religion in America

Do you believe that it is proper or improper for the Ten Commandments to be displayed in a government building?

Proper
Improper

Nationwide Total

22% 74%

Enterprisers

10% 89%

Social Conservatives

5% 92%

Pro-Government Conservatives

8% 92%

Upbeats

15% 81%

Disaffecteds

10% 80%

Bystanders

17% 77%

Conservative Democrats

16% 82%

Disadvantaged Democrats

11% 84%

Liberals

61% 35%

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I took this quiz and came out as an Enterpriser.  I’ve been looking at these little graphics on various issues for a while this morning while listening to Sean Hannity on the Radio.  I thought that the results for this question would be more even, but the results above surprise me.  I’ve been looking at various poll sites all morning (CNN, NY Times, Gallup, and others) and I can’t tell if the Pew is skewed one way or the other, it seems pretty balanced to me by just looking around websites. 

The results above, if correct, beg to ask the question, “if the majority of Americans (or at least those polled) are in favor of displaying the Ten Commandments in Government buildings, should we then allow them to do so, or do we stubbornly not allow due to Seperation of Church and State?”   Can we have seperation of church and state and yet allow for religous symbology to appear in our public spaces?  If religion is capable of making perverting government, can a 100% secularization approach likewise do the same? 

There is, believe it or not, many instances of pagans not being allowed to pray in public unless they refer to a generic god so that not one religion would appear to be given preference.  Is this the direction we are going?  A form of deity that is without any characteristics, generic, universally applicable?  Just as I am against evangelical actions of religious groups, cannot there be an evangelical attitude in regards to secularization?  Is this just a dangerous as giving religion free reign?  Is it possible, as a society, as an individual person, to have a foundation of morality without some form of religion? 

This is one of those times when I wish I had some friends around me right now that I could debate this topic with… it is a very nice topic of discussion that brings in all sorts of areas.  How fun this would be to talk about.

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