Thursday, October 09, 2008
Religion and Politics in Ohio from a UK perspective
The BBC's Radio 4 reports from Ohio where members of the Ohio Christian Alliance are well represented. The marriage amendment carried the day for Bush in 2004 and Senator McCain's choice of Sarah Palin seems to be believed to have a similar effect. But Democrats discovered God after 2004, according to an interview with E. J. Dionne in the program. "Closing the God" gap is also an interest of Senator Obama. Matthew 25 Network featuring Democrat congressman Tony Hall has advertised throughout the state. Roman Catholics in the middle of either side are identified as classic swing voters. The Catholic Conference of Ohio supplies information to help prospective voters and one person interviewed said the Catholics are not a "one-issue" church. Ralph Reed is interviewed criticising Obama's vote on abortion.