Voters Don’t Think Religion Important When Voting

Are the religious views of politicians important to you when you go to the polls?

According to a recent poll, most voters say not, it’s not important.

Their indifference is characterized by the lack of morals and values exhibited by many of America’s political leaders.

When the people no longer care about the beliefs that govern and lead our political leaders, then they should have no expectation to have a thriving, wholesome and family-friendly nation.

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Is it any wonder that America is rife with gun violence, mass shootings, school shootings, corruption, crime, open perversity and the persecution of Christianity?

(Fortune) – Most Americans don’t think it’s important for a political candidate to be religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

According to this poll, only one quarter of Americans say it’s very important that a candidate has strong religious beliefs. Just 19% say its very important for the candidate to share their religious beliefs, and nearly half say it’s not very important at all.

Opinions of religious influence vary by personal belief, however, as most white evangelical Protestants (51%) think it’s very important that a candidate has strong religious beliefs, while an additional 25% think it’s moderately important. More specifically, the poll found 7 in 10 white evangelical Protestants support President Donald Trump, AP reports…

America was warned about this over a century ago when then Rep. James A. Garfield (R-OH) and future 20th President of the United States, spoke before Congress to commemorate America’s 1st centennial in 1876. Garfield stated:

“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress.  If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.  If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature… If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” [James A. Garfield, A Century of Congress, Speech commemorating the centennial of Congress in 1876, later published in Atlantic, July 1877. Federer, p 753.]

If only the American people would have listened to Garfield.

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David Jolly
R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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