Let's say the glass is just half-empty

The bad news here is obvious enough: We have more theocrats per square mile than any allied nation, including Mexico.

The good news is that, according to this poll, only 40% of us are theocratically inclined; and the national reaction to the Terri Schiavo mess would seem to indicate an even smaller sector of our population.

Religious zeal sets U.S. apart from allies

By RACHEL ZOLL
Monday, June 6, 2005 Updated at 10:43 AM EDT
Associated Press

Religious devotion sets the United States apart from some of its closest allies. Americans profess unquestioning belief in God and are far more willing to mix faith and politics than people in other countries, AP-Ipsos polling found.

In Western Europe, where Pope Benedict XVI complains that growing secularism has left churches unfilled on Sundays, people are the least devout among the 10 countries surveyed for the Associated Press by Ipsos.

Only Mexicans come close to Americans in embracing faith, the poll found. Unlike Americans, however, Mexicans strongly object to clergy lobbying legislators, in line with the nation’s historical opposition to church influence.

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