Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Religion is Taking Over Politics

by Brig Bagley

5 November 2014

Polls and numbers are seeing religion as one of the highest motivators for political involvement in voters in the last few years. A majority of republican voters are weekly church-goers. Although non-white religious voters overwhelmingly vote democrat, the number of republicans in office now have churches to thank.

The IRS forbids churches from endorsing political candidates at the pulpit, but even so, a rise from 30 in 2008 to 1,600 this year did so anyway. Church leaders are expected to encourage members to be politically active and vote their conscience, but recommending specific candidates is political fraud.

The IRS isn't expected to enforce the rule currently, but it appears that church leaders want it to happen. Because religion is becoming the main motivator to vote for or against certain people and policies, churches want to fight to be directly involved. If the IRS punishes churches, they will take the issue to the Supreme Court. If the laws are struck down, churches could have the freedom to be as politically involved as they please.

If the religious movement in bipartisan voting continues as it does, the US could resemble more of a theocracy than a democratic republic.

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