...the Bible.

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"If you had to name one book that made you who you are today, what would it be?

"At the risk of appearing predictable, the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking. I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it. I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement. (source)"
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The bad news: the latest Pew research released in March 2014 shows that Atheism still tops the list of undesirable qualities in a candidate, with 53% saying they are less likely to vote for an atheist.

The good news: in 2007 the statistic was worse, with 63% saying they were less likely to vote for an atheist.

Is Clinton's religiosity genuine, a career move for the sake of appearances or both?

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I believe her religiosity is genuine and not a career move. She is a lifelong Methodist and someone who has remained connected with the church her entire life. But comments like "it is absolutely essential that you be grounded in your faith" gives me pause for concern. I would hope she would be aware that not all of us require faith to tackle life's obstacles.

"But comments like "it is absolutely essential that you be grounded in your faith" gives me pause for concern. I would hope she would be aware that not all of us require faith to tackle life's obstacles."

Austin Cline refers to this comment as "[not] so much an expression of bigotry as it is a personal failure of imagination and a sign of possibly being locked in one's own perspective to the exclusion of all others." He suggests that Clinton may have meant "you" as a reference to herself and not in the indefinite sense that means everyone. But his final verdict wasn't exactly high praise. He says Clinton's view is "not as bad as outright bigotry". It's definitely disappointing.

Why do I feel disappointed to know that about her?

Why do I feel disappointed to know that about her?

Same here. This seems to be the benchmark in modern American politics. No candidate is going to run on an irreligion ticket and those that are irreligious will nearly always cover it up

Hillary Clinton dominates in every poll against every prospective GOP candidate. Meanwhile, GOP front runners Chris Christie (now on his second bridge scandal) and Rand Paul (prone to frequent gaffes) can't get their acts together. It's obviously premature to pick a winner for 2016, but prospects do look good for Clinton.

At this point, the first candidate who comes out as an unapologetic atheist has my vote.

Sadly, I don't think Barney Frank is running or would have a chance if he did.

Is Clinton's religiosity genuine, a career move for the sake of appearances or both?

Both.

She is most likely genuinely religious, and would be stupid not to play up on it in a country like the U.S.

Both.

I think so too: sincerely religious but playing it up because it's a selling point.

She has been a successful politician (or the wife of one) for so long I doubt even she knows what's sincere about her anymore.

Too cynical?

She has been a successful politician (or the wife of one) for so long I doubt even she knows what's sincere about her anymore. Too cynical?

Maybe not. But it makes sense that smarter politicians would keep track of what they're dishonest about. Clinton seems smart. Others, not so much.

"It's not a lie if YOU believe it."  - George Costanza

Given that it's her, then I'd say it's genuine, but with all she's been through, It must be hard for her to justify it. It must be primarily a career move, and genuine because it's her default belief. She probably hasn't examined anything else.

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