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1 Whack-A-Mole  May 13, 2015 5:40:14pm

The northwestern areas might well have the least self-identified Christians, but based on attitudes, public policies, and beliefs about others, I’d posit that large swaths of the southern U.S. have the fewest actual practicing Christians. In other words, “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

2 Skip Intro  May 13, 2015 5:47:07pm

What has always struck me about public Christians, i.e. politicians, is that when God talks to them He never says “Mike, my plan for you is to give up all of your worldly belongings and go live among the poor”.

Never. No one single time has any bible thumping politician ever reported being told that. It’s always “God wants me to run for president”. It’s almost as though the voice they claim to belong to God is actually their own.

That, all by itself, is enough to disqualify the lot of them from holding any office where integrity and honesty is required.

3 Great White Snark  May 13, 2015 6:34:43pm

It’s disappointing to see Christianity yet again defined by in one instance by those most odious politicians, which of course can be found with a wide spectrum of ills. Some religious, some ideological, or even just weirdly horribly eccentric. And then to equate fewer Christians with greater sanity. It’s an unfortunate instance of the broad brush applied to a great number of people over the acts of a few.

There are many politicians of the Christian faith who do not trumpet their faith in policy or rhetoric. And will continue to be.

4 Eclectic Cyborg  May 13, 2015 11:40:12pm

I’m surprised to see Montana on there. I always thought that was a reliably Red state.

5 Skip Intro  May 14, 2015 8:32:15am

re: #3 Great White Snark

There are many politicians of the Christian faith who do not trumpet their faith in policy or rhetoric. And will continue to be.

Be sure to tell me when one of them runs for President.

6 Great White Snark  May 14, 2015 10:14:12am

re: #5 Skip Intro

An antireligious critic is likely to beat me to it. Unless a candidate makes an issue of it, I won’t be considering their religion at all. So I’d not necessarily even notice.

7 Skip Intro  May 14, 2015 10:54:32am

re: #6 Great White Snark

An antireligious critic is likely to beat me to it. Unless a candidate makes an issue of it, I won’t be considering their religion at all. So I’d not necessarily even notice.

Are you trying to say that GOP candidates don’t make an issue of it every time they can?

Seriously?

8 Great White Snark  May 14, 2015 2:40:08pm

re: #7 Skip Intro

Are you trying to say that GOP candidates don’t make an issue of it every time they can?

Seriously?

is this a bad time to point out President Obama is Christian?

Well since my perspective is not limited to this election, and I said politicians not Presidential candidates (nice try to box me in but no thanks) and I have been voting since Reagan V Carter we just are not even in the same time zone on the perspective. Sure the current crop has it’s creationists and evangelicals. I don’t support any of them. It also has those that don’t rise to that level of mixing personal faith and executive or legislative government work.

My point is really more… well what I actually wrote above.

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is not an overtly religious man. He and his family rarely attend church, and he almost never elaborates in public about his own relationship to his Christian faith.

But away from the public eye, advisers say, the president has carefully nurtured a sense of spirituality that has served as a grounding mechanism during turbulent times, when the obstacles to governing a deeply divided nation seem nearly insurmountable.

Every year on Aug. 4, the president’s birthday, Obama convenes a group of pastors by phone to receive their prayers for him for the year to come. During the most challenging of times, prayer circles are organized with prominent religious figures such as megachurch pastor Joel Hunter, Bishop Vashti McKenzie of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Rev. Joseph Lowery, a civil rights activist.

huffingtonpost.com

Does that make anyone like our President any less? Certainly not me. A wise man finds a way to cope and calm the mind.


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