At the Normandy American Cemetery on the cliff above Omaha Beach, there are rows and rows of crosses and Stars of David. Certainly, many buried there were not religious. But the overwhelming majority of Americans in the mid-20th century identified themselves culturally as Protestants, Catholics or Jews, no matter their personal beliefs. This cultural expectation has begun fading in American life. The fastest-growing religious affiliation today is the lack of religious affiliation — the rise of the “nones,” as in “none of the above,” who now constitute nearly 20 percent of the population. For some
Religion ain´t the problem. Rejection of the spiritual nature of man, and the current efforts to recreate the moral foundations of man as defined in some self referential fashion--- morality is whatever we say it is, that´s the problem. The former shares the legacy of the founding Fathers, MLK, Ghandi, Mother Theresa, Dorothy Day; the latter, content to stay at home on Sunday with NPR and the New York times as their moral guideposts, they can claim as their legacy Marx, Lenin, Hitler, Mao, Castro and academica over the past fifty years. Pretty late in the game for people to wake up and decide which side they are on. People of faith aren´t the enemy, just the punchline.
It was the Man himself (Jesus Christ) who pointed out that His message ALWAYS caused hearers to have to make a decision. Many in the United States have made a decision to ignore His message.They experience guilt or doubt when they see or even hear of men and women who have accepted His message and become His followers. Simple. He told the truth. We get to decide.
I grew up during WWII. I have no idea where Gerson got the idea that may buried at the Omaha military cemetery were not religious and states it as a certainty. From what I know and experienced during those times I would say he doesn´t know what he is talking about.
A Country Increasingly Polarized by Those Who Hate Religion
There I fixed the title. You can read the action list of the Communist Party to accomplish revolution in this country. It was read into the Congressional record. Point is that those who hate this country and individual freedom recognized that they needed to attack religion to take our freedom.
There are plenty of people who do not believe that the bible is literally true but who have a moral code. Belief in a religion helps some members of those religions to adhere to morality, but there are plenty of people who go to church and treat their fellow man poorly. Some of the most liberal (and pro choice!) people I know are heavily involved in Protestant or Catholic thought and communal worship. They are religious, and liberal, and have zero problem reconciling the two.
Most of my friends would call themselves Christian, and most of them are very active in their churches, and they are about split down the middle when it comes to politics--either very liberal or very conservative.
I can´t believe in religion. I tried. But I do not think that having a religious affiliation is required to have morals and ethics that most religions would recognize as very similar to their own.
Recently when being admitted to a hospital I was asked to declare a religious affiliation. I said, "none." The registering nurse asked me, "You mean, nondenominational?" It was as if she had never heard of someone who did not believe in god.
And yet, I am pro-life, pro-gun, low-tax, pro-homeschooling, small-government, etc....I think it makes little sense to assume that being religious and being conservative have to link up.
We all know the littany of problems facing this country but getting to 20% among a bunch of athiests and agnostics,really show a country in deep trouble moving forward.To me the main reason for the surge in these type people is they simply don´t want to beheld personally accountable for any misdeeds. When the threat of God´s retribution is taken out of the mix,you only have the laws of man to worry about.
The left and some elements of libertarianism starts taking over,you wind up with a 110 million people with STD´s in the country. How many of these people are reaming the taxpayers for treatment,that´s the problem I have with an anything goes country,the taxpayers always get stuck with the bill.
Call me cold hearted but I don´t have one ounce of sympathy towards someone with a untreatable case of gonorrhea or syphilis,not to mention AIDS.Besides how can this happen when schools have been brainwashing kids on condoms for years now,not to mention handing them out for free.
Religion itself has nothing to do with the divide but an increasingly secular attitude being pushed by the school system. How can a kid get expelled for school for refusing to stomp on a piece of paper with Jesus´s name on it?.
The left demands right wingers keep their nose out of their bedrooms but the left can stick it´s nose in other people business at the drop of a hat.The left doesn´t care about drug,alcohol or domestic abuse but will go to the mat over a smoker who causes a lot less damage to everyday life than these other addictions.
I think religious conservatives would have an easier time being heard by nonreligious people if they would say,"If I believed God does not exist, I would think that anything goes and nothing matters," or, "If I did not believe God was going to hold me accountable for my misdeeds, I would feel comfortable committing them. When the threat of God´s retribution is taken out of the mix, I do not have reason to behave morally."
