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Poll on role of religion in Americans' lives bad news for Obama
The Examiner ^ | February 11, 2012 | Howard Portnoy

Posted on 03/31/2012 9:02:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

A recent Gallup survey reveals that the role of religion in Americans’ lives has changed little in the last 20 years. When asked how important religion is, 55% of those queried in 2011 answered “very important” as compared with 58% who gave the same answer in 1992.

This can’t be very good news for the president, who views religion as at best a bully pulpit for social change (as evidenced by his 20-year association with the incendiary Rev. Jeremiah Wright) and at worst as a force with the potential to poison the minds of leaden-eyed, gun-toting “clingers.”

Yeah, I know, on Friday he made an impassioned mini-speech about religious liberty and said that “as a citizen and as a Christian, I cherish this right.” He says lots of things that are politically expedient.

But the firestorm over Contraceptiongate, which raged out of control for a week before the administration attempted half-heartedly to dampen the flames, reveals how tin an ear our president has when it comes to the role of religion in the lives of Americans.

And what of yesterday's gestures toward conciliation? Ed Morrissey records the reaction of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, pointing out that

the Obama administration never even bothered to contact [the bishops] to discover what their true objections are, and what would satisfy them. The White House simply presumed to know church business better than the bishops and offered an ‘accommodation’ that is anything but....

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012; contraception; obama; polls

1 posted on 03/31/2012 9:03:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Where's the GOP outreach to the Bishops and conservative Catholics? Both nature and politics abhor a vacuum. Let's fill it. This is a generational opportunity to split the Dem coalition.
2 posted on 03/31/2012 9:58:47 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
"Where's the outreach"

that is a very good question that sums up the problem with the GOP. There is no outreach towards conservative hispanics, Catholics, blacks etc. The Dems do a pretty good job at pretending to understand and care. Their socialist causes are always wrapped up in pretty packages that look like gifts from a loving friend. It's like a choice with a relationship with a partner who is fairly solid, but cold and emotionally unavailable, or a rocky romance with a cheating seducer who is totally romantic and full of feces. Reagan had that leadership that projected human warmth. I think Santorum has it as well.

3 posted on 04/01/2012 5:01:35 AM PDT by mgist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Poll on role of religion in Americans’ lives bad news for Obama”

Don’t get your hopes up; Obama looks at the role of religion in Americans’ ACTIONS, and that’s good news for him (he wouldn’t have been elected otherwise).


4 posted on 04/02/2012 9:52:16 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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