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    Filed at 4:08 pm under by dcobranchi

    Fundamentalist 21.6%
    Christian 32.4%
    Religious 8.1%
    Not religious 37.8%

    HSLDA 10.8%

    So far, in this completely unscientific poll, it appears that Right-wing Christians do not comprise the majority of H&OES readers.

    6 Responses to “POLL UPDATE”

    Comment by
    December 13th, 2004
    at 4:31 pm

    10% is what I’ve swagged the HSLDA percentage at several times when needing the number in a post.


    Comment by
    December 14th, 2004
    at 12:51 am

    I’m somewhat surprised by your use of the term “right-wing” here…does that mean that those who aren’t “right-wing” Christians are “left-wing” Christians?

    As a life-long registered independent, I’m facinated by the fact that people use “right-wing” all the time, but not “left-wing”. If you do a Google seach on these terms, you find 5.6 million hits for right-wing and only 2.2 million hits for left-wing.

    Frankly, I find the left-wing just as scary as the right-wing….and promote the equal-opportunity use of both, or neither.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 14th, 2004
    at 4:24 am

    In this particular case, I think the use of the term is entirely appropriate. In another thread, I was accused of mis-representing the views of the majority of home educators: Could it be that most homeschoolers *don’t* really disagree so much with HSLDA, that a majority of us really *are* conservative Christians?

    To be honest, I think that if anyone is trying to speak on behalf of large numbers of homeschoolers who don’t agree with them, it’s H&OES.

    I started the poll in order to see if the readers of H&OES truly were “conservative Christians.” And, of course, using the term “right-wing” as a proxy for conservative has a very long history (French Revolution, IIRC). So, I think “right wing” equals “conservative” is ok. Now, if you want to argue conservative doesn’t necessarily equal fundamentalist, I’d be more than happy to concede the point.

    Comment by
    Sheila Z
    December 14th, 2004
    at 12:34 pm

    Hey, I never said I wasn’t right wing. I said I wasn’t a fundie. I’m as right wing as you can get. I’m just not a creationist nor a Baptist.

    A republican, evolutionist, attachment parenting, meat eating, Christian, homeschooling mom who is still not a member of HSLDA.

    Comment by
    December 14th, 2004
    at 3:51 pm

    I’m not saying you’re use of right-wing wasn’t appropriate; I was just pointing out that people who throw around that term when talking about conservatives should also use the term left-wing when referring to liberals.

    From an academic standpoint (remember, I’m a 10-year HS dad), I think defining our terms are important. In the last election, it was amusing how many people said that Bush was too right-wing but never said Kerry was left-wing…when in my opinion both were equally true. If one holds the opinion that right-wing equals conservative, then logic dictates that left-wing must equal liberal as well for consistency.

    Many liberals deny the term left-wing to describe themselves, but liberally use the term right-wing to describe those with whom they disagree.

    So people who use the term “right-wing” to describe conservatives but then don’t conversely use “left-wing” to describe liberals don’t have much credibility with me.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 15th, 2004
    at 7:35 am

    So people who use the term “right-wing” to describe conservatives but then don’t conversely use “left-wing” to describe liberals don’t have much credibility with me.

    I disagree that liberals don’t refer to themselves as “left.” As evidence, I might mention the “Koufax Awards” for liberal blogs. Sandy Koufax, of course, was a famous southpaw.

    Now it may well be true that national Democrats run away from the “liberal” or “leftist” labels. But I would attribute that more to the successful propaganda from Limbaugh et al. that “liberal” equals “America hater.”