Sunday, September 10, 2000

Talking about religion finds support

47% of respondents 'comfortable' with Lieberman's comments

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Many more Tristate residents are comfortable with the Democratic vice presidential candidate's bringing religion into his campaign than those who are uncomfortable about it, according to a sampling of Enquirer readers.

        Of 905 readers who responded to the Enquirer's online question last week, 47 percent said they are “comfortable” with Sen. Joseph Lieberman's mixing references to God and his religion into the presidential political campaign.

        Only 18 percent of those who answered the question said they were “uncomfortable” with the Jewish candidate mentioning religion, and 35 percent said it made “no difference” to them.

        • Cheryl Morris of Colerain Township said she felt comfortable with the interjection of religion into the national campaign.

        “Perhaps that's the problem with our country and our political leaders. While I am not Jewish, I have to respect a person who upholds and worships a higher power and is not afraid to say it,” Ms. Morris said. “I think Mr. Lieberman is smart enough to know that our country holds a separation of church and state.”

        • “Faith and values should be an integral part of our lives, both private and public, informing all our decisions and actions,” said Brian Anderson of Westwood.

        • Janet Wilking of St. Bernard said that she is comfortable both with Mr. Lieberman's religious statements and those made early in the campaign by Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush.

        “I am also comfortable when Bush talks about Jesus,” said Ms. Wilking. “That's part of who they both are. I don't like the way the media just jumps on people who talk about Jesus,” she said in reference to some of the criticisms leveled at Mr. Bush when he evoked Jesus months ago.

        But some strongly disagree with Mr. Lieberman.

        • A.J. Poulias of Fort Thomas blasted the senator for being “hypocritical.”

        “His voting record on partial-birth abortions is in stark contrast with his claim to be obedient to the Almighty as an Orthodox Jew. He talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk. Hypocrite!” Mr. Poulias said.

        • John Allen of Westwood also said he was made uncomfortable by the senator's pronouncements, saying “moderation would help.”

        “Lieberman is beginning to sound like a fanatic. Does he have any other leadership qualities other than faith?”

Online poll: Bush is likable
- Talking about religion finds support

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