gun took ten Amish girls hostage in a Pennsylvania school. The girls prayed and prayed for the next 42 minutes. Their prayers were answered as follows: all ten shot in the head, five of which were killed. The five who survived are still severely impaired.

      Prayer works.

      March 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Jesus

      – ~You've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!!

      March 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • just sayin

      Please give the specific prayers the girls prayed so it can be determined if prayer was consistent with your hate skewed opinion of the results of that day.

      March 23, 2012 at 5:21 am |
    • Kebos

      "Atheism is not healthy..." is known by me and I know they don't believe what they say and are only posting their one-liner to incite others to post in favor of atheism. And for that, I say "Thank You" for doing this. It does bring out those with the correct view to post who might otherwise not.

      March 23, 2012 at 5:29 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven

      March 23, 2012 at 5:42 am |
    • Jesus

      ~`You've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...
      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.
      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!!~`

      March 23, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • Mike from CT

      And they all live

      The girls wounded in the shooting made measurable progress in the year after the shooting. Sarah Ann Stoltzfus did not have full vision in her left eye but was back at school — she was not expected to survive. Barbie Fisher was pitching in school softball but had undergone another shoulder operation in hopes of strengthening her right arm. Rachel Ann Stoltzfus returned to school in the months after the shooting. Esther King returned to school in the months after the shooting, graduated, and was working on the family farm.[46] The youngest victim, Rosanna King, was not expected to survive and was sent home. She had serious brain injuries and does not walk or talk as of December 2009. Rosanna uses a wheelchair, but is said to recognize family members and frequently smiles.[47]

      Second lets look at the response
      On the day of the shooting, a grandfather of one of the murdered Amish girls was heard warning some young relatives not to hate the killer, saying, "We must not think evil of this man."[15] Another Amish father noted, "He had a mother and a wife and a soul and now he's standing before a just God."[16] Jack Meyer, a member of the Brethren community living near the Amish in Lancaster County, explained: "I don't think there's anybody here that wants to do anything but forgive and not only reach out to those who have suffered a loss in that way but to reach out to the family of the man who committed these acts."[15]
      A Roberts family spokesman said an Amish neighbor comforted the Roberts family hours after the shooting and extended forgiveness to them.[17] Amish community members visited and comforted Roberts' widow, parents, and parents-in-law. One Amish man held Roberts' sobbing father in his arms, reportedly for as long as an hour, to comfort him.[18] The Amish have also set up a charitable fund for the family of the shooter.[19] About 30 members of the Amish community attended Roberts' funeral,[18] and Marie Roberts, the widow of the killer, was one of the few outsiders invited to the funeral of one of the victims.[20]
      Marie Roberts wrote an open letter to her Amish neighbors thanking them for their forgiveness, grace, and mercy. She wrote, "Your love for our family has helped to provide the healing we so desperately need. Gifts you've given have touched our hearts in a way no words can describe. Your compassion has reached beyond our family, beyond our community, and is changing our world, and for this we sincerely thank you."[20] The Amish do not normally accept charity, but due to the extreme nature of the tragedy, donations were accepted. Richie Lauer, director of the Anabaptist Foundation, said the Amish community, whose religious beliefs prohibit them from having health insurance, will likely use the donations to help pay the medical costs of the hospitalized children.[21]

      Now finally see how when someone mistells a story there is an abrupt opposition to that story. Where oh where is the opposition to Jesus resurrection?

      March 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Duh

      "Where oh where is the opposition to Jesus resurrection?"

      Cause it never happened idiot – you can't oppose something that didn't happen. Where's the opposition that Tinker Bell rose from the dead!

      March 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • just sayin

      The opposition to the resurrection began immediately after the tomb was discovered empty. The authorities who were responsible for the crucifixion began spreading the story that the disciples had stolen Jesus body. The same story has survived until today in Judaism. The opposition proves several essential Truths. First : there was a Jesus. Second :Jesus was put to death and sealed in a (guarded) tomb. Third : the tomb was found to be empty.

      March 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  14. PrimateBrain

    I meant, *the former has of the newly-hatched humming bird.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  15. Sam Yaza

    No sh.it!

    March 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  16. Reality

    BIBLE STUDIES 2012

    (only for the newcomers)

    1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

    “New Torah For Modern Minds

    Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “

    2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

    earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

    For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

    Current RCC problems:

    Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

    2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

    Current problems:
    Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

    March 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • .....

      Hit report abuse on reality bull sh it

      March 23, 2012 at 5:43 am |
    • Bob

      Great post, Reality. Keep up the good work!

