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Shapiro: The Death of American Religion

By Ben Shapiro

In the aftermath of the re-election of President Barack Obama, conservatives searched the heavens and the earth for answers. Some suggested that Mitt Romney lost because Republicans didn't reach out more to Latino voters; some suggested that Romney lost because his "get out the vote" system fell apart on Election Day. Romney himself said that he lost because President Obama separated voting groups with particularly calibrated "gifts" designed to curry their favor.

In truth, Mitt Romney lost for the same reason that traditional marriage lost on Election Day: America is becoming a less religious country. And that bodes ill for the future of the United States.

It's not that religious voters didn't turn out for Romney. They did in droves. Fully 26 percent of voters -- 3 percent more than in 2004 -- were white evangelicals who supported Romney 79 to 21. Fifty-three percent of the electorate identified as Protestant; another 25 percent identified as Catholic.

But a full 40 percent of voters attended church or synagogue rarely; 17 percent of voters never attended church or synagogue at all. Indeed, 12 percent of the voting base didn't report a religious affiliation at all. That adds up to 69 percent of the population. And this population broke for Barack Obama.

This isn't to argue that secular people can't be good, hard-working Americans; the vast majority of them are. It isn't to argue, either, that they don't vote Republican; many of them do. But the increasing secularization of America means the increasing importance of the state in American life. For generations, the religious community looked to two sources for inspiration and support in times of crisis: God and fellow members of the community. The secular community looks to one source: the state. Where the religious believer understands that it is immoral to deprive someone else of their property by force, even when such stealing is given legal cover by the state, the secularist believes that the morality of redistributionism takes precedence over the morality of respect for the rights of others. The same folks who voted for gay marriage and abortion voted for a broad expansion of the state and for higher tax rates.

That's not because Republicans are pro-life and pro-traditional marriage; even if Republicans ignored the issues -- as, indeed, Mitt Romney tried to do -- secularists would still link a larger state with a pro-abortion, pro-same sex marriage position. That's because the same position that rejects the sanctity of unborn life tends to reject the sanctity of private property; both are based on the John Locke-ian premise that man is special in the universe, and that the product of his labor is an extension of his special place in the universe. Ignore man's Godly origins and his property becomes a dispensable commodity rather than a fulfillment of a divine mission.

More than that, the religious society rests on two fundamental principles: personal responsibility and belief in responsibility to future generations. Secularism rejects both principles. Personal responsibility becomes societal responsibility in the secular view; we are all shaped by our genetics and our environment, both of which are out of our control. How, then, can we be held responsible for our actions? As for responsibility to future generations, the prophet of modern day leftist economics, John Maynard Keynes, summed it up best: "In the long run, we are all dead." Tap out the public treasury now, and grab your redistributionist cash for there is no kingdom of heaven -- and you won't be around to reap the consequences of your decisions.

Perhaps libertarianism is a solution. But historically, it hasn't been. Every godless society has turned radically to the left. There are religious societies that turn to the left, too -- Islamic societies tend toward Marxist economic schemes -- but the traditional Judeo-Christian philosophy has forwarded capitalism.

So, can American society survive its turn to secularism? It can, but only in a different form -- a more European form. The best hope for a return to fundamental American principles is a return to the fundamental American philosophy embodied on our coinage:  E Pluribus Unum  on one side,  In God We Trust  on the other.

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Ben Shapiro, 28, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, a radio host on KRLA 870 Los Angeles, and Editor-At-Large for Breitbart News. He is the four-time bestselling author of "Primetime Propaganda."

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  1. adrianpaulComment by adrianpaul
    November 26, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    Margaret Thatcher once said “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money”.
    Once our public treasury is tapped out, watch for Obama to be eyeing all funds on deposit for our 401-K pensions. He has in fact hinted to that in the past – saying that those people can then be given extra “credits” on their social security accounts.
    My prediction is that he will also look to confiscate ALL privately owned gold bars and make it a felony with jail time to hoard same – bypassing Congress, doing it by “Executive Order”!
    In one of BO’s early books he stated that Karl Marx had the right idea, he just didn’t go about it right!

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  2. Tonto (USA)Comment by Tonto (USA)
    November 26, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    I wonder if this idea is really all that valid. I actually believe that Romney lost because the person the Conservatives wanted to run wasn’t on the ballot. Visualize the dems as the “left” and the GOP as “the almost left” and you get the picture. Was Romney representative of who Conservatives wanted as a President?…..or just more of the same, just not as much? Soros even said before the election….there was basically no difference between Obama and Romney. The GOP is shell shocked and useless now. We need a wild-eyed, nasty Libertarian with revolution on the brain to get us to a recovery.

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    • nancyjComment by nancyj
      November 26, 2012 @ 9:58 am

      The real reason Obama (the illegal President) is still in
      Washington, is because people who are Libertarian or some other fringe party, are more interested in their own agenda than they are in our country.
      They should have voted for Romney and gotten rid of Obama once and for all.
      That would have made the difference.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      November 26, 2012 @ 10:59 am

      As the Palestinians love their hate of Israeli’s more than they love their own children to the self destruction of their own people,,,,so the Libertarians and fringe people love the purity of their argument more than they love their own country, also to the self destruction of their own people. Too many Evangelical Purists stayed home on election day do to the perceived Christian impurity of Mormonism and resulted in the Dark Prince again dividing and conquering the cogent minds of America.

