Faith and politics

Here is a really excellent article in the New Yorker. A must read for anyone interested in faith, politics, and the fate of the American Experiment.

Boyer analyzes the way Karl Rove constructed an alliance with religious wackjobs to elect a president they believed shared their values (George Bush), the way McCain has stumbled and broken that alliance, which of course explains the reason why the Alaskan Secessionist, book-banning, amniotic fluid leaking wackjob was selected to be McSame’s VP.

Amid this article is this fascinating line, which unfortunately has no references so I don’t know where he gets his stats. But if we take it to be true, man oh man:

In casting Republicans as the dangerous God Party, Democrats had turned themselves into the Secular Party so resolutely as to seem almost hostile to religious faith—a perilous position in a country where ninety-two per cent of the population believe in God, more than two-thirds believe in the presence of angels and demons, and nearly a quarter have said that the attacks of September 11, 2001, are prophesied in the Bible.

He goes on to talk about how this is the reason Obama and Biden are the Democratic candidates this year – two men who “ooze Catholicism” (as one NPR analyst described Biden) and “wear their faith on their sleeve” as Bush and Obama are described. But I am still stuck reeling from the stats that are thrown out there. 92% of the country believes in G-d? Really? OK, fine, let’s move on. But two-thirds of this country believes in angels and demons? 25% believe 9/11 was prophesied in the Bible?

Sort of makes it seem like we may be becoming a religious wackjob of a country, no?

Advertisements

~ by realsupergirl on September 9, 2008.

6 Responses to “Faith and politics”

  1. Surely the New Yorker has a fact checkers unit. Perhaps you could write to them and see if they’ll cite their source?

  2. you might find this article interesting. Among other good questions:

    “Which raises the question: Can a people that believes more fervently in the Virgin Birth than in evolution still be called an Enlightened nation?”

    written in 2004, just after bush, um, “won” the white house, um, a “second” time.

  3. Sam, that’s a pretty funny video. Thanks for the link.

  4. Here’s a survey that puts some of that in http://religions.pewforum.org/reportscontext.

    If I read it right, 21 percent of atheists believe in god. Perhaps rather than a religious nation, we are a profoundly confused nation. Or, dare I say, really dumb.

  5. that link dint come out right.
    http://religions.pewforum.org/reports

  6. That’s a great link, Yano. I think I may download the whole article when I get home.

    LOL that 21% of “atheists” said they believe in G-d. I’m leaning toward the latter interpretation: We are a really dumb nation.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: