Views on expressing opinions in America are changing. You’d think all speech is protected by the First Amendment, but it isn’t and shouldn’t be.
A recent Pew Research survey showed Americans thinking religion’s influence as waning, but 49% of those polled said they support churches and other houses of worship expressing views on political and social questions—up from 40% in 2012. That still leaves the nation divided: 48% said churches “should keep out” of politics. While I agree pulpits should not be campaign platforms, church leaders should be free to discuss—even endorse or oppose—trends in the culture.
“We can’t be married to the agenda of the donkey or the elephant,” said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, “The Republican Party has a problem with communities of color, and the Democrats have a problem with communities of faith. That leaves me as an orphan, but not a silent orphan.”
No surprise that Americans see the republicans as more favorable toward religion, but it is surprising that fewer Americans (30%) now see the Obama Administration as friendly toward religion, down 7% in two years.
Interesting also is the Democrats tend to feel better about how their party is handling various social issues than Republicans.