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This is as good a topic as any to end a week having searched incessantly for the lost Malaysian airliner, while also searching the American soul that has been broken by the Supreme Court for having handed control of our destiny to wealthy Americans in the name of free speech. Go figure.

There is a refreshing article by the Washington Post this afternoon based on analysis by Pew Research Center that indicates that politicians are flaunting their religion too much. The Founding Fathers would have frowned upon that.

There is a backlash against political conservatives railroading their way employing religion and religious beliefs as some sort of strategy. Since there are very few wealthy persons in America, conservative need to expand their base. So, appealing to people of religious faith is an approach to doing that.

The trouble is, conservatives often have trouble reconciling compassion with behavior that undermines poor people and what is left of the middle class.

If Republicans want to win elections, they must strip away some of their offensive ideas and get back to Constitutional freedoms that include freedom from religion as well as freedom of religion.

It is a math problem as this story explains. Read the whole thing.

Guns are still dangling in the hands of religious conservatives. Let them explain that.

“These congressmen want to tear down the wall between church and state

BY CHRISTOPHER INGRAHAM

April 4 at 1:00 pm

In recent years, Americans have grown increasingly skeptical of the role of religion in politics. According to the Pew Research Center, the share of Americans saying there is "too much" expression of faith and prayer by politicians crept up from 12 percent in 2001 to 38 percent in 2012, enough for a plurality. Most now say that churches should keep out of political matters, and a majority agree that "religious conservatives have too much control over the GOP."

Against this backdrop the Secular Coalition for America, a nonprofit group with a mission to "raise the profile of secular Americans" nationwide, released its rankings of how much — or little — legislators have supported the notion of church/state separation in the 113th Congress. Representatives were scored according to their votes and sponsorship of 14 bills related to church-state issues, including a measure in support of prayer in schools, a bill to amend the Constitution to prevent gay marriage, and a bill to eliminate funding for abstinence-only sex-ed. You can see the full list of bills at the Coalition's Web site.

In total, 35 legislators received "A" grades — all Democrats. In fact, no Republican scored higher than a "D," and there were only two of those — Justin Amash of Michigan and Vance McAllister of Louisiana. The remaining Republicans were all given an "F." Louise Slaughter of New York and Rush Holt of New Jersey received 100s, the highest numeric scores, while Doug Malfa of California, Tim Walberg of Michigan and Walter Jones of North Carolina all tied for the lowest score, 5.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/04/these-congressmen-want-to-tear-down-the-wall-between-church-and-state/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

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