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    • rrg51Comment by rrg51
      November 26, 2012 @ 11:25 am

      Wow. Straight from the shoulder and, unfortunately, true. We’d hoped that more Christian O-supporters would change sides or at least stay home. Instead they came out, denied the facts and/or held their nose and voted. Some conservative “purists” stayed home and gave the election away. (Where’s Ralph Nader when we needed him?)

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    • barb24Comment by barb24
      November 26, 2012 @ 11:58 am

      Sorry, but that will never happen. The Ron Paul Libertarians took over the Iowa Republican party structure and were absolutely no help statewise or countywise in getting Republicans elected. Perhaps that was their ploy as the majority of them showed up at Republican caucuses and took over and then voted for Obama. Hundreds of Obama voters were registered as Republicans, “temorarily”, as one Democrat put it. Obama won because he ran a campaign like the one that beat Goldwater-scare tactics that were a pack of lies(like the war on women)plus giveaways. Many voters only hear soundbites and that is the crowd Obama wooed. What do we do when there are more takers than givers?

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      November 26, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

      Let us not fall into the trap of generalizing people. Not all Libertarians did what some are accusing us of, here. I’ve been a member of the Libertarian party for about 30 years, but have never voted for a presidential libertarian candidate. In fact, I spent many hours trying to talk Paul supporters into voting for Romney, as I did. Hate to burst your bubbles, but there are libertarians and Libertarians who do put the good of the country before that of the party.

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  3. gopluvaComment by gopluva
    November 26, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    I guess Shapiro is right as far as he goes.But I firmly believe Romney lost because the Republican party did not get behind him 100% like they should have. Once he was picked they should hjave put forth the whole strength of the party. but they failed him miserably. Also, evidently the American people are not ready for a truthful politition.Romney spoke the truth in every sentence they called gaffes. Overseas and here.Like in the movie “you cant handle the truth.Look how republicans jumped on his explanation of why he lost. He was right there also. No one could have won against obamas presents.

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    • mach37Comment by mach37
      November 26, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

      I agree completely. Romney was right about the “gifts” and just about everything else. Republicans who didn’t vote for him should be ashamed of themselves.

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    • cap21Comment by cap21
      November 27, 2012 @ 12:09 am

      the gop the lib the tea party and religious right could not compromise to get rid of barry that’s the gist of it. barry did not devide the country as bad as that if every one of those pointing fingers would reverse the finger they would be pointing at themselves.

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  4. lwessonComment by lwesson
    November 26, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    The Founders said of their attempt at creating a Representative Republic, that The People must be a moral one, a religious one. At the time, the vast, overwhelming religion was that of Christianity, and that was the core as far as the Founders thought, and desired.

    To destroy America–Europe, Communists have been well adroit in destroying the foundations of Christianity, dissolving the unity of Man & Woman in marriage, scuttling the Family, taking that which is perverse and making it the norm while crying HATE for any counter to all of the above.

    The Communists have had help. The New World Order, Global Economy zealots, Internationalists, and yes you can throw in the Free Trade Zombies, have slowly dissolved The People, to not think about their past, to not think about the tapestry of history that created The Republic and European Culture. Denuded of a notion of self, lets loose the inner craven child, (infantilism) to consume, to clamor for feeling good at all times, to be taken care of, to turn away from bad thoughts.

    This CABAL has also done wonders at de-industrializing the United States. We the People are but cogs competing against cheap Third World labor. Corporations like APPLE might be headquartered here, but it’s products are made in Communist China. Internationalists see NO problem about this. They do expect you to serve up your boys & girls for military service, and maintain a massive military… to maintain the playground.

    I know that it is Ancient History, but the US in 4 short years during World War 2, defeated Germany & Japan, developed the atomic bomb… and this was not via small businesses. Hello Republican Party?! Rust Belt America was not all that convinced that Romney was going to bring back industry. Just more happy Pollyanna talking once every four years, as Clint Eastwood said.

    One other thing. The Founders were not fans of democracy and in fact, talk extensively how democracy would ultimately lead to tyranny. Democracy was not mentioned in the founding documents, but that is all one ever hears about from the talking heads of State, the media, teachers… All of the safeguards built in, to shield The Republic from the destructive force of democracy have been gone around greatly. The Bill of Rights hangs by a “chad” to the terrors of The Supreme Court, something that Thomas Jefferson feared. Franklin opined that we could not long keep The Republic. Do tell.

    So the “children” who derive benefits from The Fearful all Powerful Monolithic State, lined up to vote for their Pa Pa Doc in this Banana RepubliK of AmeriKa. Likely Obama is looking at Egypt hoping to by decree, to null and void the 2 term limit and any other impediment to his FORWARD agenda.

    Further, as elections are just a means to an end, voting fraud, massive voting fraud, is winked and smiled at. Even dear old Uncle Joseph Stalin would be amazed that we allow electronic voting! What an amazing fraud device. “It is not how many votes that count, what is important is who does the counting.”

