I think ordinary people that are subject of polls mostly tell the truth; liars are the ones who use others’ religious beliefs for their benefit. As the USA is Christian-majority, pretending to be serious Christians can certainly help US politicians who need votes from religious morons. Most smart people, including the dishonest politicians, could not be serious believers of religious absurdity.
So these politicians are getting these votes to advance causes of religion? Even though they are “not serious believers of religious absurdity.”?
Hmmmn, No. They aren’t right? I mean there’s some little tidbits of red meat thrown in there. Some little concessionary pieces…
But you just said that the politicians, who are “smart people”, yet dishonest, are using religion to get votes.
Do you think the majority of religious people feel satisfied with the electoral outcomes and the subsequent legislation,
or is it possible that they mostly know exactly what you are talking about? Yes, they understand these dynamics.
What about politicians who use the concept of racial identity or sexual identity to get votes?
Again, are tidbits of red meat thrown out as concessions, while the real motives of the “lying” politicians are concealed?
I cite Hillary Clinton’s recent exposure of saying she has both a “public and private position” of Wall St reform.
This is exactly what you are talking about. And that’s just current and high profile….I don’t cite that as a divisive, partisan retort.
But it is an excellent illustration. There was no religious pandering going on there.
No the common denominator is deception. It’s hierarchical dynamics of society.
If you could somehow completely remove religion from the equation, all of your ills and complaints would exist in other forms of expression.
Just like they already do now for the gamut of the societal spectrum.
If you look at the real diametrical opposition between secularists and religious people you only find notional wedge issues.
Abortion, sexuality, freedom of expression. Go ahead list more.
None of those issues will ever be worked out. For either side.
If all of that was gone would the politicians have no more reasons to lie?
No more easy marks to dupe for votes?
There are far more common ground issues that are shared between secular and religious voters.
No, the perceived background stupidity and irrationality will always be there.