Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Irreligious Left

According to this Pew Forum survey, the less religious you are, the more likely you are to vote for a Democrat. Not that they put it that way, of course:
The Democratic leanings of the religiously unaffiliated population have become even more pronounced. In June 2000, 46% of the unaffiliated supported Gore while 40% favored Bush - a six-point advantage for the Democratic candidate. In June 2004, however, Democrat John Kerry had a 36-point lead over Bush among the unaffiliated (65% vs. 29%). Today, more than two-thirds (67%) of the unaffiliated favor Obama while 24% support McCain - a 43-point difference. By contrast, among those who are affiliated with a particular religion, the candidates are running virtually neck and neck, with 43% favoring McCain and 45% supporting Obama.
Did you get that? Sixty-seven percent of those who aren't affiliated with any religion are supporting Obama.

We hear an awful lot about the Religious Right in politics--some of the more hysterical or shrill voices in the political sphere have even used terms like "theocracy" and "Christianist" to describe their opponents.

So what I want to know is, why don't we hear more about the irreligious Left?

It's a valid question, isn't it? Why should a block of people who aren't affiliated with any church, synagogue, or other religious organization have so much clout and so much power to redefine the world according to their ideas about reality?

I think one of the reasons this question rarely gets asked is that many of those in the media who cover political stories actually share these irreligious views and tendencies. Certainly the way that religious matters are covered in the press tends to give the impression that many in the media are describing these things from the perspectives of outsiders looking in at strange and primitive rituals which don't relate in any way to the lives of actual twenty-first century people. So it is, perhaps, not all that surprising that the voices in our print or radio or television media are more likely to be warning us against the dangerous rise of a Christianist theocracy than to notice the cesspools of rot forming around the pillars of militant irreligious secularism propping up our morally faltering society.

1 comment:

Alexandra said...

"cesspools of rot forming around the pillars of militant irreligious secularism propping up our morally faltering society propping up our morally faltering society."

What a picture this paints! Sounds like great material for a good scary futuristic sci-fi novel!