The 'God Gap' Between Republicans and Democrats

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    The 'God Gap' Between Republicans and Democrats Closed: Values Voters on the Left

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    Conservatives are focused on two main issues -- abortion and same-sex marriage -- while liberals spread their concerns more widely and focus on pocketbook issues like poverty and health care and jobs.

    Given a list of eight issues, 83 percent of conservatives listed abortion as a priority and 65 percent said same-sex marriage. Immigration (26 percent) and poverty (23 percent) were well down the list, with health care (10 percent) and the environment (6 percent) barely making the cut. Eight in 10 conservatives also want to have marriage legally defined as between one man and one woman, while six in 10 progressives want marriage defined as the union of two people of either gender.

    For liberals, poverty (74 percent), health care (67 percent), the environment (56 percent), jobs/economy (48 percent) and the Iraq war (45 percent) dominate their attention. Same-sex marriage (8 percent) and abortion (7 percent) were almost afterthoughts, showing the religious divide between social justice and personal morality appears wider than ever.

    In fact, more than nine in 10 conservatives (92 percent) say the chief cause of America's problems is "moral decay," while just 4 percent cite poverty and discrimination.
     
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    the religious right does not represent conservativism.

    only idiots on the religious right and you, deaniewienie, think they do.
     
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    Hmm, seems to me that the conservatives are concerned with the size, weight, and intrusiveness of government. Oh yea, also at which level of government certain issues belong in our federal system. Concern about taxes, a government that is working hard at destroying the jobs left.

    Seems the Democrats want to grow the debt and power of the Federal government. They want to make as many people as possible dependent on the government, not themselves.

    Abortion and same sex marriage aren't even on the map. Thank you Rdean and Axelrod.


    Rdean's talking points: Axelrod: Abortion Will 'Certainly Be An Issue' In The Election
     
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    I don't think there is a state Republican platform without an anti gay clause. Insisting gays can't share the benefits of marriage IS anti gay.
     
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    no, you don't. kudos on taking the first step in recovery. :clap2:

    2010 Platform | Massachusetts GOP
     
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    How many did you have to look through to find the Republican Party platform for one small northern state that wasn't anti gay? In Texas, they want to make gay marriage a "felony". I suspect more Republicans share the views of Texas.

    I would have been surprised if ALL Republicans state platforms were against the gays. Or not.
     
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    It's amusing to see an athiest try to explain why his party is closer to God.

    People who know God stand for the freedom and liberty of the world and the right of individuals to worship as they choose and to rise or fail on their own actions.
     
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    Closest I've come to negging for a post written in honesty. Damn. You are such a tool, rdean.
     
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    I looked through a dozen state Republican Platforms and every single one had something anti gay. From making gays criminal to banning gay adoption to making gay marriage a felony. Just singling gays out specifically to deny them what others can easily gat is "discrimination", there is no other way around it.

    The ones I read were also anti women's rights. Massachusetts was the first one I saw that wasn't anti women's rights.

    I never said they were all anti gay or all anti women's rights, but from the dozen or so I read and the single one that someone pointed out, wouldn't you say there was definitely a "trend"?????

    Republicans can't possibly, even remotely suggest that the majority of their political party isn't anti gay or anti women's rights. It would be like saying that very close to 90% of the Republican Party isn't white and mostly Christian. It just wouldn't be true.

    And that is about as honest as you can get.
     
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    That's because "moral decay" is the problem while poverty and discrimination are the symptoms.
     

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