72 percent of Americans believe that religion’s influence is waning in public life

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The study found that almost three-quarters of the American public — 72% — believes that religion’s influence is waning in public life, the highest level in Pew Research polling over the past 10 years.

And many Americans say that trend is a bad thing, the study found.

“A growing share of the American public wants religion to play a role in U.S. politics,” the Pew study authors write.

What kind of role?

Let’s start with pastors, like Garlow, openly endorsing political candidates.

Nearly a third of Americans say they want houses of worship to back particular candidates, despite IRS rules against it. That’s an increase of 8 percentage points since 2010.

An even higher percentage – nearly half of all Americans – said churches and other religious institutions should openly express their views on social and political issues, an increase of 6% since 2010.

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  1. Public expression of your personal religious beliefs should be protected by the Constitutional right of free speech.
    WE are free to pursue whatever religious belief system that we like. That is not so elsewhere.
    The problem I have with organized religion is money. That they support the moneyed crowd is obvious in their support of the Hypocritical political parties. The one with the money is the Republicans. They have been the political party of choice for a whole lot of church groups.
    There are issues of morality. There are issues that have no set morality to them.
    Churches have it both ways. They often get tax breaks for being a church. They often have large groups of people that support one party. Yet I find it interesting that there is a total lack of intelligence when it comes to keeping track of how that party votes in the Congress and in keeping those politicians involved accountable for their votes.
    When did the House Majority Leader decide to vote for financing Planned Parenthood? I think that was just a week or two ago.
    Planned Parenthood? Isn’t that the organization sponsoring people getting abortions?
    So is the church changing its opinion of abortion? Those people in the Congress we vote for represent us!
    I once had a Baptist Preacher tell me he was afraid to approach the subject of a woman getting divorced for something other than adultry. “She will just leave if I advise her on what the Bible says about that.” He said. I have a problem with whether or not she supports the church or not having anything to do with morality. Because if you can buy a church preacher, then I get the feeling when Christ does return, that servant of God is in a whole lot of trouble with Christ.
    There is a fictional historical series on HBO called Boardwalk Empire. In it the main character is giving speeches against liquor to these church members who just happen to be made up mostly of middle aged women. Turns out this main character is one of the biggest bootleggers in the Atlanta, Georgia area. He is a republican. They also talk about a candidate for President in the 20s that had just had an illegitimate child by a woman other than his wife. And how they hushed the entire thing up so he could get elected.
    If the fictional story is any where near accurate, then it tells an entirely different story of the privileged class supporting the Republican Party in that era.
    Which also tells volumes about what might be going on right now or not. I simply do not know. But that Planned Parenthood episode here does speak volumes about mouthing platitudes and voting an entirely different platform than the one declared.
    The insanity is that you will not see this as an issue on any news media whatsoever.

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