Religion, Politics, and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of the “Likely Voter”

Listening to the political circus unfolding today, you hear frequent allusions to God/faith/religion/fairy tales on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter that faith ought to be divorced from political action; candidates throughout history have made it a point to pander to the believers. It’s seen as a function of electability. It’s been about appealing to the “likely voter.”

What is a “likely voter” in U.S. polling? That depends on what poll you’re looking at. A company like Gallup attempts to ascertain whether an individual is likely to vote based on voter registration and a series of questions about political awareness and engagement. Others rely on voter registration alone. Still others look at only those who were willing to vote in the past or rely on trends in terms of voter turnout according to demographics.

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Louisiana Cop Prays with People He’s Pulled Over for Speeding

The Bossier Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana has violated church/state separation before. In 2013, they lost $15,000 in federal funding for its Young Marine Program that emphasized “the love of God and fidelity to our country,” subjecting members to a Young Marine Obligation to not disgrace or dishonor God, and having students sign on to a Young Marine Creed that included: “Keep myself clean in mind by attending the church of my faith.”

It looks like they still haven’t learned their lesson.

Last week, Bossier Parish Deputy Jackie Loveless (below) pulled over a speeding driver only to learn that she and her husband were going to their daughter’s funeral. He no doubt sympathized with her grief:

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Billboard Explaining How Marriage Has Already Been Redefined Goes Up in Kim Davis’ Hometown

Planting Peace, the group responsible for the rainbow-colored house across from Westboro Baptist Church, just put up a billboard in Morehead, Kentucky — the home of Kim Davis:

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Kentucky Taxpayers Currently Owe $2,811 for the Government’s “In God We Trust” Signs

Last year, Kentucky legislators passed a bill that would put the state seal adorned with the phrase “In God We Trust” in all subcommittee meeting rooms. State Senator Albert Robinson, who sponsored the legislation, said this was needed because “This is America. I feel like this nation was and is established by God.” So he [Read More…]

The Lunacy of Calling Mideast Christian Persecution “Genocide”

There is no denying that persecution of Christians, other minority faiths, and nonbelievers in the Middle East is reaching fever pitch. Attacks from ISIS and the ongoing brutality of the Syrian Civil War have rendered literally half the population refugees, fleeing for their lives under abysmal conditions. Images of the crisis are horrific and haunting, to say the very least.

But reality is out of sync with the mainstream narrative.

Contrary to what politicians like Donald Trump may want you to believe, the bulk of the violence taking place overseas is not about Christian persecution; it’s about the government, rebels, ISIS, and Kurdish factions inflicting maximum damage to each other’s strongholds. Despite what Christian publication headlines might imply, the religious targeting that is taking place is not exclusive to Christians; the attacks have been against all kinds of people who are not Muslim.

These realities don’t seem to matter in the U.S. House of Representatives, where a new bipartisan resolution seems intent on keeping the focus on Christian victims alone:

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