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    • expectComment by expect
      November 26, 2012 @ 10:40 am

      There you go voter fraud big problem .I cant believe so many people are that stupid.Decevied ignorant its ashame but for evil too prevail good do nothing. Time too fight back

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      November 26, 2012 @ 10:45 am

      Just what is our desire for property other than really only a desire to have some external guarantee of our inner freedom? To be able to touch and feel externally the hard earned symbols of that inner security and freedom we all seek in life through our hard labors, our sweat and our tears.
      I am free on the inside because I can call my soul my own, and I am free on the outside because I can call something else, something out side of me, my own.
      Those who would seek to control and manipulate us to take away our God given Constitutional freedoms, must first attack the things on the outside which secure those feelings of inner strength and security. Thus always follows the Secular Liberal Progressive seizure of our external property and subsequent redistribution of our wealth and external strength from us to them, to weaken us and strengthen them, so that they can then ultimately seize the TOTAL power over us, our minds and our souls which IS what they really seek. This is what these devils do, and what defines them as the devils they are. Their power resides only in their deception. Thus it is that they seek not just to enthrall you, your external present day property and your soul, but would also steal your future and that of your unborn child the very representation of your future, either through debt or abortion. They would make you the secular dependent child substitute for the real thing that God intended you to have. They seek to substitute the hollow unproductive plesure of SELF for the productive pleasure of OTHER which is why the American child has become a Liberal Progressive DEMOCRAT Party created endangered species. Destroy the family foundation and control the productive capacity and of wealth and the human reproduction capacity to procreate and you have succeeded in becoming the Masters of the American Universe.

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  5. JDZComment by JDZ
    November 26, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    It is a dangerous period in the history of our country as we are seeing the control of our country go to radical socialists led by Obama and his CZARs. The leftist minions that have taken control of government in many cities, counties, states, and now at the federal level are using the EPA and executive orders to pseudo nationalize our private industries through rules, regulations, and laws. Once the federal government gets control of our private economy, it will no longer be a “private” economy and will mutate toward a Venezuelian style dictatorship hidden under a “democracy” sheepskin.

    Secular activists have helped move the USA in this direction as they have formed coalitions between big labor, wealthy financiers like George Soros, the entertainment and mainstream media, have “conned” naive and younger Americans into supporting their policies, have circled the wagons around those Americans on welfare and other government subsidy programs, and enticed minorities through “scare” tactics and promises, and it has allowed them to get enough of the votes to elect their choices as our government leaders.

    Our fundamental American values and beliefs are at risk as the policies of these secular driven socialists are slowly taking away our individual rights and our ability to protect our property and assets which we worked hard our whole lives to create and enjoy. These socialist policies will eventually eliminate the whole concept of “the American dream” which make this country unique in the history of the world.

    Somehow, there has to be some “awakening” in this country of what is actually happening and the changes that are in play. I just cannot believe that the majority of Americans would stand for it if they really understood how the dots connect and the implications of what is in play.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      November 26, 2012 @ 10:19 am

      “Somehow, there has to be some “awakening” in this country of what is actually happening and the changes that are in play.”

      It is difficult to awaken those who depend on the government for their existence. This was evidenced by the fact that Obama was given a second term and the mindless still support him. They would not listen to reason, they ignored the truth, and they denied the fact that he has worked tirelessly to destroy this nation.

      They voted for this administration because they expect to be taken care of, and I think they will be shocked when reality sets in, but when they won’t accept the truth they become delusional and deserve to be shocked. Romans 1:21, 25

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    • sexysadieComment by sexysadie
      November 26, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

      The awakening you speak of will happen when the country completely collapses–and that’s not far off. Then, and only then, will the self-induced comatosed Americans wake up to what they have allowed to happen to this once great country. But, by then, it will be too late. We will never see our country rise again. We will go the way of the Roman Empire and other great civilizations who fell because of complacency and avarice. Our Founders are turning over….

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    • mysticComment by mystic
      November 26, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

      For SexySadi: I agree with the feeling and sentiment. However, I also hold out hope and belief that good will always prevail; The light will shine on the dark; and of course, Good always prevails over Evil. Simply minded, perhaps…but it keeps me from totally throwing out the baby with the bath water.

      We as a people are so different then any culture or nation before it. We are young. We are different. We have built a nation that doesn’t exist anywhere else in history or on the planet present day. This allows me that glimmer of what the future can hold. Nothing is written in stone, and everything can and will change.

      I believe in the adage of ‘those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it’. One of the silver linings in all this political and social turmoil is the majority of the nation is learning and researching and educating themselves about our process, our budget, our needs, and where we want to go as a nation. True, some learn slower, some take what they learn and pervert it to their will and not what is best for the whole of the nation…but we are learning none the less.

      Once the many factions inside the Republican and Democratic parties see their idea’s crash and fail (due to obvious oversight that no Utopian idea will work due to the human eliminate no one can control) they will regroup, re brand and possibly come out better for the practice.

      And so, I hold hope, hope for the silver lining that is the pinch we are all feeling right now, socially, monetarily and emotionally. We are no where near what our Founders where. We are no where near what the Great Generation were. We are a new and unique social group that is an expansion of the greatest experiment this world has ever seen. In this, there is hope.

      ~M

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      November 26, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

      >> I just cannot believe that the majority of Americans would stand for it if they really understood how the dots connect and the implications of what is in play. <<

      Unfortunately, many voters in the up-to-mid-forties generation, which voted heavily for Obama, aren't interested in connecting any dots, or even locating them; they have far more important things on their minds. Most can name every judge on those competition shows such as American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, etc., and can probably give you a fair biography on each of them, including their personal preferences. Name their senators? Possibly, and possibly even those senators' party affiliations, nothing more.

