Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Religion and US politics

It has become standard practice amongst the Liberal/Left in NZ to make some sort connection between the Bush administration and the religiosity of the US. Most of this is little more than ill-informed prejudice which makes no attempt to understand the rather complex relationship between religion and politics in American life.

There is intelligent comment on this issue in (evil Amerikan media) this Slate article: Debunking myths about the religious right.

The concluding paragraph indicates the disadvantage the Liberal/Left puts itself at by taking the lazy option of wallowing in prejudice:

"So far Republicans have been far more sophisticated at understanding religious voting patterns than Democrats have. I suspect it's because religion gives the willies to a lot of secular liberals, who just happen to be the folks who run political campaigns and cover them for the media. "

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