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  • Since self-described liberals are highly active politically, more so than self-described conservatives, we should not be surprised that they would choose to attend politically active churches.

    American Grace

  • Sarah Palin, the populist former Alaskan governor who ran for vice president in 2008, is a self-described hockey mom, enjoys moose hunting from a helicopter, has written a national bestseller, is widely followed as a blogger and television commentator, and thrives on rousing large adoring crowds.

    American Grace

  • The General Social Survey also suggests that the fraction of Americans with a self-described “strong” religious affiliation has held steady at just over one third 35–40 percent since 1974.5 In sum, while this chapter and the next will focus on some important changes in American religion over the last half century, we begin with the bedrock fact that America is now and always has been an unusually religious country.

    American Grace

  • Dominic James “Nick” LaRocca, a self-described “poor dago boy from the wrong side of the track,” claimed with some justification that he was “the creator of jazz,” though he began his musical career by imitating the African American brass bands he heard as a child in New Orleans.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Indeed, for many measures of civic engagement, such as club membership, organizational leadership, and as we have seen local reform activities, religiosity matters more for self-described liberals than for self-described conservatives.

    American Grace

  • The correlation between religiosity and social class depends in part on whether we measure public and behavioral religiosity (such as church attendance or congregational involvement) or private and psychological religiosity (such as private prayer or the self-described “importance of religion”).

    American Grace

  • Stable nones, that is, people who report in both years that they have no religious affiliation, are, in fact, much less religious in their beliefs and values than liminals, though few of them are self-described atheists or agnostics.

    American Grace

  • On a Sunday morning at the Costco in Raleigh, N.C., Ron Moerbe filled his shopping cart with all the things a self-described aging, hearing-challenged diabetic might need: some amplifying earphones, organic cucumbers and a case of 5-Hour Energy shots.

    Bottlers of Buzz Wake Up to Find Seniors as Newest Customers

  • I really admired Jane Russell even if it's sometimes hard to reconcile the woman we met with the self-described "narrow-minded conservative Christian bigot."

    Danny Miller: Jane Russell, Right-Wing Republican and Good Ol' Gal (1921-2011)

  • In looking at the beliefs of those who often self-described as "school reformers," what do you think might be helpful ideas and unhelpful ones, and why?

    Larry Ferlazzo: 5 Questions for an Exceptional Principal


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