      Something I drummed into our kids' heads back in their teen years (and they now range from mid-forties to early fifties, so this goes back a ways) is to establish priorities in matters such as this. Here's the irony, put to two premises.

      Premise one: The winners of those competitions (I used groups such as the Beatles, back then) will have absolutely no impact on your lives, so why care so much about them beyond a casual interest;

      Premise two; The winners of elections will have an impact on every aspect of your lives, so care about them a great deal.

      Thank God (literally) it took. All are conservative to one degree or another, and all realized the damage an Obama can do to the nation they all love. Not true for the majority of their peers.

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  6. howe77Comment by howe77
    November 26, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    There really isn’t any argument about why Gov Romney lost the election and it wasn’t secularism. The media and the entitlement crowd became a driver for the election outcome. When you have a President who particpates in over 100 presidential campaigns, goes on 23 TV talk shows all in less than two years and cleverly deceives the electorate with hope and change ideas which wreak of deviseness, demonization and class warfare, it is no wonder many people believe that Obama is the nations savior and the other parties are just plain evil. Their is going to be a price to pay for electing an anti-colonialist President that has no business experience and lacks respect for the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law. The churches have been silenced through threats of losing charitable status by preaching politics from the pulpit and two years ago it became illegal for pastors to speak against the govt under the hate crime law passed by a majority of democrats. Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, bishop in charge in New York was silenced when he publicised the fact that Obama’s Health CZAR instituted a policy in the Obamacare law that infringed against 1st amendment rights of Catholics to exercise religious beliefs opposing birth control meds and abortions. Obama decides rules of law.

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    • BobinmsComment by Bobinms
      November 26, 2012 @ 11:03 am

      Yes and the top generals are being purged.

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    • mysticComment by mystic
      November 26, 2012 @ 11:13 am

      For Howe77: I believe the base premise of your idea is in congress with the base premise of the article. Due to lower percentages of ‘value oriented’, church attending faithful has led us too Secularism. I do believe it is two parts of the same issue.

      Great post, great idea’s, and a well posted bullet point of how the majority who voted in our President clearly views their world/nation.

      ~M

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  7. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    November 26, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    Mr. Shapiro’s premise that religion, or lack thereof in our society, is the root cause of our radical redirection is totally off the mark. The religion of Secularism is at an all-time high. The religion of Statism is at an all-time high and growing exponentially, the religion of Humanism is large and growing. Every national poll that I have seen continues to state that when asked respondents overwhelmingly agree that America is a Christian country. But I also see the moral and ethical underpinnings of that Judeo-Christian belief evaporating quickly. The religion of Relativism has replaced Truth and you can hear it being spewed from pulpits and classrooms across this Nation. I would say that there is a Replacement Theology being broadcast with an ever-increasing volume. Mr. Shapiro is partially correct but only scratches the surface in his exposition.

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    • Blu OwenComment by Blu Owen
      November 26, 2012 @ 10:53 am

      Your comment actually mirrors the left’s goal, to redefine the very meaning of the word religion. The definition of religion is the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods.
      Of course some are claiming Obama is their savior which would fall in line with your statement.

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    • rrg51Comment by rrg51
      November 26, 2012 @ 11:32 am

      Gimme: yes “religion” is too broad a term to be accurate. Perhaps a significant number of US citizens are, practically, “post-Christian” as BHO commented, but they won’t face it.

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    • techwreckComment by techwreck
      November 26, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

      Shapiro cites our nation’s founders as the basis for his belief that a religious and moral society is necessary for our republic to flourish. Who do you cite as an authority for your views?

      I’m with Ben!

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  8. whatever1217Comment by whatever1217
    November 26, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    We have more people now on entitlement than ever before. They are not about to give that up, that is why Obozo is in office. Yes, religion is fading! I would rather live
    my life as if there is a God,
    And die to find out
    there isn’t, than live my life
    As if there isn’t,
    and die to find out there is.

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  9. gad7Comment by gad7
    November 26, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    Romney lost to fulfill prophecy … http://www.thehosscampus.com

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  10. coachleeComment by coachlee
    November 26, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    My observation is far simpler. The GOP lost because far too many US Citizens no longer believe in personal responsibility and accountability. When meritocracy is no longer viewed as acceptable, then why should be we surprised by more US citizens wanting government support? I believe we can thank the public educators for this turnaround where everyone should have an A even though he or she may not deserve one. The loss further signifies the failure of developing self-esteem in individuals. When parents lack self esteem, the ability to take on normal day to day challenges, then how they can develop or instill these traits or self-leadership characteristics in their children?

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      November 26, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

      >> When parents lack self esteem, the ability to take on normal day to day challenges, then how they can develop or instill these traits or self-leadership characteristics in their children? <<

      On the mark, and well put. One cannot instill in others what does not exist in ones' self. I don't see how some–repeat, some of those on various welfare programs, who know full well they're mentally and physically capable of supporting themselves and their families, can possibly have any self-respect; ergo, children with similar deficiencies.

