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Hostile to religion?

It’s been an oft-repeated line on the Republican presidential trail, that President Barack Obama is hostile to religion, even waging a war on it.

If people anywhere in the country logically – based on their voting patterns – ought to be agreeing, you’d see it in the central Idaho Panhandle, in Kootenai County country, home to what by many measures may be Idaho’s most far-right legislative district.

Dave Oliveria at the Spokesman-Review‘s Huckleberries blog put the question in a poll, and here are the results: “Almost a supermajority of Hucks Nation disagrees with GOPresidential candidate Rick Santorum’s claim that President Barack Obama is hostile to religion. 128 of 201 respondents (63.68%) said Obama isn’t hostile to religion. 68 of 201 respondents (33.83%) said the president is hostile to religion. 5 of 201 (2.49%) were undecided.”

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  1. fortboise said:

    Consider the source(s) of “oft-repeated lines.” Republican candidates are desperate to attack Obama on everything and everything, so desperate they have to make crazy stuff up.

    Speaking of crazy, how ’bout that Rick Santorum’s reading of JFK’s 1960 speech? Talk about hostile to religion–Santorum is itching to get back to the good old days of the Inquisition.

    February 28, 2012

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