Did religious voters turn out to vote on Election Day?
Rabbi Irwin Kula and Lino Rulli break down who they supported at the polls
- Duration 6:47
- Date Nov 9, 2012
Rabbi Irwin Kula and Lino Rulli break down who they supported at the polls
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Well -- Obama's margin of victory among religious voters was actually narrow work.
Then in 2008 although we have wide support from Catholics and Jews and non white Protestants who supported him.
But -- scrum among some white evangelical evangelical Protestants so how do you religious electorate voted is the first subject for the -- panel.
Today and all the panel is rabbi Irwin grew author of yearnings embracing the sacred -- the -- And -- truly host a mysterious XM radio show the Catholic guy.
There's just no other thing to say about that exactly that's exactly what -- is our eyes out.
-- -- -- via the numbers believe that we got the right here but that Paula that they get.
Behind -- by Catholic bias are -- by religious voters Protestants and other Christians they -- mainly for Romney.
But didn't among Catholics and Jews among other faiths among religious unaffiliated.
They all -- for.
President Obama so.
-- When you're your take on us.
I don't I don't think it's surprising I think we have a split in the country between what local traditionalists and and only use the word fundamentalist right now.
Who understand religion in him being.
Him very much more rational they would hire these sorts of authority issues -- of surrender obedience a whole -- of cluster of values that come with traditionalists religion.
Those people are going to be they had been voting Republican for a while her.
And then you have increasing numbers in the country who are no longer traditionalists doesn't mean that they are nuns and that's very -- Big category and no -- -- -- -- it can't hurt we're gonna happen that I oh but you know and accidentally -- fastest growing denominations in the United States.
But it turns out.
Everyone else is gonna be voting less and less Republican until the Republican Party can figure out how to be more inclusive and here we noticed it's -- -- directed -- it and -- Figure out how to be more inclusive it's a very complicated thing.
Right right so so so we know what your take on this as well I agree with the rabbi sealed the president of Europe already be bringing people together here we are we've got -- -- -- joining an agreement are fair but I think when it comes the traditionalist another thing that.
I was talking to a lot of Catholics who were.
Very surprised that President Obama won the Catholic vote again because there seem to be a push towards.
Right in our church leadership saying -- there are some issues that it's certainly Catholic cannot bowl for.
I would I would have told all my friends capita map was.
The Catholics don't listen to them because for the most hard forever and then and it's it's funny and sad we say it's very important to honor the seventh.
You're supposed to go to church on Sunday -- 30% of -- go every Sunday so they don't listen to their leaders on large topics.
Should be surprised when it comes -- It is crystal break down a little bit differently when you look at people actually go to church are -- of -- regularly then okay well.
Any thoughts -- yeah they really don't towards the the republic.
But I think -- a really interest really interesting insight there that has to do with the nature of American religion and generally usually and that is that.
-- authority in America starts out being suspected.
That's America that's -- -- really though that's something that came out -- -- -- tragic simply because they think that came out of the revolutionary war in which uses a die hard and I think it really was put on steroids and.
I think it was put on steroids but it was -- thought there's always be in a anti authority.
Strain in American in a -- costs -- it's been very part of the entrepreneurial spirit the explorer spirit -- your family going across the ocean as a whole kind of separating from.
Whoever you think it's the authority especially -- authorities and we're watching in religion.
Write a complete breakdown and part two and traditionalist communities you basically don't have to listen you may go to the truce between because you have a whole lot of issues that Mac -- but you're a abortion contraception all these issues we know the Catholic laity is not in line with.
-- -- -- -- The Catholic first I think -- we have to bring out that to even though the Catholic supported Obama fifty to 48 it actually was a smaller percentage that in 2000 with a what does that -- it was actually 54%.
Of the caliber in 2008 this honey got 50%.
So there is a difference.
There's a waning minutes -- to hit the fourth set and maybe that may mean the -- Catholic bishops did their job I don't know what do you think Alina I think I.
I think their job is to preach the gospel that's what I think -- job -- and I think a lot of ways whenever religious leaders and religious people want to affiliate with one party or another -- very -- -- with you people say well the Catholic Church lost the political I don't even know we ran a definitely -- plus and if we're if we're ever passes for Republican Democrat independent.
-- -- the -- party is.
-- and -- and if not every age are still green but that -- going -- Right whenever we as any religious people whatever the -- person's religion identifies too closely with any party and as if we lost and I think no we don't lose that's why is -- -- as believers whatever.
Our beliefs are we put them into the public square we make our case and let people vote we don't lose we at least made our case and I think.
Discipline position of religion altogether since the sixties which is another part because his -- as religion has.
Had less -- terms of the -- cannot be admitted his exit in the works for more more people.
Real and and religion begins to be more more marginalized the whole -- of various religious leaders become political leaders and so you have essentially is -- is religion -- Up and politics.
The black church when Lyndon religiously have always been in politics because that's field -- -- apple authority and -- and it got power right -- -- -- -- there what you have and you also I think have this and you know a number of other religious.
And another -- which is communities is a much more complex picture when you move in so you can have you can have a Catholic teaching.
Right a Catholic teaching social justice which would light up quite well for quotation marks a Democratic Party and the Catholic sexual ethic which -- up quite well.
With a piece of the Republican Party I don't think it's -- it's part of the Republican Party but it -- We never really -- basically.
It really is it exit exam Wednesday same point is you know when -- when your issue is -- social more is when that becomes the the big issue.
Then there's certain parts of the Republican Gordon if you really go for right because you.
If abortion -- Zurich non negotiable you can't do this sort of Democrats has been -- -- but the problem is is that it now and you respond to.
The on social justice issues you know the Catholic Church.
You had a problem with a lot of the issues that Republicans are doing in terms of fiscal philosophy.
It's well this is why there should be no no but -- involved -- that we should not be ever supporting a part of because no one candidate and certainly no one party will ever represented as a Catholic.
All of the spectrum of my beliefs.
And so that's why would we affiliate too closely it's dangerous because then we have winners or losers vs -- What we believe is simply truth and -- we should be advocating for a -- Michael.