By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor
(CNN) – Just because President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney mostly have avoided talking religion during this campaign doesn't mean religion won't play a big role in determining the winner of the presidential race. Here are six ways religion's role in the electorate may shape the outcome on Tuesday.
What factors would you add? Let us know in comments.
1. Will Catholics pick the winner, again? Representing more than a quarter of the electorate and voting with the winner of the popular vote in every presidential election since at least 1972, Roman Catholics are quintessential swing voters. They encompass such a diverse set of concerns and ethnic groups that some challenge the very idea of a Catholic "voting bloc.” However, both campaigns have conducted intense outreach to Catholic voters and have Catholic vice presidential nominees – Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
2. Will evangelicals turn out en masse? There’s been much speculation about whether white evangelicals, who have accounted for more than a third of Republican votes in recent elections, will turn out in force for Mitt Romney, a Mormon who for years supported abortion and gay rights. Those three facts trouble many evangelical conservatives. Evangelical leaders such as the influential the Rev. Billy Graham have indicated support for Romney (though Graham stopped short of an official endorsement), but will enough evangelicals in the pews turn out to put Romney over the top in swing states such as Ohio and Virginia? Will Obama peel off evangelical votes in states like Colorado, like he did in 2008?
3. Will the “no religion” demographic grow? Americans with no religion are the fastest-growing “religious” group in the country, with a recent Pew survey finding that such voters represent 20% of the population. More than six in 10 of these voters are Democrats. Because they accounted for 12% of the electorate in 2008, they’re an important part of the Democratic base. So will they be even more important today? What would that mean for a Democratic Party that has embraced religion since the “values voter” election of 2004?
4. Will Jewish voters be as solidly Democratic as in the past? Obama won a whopping 78% of Jewish voters in 2008, an impressive proportion even among a solidly Democratic segment of the country. But Republicans have made a serious play for Jewish votes, alleging that Obama has been insufficiently supportive of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Jewish voters represent just a couple percent of the national electorate, but their numbers are bigger in swing states such as Florida and Pennsylvania.
5. Will black churchgoers be as loyal to Obama as last time? Recent polls show the that the president enjoys 90%-plus support among African-Americans. But many black pastors have criticized Obama for personally backing gay marriage in May. Will that dampen black turnout?
6. Which way will frequent churchgoers go? The United States’ large number of churchgoers makes it unique among industrialized nations. People who attend a house of worship at least once a week account for roughly four in 10 voters. President George W. Bush won 60% of those voters in 2004, one of the lynchpins of his victory, and Obama’s inroads among such voters helped him win traditionally red states such as Indiana and North Carolina in 2008. The Romney/Ryan ticket has courted this group, saying the Obama White House has attacked religious liberty and American values. Obama’s outreach has been more subtle, with the Obama campaign releasing a video of the president discussing his faith over the weekend. The Republican ticket is expected to win this demographic, but the size of its victory may determine whether Romney/Ryan take the White House.
...Thomas Jefferson and Paine, Napolean, Bertrand Russell, Friedriche Nietzche, Francois Voltaire, Sir Edward Gibbon (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 1778) et al. all stated that this "JESUS CHRIST" did NOT exist! If these super intelligent characters and world leaders said JESUS did not exist, therefore, HE DID NOT EXIST!
None of your references are historians. Here's some reading material, other than the Gospels), that refute your assertion. Get back to us once you're finished reading.
Barnett, Paul W. (1997). Jesus and the Logic of History (New Studies in Biblical Theology 3). Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 0-85111-512-8.
Bauckham, Richard (2011). Jesus: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-957527-4.
Bock, Darrell L., Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods.. Baker Academic: 2002. ISBN 978-0-8010-2451-1.
Crossan, John Dominic. Jesus : A Revolutionary Biography. Harpercollins: 1994. ISBN 0-06-061661-X.
Ehrman, Bart D. (1999). Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium. New York: Oxford. ISBN 0-19-512473-1.
redriksen, Paula (2000). Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews: A Jewish Life and the Emergence of Christianity. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 978-0-679-76746-6.
Gowler, David B.; What Are They Saying About the Historical Jesus?, Paulist Press, 2007,
Grant, Michael. Jesus: A Historian's Review of the Gospels. Scribner's, 1977. ISBN 0-684-14889-7.
Funk, Robert W. (1998). The Acts of Jesus: The Search for the Authentic Deeds of Jesus. HarperSanFrancisco. ISBN 0-06-062978-9.
Harris, by William V. Ancient Literacy. Harvard University Press: 1989. ISBN 0-674-03380-9.
