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Religion and Politics: An Unholy Mix

OhGosch Wrote: Apr 06, 2012 12:50 AM
I would like someone to explain to me how one can be socially liberal and fiscally conservative at the same time. I am 67 years old and have been politically aware for a long time and I have never seen it happen.
One day, in a sardonic jibe at some conservative who was piously claiming the mantle of heaven, I told my wife, "Don't forget, God's a Republican." Without missing a beat, she replied, "But his son's a Democrat."

Between the Old Testament Jehovah and the New Testament Jesus, a Christian can find support for almost any ideological perspective. American religion used to have room for many different political views, and American politics used to feature religious people across the entire ideological spectrum.

At one time, mainstream denominations were just as likely to tilt to the left as to the right. Back during the 1960s,...