In a Feb. 10 Morning Consult/Politico poll, 47 percent of evangelicals said they support allowing religious groups to engage in political activity, whereas 34 percent do not. By contrast, 54 percent of Catholics and 69 percent of Jews oppose such participation by religious groups.
The survey also shows that 40 percent of evangelical voters believe that churches should be permitted to endorse political candidates, a higher figure than all other religious groups polled, while 41 percent said such endorsements should not be allowed.
Before the election and most recently at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump repeatedly promised to do away with the Johnson Amendment, a provision in the U.S. tax code that restricts nonprofit groups with a 501(c)3 status from endorsing or opposing political candidates.… Continue Reading
Religion remains an integral part of most Americans’ lives, but Gallup’s ongoing research shows how this has changed over time. The following are five important findings about religion in the U.S.:
1. America remains a largely Christian nation, although less so than in the past. Seventy-four percent of Americans identify with a Christian religion, and 5% identify with a non-Christian religion. The rest of the U.S. adult population, about 21%, either say they don’t have a formal religious identity or don’t give a response.
Religious Identification in the U.S.: 2016
Other non-Christian religion
No response given
Based on 173,229 interviews conducted Jan. 2-Dec. 19, 2016
Now that Barack Obama’s second term is coming to an end, the question is — who will fill his shoes as the leader of the Democratic Party? Minnesota U.S. Representative Keith Ellison would like the job — and is officially seeking to become the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Journalist and newspaper editor Caroline Glick has pointed out that “When a party is out of power, the party chairman is also treated like its formal leader, and most active spokesman.” U.S. Rep. Ellison is the head of the fringe left-wing Democrats’ Progressive Caucus, and he enjoys the support of incoming U.S. Senate minority leader U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, outgoing minority leader Harry Reid, Barack Obama, and Sen. Bernie Sanders is said to be “enthusiastically supporting him.”
In many ways Ellison is the perfect guy to take over after Obama.… Continue Reading
The New York Times Style Section recently ran a report called “UNEASY BEDFELLOWS,” describing marriages that reached the point of dissolution because of arguments concerning Donald Trump. When I discussed the subject on the air, one astute caller noted that none of the couples featured in the story seemed to share a religious outlook, and he suggested that if they did, they could far more easily handle their political disputes.
Unfortunately, far too many Americans now use politics as a substitute for faith, treating party loyalty as a matter of uncompromising identity that provides meaning, transcendence and morality. Passionate partisans on both sides see political disputes not as choices of policies or values, but as the ultimate struggle between good and evil.
If couples worshiped a higher power together, they wouldn’t need to sacrifice relationships on the altar of either Trump or Clinton, and might treat political quarrels as the ephemeral, well-intentioned disagreements they really are.
Make no mistake, so many modern political battles are not between the religious and the non-religious. Rather, the biggest contests pit different religions against each other.
In this article, the topic is not the West’s clash with Islamism. That battle can be won again. It won’t be easy, but it can be accomplished. The list of battles between the West and Islam over the centuries is a long one. Here are just two examples where the good guys got the job done: Frankish military Charles Martel defeated the followers of Muhammed near Poitiers, France in the year 732. Polish King John III Sobieksi rode down from the north and took care of business outside the gates of Vienna in 1683.
The only way the Judeo-Christian West collapses is either through a surrender to Islam, or a surrender to the religion that is the greater short term threat: Leftism.… Continue Reading
Was it simply a faux pas? Was it ignorance? Or was it intentional? These were the questions running through my mind as I listened to Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC).
After mentioning that she and other Democrats were meeting in Philadelphia, the nation’s birthplace, Clinton briefly talked about the struggle that our nation’s 13 colonies had in coalescing around the shaping of our Republic. “The revolution hung in the balance,” she said, but they found “common purpose.”
“Our Founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together,” she declared.
She then added, “America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. We have to decide whether we will work together so we all can rise together.… Continue Reading
Four years after releasing a video that called for Black Christians to leave the Democrat Party, Bishop E.W. Jackson is renewing that call, and calling for Black Americans to leave the Democrat Party. “After eight years of the first black President, the black community is worse off now than it was when he was elected. The Democrat Party has become nothing more than a metaphorical slave ship, holding black voters captive, taking them where they don’t want to go, while telling them they’re on a luxury cruise. It is time to abandon ship.”
In 2008, 96% of African-Americans voted for Obama. Jackson believes they got “nothing in return for their loyalty. Unemployment is up and income is down. There is more poverty, violence and murder in the inner cities, no jobs and more illegal immigrants to compete for the few jobs that remain.”