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  11. truthbetoldComment by truthbetold
    November 26, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    “More than that, the religious society rests on two fundamental principles: personal responsibility and belief in responsibility to future generations. Secularism rejects both principles.” If you are going to fight an enemy, you have to know your enemy, Shapiro is incorrect int the above statement. The two fundamentals of religion and religious society are faith in God and adherence to to God’s commands and wishes. Secular Humanists do take personal responsibility for their actions to a large extent and they and the left certainly are concerned (whether in the right way or not) in furure generations which is why the opposition to pollution of the air, water and earth takes up such a large part of their programs and issues.

    Romney lost for several reasons, religion was the least of them. The Democrats did not have a bruising primary and were able to concentrate on Obama’s reelection whiule we were supporting the the jerk of the week like Cain, Perry and Trump. The Democrats were better organized on the ground; had better targeting of voters; made better use of their funds in the swing states; Romney lacked charisma and should have been better able to take advantage of Obamas miserable first debate. There are other reasons, but I suspect that religion, or lack of it, was only a minor factor, if one at all. I feel too that while the economy is in the pits, not enough people trusted Romney enough to get us out of the mess.

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  12. paoldguyComment by paoldguy
    November 26, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    The premise that “religious” voters vote Republican is only partially true and is offensive to many religious voters. I am white, male, over 65, religious and NOT Republican. The Republican party assumes that only conservative religions are religions. Everything else is “secular”. There are lots of us Unitarians, Episcopalians, UCC, Lutherans, Conservative/Reform Jews, etc. who do NOT vote Republican.
    Romney also ignored the “47%”. West Virginia a non Southern state with a low median household income (less than $43000) with a small minority % voted R in both 2008 & 2012. People vote for things other than $$ on both sides of the fence. Both Thatcher & Reagan knew this.

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    • JDZComment by JDZ
      November 26, 2012 @ 11:47 am

      West Virginia voted for Romney even though in just about every election in the past they typically vote Democrat, but guess what…even though much of West Virginia is poor and need government subsidy help in the form of welfare and food stamps, they relalized that having jobs was the most important thing to them in the long run.

      The coal industry is the life blood of the state as it creates the majority of jobs both for those working within the coal industry and for the small businesses and extended advantages of having a healthy economy.

      The Obama administration, through Lisa Jackson who runs the EPA, is basically killing the coal industry in West Virginia and is more concerned about controlling carbon emissions then for helping American citizens out of work and struggling to survive. The EPA is forcing coal fired power plants to close their doors, fire their employees, when 92% of the electricity in West Virginia comes from coal fired plants. The administration has no backfill plan and has admitted that electrical rates in West Virginia are going to skyrocket as a result of these overly stringent EPA carbon emission regulations.

      The Obama administration does not really care about those in WV, PA, Ohio, etc. who work in the coal industry as, to them, these people are being sacrificed as the push by extremist environmentalists are being forced on the American people in this unrealistic “green” energy or “renewable” energy strategy is being jammed down our throats.

      To me, what is happening to our people in the coal industry is a prime example of how politics has taken priority over the welfare of our citizens by the Obama administration.

      The sad thing about it is that enough voters actually have bought into this “con” game and have voted to continue down this path.

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    • Gabrielle SymeComment by Gabrielle Syme
      November 26, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

      You are not comparing apples to apples. Sorry to stir up controversy by being insulting, but your list of “Unitarians, Episcopalians, UCC, Lutherans, Conservative/Reform Jews” are not exactly who I would count as religious, in the sense of the term as used in this article. Most friends I have who describe themselves in those terms are the people most eagerly lapping up secularism, socialism, large government, etc.! No, they are not Republicans. And they are as nauseatingly embracing of secularism and socialism as the Nuns on the Bus who do NOT represent Catholic Church teachings and shouldn’t be included in the demographics of how ‘religious’ people vote.

      When secularism has been purged from your list of churches (not sure you could do that for the Unitarians, they ARE secularists), when they are no longer selling their souls for progressivism, when they realize their historic roots and understand that CHURCHES are meant to be helping the poor by giving a hand up and not government keeping the poor down with handouts…. When all these things happen, we’ll count those denominations as religious and not secular.

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    • thebestcpuComment by thebestcpu
      November 26, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

      Comment to responder JDZ and your quote:”West Virginia voted for Romney even though in just about every election in the past they typically vote Democrat….”
      You have a lot of good comments yet if you don’t want to diminish your credibility you should not preface good information/comments with bad data. Including this last election, over the last 11 elections West Virginia voted 6 time for Republican presidents and 5 times Democratic Presidents as I recall. Attracting moderates to the GOP will not be done when exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect. They see through this as easily as they do Rush Limbaugh. Just a suggestion.

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  13. jaijacobiaComment by jaijacobia
    November 26, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    The reason the Republicans are losing voters is that those we elect are COWARDS.

    NOT ONE will stand up to the corrupt media to “force” Obama to turn over the real documentation of his birth place, education, travels, or other documentation we all have to provide on a daily basis.

    NOT ONE will force an investigation of the mysterious death of the one man who saw Obama’s passport or the two men who likely knew Obama’s gay past or the imprisonment of the one man who wrote about it.

    At this point, THE ONLY documentation we have is what Obama himself imagined in his supposedly ‘autobiographical’ novels. We in fact have NOTHING to prove the man in OUR White House even exists. NONE!

