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Old 07-12-2010, 08:19 PM
AemJeff AemJeff is offline
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Default Re: Values Added: Sarah Palin and Pentecostalism (Sarah Posner & Anthea Butler)

Originally Posted by Wonderment View Post
You may be right about what explains religious experience, but that's not the point. The point is whether you apply a double standard to left-wing theists and right-wing theists.

For example, when Barack Obama says, "I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life...."

...you give him a pass (or worse, you assume he's lying). If Bush said that you'd take it at face value and call him loony tunes.
I think you need parse what I've said, so far. I don't make direct political distinctions with regard to religion. I make distinctions based on whether I have a problem with particular beliefs and practices.

I do think that there are more loons among the Republicans, right now - but I think that's happenstance, because that party made a strategic decision that embracing a class of religious believers was in its interest. But that's not the same as what you're accusing me of.
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