Meier, John P., A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Doubleday,
v. 1, The Roots of the Problem and the Person, 1991, ISBN 0-385-26425-9
v. 2, Mentor, Message, and Miracles, 1994, ISBN 0-385-46992-6
v. 3, Companions and Compet.itors, 2001, ISBN 0-385-46993-4
O'Collins, G. Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus. OUP: 2009. ISBN 978-0199557875
Sanders, E.P. The Historical Figure of Jesus. Lane The Penguin Press: 1993.
Vermes, G. Jesus the Jew: A Historian's Reading of the Gospels. SCM Classics:2001, ISBN 0-334-02839-6
Theissen, Gerd and Merz, Annette. The Historical Jesus: A Comprehensive Guide. Fortress Press: Minneapolis, 1998. ISBN 0-8006-3122-6.
Witherington III, Ben. The Jesus Quest: The Third Search for the Jew of Nazareth. InterVarsity Press: 1997. ISBN 0-8308-1544-9.
Second Coming Christ already came with a New Name (Rev 3:11) – Christ Ahnsahnghong! And He appeared with God the Mother!
The new swing vote, the Immoral Majority many being "catholic".
Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Mitt Romney, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The "Immoral Majority" you ask?
The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.
2008 Presidential popular vote results:
69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.
And the irony:
And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)
The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.
i.e. IF THE PILL AND MALE CONDOMS WERE USED PROPERLY, ABORTION WOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE AND OBAMA WOULD NOT BE PRESIDENT BUT HE WILL BE PRESIDENT AGAIN TOMORROW BECAUSE OF THE ABJECT STUPIDITY OF MANY VOTERS.
Have you seen Gilgoffs article describing the mormon church? Innaccurate, biased.
There are a lot of stupid, fvcking delusional people in this country that cant get over bronze age religions can they?
Yes, it helps us live in harmony with our self important, philosophically shallow and vulgar neighbors.
Christianity has a really bad record in regards to living in harmony with its neighbors. REALLY bad.
HINDUISM, CORRUPTION OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE RELIGIONS HAVE NO PLACE IN DOMAIN OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD, FOUNDATION OF AMERICA.
Have peace, Islam on earth, DUMP hINDUISM, DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE.
Faith in hindu Mormon ism is nothing but faith in hindu Moran ism, filthy self center ism, Romany have some guts to defend his hinduism, racism in front of people. Give hindu Magi' criminal trickster, deserving shoe in his mouth.
DUMP hINDU FABRICATION MITHRA ISM, SAVIOR ISM, CHRISTIANITY, VOTE FOR TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD
Eliminate hindu Judaism, filthy secular ism to have peace, Islam among humanity. hindu's blinded leading hindu, blinded, game of hindu Magi's, criminal tricksters to stay in business of hinduism, denial of truth absolute, let it be hindu's, ignorant preachers, speaking not of truth absolute GOD, nor hindu atheist, ignorant self centered, secular s. rode with a hindu blinded driver, BET ON A WRACK, YOU WILL NEVER LOOSE.
Expect nothing better but mayhem among humanity by following of hinduism, denial of truth absolute, Allah, and following of hindu pagan Mithra ism, savior ism, neither commanded, nor allowed in Islam as a religion, but Theen Allah, consti tution of truth absolute. Foundation of American consti tution.
hindu Mithra ism, savior ism invented little over 100 years after Sydana Mohammad pbh by tribes of Kujar of north Africa and imposition as Fatmid Khalaphit by force by denial of Hidth and Quran, justified by hindu Judaism, pagan secularism to impose hinduism, racism by hindu, fabricated relationship with Family of Syadana Mohammad pbh to justify existence of hindu criminal Kings, a violation of fundamental commandment, human equality under the LA. truth absolute Allah. Cause of conflict among Muslim's and cause of down fall of Muslim's and Islam in Spain.
Sunisim, invented by Turk's by corruption of Quran and hidth to justify existence of hindu King's as Khalipha, after death of Ruler Mohammad, but later renamed, Mehmmat, wisdom of spirit of truth by siblings from his Armenian wife, follower of hindu pagan Mithra ism, savior ism in 13th century.
Christianity, invented by hinduism,. corruption of truth absolute by hindu Pharisees, pagan self centered, follower of hindu filthy pig ism by corrupted Torah, known as Greek Torah, translated and commented by Ben Asheer in 250 AD in Yiddish, secularist, self centered language, also known as Old Testament, part of book of Mithra ism labeled as Bible. A way to justify hindu criminal Kings and self proclaimed Prophets, fortune tellers as god's to rule over humanity.
JUDAISM, Self center ism, pig ism, or Atheism, invented by hindu's pagan's of Egypt by corruption of truth absolute in Torah to Justify hindu pagan Pharaoh's and their hindu pagan Santans, goons as god's to rule over humanity with impunity.