    The Republican representatives elected to represent US are hiding from Obama’s thugs and the media. They may be right to fear them, but we need men who are unafraid to stand up for the principles they expounded on in order to win election. If they are afraid of being accused of ‘racism’ or ridiculed as ‘conspiracy theorists,’ they’re weaker than the middle aged man I saw recently wearing a tee shirt that proclamed “Birther and Proud.”

    If the Republicans we thought we voted into office were even half what they claimed to be, they would fight for the truth and based on the facts, they would IMPEACH OBAMA.

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  14. mistybluamericnComment by mistybluamericn
    November 26, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    The US is a scary place to be right now, and we can thank those that voted for Obama and Obama himself. What were people thinking to have voted for the same man that dug America deeper into debt, did nothing for the ecomomy(you cant keep giving money away for free) sure there were some positive things he did for the people, but lets be honest here..he said and promised things in his first election that he completely recanted and flip flopped on later. It will be the same this time, and we cannot afford a flopper. I think people should look back in our history at other presidents, and what they did and believed in and how their policies worked. The big difference in all of their successes is they turned to God in a time of need. Presidents need someone or something to believe in to go to for guidance, not just other cabinet members. God is a part of this Mighty Nation and it is a Mighty Nation because of God. We can all see the consequences when we push God out of our County as well as out of our lives. May God Bless America!

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  15. jaijacobiaComment by jaijacobia
    November 26, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    Obama can’t turn to God for help. He thinks he IS god.

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    • mysticComment by mystic
      November 26, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

      For JaiJacobia: Well, maybe “God” is a bit over stated. Demi God? Perhaps. Savior? More then likely.

      We’ve all heard the “heal the world”, “oceans will stop rising” type rhetoric. I do believe the man truly believed it within his power to do all these things. Then he got into office and realized just how limited his ‘powers’ truly are. There is of course a ‘let down’ for each new President who enters office when they realize the difference of how things really work verses their idea’s on how to fix or make our nation better. Read any autobiography on any past president, and they all mention this ‘let down’ in some form or another.

      ~M

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  16. thebestcpuComment by thebestcpu
    November 26, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    I will not contest Ben Shapiro’s article The Death of American Religion, I strongly disagree with his statement that “In truth, Mitt Romney lost for the same reason that traditional marriage lost on Election Day: America is becoming a less religious country.”

    Being a fiscal conservative and businessman let me put Romney’s loss in capitalist terms. If you want to sell a winning product, you need a product the customer wants to buy. Not updating your product to appeal to a changing customer demographic means your competitor is going to eat into your market share. Spending your marketing budget to emphasize features that appeals to the minority and is seen as a negative to the majority is also a recipe for failure. You also must deliver on the main features of your product. If that is government balanced fiscal conservatism (one with which the majority will agree), then deliver that product. The GOP track record on this front as well as Romney’s is far from stellar.

    We can bemoan Romney’s loss and/or the radical branding of the GOP by the left yet the formula for success is not that hard. You need a better product and product marketing. In fact, I do agree with Ben in regards to American values of “E Pluribus Unum” (One from Many) and “In God We Trust.” Those phrases with a platform of balanced fiscal conservatism could be a huge appeal to both GOP and moderates. Unfortunately present perceptions of GOP are not so kind after the election:

    “E. Pluribus Unum/One from Many” is seen as “from the GOP radicals – unity”
    In God We Trust is seen as “from ‘my’ God we legislate”

    The product needs to evolve for evolving demographics and both the branding and actual party behaviors need to match the primary advertised features of such product to have a winner. This is not rocket science, just business science. I have subscribed to GOPUSA for quite some time and have been a Republican for the vast majority of my voting life (many decades) yet am skeptical that my first post here will be taken as just my opinion and “tough love” advice. Therefore, this may be my last post as well.

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  17. jaijacobiaComment by jaijacobia
    November 26, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    Ron Paul was a dummy candidate used by the Democrats for splitting the Republican vote, but there’s still no way that so many precincts in Cleveland, Philadelphia, and elsewhere in swing states should report NO Romney votes.

    Right now the most important thing our GUTLESS congress should do is INVESTIGATE VOTER FRAUD or more accurately VOTING MACHINE TAMPERING.

    There is plenty of evidence of tampering. For example, almost every swing state city reports large precincts with NO votes for Romney. Who believes that? In a free country NO candidate receives 100% of the vote.

    WHY IS THIS NOT BEING INVESTIGATED? Tampering was easily accomplished in Iran and other places with electronic voting elecrtronic vote counting machines. There’s plenty of evidence to prove it happened here as well.

    INVESTIGATE THEN PROSECUTE!

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  18. tncdelComment by tncdel
    November 26, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    The world and America would be a better place with absolutely NO religion.

    Unfortunately, mysticism is far from dead, though I hope to see most folks stop believing in such nonsense before I die.

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    • GHUComment by GHU
      November 26, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

      You are one of the reasons why America is declining. Religion is not the problem, it’s the fact that so many have stopped believing in God and putting Him first in our lives. America can not continue to kill thousands of unborn babies everyday through abortion and not reap the consequences. America can not change traditional marriage and family, the foundation of any society, to an abhorrent radical gay mockery of marriage and not reap the consequences. America can not brainwash our children into liberalism and immorality and not reap the consequences.

      Wake up America and return to God!