      March 23, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Mike from CT

      from the same nytimes

      1. origin: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/11/16/science/house-of-david-inscription-clues-to-a-dark-age.html

      PHOTOGRAPHS and transcriptions of a stone fragment bearing the first known reference outside the Bible to the House of David, a ruling dynasty presumably founded by King David in the 10th century B.C., have been published in Israel.

      Discovery of the inscription in the ruins of Tel Dan, in northern Israel, was reported last summer by Dr. Avraham Biran, an archaeologist at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Inst.itute of Religion in Jerusalem. Scholars said this could be an important contribution to understanding the ninth century B.C., a dark age in biblical history, and also is strong independent evidence for the existence and influence of the House of David.

      But pictures were not released because the discoverers were still analyzing the writing. Dr. Biran and Dr. Joseph Naveh, a specialist in ancient Semitic languages at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, have now provided a full, illustrated report in The Israel Exploration Journal.

      They said the complete stone monument, a local basalt, was probably three feet high. The preserved fragment is 12 1/2 inches high, with the words separated by dots. The language is Early Aramaic.

      Since each line is missing letters and words, Dr. Biran said in an interview that the reconstruction of the text was tentative. From some of the words and their context it appears that the monument is celebrating a victory in battle, possibly by a king of Aram in Damascus over a king of Israel. The words "my king" in the sixth line seem to indicate that the writer of the inscription was a dependent of the victorious king.

      The letters in the ninth line clearly spell out the phrase "House of David," and the "most logical reconstruction," Dr. Biran and Dr. Naveh said, is that the victorious king is claiming he slew troops belonging to the king of the House of David, who was thus a descendant of David ruling Judah in southern Israel.

      One initial interpretation was that the king of Israel of the inscription may be Baasha, and the king of the House of David was Asa, an ally of Ben-Hadad, king of Aram. "The nature of the biblical sources on the one hand and the fragmentary state of the Dan inscription on the other, do not allow us to draw definite conclusions," Dr. Biran and Dr. Naveh wrote.

      But other interpretations will likely be offered when Dr. Biran describes the results at meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Schools of Oriental Research this week in Washington.

      March 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Reality

      The 1.5 million Conservative Jews and their rabbis are not disputing that David existed. i.e. "And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation."

      But they do question the existence of Abraham and Moses and they would put the Book of Exodus in the fictional part of any library.

      March 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  17. Ugh.

    Oh and by the way...
    Am I the only one that finds the Christian troll posts hilarious?

    March 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • MissTeeny

      You're not the only one! But I find them a mixture of hilarious and sad.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  18. Ugh.

    It is very sad to see religion become a pawn in the political arena, used to "prove" that anything that rich, powerful men do not like is evil. Religion can be a beautiful thing, and even though I am a non-believer, I do believe in the right to hold your own beliefs. But when idiots blindly trumpet whatever trashy ideology they are fed by politicians, we all lose.
    Show some reserve and dignity, and maybe somebody will listen to you. You might even gain a few new church members!

    March 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Mike

      Great comment! Thank you. Personally, I am a member of a church, but I find joy in the diversity of expressions of our place in the universe that exist in our Nation. We should support each others beliefs with respect, regardless of whether we agree.

      March 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  19. Pipe-Dreamer

    Nonimus,,,

    Fractal Cosmology deals with mainly Universes within on the atomic levels of baseline materialism. There are two types of matted universes within the atomic scale of things. One is stagnant and the other is relative with regards to living systems of bio-metric atomized cellular structures in leu of encelled universes. Too much like thought to comprehend Nonimus?

    March 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Albert, get home 'cause it's time for dinner

      You're real smart, Pipe. I bet if you work at it you could come up with an equation that confirms that the entire universe could fit up your ass with enough room left over for infinite expansion.

      March 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Bravo, Albert.

      March 22, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • False Dichotomy

      You seem to be trying to use words that actually lie beyond your vocabulary. I have noticed this throughout your posts. In the words of Leonard Mllodinow (to Deepak Chopra): "OK, I know what each of those words mean individually, but..."

      A word of advice: eschew obfuscation, pipe-dreamer, eschew obfuscation.

      March 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Pipe-Dreamer
      Becuase the secondary oscillation of phurfinational matrices don't conform to pseudo-plankian quantum analysis, the abiogenational constants hinder neo-reformation of entropy defying tachyons.

      March 23, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • William Wilberforce

      You really need to lay off the pipe so you can stop dreaming man.

      March 23, 2012 at 10:08 am |
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