A Positive Sign in the Culture War

Over the years, fights over religion in America’s public square have raged on. Consider:

  • Only a few weeks ago one of the biggest news items in the country was the fight over the forced removal of a Ten Commandments monument in the Judicial Building in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • During the Bush Administration, one of the most controversial ongoing issues has been Bush’s faith-based initiative which would allow tax dollars to get into the hands of church-run social services.
  • Just last year the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because it contains the words “under God.”
  • The right of public school students to pray in school has been questioned and debated to no end.
  • The list goes on. Sadly, in these battles and many others, it appears an attitude of anti-religion — more specifically anti-Christianity — is prevailing. In fact, it’s the subject of a new book by David Limbaugh titled Persecution: How Liberals are Waging War Against Christianity.

    However, a positive sign appeared the other day in the form of a USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll. It didn’t receive a great deal of coverage in the mainstream media, but it was a positive message for those concerned about the cultural direction the nation is taking. Come to think of it, that positive message is probably the exact reason for its lack of coverage.

    Here are the results of several of the questions asked in the poll. Read them and consider that though things seem to be going wrong, there may be hope after all: the fight conservatives fight for the culture is a necessary one — and it is not over.

    The use of federal funds to support social programs like day care and drug rehabilitation run by Christian religious organizations

  • Approve: 64
  • Disapprove: 34
  • No Opinion: 2
  • The inscription “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins

  • Approve: 90
  • Disapprove: 8
  • No Opinion: 2
  • A non-denominational prayer as part of the official program at a public school ceremony such as a graduation or a sporting event

  • Approve: 78
  • Disapprove: 21
  • No Opinion: 1
  • Display of a monument to the Ten Commandments in a public school or government building

  • Approve: 70
  • Disapprove: 29
  • No Opinion: 1
  • If you walked into a public school classroom and the teacher’s desk had a Bible on it, would you consider that to be a good thing, or a bad thing?

  • Good Thing: 71
  • Bad Thing: 18
  • Doesn’t Matter: 9
  • No Opinion: 2
  • Do you think a monument to the Ten Commandments in a courthouse sends a message that the justice system gives special consideration to Jews and Christians over those who belong to other religions, or does it not send that message?

  • Yes, does: 25
  • No, does not: 73
  • No Opinion: 2