Left Right Out

15 10 2008

It must be hard being a fundie in the US*. Not even the Republicans are willing to don a biohazard suit, grab the nearest ten foot pole and touch you anymore:

Some Americans are having a change of heart about mixing religion and politics. A new survey finds a narrow majority of the public saying that churches and other houses of worship should keep out of political matters and not express their views on day-to-day social and political matters.

[. . .]

The new national survey by the Pew Research Center reveals that most of the reconsideration of the desirability of religious involvement in politics has occurred among conservatives. Four years ago, just 30% of conservatives believed that churches and other houses of worship should stay out of politics. Today, 50% of conservatives express this view.

The Pew survey also finds

a small but significant increase since 2004 in the percentage of respondents saying that they are uncomfortable when they hear politicians talk about how religious they are — from 40% to 46%. Again, the increase in negative sentiment about religion and politics is much more apparent among Republicans than among Democrats.

Via a commenter at Pharyngula.

*OK, OK. It’s far too soon to make this call.

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