Although I have often heard Christians say that atheists and agnostics do not believe in God because they want freedom to sin, I have never met an atheist or agnostic who said, "I believe God exists, but I choose to act as if He doesn´t, because I have things I want to do that He would punish me for doing." As an atheist, that would make no sense at all.
The flip side of that sort of honesty from Christians, though, is that a lot of agnostics and atheists would then become a bit uncomfortable around you, as someone who is only controlling their destructive impulses because they fear consequences.
Atheists and agnostics do not believe in God because they genuinely do not believe God exists, or they believe that it is not possible to know that God exists. They think it is a story, like Zeus, Mithra or the Angel Moroni. Some think it is a valuable story, and some think it harmful, but the core of atheism and agnosticism is not a desire to get around the rules.
The author is right. Some Americans have lost their reverence for God. But there may be some among the "nones" who are heeding the Lord´s call to "Come out of her, my people" and have abandoned the apostate "churches", which had long since abandoned Him.
1 I´m still waiting for the name of that renowned atheist organization/movement that is dedicated to helping the helpless, the poor, the sick, the illiterate.
2. Of course atheists, agnostics and others can live a moral life without belief in God by simply following the tenets of religious teachings. But the basis of their behavior remains the same.
3. Christianity is not a religion (though there are many religious organizations/sects/denominations based on it); rather it is a relationship with the living God, who sent his Son, Jesus Christ to show us how to live and to be reconciled with God.
In loving memory of our well-loved poster and brother in Christ, whose dramatic conversion from a life without God to one of devoted service to HIm and to the rest of us is celebrated over at the Connection. Ramona (the Pest)
Thanks Ramona. Always look for your posts. You have been posting for years..then a gap. Was glad when you returned. We are having our first performance of our Amazing Grace Easter program tonite. In our small town of 25K...surrounding area under 50K we will have over 5k watching for three nights. Our church is large for our area with 1500 or so members. The 1000 in Sunday School gives the better picture of our enthusiasm for worshiping the Lord. The program is true to the Bible in every way with the ´blood´ not being spared when Christ is crucified. 250 of us are in the drama, choir and orchestra. It is a moving program for participants and audience alike. God is alive and well and living in the hearts of His children. Nothing escapes His notice. He is not surprised but is sadden that so many reject His gift of salvation.
Once again, Washington Post taking itself seriously. There is a reason Warren Buffett took an equity position in the Post ... and it was not for financial ´investment´ reasons in my estimation; it was all about ´influence´ and ´narrative-shaping´.
Michael Gerson and Sally Quinn ... more ´accurate´ portrayals of what they wish to diminish && belittle. This is so obvious ....
Jim Messina likes to talk about punching people. In August 2009, while serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama at the White House, he told Democrats to "punch back twice as hard" if they were "hit" by protests against Obamacare at town hall meetings. That month there was a wave of violent scuffles at town hall meetings, most of it by left-wing thugs, who also tried to shut down questions from the public. Now Messina is being celebrated for the thuggish daring of a statement he made to reporter Dan Balz
Organizers of a rally planned for Washington, D.C. on Saturday in support of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi deny being part of the Muslim Brotherhood, or being Brotherhood supporters. The rally, they said during a news conference Friday, is about justice in Egypt. A long record, in many cases tested in court, says otherwise. The recently-formed Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR) news conference featured Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, a spokesman for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood´s Freedom and Justice Party.
