Religious Conservatives — Or Just Religious People?

I’m involved in a very mild debate on the Center for Faith in Politics blog over religion, politics and money (a debate over religion, politics and money that has not descended into name calling — miracle of miracles).

Specifically, we are discussing the article by Patrick Hynes of Ankle Biting Pundits that I blogged about here on Monday.

Patrick’s article is about an identified correlation between the frequency with which a person attends church and that person’s income. Some, however, seem to think Patrick has identified a correlation between conservatives who attend church frequently and other frequent churchgoers, leading them to criticize Patrick. As one put it, “It’s time the right stopped claiming Christianity as their own, and realized that its beyond party lines.”

I think it is pretty clear that Patrick didn’t do that, but also think it is interesting that an apparently liberal person immediately assumed that a reference to “frequent churchgoers” largely was a reference to conservatives. Do liberals, speaking very generally, tend to see themselves as less devout than conservatives? It is not something I have thought about before, but I am wondering now.

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