What do people really think about
hot button issues like abortion, the separation of church and state, gay marriage,
etc? The latest public opinion surveys from Gallup, Zogby, The New York Times,
Newsweek and others may surprise you.
At a time when the presence of religion
in American puplic life is more obvious, the latest polls are revealing. For example,
you've probably read about certain Roman Catholic bishops refusing communion to
Catholic candidates who oppose the church's teaching on issues like abortion.
But what do Catholic voters think about this?
In a recent
CBS News poll, Catholic voters were asked: "Do you think it is appropriate
for Catholic bishops to refuse to give communion to elected officials who publicly
disagree with the Church's position on issues like abortion, or is that not appropriate?"
In this instance only 17% of Catholics agreed with their bishops on this one,
while 78% disagreed.
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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and
Executive Director of CrossCurrents.
He is the author of God and Science (John Knox Press, 1986).
A revised and expanded version of the book is appearing here. God and Science (Hypertext Edition,
He is also editor of a new book, featuring articles by world class scientists and theologians, and illustrating the leading views on the relationship between science and religion: Faith, Science and the Future (CrossCurrents Press, 2007).
Charles also tracks the boundry between the virtual and the real at his blog: Next World Design, focusing on the mediation of art, science and spirituality in the metaverse.