What does is say about a religion when, if two innocent teenage girls walking down the street are doused with acid by men on motorbikes, everyone assumes the attackers must be Muslims? We let a great many outrages go unremarked, but this one really should be noted. The victims are two British girls, Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, both 18, who were spending their “gap year” between high school and university volunteering at an orphanage in Zanzibar. Zanzibar is a mostly Muslim place, so they had been warned about the need to fit in:
Stavanger, Norway — The National Review cruise pulled in on Tuesday to this coastal city, which clearly is the center of the country’s fabulously successful oil industry. Outside of Texas, it’s unlikely you would find a Petroleum Museum in the United States like the one that occupies a prominent place on Stavanger’s waterfront. We depend on the oil industry for our daily needs, but then either disparage it or ignore it. Not so Norway. The museum in Stavanger, which opened in 1997, makes obligatory nods toward climate change and alternative fuels. But among the pictures
SANAA, Yemen — The U.S. has sharply escalated its drone war in Yemen, with military officials in the Arab country reporting 34 suspected al-Qaida militants killed in less than two weeks, including three strikes on Thursday alone in which a dozen died. The action against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemen branch is known, comes amid a global terror alert issued by Washington. One Mideast official says the uptick is due to its leaders leaving themselves more vulnerable by moving from their normal hideouts toward areas where they could carry out attacks. The U.S. and Britain evacuated
Security inside Iraq is unraveling at an alarming pace, and al Qaeda terrorists there aren’t just pulling the thread; they’re setting it on fire. More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in bombings and shootings last month, making July the deadliest month since violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims peaked from 2006 to 2008, the United Nations says. On Thursday, gunmen stormed a policeman’s home in Tikrit and killed him, his wife and their three children. When neighbors later approached the house, a nearby car bomb exploded and killed eight people — a noted al Qaeda tactic,
Starbucks seems an unlikely dueling ground in the national debate over guns, but the ubiquitous coffee chain Friday will once again find itself squarely in the cross hairs in the battle between gun control and gun rights advocates. More than 2,000 gun rights activists plan to visit their local Starbucks with their sidearms for a national “Starbucks Appreciation Day.” The Seattle-based chain takes no formal position on guns but has a corporate policy of following applicable state gun laws — including “open carry”
It’s time to take off the kid gloves and start going toe-to-toe with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, during an appearance on Fox News. After all, Mr. Putin doesn’t mind causing America angst, Mr. Bolton said. Witness the recent granting of asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. “I think in order to focus Putin’s thinking, we need to do things that cause him pain as well,” Mr. Bolton said, to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “And while I know that not having a chance to have a bilateral meeting with his buddy Barack Obama
New York ethics regulators have opened a new investigation into the State Assembly after learning that Assembly Democrats withheld documents that were subpoenaed as part of a recent sexual harassment inquiry, according to people with knowledge of the investigation. The new inquiry began after The New York Times revealed last month that a top Assembly lawyer had kept quiet allegations of sexual harassment made against Assemblyman Micah Z. Kellner, a Manhattan Democrat and current City Council candidate, in 2009. The lawyer, Bill Collins, was dismissed amid the revelations. The records related to the Kellner allegations were not turned over
NEW YORK — Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children´s television show "Captain Kangaroo," has died. He was 86. Allegretti, who had homes in Hampton Bays, N.Y., and New River, Ariz., died of emphysema on July 26 in Arizona, his attorney and friend John Munzel said Wednesday. Allegretti had been a puppeteer but was working as a set painter in the early days of "Captain Kangaroo." He volunteered to make a replacement when the show was dissatisfied with a puppet created by a professional. He gave life
When it comes to late-night comedy shows, President Obama is a prolific guest, but taxpayers might not be laughing along with him. Mr. Obama’s televised chat Tuesday on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno in Los Angeles was his 10th appearance on a TV talk show while in office, outpacing all presidents and hosts since the days of John F. Kennedy and Jack Paar in the early 1960s. The goal of these appearances is partly to boost the president’s image and partly to promote his agenda, and taxpayers foot the bill for Mr. Obama’s high-cost travel on Air Force One.
The recent security threat emanating from Yemen has complicated President Obama’s latest push to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reviving doubts among conservative lawmakers about whether it is safe to return Yemeni detainees to their turbulent home country. More than half of the 166 prisoners being held in Guantanamo are from Yemen, and the transfer of many of them is essential to Obama’s long-promised goal of closing the detention center. But the recent threat involving al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the terrorist group’s Yemen-based branch is known, underlines the national security and political obstacles ahead.
While media mogul Oprah Winfrey has been promoting her new film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” she revealed she was a recent victim of profiling while shopping in a store in Zurich.(Snip)“I was in Zurich the other day at a store, whose name I will not mention,” Winfrey said on “Entertainment Tonight,” “and I didn’t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear…but obviously, ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ is not shown in Zurich. So this doesn’t happen to me unless somebody obviously doesn’t know that it’s me.” Winfrey went on to explain that she was in Zurich for Tina Turner’s wedding,
Nobody tells Oprah she can´t afford a handbag. Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest entertainers in the world, thanks to her willdly successful 25-season run on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and her latest media foray with the newly revitalized Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The entertainer earned an estimated $77 million from June 2012 to June 2013 alone, according to Forbes, but she says she still experiences racism because she is African American. Take this latest incident in Switzerland, where "The Butler" star went to attend the nuptials of good friend and singer Tina Turner last month.
