A recent Pew Research poll confirms that 72% of Americans (up 5% from 2010) acknowledge that religion is losing its influence in the nation.
Of course, a lot of religious folks think that’s a bad thing; they want their government to sponsor their religion; they want their government God. But the fact remains that people are discovering in ever greater numbers that religion and politics just don’t mix well in America. Accordingly, most of us would rather keep politics and religion separate.
A majority of Americans today are suspicious of politicians who overtly seek to impose their brand of religion on the people. That’s a big reason why the Republican Party has had such a tough time electing a president lately. The last time they managed to get one elected it was GWB and we all know how that turned out.
One would think that the Republicans have learned their lesson from that debacle, but no, they’re still Hell bent on thrusting another Christian bible thumping religious candidate on the ballot only to be shot down again in 2016 by a majority of Americans who just don’t buy it anymore.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, however, the self proclaimed “libertarian” Republican candidate, did make the cut. He took the stage as a video of a fetal ultrasound played for the crowd in the background and declared that liberty virtue and God are intertwined, quoting a biblical passage from 2 Corinthians to make his point: “Where there is the spirit of the Lord, there is liberty.”
Paul, who likes to remind Republicans that ‘libertarian’ should not be confused with ‘libertine,’ pandered to the cheering crowd that: “What America really needs is a revival …