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More on mentioning God in political speeches

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 5, 2008 | 3:07 pm

Last night I mentioned how I heard John McCain name-drop the Lord’s name several times during his speech. Today, The New York Times ran a graphic that looked at the words the candidates used in their speeches.

“As it turns out, GOP speakers invoked the name of God (“God”) nearly twice as often Democratic ones, 43 to 22,” Mark Silk writes at Spiritual Politics. “But when it came to the tickets themselves, the invocations were tied: Biden and McCain, 8 each; Obama and Palin, 2. In other words, those candidates most identified with religion mentioned God least.”

Hmmm. I wonder why? I think we can guess pretty accurately.

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