During his Wednesday appearance on Jay Leno´s "Tonight Show,´ President Obama made three factual gaffes; one of them involved the claim that cities not found along the Gulf of Mexico are. Were Obama a Republican, these gaffes would have led news coverage for the next forty-eight hours. Not only did most of the media ignore or downplay these gaffes; the Associated Press went so far as to cover one of them up. In its coverage Thursday, rather than point out the president´s geographical error, the wire service made it look as though no error was made.
The Washington Post is a legend in the minds of the Washington elite, so its financial decline has caused quiet panic. As NPR media reporter David Folkenflik put it, “You think of stories like the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, these are all stories where The Washington Post led the nation’s understanding, the world’s understanding of some major issues.” Outside the liberal media, you wonder how long Post fans can wallow in their Nixon-crumbling polyester “glory days” in the early 1970s. But nostalgia ruled as the Graham family sold the Post to Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com.
Ames, Iowa — Donald Trump delivered a blistering attack on Mitt Romney’s campaign today. “I don’t know what the hell happened with his campaign,” Trump said in a speech at The Family Leader Summit. “I just don’t get it. That was an election that couldn’t have been lost.” “Every single state that they asked me to go or do some phone calls or some television, we won in the primaries,” Trump remarked. But he also criticized what the campaign had initially wanted him to say in robocalls. “They gave me this most pathetic thing to say. I said,
Appearing on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert battled not only the Democratic panelists but also conservative pundit George Will over the wisdom of shutting down the government to prevent Obamacare funding. Gohmert strongly condemned President Barack Obama’s argument at Friday’s news conference that the GOP’s “holy grail” was enying millions of people health insurance. “That’s a false narrative,” Gohmert said. “He says we’re trying to keep people from having health care. That’s just not true. That is an absolute, blatant lie. We’re not trying to keep anybody from getting health care.
During a press conference yesterday, President Obama revealed the existence of a sealed indictment in the Benghazi attacks in Libya on September 11, 2012, leaving some experts questioning whether the president broke the law. Federal law states that ´no person may disclose [a sealed] indictment´s existence,´ and that doing so may be ´punished as a contempt of court,´ a charge that carries a minimum sentence of six months prison. The announcement came as a surprise to some insiders, as the existence of a sealed indictment has not been publicly confirmed or denied by law enforcement or
At a White House press conference Friday afternoon, President Obama said that health insurance plans offered under Obamacare will be "significantly cheaper" than plans currently on the market, but a string of recent reports say that isn´t true. "What happens on October 1, in 53 days, is for the remaining 15 percent of the population that doesn´t have health insurance, they´re going to be able to go on a website or call up a call center and sign up for affordable, quality health insurance at a significantly cheaper rate than what they can get right now on
During an hour-long deep dive into the growing use of food stamps in America, Fox News highlighted “the new face of food stamps.” That new face is a pina colada-sipping, lobster-loving lothario named Jason Greenslate. Greenslate, a 29-year-old La Jolla California surfer and musician who sings that he does not want a “motherfucking job” and has “fuck no” guilt about living on $200 of what he calls “free money ” — or what the government called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefits — while he avoids a job to hang out on the beach, sing and chase women.
Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84. Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died Saturday at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas following a brief, undisclosed illness, said her publicist, Howard Bragman. Gorme was a successful band singer and nightclub entertainer when she was invited to join the cast of Steve Allen´s local New York television show in 1953. She sang solos and also did duets and comedy skits with Lawrence, a rising young singer who had joined
Ames, Iowa – Rafael Cruz brought down the house. Speaking at The Family Leader Summit today, the father of Ted Cruz delivered an energetic speech that earned him one of the longest standing ovations of the day. “Our lives are under attack,” Cruz said of Obamacare. “We already saw what is happening with abortion. The same thing is happening at the other end with Obamacare. Obamacare is going to destroy the elderly by denying care, by even perhaps denying treatment of people [with] catastrophic sickness.” He also addressed religious liberty, saying “socialism requires that government becomes your god.”
Potential 2016 presidential contender Donald Trump spoke to ABC’s Jonathan Karl Sunday morning and reignited the birther issue that he helped spark back in 2011, questioning the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate and wondering whether Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, was eligible to president. “Was there a birth certificate?” Trump asked. “You tell me. Some people say that was not his birth certificate. I’m saying I don’t know. Nobody knows. And you don’t know, either, Jonathan. You’re a smart guy, you don’t know, either.” “I’m pretty convinced he was born in the United States,” Karl said.