According to a poll by Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, regular church attendance is now the prime indicator of political leanings, with regular church goers voting Republican by a 2-to-1 ratio, while people who never attend church vote Democrat, also by a 2-to-1 ratio.
Apparently this polarization is a fairly new development which started in the 1990s and “became clear” in the 2000 election. With the scary religious leanings of the current administration, I can’t see this trend reversing itself at any point soon.
The prominent form religion takes in everyday American life has been a constant source of surprise to me ever since coming to the States lo those many years ago; in Sweden secularity is the de facto mode, and it’s actually to the point there where active involvement in religion is seen as a bit … strange. It’s fine to believe in a God, but to go so far as to actually attend services … that’s a little bit odd. So it’s been very interesting for me to get used to politicos tossing religion into every debate and public statement.
The main source of interest in this study, though, should be how the right wing has taken over Christianity–the last time I read the New Testament, Jesus was pretty big on helping the poor and restricting avarice. But perhaps I’m just out of touch.
Posted Monday, 01 December, 2003 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.