Blog author: jcouretas
by on Thursday, September 6, 2012

Video: At the Democratic National Convention, delegates opposed to adding language on God, Israel’s capital to platform shout, “No!” in floor vote.

On Powerline, John Hinderaker quotes from a recent Rasmussen Reports poll to show that “Democrats, bluntly put, have become the party of those who don’t go to church.”

Among those who rarely or never attend church or other religious services, Obama leads by 22 percentage points. Among those who attend services weekly, Romney leads by 24. The candidates are even among those who attend church occasionally. Romney leads by seven among Catholic voters and holds a massive lead among Evangelical Christians. [Ed.: Remember when one of the chief worries about Romney's candidacy was that evangelicals wouldn't support a Mormon?] Among other Protestants, the Republican challenger is ahead by 13. Among all other Americans, including people of other faiths and atheists, Obama leads by a 62% to 26% margin.

CNN reports that atheists were “deeply saddened” when Democrats inserted the word “God” back into their platform.

Perhaps because of the Republican Party’s ties to conservative Christianity, atheists tend to be Democrats. According to a 2012 Pew study, 71% of Americans who identified as atheist were Democrats.

  • http://www.jordanballor.com/ Jordan Ballor

    Now we know, perhaps, why many early modern political theorists were quite skeptical about the ability of a society to accommodate atheism. It seems perhaps that atheists are quite unable to get along with everybody else.

  • Brian Westley

    Jordan, maybe the problem lies with people who insist on injecting their religion into politics.

    • http://www.jordanballor.com/ Jordan Ballor
    • http://www.acton.org/ John Couretas

      Here’s a quote from a Christian leader who was constantly meddling in politics:

      I have not lost faith. I’m not in despair, because I know that there is a moral order. I haven’t lost faith, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. I can still sing “We Shall Overcome” because Carlyle was right: “No lie can live forever.” We shall overcome because William Cullen Bryant was right: “Truth pressed to earth will rise again.” We shall overcome because James Russell Lowell was right: “Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.”

      Yet, that scaffold sways the future. We shall overcome because the bible is right: “You shall reap what you sow.” With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when the lion and the lamb will lie down together, and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid because the words of the Lord have spoken it.

      With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when all over the world we will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last!” With this faith, we’ll sing it as we’re getting ready to sing it now. Men will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. And nations will not rise up against nations, neither shall they study war anymore. And I don’t know about you, I ain’t gonna study war no more.

      “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam” (Speech at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia (1967-04-30)), Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

      http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

  • Roger McKinney

    Keep in mind that atheists created socialism as a salvation story. With the elimination of private property, all crime and oppression were supposed to end and mankind would return to its natural state of innocence.

    Hayek once wrote that intelligent people have a strong tendency to be socialist because intelligent people over rate intelligence. They think they know more than they do and can control more than they can. That makes them natural socialists. Atheists aren’t particularly intelligent, but they are certainly arrogant in the same way that socialists are.

    Hayek again: the purpose of economics is to teach people how little they know about what they think they can control.