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:

The Story of Christianity, Vol. 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation
The Price of Politics
Christianity, Cults & Religions
The Black Book of the American Left Volume 2: Progressives
Christianity: Its Evidences, Its Origin, Its Morality, Its History

Libs’ Tourette Syndrome

Posted in Humor, Politics on April 14th, 2014

Got Nothing? Pound The Table!

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author George Will brought down the sarcasm hammer on the Liberals with his apt description of their incessant race-baiting as a form of Tourette Syndrome.

And Mr. Will makes a good point. The Liberals, having neither law nor facts on their side, fell back on “pounding the table.” Yet, this tactic became a pathology among them. An automatic and involuntary response to all dissent and criticism.

And yes! Mr. Will is also right in the cries of racism have become a national joke, proving that even mental illness can have positive societal effects.

Related Reading:

Racial Politics in American Cities (3rd Edition)
Insanity (The Asylum Trilogy)
Pathologies
Pathology Made Ridiculously Simple (Medmaster Ridiculously Simple)
Homo sayswhaticus

A Poverty Of Ethics

Posted in Ethics & Morality, Politics, Society on March 21st, 2014

Work Ethic
Spread Ethics Not Money

Material “Poverty,” such as it is in America, is a result more of ethical poverty rather than any of sort of material barrier to people improving their material situation. This is most especially true among the Black population within America’s borders. When it comes to work ethic or the lack thereof, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) had it pretty close to right.

We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.

– Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

The Liberals and Progressives, of course, will dispute this vehemently and stridently. They will cite various material barriers to Black employment, such as: The War on Drugs, a lack of educational opportunities, the de-industrialization of urban centers, crumbling public transportation infrastructure, stagnant working class wages, globalization, and the decline of private-sector labor unions.

To no American’s surprise, they’re largely though not totally wrong and wrong in ways that are easy to point out.
 
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Related Reading:

Blacks
Unions, Labor Law and Collective Bargaining
Someone You Know: A Lucy Black Thriller (Lucy Black Thrillers)
The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives
The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook