Pew Research published findings from a poll they conducted to identify the most and least religious states. Their Religious Landscape Study included more than 35,000 U.S. adults, and it found that the percentages who say they believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church or other religious services have declined modestly in recent years, but among the roughly three-quarters of U.S. adults who do claim a religion, there has been no discernible drop in religious commitment. Indeed, by some conventional measures, religiously affiliated Americans are, on average, even more devout than they were a few years ago.
Mississippi, Alabama and other Southern states are among the most highly religious states in the nation, while New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine in New England are among the least devout, according to some of the key measures used to determine levels of religiosity in the Pew Research Center’s study, which you can read here.
As is so often the case with important messages, those who need to read or hear them turn a blind eye or deaf ear. However, when DJ Michael tweeted out this photo today, I couldn’t resist piling on by sharing as well. I only hope that the understandable anger and frustration that has come out of Orlando tragedy will be directed into more positive actions that will help heal and bring hope.
Last week Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian™, shared a funny, new educational video on how the Ten Commandments are the basis for all American laws; or not. Special Guests (in alphabetical order) are God, Sarah Palin, and George Washington.
The Orthodox Calendar which first ‘came out’ in 2012 continues to get more provocative with each passing year. Don’t be mislead by their name. The project is the brainchild of a group composed mostly of Orthodox eastern Europeans who use these provocative images to take an ironic approach to the Orthodox Church and raise awareness of homophobia; especially in the Orthodox region.
Watch the NSFW promotional video on YouTube then learn more about the project by visiting their website where they also sell all sorts of provocative items including their 2016 Orthodox Calendar, www.orthodox-calendar.com.
I wonder how this Pope will be received by the Republican Presidential candidates when he visits the US later this week?
When Kim Davis was asked why she repeatedly denied a marriage license to a same sex couple in Kentucky she responded that she believed in the Bible and didn’t want to go to Hell.
The fact is Mrs. Davis actions speak louder than her words. Her homophobic attitudes may (or may not) find a convenient home in the Bible but she doesn’t follow the Bible anymore than I do. What Kim and her chromosome-deficient ilk don’t realize is that how they live their lives is proof of their hypocrisy. If you believe in the Bible then you believe that her adultery means she should be killed. I don’t see Republican candidates running for President calling for Mrs. Davis to be stoned to death or crucified so let’s call a spade a spade. Kim Davis is a bigot.
“If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife–with the wife of his neighbor–both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.”
While I disagree with Pope Francis on many things, I find myself in agreement with him on many other issues as well; like war and who it really serves.
Both political parties in the US have been far too eager to rely on military might and while there are many reasons for our military involvement abroad, I firmly believe that Pope Francis has explained it perfectly. In our current political landscape, money talks and nobody outspends the US Military Complex. Check out this chart detailing the military industrial complex spending from 2007 – 2017. Maybe it is time to rethink our military spending? It looks like we have plenty of money to invest in things like infrastructure, education and even paying down our deficit.