...the Bible.

"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)"

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.

Why do I feel disappointed to know that about her?

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

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


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

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?

"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.

If the US government (and all other nations) were comprised of politicians that were as “religious” as Hilary then we would all be better off.


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