Third of Americans support Christianity as official religion

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A new poll shows about a third of American adults support making Christianity the official religion.

Slightly more than a third of U.S. adults favor establishing Christianity as an official religion of their state, according to a new poll from YouGov/Huffington Post.

The survey found that 20 percent of U.S. adults strongly favor establishing Christianity as the official state religion. Another 14 percent said they favored such. The poll found 16 percent opposed, 31 percent strongly opposed and 19 percent "not sure."

On a related question, 58 percent of those surveyed said the constitution probably prohibits establishing an official state religion.

On other questions, the poll found:

• 37 percent think the country has "gone too far in keeping religion and government separate," 29 percent think the country has "gone too far in mixing religion and government" and 17 percent think the country has "struck a good balance in terms of the separation of church and state."

• 18 percent would strongly favor a constitutional amendment making Christianity the official religion of the United States and 14 percent "favor" such an amendment.

About 54 percent of Republicans, 28 percent of independents and 26 percent of Democrats favor Christianity as the official U.S. religion.

The poll, conducted April 3-4 and surveying 1,000 people, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4.

Last week, North Carolina Republicans advanced a state resolution that would allow the state to declare an official religion, which would protect prayer in schools and legislative events. The bill was killed later in the week.

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+4 5 lawg20009 2013-04-08 19:02
If 1/3 support Christianity as the state religion....the remaining 2/3 does not support it; which was not unexpected by our founding fathers/mothers. The Constitution is a wise document.
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+10 4 Grizzlebear 2013-04-08 12:15
Quoting angelofsol:
From a purely academic standpoint ... that the Constitution says that "CONGRESS shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" and that the ... establishment of religion would be illegal and infringe on the constitution at the Federal level. This could suggest that States may have rights to do such beyond the bounds of the Federal Government under the jurisdiction of State's rights. Often people forget what a REPUBLIC is and that by this set up States should and technically do have rights beyond the Federal government...

It would have been easy enough for the founding fathers to use the words "The Government" instead of "Congress" expressly in their wording.

I am not saying this is a good idea or that I even necessarily support such. It is a purely academic quandary.

I believe that the 14th Amendment cleared that up, ensuring that everyone in the country should enjoy the same rights.
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-6 3 angelofsol 2013-04-08 11:59
From a purely academic standpoint such curiosity is piqued within me being that the Constitution says that "CONGRESS shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" and that the wording would strongly suggest that such an establishment of religion would be illegal and infringe on the constitution at the Federal level. This could suggest that States may have rights to do such beyond the bounds of the Federal Government under the jurisdiction of State's rights. Often people forget what a REPUBLIC is and that by this set up States should and technically do have rights beyond the Federal government in enacting certain laws on certain levels.

It would have been easy enough for the founding fathers to use the words "The Government" instead of "Congress" expressly in their wording.

I am not saying this is a good idea or that I even necessarily support such. It is a purely academic quandary.
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+13 2 jdevlin82 2013-04-08 11:09
So basically this article is saying that a third of Americans completely fail to understand their own constitution, or understand it but would basically use it for toilet paper. America - f_ck ya!
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+13 1 Grizzlebear 2013-04-08 10:59
Which variety of Christianity? Everyone will presume that theirs is the "real" Christianity, but may be unpleasantly surprised when their tax dollars end up being used to convert their children to some other religion. So when it says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an Establishment of religion...", I have to ask: What part of "No law" don't they understand?
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