Revising Our Pledges of Allegiance
From “Christian America” to the Gospel of the Resurrection
by Ashley Woodiwiss
On June 26, 1996, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released a major finding in its nationwide survey (a sampling of nearly 2,000 adults) on the issue of religion and politics. Most news stories that followed dwelt upon the data concerning the capture of white Evangelicals’ votes by the Republican Party. (It seems that no longer can only the Protestant Episcopal Church of America be dubbed the Republican Party at prayer; the Southern Baptists now have their knees on the pillow as well.) Some also commented on those findings that indicated that the Roman Catholic Church in America appears profoundly divided between progressives and traditionalists, who appear united only, and distressingly, by their shared support of pro-choice positions. Other signs of the tenacity of religious opinions, beliefs, and sensibilities were also documented in this report, which garnered headlines in all the major establishment media sources.
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