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Not A Christian Nation?

Posted in Politics, Religion, Society on April 15th, 2014

Obama - I Am GodLiberals and Progressives make a lot of claims about the level and nature of religiosity in America. As can be expected whenever these Leftists make any claim about the nature of America, these are spurious things with little or no grounding in observable fact.

One of their most often made spurious claims is that America is not a Christian nation or that it is no longer a Christian nation.

Back on June 28, 2006, Obama infamously made this a bold and bald statement, though he did nod his head metaphorically to the Christian foundation of America.

Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.

Now, to plagiarize Obama, let me be clear. In the full context of Obama’s “Call to Renew” speech what he said was neither horrific nor technically factually inaccurate. His lie was one of false equivalency and demanding that a nation be 100% homogenous in order to be something.

US religious Landscape Circa 2008

Christian 78.4%

  • Protestant 51.3%
  • Catholic 23.9%
  • Mormon 1.7%
  • Jehovah’s Witness 0.7%
  • Orthodox 0.6%
  • Other Christian 0.3%

Other Religions 4.7%

  • Jewish 1.7%
  • Buddhist 0.7%
  • Muslim 0.6%
  • Hindu 0.4%
  • Other world religions < 0.3%
  • Other faiths 1.2%

Unaffiliated 16.1%

  • Atheist 1.6%
  • Agnostic 2.4%
  • Nothing in particular 12.1%
    This group is divided between the “secular unaffiliated,” that is, those who say that religion is not important in their lives (6.3%), and the “religious unaffiliated,” that is, those who say that religion is either somewhat important or very important in their lives (5.8%).

Don’t Know / Refused 0.8%

Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation (1.7%), a Muslim nation (0.6%), a Buddhist nation (0.7%), and a Hindu nation (0.4%), and a nation of nonbelievers (1.6%). Hence, Obama’s chosen others manage to total 5% of the adult population of America.

One must also consider the fact that a significant percentage of those who are not Christian per se are followers of faiths that are de facto Christian in nature such as the various Unitarians (Other faiths) and many, if not most, of the “religious unaffiliated.” Leaving official denominations and sectarianism aside, at least 80% of America’s population is Christian or so near to be so as to not make a difference.

Like it or not, by both history and statistics, America is a Christian nation. Any claim to contrary is spurious. Non-Christians like myself are statistical outliers in America.

Related Reading:

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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (Vintage)
A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870-1920
Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening
The Complete Idiot's Guide to U.S. Government and Politics

Evolution’s Evolution

Posted in Politics, Religion, Society on March 31st, 2014

1871 editorial cartoon depicting Charles Darwin as an apeMore and more of late Evolution and Creationism are making the news once again in America. What both amazes and amuses me is that the current crop of arguers seem to think this is a new thing. It isn’t. The only thing that has changed is which side currently has the legal upper hand in the argument over Evolution vs. Creationism.

What’s most amazing to me is that the Evolutionists act like evolution is accepted fact and that it’s only fringe, “extremist” Christians who believe in- or accept the possibility of Creationism.

Much like the fallacy that the Evolution vs. Creationism is new, the belief that in America evolution is accepted fact and that it’s only fringe, “extremist” Christians who are Creationists is a self-serving fantasy of the Evolutionists. In point of replicable, scientific fact, as of 2012: 46% of Americans believe in the Creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years; 32% believe that humans evolved, but with God’s guidance, i.e., Intelligent Design; and only 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process. These figures have been largely unchanging over the last 30 years of polling.

Gallup Evolution vs. Creationism Poll - 1982-2012Creationism – Intelligent Design – Evolution from 1982 – 2012

As one can see, within America, the Godless view of Evolution is itself something of a non-survival trait and, hence, an evolutionary dead end. ;-)

It must also be noted that Evolution wasn’t even close to the de facto science curriculum in American high schools until the beginning parts of the mid-20th century. Indeed, by 1925 a number of states had passed, and more had introduced, laws outlawing the teaching of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and these laws, by and large, weren’t overturned until 1960s. Additionally, since the 1960s and through today, various states have enacted laws, with admittedly mixed results, to bring the teaching of Evolution more in line with the normative viewpoints and beliefs of the American people.

So it’s both amazing and amusing to me the the Evolutionist think this is a new argument and/or that they hold the majority opinion on the matter. If anything, they should be damned glad that they’re allowed to teach it all instead of complaining whenever it sought to teach alternatives to Evolution alongside of it.

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NOTE: For the record, my personal views fall in an odd place between Intelligent Design and Evolution. In other words, I am a soul who has a body and I’m not sold on the idea that the God(s) took any more hand in designing that body other than to ensure that it would evolve into a form that could make the soul’s desires tangible, material, and enactable. Then, I believe that all science is theology.

Related Reading:

The Mysterious Benedict Society
Evolution, Second Edition
The Complete Idiot's Guide to U.S. Government and Politics
Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life (Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology)
Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough

Sarah Outs Herself

Posted in Religion, Society on March 23rd, 2014

Sarah HarvardSarah “Harvard” – not her real surname, instead one her sire changed it to after the Muslim attacks of 9/11 – is a Muslim who was born within America’s borders. From the age of eight she largely hid this fact. Finally, either out of self-loathing as she claims or because it became profitable for her, she came out of the closet.

She decided to write an article for Salon about it.

In “Confessions of a secret Muslim,” Sarah spends most of her time ranting about the supposed bigotry and “Islamophobia” of Americans after the heinous attacks by her coreligionists.

Right near the end of her screed, when she’s describing her friends reactions to her finally coming clean about being Muslim is where Sarah really outs herself and Islam though.

One raised his eyebrows in a way that expressed his silent disapproval. Another said, “It’s OK. You assimilate, so you’re a cool Muslim,” as if the millions of other Muslims in the world aren’t “cool,” because they choose to remain faithful to their religion.

Finally, after 12 years of incessant lying, Sarah spoke the truth. Muslims cannot be a true part of Western, most especially American, society and culture while still being faithful to Islam. She unknowingly put the lie to the idea of the American Muslim in any context other than legalistic.

Simply put, America and Islam cannot coexist except through the same sort of segregation and isolation as the ultra-orthodox and Hasidic Jewish communities chose to employ within our borders.

Related Reading:

They Take Our Jobs!: And 20 Other Myths about Immigration
Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices)
Arab Women Rising
Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough
Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that's Conspiring to Islamize America