Thursday, August 05, 2004


George Will reported some more good news for us atheists in his “Last Word” column in Newsweek (August 2, 2004). A University of Chicago report reports that between 1993 and 2002 Protestantism is down to 52% of Americans from 63%. Religions outside of Catholicism, Protestantism and Judaism more than doubled from 3% to 7% while Americans claiming no religion rose from 9% to 14%. An increase of more than 50%.

These should be signs of good cheer for all Americans. It means that the truths of the human condition are being recognized and the basis for our accepting once and for all our power to change our own destiny is broadening. This has nothing to do with one religion getting one up over another religion; it’s got to do with the spread of real truths based in real observations and measurements and acceptance of our human, unsuperstitious place in the natural world.


Many American thinkers predicted that fundamentalist Moslems would gain control in post war Iraq. The recent attacks by Iraqi fundamentalists on Christian churches in Iraq demonstrate what happens when our nation is lead by a President who is adverse to nuanced discussions of policy and who pursues a bull in the China shop approach to world leadership. This cowboy rodeo clown is a real dude. How can Americans continue to support his failures? The decline in American literacy continues to be my guess as to the fall off in intelligent American leadership. Bush’s supporters decry the rest of us for referring to Bush’s low intelligence quotient, but how can we ignore his sad ineptitude when his actions and words continually demonstrate his ignorance? My goodness, folks, if you don’t want us to think you’re dumb too, then quite supporting George Bush. We’re going to pay for our illiteracy in the future.

What worsens his mistakes is his hidden agenda which slipped out a year ago when he called his war "a crusade". Now, at last, in the recent attacks on Christian churches in Iraq, his words come home to roost on him and to kill many of the faithful.


The more I observe the hatred of fundamentalist American Christians, the more I’m certain that should a modern Christ appear in America with his “reported” forgiving and accepting nature the fundamentalists would crucify him again. Only we liberals, with our penchant for accepting cultural trends and beliefs like a woman’s right to control her own reproductive system and the gay lifestyle, would try to save him. America’s modern Sanhedrin would be led by Robertson, Falwell and Frankie Graham.

"Dying is one of the few things that can be done as easily lying down." —Woody Allen

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