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This Week's Poll:  Will U.S. women start leaving religion and/or the GOP?

This Week's Poll: Will U.S. women start leaving religion and/or the GOP?

suffrage marchFriday, 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.

Thanks for voting!

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

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  • sweetlunacy

    I chose "Sort of; the spiritually version".  I really want to say that "I HOPE SO".  I've been wondering why the right wing conservative women have stayed so quiet. Maybe Rush Limbaughs disgusting rant woke some of these women up.  I'm scared for our future.

    • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

      I'm scared for our future too and I think that conservative women are so quiet because they are enslaved by religious dogma.

  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    I said sort of, probably becoming more spiritual but not religious or join more liberal churches.  I really don't see religion disappearing within our lifetime.

    • Deborah_B

       I agree.  I think many will remain in "home" types of religion where there are informal groups that meet at one another's homes or they will gravitate to more moderate religious groups.

      • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

        Or they may get more dogmatic being in homes and alike.

  • Atoms232

    I don't blame them for leaving religion.  I'm surprised that women still have any interest in Church religion, given its despicable legacy of misogyny.

  • Deborah_B

    Sort of in line with this survey is a really good article by Valerie Tarico on 15 Biblical Texts That Reveal Why "God's Own Party" is at War with Women.  Most of us know this stuff, but it's an excellent, well-written reminder:

    http://awaypoint.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/15-bible-texts-reveal-why-gods-own-party-is-at-war-with-women/

  • LHBosma

    The root of this question really started with giving women the right to vote, followed by womens liberation movement, then women taking on careers along side their husbands, followed with the need for day care causing children to be raised by other than their loving, nurturing parents eventually causing higher crime and emotional/mental disorders, along side this the 2 career family has helped to increase divorce rates adding to our childrens disfunction and that of socirty as a whole. If one were to step back and take a look at recent history and the deterioration of the old traditional family unit you would think someone is manipulating things to a desired outcome to suit their agenda. Not recognizing an enemy or believing there is no enemy is that enemies greatest asset. Hypothetically let's say no one believes in satan the devil yet he is the one who explained the theory of evolution to Darwin, if this were true just look at the results of that hidden agenda. Similiarly let's say satan started women's liberation etc. as discussed above, look at the results of that unseen agenda and the deterioration of society, morals, piety, etc.

  • LHBosma

    The root of this question really started with giving women the right to vote, followed by womens liberation movement, then women taking on careers along side their husbands, followed with the need for day care causing children to be raised by other than their loving, nurturing parents eventually causing higher crime and emotional/mental disorders, along side this the 2 career family has helped to increase divorce rates adding to our childrens disfunction and that of socirty as a whole. If one were to step back and take a look at recent history and the deterioration of the old traditional family unit you would think someone is manipulating things to a desired outcome to suit their agenda. Not recognizing an enemy or believing there is no enemy is that enemies greatest asset. Hypothetically let's say no one believes in satan the devil yet he is the one who explained the theory of evolution to Darwin, if this were true just look at the results of that hidden agenda. Similiarly let's say satan started women's liberation etc. as discussed above, look at the results of that unseen agenda and the deterioration of society, morals, piety, etc.

    • Sheldon

      to summarize… this is what happens when you give 'em shoes and let 'em out of the kitchen…

      … bet your a chick magnet.

      As to the rest…blah, blah, blah.

      • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

        Somehow, I just can't picture chicks being magnetized to human males. Something about human males and chickens placed in the same room before dinner could be dangerous.  They are libel to make us women work.  lol

        • Sheldon

          no worries… I got the joke :)

          • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

            :)

  • RichardKM.

    This week's poll about women… It only SEEMS like Republican women are upset because other women are speaking for them. But in reality, these Red women will not leave their party or their religion based on current contraception and abortion issues. If anything, they will become convinced that they, as conservative religious women, are under attack by liberals. This will serve to strengthen their resolve to remain true to church and party.

  • Joseph Langston

    If we grant it true,
    for the sake of argument, that churches, canonical teachings, and
    ecclesiastical authorities have been largely responsible for the subordination
    of women and the maintenance of an unequal gender status quo, through the Bible, organizational authority, the
    exploitation of social change, and through the views and
    writings of early church figures and authorities,  then this allows us to ask a rather pertinent
    question:  why would any woman,
    especially one with a heightened degree of consciousness concerning women’s
    political, legal, and social rights and histories, ever willingly decide to be
    an active participant, or a participant at all, in the Christian religious life?  Sometimes women of religion have been politically
    involved in maintaining or defending
    traditional gender roles and family arrangements, in the name of a moral agenda
    wherein such roles and structures are seen as being mandated by God, and
    therefore not to be tampered with, even by women who may experience them as
    subordinating. This was particularly the case for the 1972 Equal
    Rights Act, as equal rights for both men and women could be injurious to
    women’s divinely ordained roles as mothers, and the famous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion, for obvious reasons
    yet again linked to the imposition of child birth on women as punishment for
    original sin.  A majority of religious conservatives are women, and Pat Robertson’s
    Christian Coalition was, throughout the 1990s, composed of a majority of middle
    class, educated women.  Such information
    serves as a corrective to the idea that men, and thus patriarchy, are the
    primary obstacles to women’s equal rights and liberation, though an argument
    surely could be (and has been; see "false consciousness" and "patriarchal collaboration")
    mounted that such
    conservative women are merely victims of the patriarchal ideology manufactured
    and perpetuated by Christianity and its patriarchal structures and
    institutions.  Because the traditional family model and its attendant roles are seen
    as being given by God, any lifestyle choice or deviation from this model, such
    as abortion or homosexuality, is seen as a threat to the family and gender
    structure this model manifests.  But, the
    efforts of conservative Christian women to preserve this model concretely demonstrate a crucial point:  the power of religion to maintain and
    reify patriarchy can be used to undo patriarchy, depending on who is exercising
    such power.  In this case, women have
    made use of their standing in religion to protect and affirm a religious
    worldview that provides both structure and meaning to their existence.
     

     

  • RK

    Some of these comments, especially by the males, really show how far we have yet to travel. Believers in Satan will stop progress or at least, attempt to, every time. But we don't have to pay attention to that nonsense. I will support all women in their efforts to be fully equal. Gay people, people of Color, disabled, and seniors as well. The Bible is a story book, not a rule book for the thinking person or the governing bodies of ANY nation.

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