May 31 2012
|religion and politics: June 2012 summary|
An article in the New York Times by Charles M. Blow this morning had an interesting and informative summary of what's up with religion and politics these days. I'll quote a few highlights below, but you should check out the full article if you're interested:
A March poll by the Pew Research Center, released at the end of a particularly fanatical Republican nominating process during which religious extremism took center stage, recorded a bit of a backlash against religion.
It found for the first time that more people thought that there has been too much expression of religious faith by political leaders. In fact, the poll found that most Americans (51 percent) believe that religious conservatives have too much control over the Republican Party. That was a record high. By comparison, a plurality (49 percent) said they donít believe that secular liberals have too much control over the Democratic Party. That too was a record high. The poll also found that a record number of people (54 percent) said that churches and other houses of worship should keep out of political matters.
Gallup released a poll that found that an astonishing 82 percent of American Catholics find birth control to be morally acceptable. Talk about a pew-to-pulpit divide.
The article also reproduces some shocking remarks from North Carolina preachers regarding homosexuality. One says that a father should punch his son if he sees any signs that the boy is gay, and the other says in a genocidal remark that all homosexuals should be kept behind an electric fence "...and you know what, in a few years theyíll die out. Do you know why? They canít reproduce."
The cruelty and hatred in these remarks are notable, but so is the stupidity. What would make anyone think that being punched would make boys less gay?!? And, though Charles Worley is right that homosexuals can't reproduce, that has nothing to do with whether they are trapped behind an electric fence. Does he really not get that heterosexual couples can have homosexual children?!? That's where they come from!