Obama Emphasizes Faith at Q, Easter Events
According to a White House aide, the 150 guests included mainline, evangelical, Orthodox, and Catholic leaders. Attendees included pastor Joel Hunter, National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson, Christianity Today editor-in-chief David Neff, and artist Sara Groves.
The President also spoke in explicitly religious language during his weekly address Saturday. "For me, and for countless other Christians, Easter weekend is a time to reflect and rejoice," Obama said in a statement. Yesterday [Good Friday], many of us took a few quiet moments to try and fathom the tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for all of us. Tomorrow, we will celebrate the resurrection of a savior who died so that we might live."
As the election approaches, Pew also offered breakdowns of how groups view political parties. White evangelicals also differ in their views of the political parties. When asked if "religious conservatives have too much control over the Republican Party," 38 percent of evangelicals agreed. Just over half of all Americans, however, were more likely to see religious conservatives as too influential in the GOP (51 percent agreed).
The results flipped when Pew also asked about secular liberals in the Democratic Party, where 58 percent of evangelicals agreed that "liberals who are not religious have too much control over the Democratic Party." About 40 percent of Americans agreed with this statement.
Both Republican and Democratic Parties are increasingly seen as friendlier toward religion. Just over a third of Americans said the Democratic Party is "friendly" toward religion, up from 26 percent in 2010. A majority of Americans (54 percent) view the GOP as friendly toward religion, an 11-point increase from a year ago.
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