Religion in Politics and the Election of 2008

by Sal on September 24, 2008

in Culture,Election 2008,Media Bias,Politics,Religion

Despite the so-called “Wall of Separation” between Church and State, religion always plays a part in our nation’s politics, as many issues stem from people’s view of the world, which is often formed in large part by faith.  Religions faith touches the core of a human being;  it is a way of looking at the world, and therefore it is inevitable that it forms a person’s ideas on policy and current events. 

A person’s ”religion” can be anything from Catholicism, to Evangelical, to Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and even Atheism, Materialism, and Agnosticism.  All of these religions — whether traditional spiritually-based, modern materially-based or belief in no God whatsoever — are based on a faith in something that cannot be proven, but that touches the core of the person’s beliefs. 

It is important to note that religions people are not monolithic;  Catholics, for example, are not more or less likely to vote Democrat or Republican because they are Catholic.  Rather, a better indicator is church attendance.  Polling data suggests that Practicing Christians are more likely to vote Republican than non-practicing Christians, primarily because of the issue of Abortion, but also because of other Christian-values issues.  

In the election of 2008, religion is again playing an important role.  As usual, the media is displaying its anti-Christian bias, such as during the interview of Sarah Palin and Charlie Gibson.  Gibson could not understand Sarah Palin’s prayer that we as Americans would follow God’s plan.  Palin did not mean that we were following His plan, but that we should pray that we always follow God’s plan.  Gibson’s response, asking her if she believed we were fighting a Holy War, shows his profound misunderstanding of Christian belief.  Yet millions of Americans who saw the interview knew exactly what she meant. 

Next Week, Obama will try to pander to Christian voters, by engaging on a “Faith Tour.”  The tour, entitled “Voting ALL Our Values” tries to make the point that Obama and company are more in-line with the Christian faith than the Republicans.  This type of pandering will not fly with many Christians and Catholics.  Since 2004, the Democrats have tried to appeal to the so-called “Values Voters”, to no avail.  Obama’s stances on the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, among other issues, make it impossible for many Christians to support Obama. 

In 2004, core values played a major part in the re-election of George W. Bush.  In 2008, religion will again play a major role in the election.  It remains to be seen just how large of an impact it will have, but suffice to say, almost everyone will vote partly based on their religions beliefs, whether they want to admit it or not.

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