In my view, the United States is a fairly religious nation, especially when compared to the European Union. Now comes New York Times columnist Charles M Blow with a report on a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life report, "Many Americans Mix Multiple Faiths".
As this Venn Diagram to the right shows, there is some overlap as to what some people believe. But, believe they do.
The one thing that did surprise me was belief in something supernatural and political leanings. I would have thought that those who self-identify as Republicans would be more likely to believe in ghosts and to consult fortune-tellers. Turns out I was wrong.
For those keeping political score, Democrats were almost twice as likely to believe in ghosts and to consult fortune-tellers than were Republicans, and the Democrats were 71 percent more likely to believe that they were in touch with the dead. Please hold the Barack-Obama-as-the-ghost-of-Jimmy-Carter jokes. Heard them all.Gee, I haven't heard any. I think he should have shared some of the jokes, although I recognize it is the NYT.
Regards — Cliff
PS: Hat tip to Law Professor Ann Althouse.