Religion and Politics: A Thorough Review


The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has just released a new study concerning the increase of “Nones.” What they mean by that is that there is a rise in the number of people not affiliating with any religion at all. Overall, the study shows that we are still (at least nominally) a Judeo-Christian country, but the atheist, agnostic, and nothing-at-all categories are increasing.

More and more, it appears, the religiously unaffiliated are finding a home in the Democrat party, while fewer and fewer of them are becoming Republican. Notice, however, according to the graph, that the numbers are not directly inverted; this means that many of the religiously unaffiliated have no home in either of the two major parties.  I have included a small snippet from the article below. If you are interested in religion and politics, then you should check out the entire study.

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“The religiously unaffiliated constitute a growing share of Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters. In 2007, there were about as many religiously unaffiliated Democratic and Democratic- leaning registered voters as white mainline and white Catholic Democratic voters. And the religiously unaffiliated were only slightly more numerous among Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters than were black Protestants (17% vs. 14%).” (From the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life)

Study Indicates America Losing Freedom of Religion


 

My posts recently have shown a growing concern for the loss of religious freedom in America. Unfortunately, the trend away from liberty is global. Since 2008, the number of countries with severe restrictions on religious liberty has increased by 23 percent, according to the extensive new study recently released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

This new study, titled “The Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion,” details global hostilities against religion. It is a

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treasure trove of bad news for worshiping people, showing an ever-increasing number of countries elevating hostilities against people of faith.

Since President Barack Obama took office, several countries he has invested in have also lost freedom.  Russia (the “reset button”), Afghanistan (the “real”war), Indonesia (Obama’s boyhood home), and the Palestinian territories—have all been recipients of administration outreach and have all increased in hostility toward religion over the course of President Obama’s tenure.

It would be foolish to assert that President Barack Obama is responsible for the rising tide of hostility toward religion, but it is factual to say that the President’s efforts have not helped to make these countries any freer for people of faith. Personally, I wonder whether the hostility toward Christianity in America isn’t spreading to the rest of the world. There was a time when America was a beacon of freedom, calling other nations to a higher standard of liberty. Now, however, America is sliding away from genuine First Amendment freedom. Thus, it is no surprise that others are, too.

For the first time since the Pew Forum has been publishing this report, religious hostilities have increased in the U.S.  In addition, restrictions against religion continue to increase in the USA.  Could it be that restrictions against religion facilitate hostility toward religion?