Thursday, August 21, 2008

'Conservatives Grow Wary of Mixing Church, Politics'

As the country and the natural environment (i.e., God's creation) deteriorate, I guess they're beginning to see the error of their ways (but who am I to judge). Complete story here at The Advocate.

Social conservatives are growing more wary of church involvement in politics, joining moderates and liberals in their unease about blurring the lines between pulpit and ballot box, a new study found.

Fifty percent of conservatives think churches and other places of worship should stay out of social and political matters, up from 30% four years ago, according to a survey released Thursday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

That significant shift in conservative thought has brought the country to a tipping point on the question: A slim majority of Americans -- 52% -- now think churches should keep out of politics.

That's an eight-percentage-point increase over 2004 and the first time a majority of Americans has held that opinion since Pew officials started asking the question 12 years ago.

On this question, the gap between conservatives and liberals is narrowing: Just four years ago liberals were twice as likely as conservatives to say churches should stay out of politics. Now 50% of conservatives and 57% of liberals think that. Four years ago 62% of liberals opposed church involvement in politics. Democrats and Republicans are about even on the question as well. . . .

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