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November 19, 2003

Protestant Republicans and Democratic....

Steve Sailer writes about the appeal of the Republican party to white Protestants. Well, here is the religious 411 on the Democratic Candidates:


  • Howard Dean: Raised Episcopalian, switched to Congregationalist as an adult (over some political dispute with the local church), Jewish wife and kids being raised in the Hebrew faith.
  • Wes Clark: Roman Catholic, raised Baptist, dad Jewish (raised Jewish until 4 years old).
  • John Kerry: Roman Catholic, paternal grandparents converts from Judaism, mother a Forbes, so of Protestant Brahmin lineage.
  • Dick Gephardt: Baptist (though I've seen him listed as Lutheran).
  • John Edwards: Methodist (raised Baptist, social climber!).
  • Joe Lieberman: Orthdox Jewish.
  • Dennis Kucinich: Catholic, but has a long-term Jewish girlfriend.
  • Al Sharpton: Listed as Pentacostal or Episcopalian-no surprise that he's not theologically consistent.
  • Carol Moseley Braun: Roman Catholic, but attends an Episcopal church (confused?).
  • Bob Graham: No longer running, but he is United Church of Christ, which is what Congregationalist is called outside of New England.

All in all, the Democrats are poster children for religious pluralism. Comment on any mess-ups.

Posted by razib at 09:01 PM