- - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

(1) Coalition of 400 companies fight Georgia’s proposed ‘religious liberty’ bill

(2) Commenting on Super Tuesday voting, David French of National Review says that “America is facing its Romans 1 moment“:

America is facing its Romans 1 moment. Claiming to be wise, we are becoming fools. Millions of Americans admire Trump not because he is good but merely because he is “strong” or he’ll “kick ass” (to quote one Trump supporter I talked to last week). But here are some words the Apostle Paul used to describe the citizens of a godless age: “insolent,” “haughty,” “boastful,” “faithless,” “heartless,” and “ruthless.” These words read like a Trump personality profile. Moreover, the great sins of that age included not just indulging in those vices but also “giving approval to those who practice them.”

(3) Why exit pollsters desperately need to get religion, by Brian Kaylor (Washington Post)

With the presidential votes rolling in, it is time for an altar call moment for exit pollsters: there are more religion angles than just conservative white evangelicals.

As a Baptist minister with a doctorate in political communication and a book on religious rhetoric in presidential campaigns, I find the treatment of religion in exit polls woefully lacking. In Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, there were a total of just two different religious questions for Republican voters. For Democrats, there were no questions on religion in the first three states!

(4) Meet the ‘Nones,’ the Democratic Party’s biggest faith constituency, by Michelle Boorstein (Washington Post)

At 23 percent of the U.S. population, this left-leaning group called “Nones” are the Democratic parallel to the GOP’s white evangelicals — except without organization, PACs, leadership and a clear agenda. They do, however, have one big expectation of political candidates: Be ethical, and go light on the God talk.

(5) A closer look at religion in the Super Tuesday states (Pew Research)

Religious groups rarely vote as a fully unified bloc. For instance, in the South Carolina Republican primary, white evangelical Christian voters were split among those who voted for Donald Trump (34 percent), Ted Cruz (26 percent), Marco Rubio (21 percent) and others, according to exit polls.

But looking at the religious makeup of individual states, and at each party’s potential voters within a particular state, can still help in understanding the electoral landscape. Indeed, as voters for one or both parties in 12 states prepare to cast ballots or caucus on March 1 – Super Tuesday – we looked at data from Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study to help shed light on who might vote and their potential motivations.

(6) 8 Charts on Which Evangelicals Will (and Won’t) Vote Trump on Super Tuesday (Christianity Today)

(7)  Jennifer Garner Reveals Why She Takes Her Kids To Church Every Week


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