The share of the public identifying with religions other than Christianity has grown from 4.7% in 2007 to 5.9% in 2014. Gains were most pronounced among Muslims (who accounted for 0.4% of respondents in the 2007 Religious Landscape Study and 0.9% in 2014) and Hindus (0.4% in 2007 vs. 0.7% in 2014).
America’s Changing Religious Landscape | Pew Research Center
Sharia is just around the corner. Also, it is no surprise that Christians are the victims of such terrible persecution. They are down to 94% of Americans identifying with an organized religion. Scary times for the followers of Jesus.
Rice said she was “deeply saddened by the terrible loss of innocent life” in Israel’s attack. But she did not call for an immediate cease-fire in the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah militias.
ABC News: 34 Youths Among 56 Dead in Israeli Strike
In 1996 Perkins paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,500 for his mailing list. At the time, Perkins was the campaign manager for a right-wing Republican candidate for the US Senate in Louisiana. The Federal Election Commission fined the campaign Perkins ran $3,000 for attempting to hide the money paid to Duke.
The Nation: Justice Sunday Preachers
The current Republican strategy for gaining black American votes: “Don’t let our relationships with arch-racists get in the way of your concern that your cousin might have ‘sugar in his tank’!”
The controversy over Terri Schiavo has raised concerns among many Americans about the moral agenda of the Republican Party and the political power of conservative Christians, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll finds.
Some old stereotypes about the two parties have been reversed:
- By 55%-40%, respondents say Republicans, traditionally the party of limited government, are “trying to use the federal government to interfere with the private lives of most Americans” on moral values.
- By 53%-40%, they say Democrats, who sharply expanded government since the Depression, aren’t trying to interfere on moral issues.
USA Today: GOP’s moral agenda doubted
Theocracy is on the march!
Basically, it points out that Jesus is really one of the foremost liberals in world history, even today. In fact, let me make that even more clear: If you lived your life according only to Jesus’s teachings, you’d be a liberal. But liberal is a bad word. Perhaps I should say he would be a progressive. Either way, I shouldn’t have to restate the different principles that Jesus preached, and so instead I’ll remind evangelical Christians of this: Not only did a prostitute wash the feet of Jesus Christ, she did so with His explicit permission.
Jesus wasn’t about telling people that they were on a one-way trip to Hell. No, Jesus was sent to Earth for the sinners, because those who were already holy in the eyes of God could hardly have needed his help. If you’re one of those who voted for Bush on values, remember that the next time you look down at someone who is gay, or someone who’s had an abortion. Because in the end, it is likely that they will be exalted by Christ before he tells God that He doesn’t know you.
Bloggy: Rise of the Christianists
Being an absolute atheist, I find KDE developer & devout Christian Michael Pyne’s perspective interesting.
From ABC News: Religious Conservatives Demand Changes at Nation’s Parks:
The film shows a number of marches with liberal themes like gay rights and abortion rights, intercut with older clips of historical figures like former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Marian Anderson.
Then, one day the Rev. Lou Sheldon saw it.
“It showed only those liberal, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marches,” said Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition.
Sheldon’s influential Christian conservative group took their complaint to the government’s top levels — “so they could reach down and work their system and cleanse in a proper manner and make it fair and balanced,” he said.
Sheldon would like film of some conservative marches intercut in as well, though it is unclear that any major conservative marches have taken place at the Lincoln Memorial itself, which is the film’s focus.
The National Park Service is currently reviewing the contents of the film and debating whether they should remove images that Sheldon finds inappropriate including, for example, one visual of a protester holding a sign reading: “The Lord is my shepherd and knows I’m gay.”
Get a life.
-Daniel J. Wilson