Pew Study: More conservatives want to maintain separation of Religion and Politics

August 22, 2008

The Pew Research Center has just revealed their results from a poll asking the public if religious institutions should refrain from expressing their political opinion.  The results, when compared with the results from a previous study in 2004, show that more people think that religion should stay separate from politics.

With incidents such as Rev. Wright’s highly publicized sermons or the Westboro Baptist Church’s constant prostests, it’s really not suprising that people are starting to prefer to make up their own mind about which side of a position to take than having their church decide for them.  However, what IS suprising in this study is that all of the change in opinion has come from conservatives.

The new national survey by the Pew Research Center reveals that most of the reconsideration of the desirability of religious involvement in politics has occurred among conservatives. Four years ago, just 30% of conservatives believed that churches and other houses of worship should stay out of politics. Today, 50% of conservatives express this view.

So all these religious zealots and evangelical voters we keep hearing about seem to be in decline, not on the rise, as the left would have us think.  As someone who has religious beliefs sometimes I can’t help but be offended by the depiction of religious conservatives by the left-wing and main-stream media.  I’m not really shocked, or saying that it’s unexpected, but it still bothers me.  What probably bothers me more is that the average joe doesn’t see through all the obvious mischaracterization.

Personally, I don’t care whether a pastor expresses his religious view or not, it’s really his choice.  If someone is having trouble picking a side of a political debate, I see nothing wrong with them turning to their religious leaders for guidance.  Everyone has somebody they go to for guidance when they are having difficulty making a decision, whether it be friends, parents, family, or their pastor/priest.

For myself, I have my religious beliefs, which influence my morals.  Those morals are used then to guide my political opinions.  I would not say my religion directly dictates my political views, and I would never make up my mind on a political issue simply because the sermon last Sunday told me which side to take.  I, like most people, like to hear all sides of the issue and make up my mind accordingly and I think some (mostly the left and MSM) aren’t giving most American people enough credit.  But then again, when have they?



August 21, 2008

Yes yes, I know it’s been two weeks since my last post.  I’m new to the blogosphere and it’s taken a while to get in the habit of balancing my “real life” and all my hobbies and passions with this blog.  As the loyal few readers of the site, I need to make sure I dedicate myself to providing content every other day.  So please, bear with me as I’m still learning, and if any of you experienced bloggers out there have some advice, it’s definitely welcome.

There also will be times when I just get a little sick of politics (don’t we all?) and that too has contributed to my lack of posts.  I’ll have to make sure I keep you coming back with non-political things like DPUD does with Ninjas + Rollerskates = Epic Win! However, I stumbled upon something that really caught my interest and I’m writing the post right now.

More cameras, more money.

August 7, 2008

It’s often that you hear Democrats and other extreme liberals accuse President Bush of turning the US into a police-state.  They claim that the Patriot Act infringed on the much debated “right” to privacy.  The funny thing is, here in Illinois, it’s the Democrats that are pushing for more “police-state” type actions.  Placing cameras on the freeway to capture speeders appears to be perfectly acceptable to them.

To make good on his offer to help Chicago combat violence, Gov. Blagojevich envisions putting speed cameras on interstates across Illinois — and using the revenue to form an “elite tactical team” that would operate in Chicago and other cities.

The Governor uses a very poor tactic of trying to link these freeway cameras with “combating violence”.  The Sun-Times even hit on the true issue in the tagline of this article, although I don’t think they realized it.  The main motivation behind this move isn’t to combat crime, it’s to raise money.  I covered the city’s decision to have cameras mounted on street-sweepers a few weeks back, this is just more of the same.  Next it will be adding cameras to interesections in order to catch jaywalkers or text-walkers.

How about instead, to follow-through with his “offer” to help Chicago combat violence, Governor Blagojevich first work to repeal the city’s ban on handguns?  It would cost little to no money (especially compared to a highway camera system), actually support the 2nd Amendment, and would immediately have an effect on crime, especially the murder rate, which last I heard had risen by an obscene 18%. We don’t need more policies in this city/state to raise money, we need more policies and proposals that actually accomplish something.

Aldermann Ocasio wants to know who’s tattle-telling on illegal immigrants

August 6, 2008

Some of you may or may not know that our fair city of Chicago is also a “santuary city”. For those of you who don’t know what that means, a sanctuary city is one that that does not municipal funds or resources to be used to enforce federal immigration laws. What it basically boils down to is a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding police asking whether or not someone is a illegal immigrant.

However, in Chicago, there has been a recent string of people who have landed in jail after being arrested for minor traffic violations and/or misdemeanors, neither of which usually require jail time. Why is it that these people are being put in jail? Oh yeah, because they are illegal immigrants, and Ald. Billy Ocasio of the 26th ward wants to know who the tattletale is.

Hispanic aldermen are demanding to know why 59 Chicago motorists with Latino surnames have been arrested for traffic violations and other misdemeanors recently only to land in jail because somebody tipped Immigration and Customs Enforcement in violation of the city’s “sanctuary” ordinance.

“We will not tolerate this in Chicago. … We want to know where it’s coming from and who is filing these reports,” said Ald. Billy Ocasio (26th), chairman of the City Council’s Human Relations Committee.

The article goes on to explain that in 1985, then-mayor Harold Washington (Chicago had mayors not named Daley? Who knew?!) issued an order preventing city employees from enforcing federal immigration laws. The federal government was doing a good thing in trying to find illegals who were abusing city services that they, as non-citizens, were not entitled to. The fed even went as far as searching city records to find evidence of illegal immigrants. Amazing!! Federal government making a conscious effort to find illegal immigrants. What a grand utopia the 1980’s must have been!

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Illinois’ own Darwin Award nominee

August 5, 2008

Via Ace of Spades

Can’t believe I missed this one.  It will have to do as I wasn’t able to get everything finished that I wanted to tonight (go figure).

Marcel Lizak, 33, was arrested for DUI at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, said Campton Hills Police Chief Greg Anderson. Lizak was released from police custody at 8:24 p.m. after posting $100 bail, Anderson said. His car was impounded, police said. Lizak was struck by a car and killed while trying to cross Illinois Highway 38 near LaFox Road at 11:18 p.m. The driver will not be charged.

We’re not in Kansas anymore…

August 4, 2008

So I had a post to put up today, but it’s been delayed as a tornado made its way through Chicago about an hour or so ago. Hopefully I’ll have it up here in a bit, but I’m working on two posts simultaneously. One for this blog, and another for a Detroit Lions blog I was asked to write (yeah, I’m a Detroit fan). I’ll put a link up to that one just for the heck of it later.

Anyway, I’ve always said I wanted to see a real-live tornado, but as things were happening today, I’ll admit, I was a bit scared. For a while there, my neighborhood was in the projected path of the thing and there was hard rain, hard wind, and literally several bolts of lighting PER SECOND. It seemed as if my apartment was surrounded by several large malfunctioning strobe lights. Kind of cool, but also kind of scary. Anyway, back to the salt mines…