      2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

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  19. conserv38Comment by conserv38
    November 26, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    The people have spoken, and I feel that many voted on social issues versus the economy that is falling apart rapidly. I am a Christian, Republican, and believe my party did not back Mitt Romney as much as they should of. The Dems put thousands of people out all over the country to see just what is being done and how it is being done by the Republican Party. They should have seen things were not as solid in thae Romney corner as in the Obama corner. The GOP has to fight fire with fire. The sometimes outrageous and repulsive advertisement of Romney allowing a women to die of cancer because Bain Capital closed a plant, or the picture of someone pushing granny over the cliff instilled doubt in many Americans who are not fact checkers and believe what CNN NBC,ABC,CBS, the Washington Post, New York Times and other left leaning media put out as truth. It is no secret that they, for the most lean towards Obama, and at times put him on a pedistal so most news puts the right on the chopping block while hiding much of what in news worthy. This is the second Presidential election we have lost because of mediocracy both in 2008 and 2010, and now there is rumblings that some Republicans want to cave into to the demands of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid or they will allow us to go over the fiscal cliff. Is this how our government should work, by threats?, The head of our financial system says to raise the ceiling to infinity, what is this lunacy?. The GOP has to quit feeling sorry for their selves, get their heads out of the sand, restructure and put their eyes on the mid term election of 2014. If we can gain enough seats in the Senate, we can stop Obamas run away train, Also last but not least, three million Republicans did not vote, some Christians did not vote, because Romney is a Mormon, so you folks have this mess that is going to get worse to blame but yourselves. Obama can do anything he pleases because he does not have to worry about re-election, and he will do everything he can to push his ajenda as far as he can go. Maybe the light at the end of the tunnel is if he continues to push us over the cliff for the next four years, the Democrats will probably loose the election 2016, but the damage will have been done, but on the other hand those of us who want stuff, are the gimmee gimmee part of our culture, we may get another Obama in the Whitehouse, and that is a very scarry thought./

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  20. Allen SComment by Allen S
    November 26, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    I hope there is a death to the American religion because religion is not Christianity. Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ and how many religious people even know what that is or means? Too many people just keep believing the traditions of the church, the creeds, the sacraments and say the same thing over and over. Ritual without reality is meaningless. How many people don’t even think about God until they are in trouble and then it is, “Oh,God help” when they haven’t even bothered to learn who and what He is and what He can do for them. People go to church, walk out the door and never remember a word that was spoken and go on their merry way leaving God at church. God’s Word needs to be taught and learned in such a way that one can use it in every area of our lives. That is how it works. We are here to glorify Jesus Christ — how many people know how?
    There are over 7,000 promises in the Bible that we can claim if we are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and growing spiritually. Here are only a few…
    Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You: because he trusts in You.
    II Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline.
    Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
    Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
    I Peter 5:7casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
    Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.
    Jer 17:5 Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
    Get off the religious roller coaster and get some knowledge about God more than just “God is Love” for He also disciplines His Children too — in love.

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  21. braines57Comment by braines57
    November 26, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    What is truly scary about the current state of our country is how it lines up with the Biblical end times. Those who have rejected religion and Christianity in particular refuse to acknowledge God or the Bible, but unfortunately for them, this rejection does not invalidate them. God does not need our acknowledgement in order to be God. He has no need for endorsements of His Word as “proof” of its veracity. The “proof” which has withstood the test of time is live according to His Word and see the result. Our nation is unique in that it was built upon this solid foundation and as a result, we have prospered, even in the face of adversity. We now face the consequences of our rejection of Him as a nation. He is faithful, even when we are not. If we follow His Word and begin to pray faithfully for our nation and its leaders, He will answer. We can yet extend the door of mercy through faithful prayer, but time is running out. Our country was never intended to be a “democracy”. It was designed as a democratic republic. There is a world of difference. Yes, all men are created equal, but nowhere does it say that they shall earn or prosper equally. For too long we have allowed the left to hurl stones at us as being hypocrites if we do not “love” everyone the same, which of course means that we must allow gays to pursue their lifestyle and women to abort their babies if that is their wish. We must not ever try to force our views upon others, whether at home or abroad. HOGWASH! Israel has never had apologize for being a Jewish nation, so why should we apologize for being a Christian nation? I say this because our nation is based on Judeo-Christian values and beliefs; however, groups like the ACLU have tried to tear down our whole value system. If other people choose to come here and pursue the “American Dream” but do not wish to include Christianity as part of that dream, they can do so – the folly lies in the notion that when it does not work the same without God at the center, someone owes them something. We do not owe anyone any guarantees. What we offer is opportunity. What you make of it is dependent upon your determination and work ethic. Neither should we hesitate to defend ourselves, our nation and our beliefs. Too much precious blood has been shed to defend our nation and our liberties. If we stop defending our country and our beliefs, we will cease to exist as a nation. These times are not for the faint of heart. We must be strong in our faith, firm in our beliefs and true to our conscience. “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” The right path is there, before us. We just need the right Guide to get there.

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  22. toddschulComment by toddschul
    November 26, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Ben, you’ve raised a very important question. So, I wanted to make sure we’re considering the correct numbers here. You wrote:

    “But a full 40 percent of voters attended church or synagogue rarely; 17 percent of voters never attended church or synagogue at all. Indeed, 12 percent of the voting base didn’t report a religious affiliation at all. That adds up to 69 percent of the population. And this population broke for Barack Obama.”

