Religion remains an integral part of the lives of many Americans, a country whose Pledge of Allegiance contains the line “one nation under God,” at least for the time being. The fact that 64% of eligible voters, and 79% of Republicans voters, identify as Christian often results in America’s religious communities being viewed by opportunistic politicians as another valuable voting bloc.
With an additional 52% of registered Democrat voters identifying as Christian, it is increasingly common for Democrats to make a concerted attempt to entice religious voters during election season. This is often done through sporadic and isolated references to the Bible, often quoting random passages from either the Old or New Testament in order to simultaneously pander to religious conservatives and use scripture to further a “progressive” political platform.
During his so-called “victory speech,” Joe Biden referenced the book of Ecclesiastes, saying “‘To everything there is a season: a time to build, a time to reap,