Post # 1
I am a Christian and I always find it interesting that people always assume your political beliefs based on that. My Facebook feed is still burning with posts from the state of the union and other issues. I consider myself to be more of a moderate on a lot of issues. So many seem to associate being conservative with being a Christian and liberalism being non Christian.
Have you noticed this? Do you feel that most Christians are conservative?
Post # 2
Kacey23: I think people feel this way because a lot of people use their Christianity as a reason for having conservative political beliefs. Leading people to believe that Christians as a whole are against gay rights and are anti-choice when it comes to abortion. These are conservative stances that are often held by devout Christians. Now, of course there are plenty of Christians (especially younger ones) that don’t subscribe to these ideas, but, in a way, they are going against the grain of their religion’s stance on these issues.
I would never, however, automatically assume that someone was fiscally conservative based on their religious beliefs, as I’ve seen that run the gamut.
Post # 3
Kacey23: i agree w/ PP – a lot of christians use their religion as a basis/reason for having political beliefs.
i’m a christian and a very liberal democrat. its possible, but in my experience, quite rare!
Post # 4
Truthfully, I think the vast majority of us are moderate in the politcal sphere with more “left” or “right” leanings. Media and politicians tend to inflate the christian-right vs. godless-left rhetoric. Don’t get me wrong its out there but I don’t think the fringe is really the majority or the popular opinion.
Post # 5
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I follow a twitter feed for Catholic Democrats since I am one, and it has ALOT of followers. So yea, pro-choice, pro-gay marriage Christians exist. I am generally a moderate, but I think I tend to fall into the “liberal” wing of the Catholics since I think church and state should be separate–I am fine with the church not marrying gays, but I am 100% supportive of the state doing it. I also don’t think the Catholic church’s stance of birth control and abortion should legislated, although as a Catholic I generally follow them).
Post # 6
Katie-Didnt: I think the majority of our population in general, religious or not, tend to be more moderate overall. That’s why the two party system in the US is so silly, trying to force us to be all one or the other. I, for instance, tend to be socially liberal but much more fiscally conservative on most issues. Yet, my only options for candidates are all one or the other (with the exception of the few independent candidates that are usually pretty great but never have a chance at winning).
Post # 7
It used to be almost universal that Catholics were “lliberal” or left of center, and protestants were “conservative” or right of center. In the last 50 years or so, that has changed dramatically, and a person cannot be assumed to have conservative or liberal politics depending on their religion (or lack thereof). But evangelical Christianity did have a very loud voice and presence in the political debate for a long time, and still does to a certain extent. So many people naturally associate religion of any kind with conservative beliefs (especially on social issues). But as it has already been mentioned, that is never universally true, and many divisions on social issues come down more to age than to faith.
Post # 8
Sqeeky wheel receives the grease. It’s like when the folks from the news have to find that one guy in the trailer park after a tornado goes thru. Your always going to find MSM portraying conservatives as crazy Bible thumping right wingers.
I’m extremely active in conservative politics and I move with some heavy hitters. On my conservative Twitter feed are a whole ton of atheists along with a good mix of every minority voting group that isn’t supposed to be conservative. Your this (insert your supposed voting group here), therefore you vote this way, is basic profiling, ugh, and just flat out wrong.
Post # 9
I definitely think age plays a huge factor.
Post # 10
Emm85: What seems to be the general focus of the group? This sounds interesting.
Post # 11
Historically and currently, the most high profile Christians in politics are very much conservative (e. g. Billy Graham, Mike Huckabee, Paul Ryan, etc). The more liberal Christians are usually more modern and perhaps less likely to proclaim it to the world.
Post # 12
I am christian and very much liberal. Canon Jesus is waaay better than fandom Jesus.
Post # 13
I am a Christian and am a liberal. I am far left on most issues, I’d say. Jesus himself was quite a radical, an advocate of social equity and a champion of the poor.
I agree with PPs that there are many liberal Christians, but the conservatibe ones tend to talk more about their religion in the context of politics. I tend not to bring up my religion, especially not when discussing politics.
Post # 14
I think I might consider most Christians to be politically right only because my family and many of the people in the church I grew up in and knew were. Obviously my personal experience I know doesn’t take everything into account as I could be considered a Christian and am very liberal. I do discuss my religion in regards to politics only because I think people got it all wrong, but I don’t mean to start something by saying this. The only reason I say I could be considered one is because I have many of the key beliefs, just don’t like to label my faith. (lately labeling it has caused some confusion so I stopped trying).
Post # 15
I get this all the time and it makes me crazy. I’m very Christian, but also very very liberal. When I’m talking to liberal people I hear a lot of hate against Christians. I also hear a lot of Christian people hate on liberals. Stuff is stupid.