    I think you’ve added two groups that should not be added. The 12% that report no religious affiliation would already be included in the 17% who “never attended church or synagogue at all”, wouldn’t they? Unless there is additional descriptors that you didn’t include that would make 57%, not 69% a pretty significant difference.

    Also, you concluded that it added up to 69% of “the population”. This is not descriptive of “the population” of the country, but only of the voters in 2012. Those are not the voters who showed up in 2010. And it’s unlikely it will be the voters who show up in 2014. The real question is who will show up in 2016 (as far as electoral politics is concerned at least).

    I would argue that a significant percentage of the past two elections are uniquely Obama supporters and not necessarily reliable Democrat votes. How could Republicans have held such a large majority in the House if these voters voted Democrat down ballot?

    Another important question for the GOP is not about who voted, but who didn’t vote. Or who didn’t vote for the GOP candidate. Rather than talking about how many fundamental postions the GOP needs to abandon (immigration, gay marriage, abortion), they need to ask the question Obama asked, How can he get people to vote for him who don’t usually vote? There are VERY many people out there who did not vote. Why? That is the important question. And the right answers will make all the difference.

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  23. hisemiester1Comment by hisemiester1
    November 26, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    People keep pushing this aside. Fact: Romney lost because he is a member of a cult, not a Christian. This is believed by a majority in the fundamental four square churches. One can shove it aside but it is the truth. Christians voted to have Satan sit in the White House. As John said, They now own what they have done.

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    • mach37Comment by mach37
      November 26, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

      Thank God there are so few narrow-minded “fundamental four square” people. Anyone who knows anything at all about Mormons knows they are as Christian as any other religion with “Christ” in their name. I am not Mormon.

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    • vevaComment by veva
      November 26, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

      “Mormon” church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Christ’s followers are “Christ-ians”. Understand???
      Religion didn’t lose the election. Cheating did. Fraud voting did. Rigging the voting machines did. Did anyone not expect this from one who was primed for 20+ years by the Chicago political machine and influenced by all of the thugs there? It hasn’t changed for over a century. By now you should have learned that JFK’s daddy, and Cook County, IL got him elected, too. Only the Mafia could have beaten that.

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  24. rdog1Comment by rdog1
    November 26, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    I agree with Mr. Shapiro 110%! I also refer you to another commentary on GOPUSA today, by Lisa Fritsch, with similar observations!

    I wanted to share another thought, about Christian’s not attending church regularly; that most likely will apply to other locations across America.

    My wife and I are both Evangelical Christians. I also like to think of us as “Old Testament Christians” in that we are strong believers in the entire bible, and that the Grace, and teachings, of the Savior are a fulfillment of Old Testament promises to His Chosen People. You cannot understand the New Testament at all without a firm grounding in the Old! Nor can you even begin to understand the Prophecy of Revelation without understanding the end times Prophecies of the Old Testament! (Including the Book of Enoch, by the way!) Enough on our beliefs as that’s not what I wanted to share.

    We are two of those who don’t attend “Church” regularly; but, for another all too common reason: We have not been able to find a “Church” of any denomination, or of no denomination, near us that is truly grounded in Biblical Truth!

    The churches where we live, on of America’s most “progressive??” locations, ignore or even deny truth, to teach a non-existent, New Testament only, Marxist, “Social Gospel”; complete with teachings of “social justice”, “economic justice”, and social engineering; and a “christ” that in no way reflects the Savior of Mankind and Son of the One True Living G_d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!

    So our “Church” is in our home, with AV aids from acceptable sources, and with our Bible’s in our hands!

    It’s sad, but these PC, Secular, imitation Church’s are all over!

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  25. omakleinComment by omaklein
    November 26, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    Religion is dying in America: praise God! Now we can get back to a living relationship with Jesus Christ and open our hearts to the condemned and hurting all around us. Mitt Romney is not our savior and without the hearts of men being turned to the awesome grace of God there will be no positive change.

    This article is well written and most helpful in seeing the state of the person who lives life without hope.

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    • dnvigerjrComment by dnvigerjr
      November 27, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

      With all due respect, how can Religion be dying, and that is something to “Praise”?

      We are warned in the last days that men’s hearts would grow cold, and one examining the crux of this article would have to agree that it is pretty easy to see that prophesy coming of age!

      A turning away from God, religion, spirituality, church regardless of what name is on the door is alarming and cause for warning as this author has rightfully exposed and expressed.

      I don’t think anyone, least of all Mormons considered Romney a sub for the one true Savior of the World, but I believe he certainly was a representative, as are all good and Godly and righteous persons who strive to stand up for the fundamentally unique principals upon which America was built, the most important being a basic belief in God and being good to one another, and people being free of Government tyranny, and being self and God-reliant.

      As our faith in God wanes, so will the heart of America and that which makes us uniquely great and strong and the protector of freedom for the world.

      Those in power, starting at the White House and Congress have a temptation, for centuries before and here and now, to exercise unrighteous dominion, to build their followership through weakness, and dependence for every need and direction. So the bad leaders grow Government, make the population more dependent, and bask in the drunkenness of power!

      Those who would be righteous leaders, like I am certain Romney would have been, give power and empowerment back to the people, to make them strong and independent. This includes religion and faith. Without a reliance on God, to help us with all the challenges that we all face or will face, we are lost to mediocrity, failure, and one or another form of “slavery”.

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