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Myths of the new "theocracy"

The libertarian journal "Reason" (no bible-thumpers they) has a great piece debunking the myth of a looming American theocracy. This has been a pet peeve of mine ever since the election, as regular readers know. The author makes extensive comparisons between exit poll data for 2000 and 2004, and defuses this notion that a horde of angry Hazel Moteses stormed the ballot boxes this year, re-electing Bush single-handedly.

I found that the percentage of voters sampled who said they attended church at least weekly was the same--42 percent--in both 2000 and 2004. The percentage never attending church was also the same, at 15 percent. The middle group, those attending occasionally, was, you guessed it, 42 percent each time. Interestingly, while Bush slightly improved his standing among frequent churchgoers, by about a point in 2004, his support grew by 3 to 4 points among those attending seldom or never.

Yep, it was the atheist vote that really put Bush over the top in 2004.

I would encourage everyone to read the whole thing. Help get the word out. Because if I have to listen to this crap about "Jesusland" for four more years, I am going to get really, really testy.


Einstein once said: "If the facts don't support the theory, change the facts."

Well, the Dems claim to have all the 'Einsteins' on their side so....

Hey, attending church "seldom or never" no more makes me an atheist than voting for W makes me a christian fundimentalist.

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