While I was at work one day the story about the new anti-terrorist strategy of searching MTA users in New York City came up. So this acquaintance of mine says that liberal concerns about the state searching bags is stupid and that the state should be able to do whatever it wants in the fight against terrorism. He's about my age and pretty religious.
So I pipe up and ask him whether the Constitution counts for anything and I mention that little thing called the Fourth Amendment. Y'know, the one that says something about unreasonable searches and seizures. He doesn't directly respond to that and says that it doesn't really matter in times like these and that the state should be able to search whomever, wherever and whenever they want.
I'm a little stunned that a person would actually argue for something like that and I say (in severe understatement) that "I think you're giving the state a little too much power there, eh?"
He says, "Yeah, well the state should have all the power."
And I say simply, "I prefer having the power being in the hands of the citizens."
He doesn't answer that and then the conversation goes elsewhere. A little while later he says how the American space effort is a total waste and that global warming is bull. But I won't go into those details here.
Anyway, my point in relating this story was to suggest a correlation I have found in my various unscientific conversations with all sorts of different people. The more religious people are, the more likely they are to be on the political right. The more skeptical, the more likely you'll find them on the left. Taking a more expressive but still simple four corner political graph, as found on the World's Smallest Political Quiz, I believe that if there were a full scale scientific study done on people a correlation would be found as follows:
I'd bet that Orthodox Jews would be found in the Conservative corner of the graph, Reform in the Liberal corner and Conservatives on the left side but more conservative than Reform (conservative Conservatives, whooda thunk it?).
I would also expect to find Reconstructionists and the Frum Skeptics near the Libertarian corner.
Secular Jews would likely be more of a mix, but I would still expect to find more of them in the Liberal and Libertarian corners.
You might be able to guess where I stand and so I might have some bias here, but if there are people out there who read this blog, take that quiz and report your results. How religious are you and where do you stand politically?
I'm pretty interested to see what I get.