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Prayer changes things
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This troll is not a christian.
And since the vast majority of prayers went to Romney and a Republican Senate, there is just NO WAY prayer could fail!!!
Updates on the efficacy of prayer as the night goes by . . .
Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.
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.
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. .
Did I vote? No. Have I ever voted? No. My being close to 58 and having never voted, I see the world has been doing just fine without my voting. To cast or not to cast, that is my conundrum. Maybe come 2016. Maybe not. no biggie! Politics is but a drag upon many individual & social freedoms not sanctioned yet should be lawful. Who among you has cast their lots and come up emptied by voting for the loser? Does voting for a winner bring you fullfillment? If so what kind of fullfillment(s)? Will your winner bring you happiness? Love? Maybe tormentual strife with a splash of urine. "Group Hug Time."
Voting is not about picking the winner, its about making your voice heard.
Spence good buddy 'ol pal,,
My voice verbally and in writing is what's heard, not a casting upon political wannabes. I care not to vote due to small litters each sharing their motherly teets, drinking the same milk.
1. Will Catholics pick the winner, again?
Like always, the Catholic vote will be split down the middle. I'd say there is an 80% probabliity that Catholics will vote the same way as the electorate at large AND by about the same margin. (This is different from deciding the winner.)
2. Will evangelicals turn out en masse?
Most evangelicals will vote for Rmoney because they hate Obama sooo much. A handful of fundies will recuse themselves and not vote for either. They'll probably write-in "Jesus".
3. Will the “no religion” demographic grow?
How could it grow? It is 20%. I doubt that the "no religion" demographic will exceed 20% of the vote. Hopefully it won't be much less than 20%.
4. Will Jewish voters be as solidly Democratic as in the past?
Oy vey? Why would Jews vote for Rmoney (unless they work on Wall St.)?
5. Will black churchgoers be as loyal to Obama as last time?
You kidding us Dan? African Americans will vote for Obama.
6. Which way will frequent churchgoers go?
The way they always go, to church. A majority will vote for Rmoney.
LOL ! :D Well done !
Are you sure you're not also ex-black? ;-)
It's a depressing situation that ancient superstitions have any influence at all on a modern election.
I feel your pain, Flounder. Hang in there. Religion is diminishing. We will not let the cave trolls run this country any longer.
I am an ex-catholic, black, ex-Jew for Jesus, former church going evangelical who now has no religion.
I am voting for Obama because I believe I am on candid camera.
SMILE ! :-)
White, former-Catholic, regular church-goer here who plans of voting for the nice kid from Hawaii again. Why? Religion has absolutely NOTHING to do with my choice, except for who proposes a more Christ-Like (as opposed to "Christian") agenda!
Christianity is pretty ridiculous, but Mormonism is just plain stupid.
The truth for the blind people is stupidity
I losing badly. I wonder if I can get a job at Chick Fil A? I'm sure not going to be a senator
Religious zealotry does seem to be a cure for the disease of getting elected.
The irony is that I will lose today because too many Christians won't vote for a Mormon. The Religious Right will actually keep the right from getting the presidency.
Jesus was a collectivist and a socialist. Put that in your GOP pipe and smoke it.
Jesus #1 topic was the Kingdom.
Not communism, socialism or democracy.
Jesus was a monarchist – pure & simple.
In the words of Ash Williams: "Hail to the King, baby."
6. ROMNEY (only the "frequent" ones which is a smaller and smaller portion of the electorate)
Okay, so thats done, can we all go home now?
Looks good for the pres then.
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please report this as abuse, enough is enough and no one invited you.
The Truth, your request is denied. Thank you and please keep posting.
In the event that you stop in to check on your article, please do something about this ridiculous poster... permanently.
"Report abuse" is not hooked up to anything.
only a mother could invite a Taliban like you, so get lost you goon.
All religions by definition are cults.
You need a new definition of cult if you're including all religions. The terms are not synonyms, nor should they be considered as such. For the term to have any meaning, it must distinguish something. Because it has such a negative connotation, it generally is applied to small groups who case more negative consequences than positive effects. As such, religions are not cults but fans of certain sports teams might be.
All squares are rectangles, but both words still have value. Religions are large, widely accepted cults. They're still cults.
You cannot call yourself a Christian and vote for a cult member of a church for President. Questions for Christians is do they want to put Jesus on the backburner or not???
Why? Is that in the Bible?
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
The fact that you vote based on your religious affiliation makes your dumber than dumb.
4 largest religious in US , a cult ? , Sociologically a Sect is a little group of people , very selective. LDS send Missionaries all over the world. Dogmatic Sect ? come on ! we are free to believes or not !
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