Friday, Discovery's Sheila Eldred wrote that women are leaving religion and are tired of the "second-class status or insults from politicians, in part because so many are the heads of their households."
From being called promiscuous and told that single parents are responsible for child abuse, the public and political tone toward women's reproductive health issues has lost civility. So-called "personhood" bills that favor the lives of zygotes over pregnant women, increasing restrictions on access to abortion, forced ultrasounds and other measures are part of a swath of bills being introduced by Republican state legislatures across the nation, as documented by the Guttmacher Institute.
Writing for the Washington Post's On Faith section, Lisa Miller reviewed a book titled The Resignation of Eve, written by evangelical pastor Jim Henderson, which documented stories about women in fundamentalist religions struggling with "being submissive" to men and leaving religion altogether. Miller sees a correlation between the number of women leaving organized religion and their voting patterns, where President Obama's lead against the current GOP presidential hopefuls is growing.
What do you think? Will an increasing number of women leave organized religion and the Republican party in light of the recent political and religious right rhetoric?
Our poll will remain open until 7 AM Pacific time on Sunday, March 18, 2012. Your votes are anonymous, although the polling software tracks IPs to void double-voting. Comments are always encouraged here, particularly if the survey choices do not match your opinion. The survey is specifically about women who tend to vote Republican, but comments about independents, Democrats, third party voters and non-voters are welcome.
This is not a scientific poll.
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Will more women leave the GOP and fundamentalist organized religion?
- YES - The GOP and organized religion have become synonymous. (43%, 26 Votes)
- SORT OF - They'll leave the GOP but become 'spiritual but not religious' or join more liberal churches. (32%, 19 Votes)
- NO - Women will remain in both organized religion and the GOP. (20%, 12 Votes)
- Not sure. (5%, 3 Votes)
- SORT OF - They'll stay in the GOP but quit organized religion. (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 60