Two-Thirds Of Texans Blow Off Church; Even More Don't Want No "Social Justice" With Their Religion, Thank You
The latest UT/Texas Tribune poll shows some stuff to give Democrats hope (Rick Perry polling at his usual 39 percent, etc.), but there are also some interesting things in the throw-away questions on the survey.
UT/TT polled 800 registered voters, and almost 80 percent said they were religious in one form or another.
Going to church is another matter, though. Only one-third of those polled went to church at least once a week.
That's some pretty weak religionin', there. We don't know how it is with your Protestant churches, but we do know we ourselves are condemned to hell since we gave up going to Mass every goddamn week. (Not to mention First Fridays, although that got us out of class so we didn't mind.)
About four in 10 Texans go to church "a few times a month" or "once a twice a year," which isn't the way it's supposed to work (Funerals and weddings were specifically exempted in the question.)
Even though they don't seem to be too passionate about church, Texas church-goers are passionate about one thing: Get your stinking liberal philosophy out of my pulpit.
"Do you consider social justice to be at the heart of the Gospel," UT/TT pollsters asked.
Sixty-one percent said no. All that stuff Jesus was yammering on about in the Gospels was about cutting the capital-gains tax, not any pinko code word "social justice."
Another thing we found odd: Almost two-thirds of the respondents knew the name of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the same percentage knew what position Harry Reid held in the federal government.
That sounds a little high to us, but maybe our proud state electorate is better informed than we give them credit for.
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