Sunday, October 03, 2010

It's Sunday: Religious Illiteracy

[A]lthough the United States is one of the most religious developed countries in the world, most Americans scored 50 percent or less on a quiz measuring knowledge of the Bible, world religions and what the Constitution says about religion in public life.

The survey is full of surprising findings.

For example, it's not evangelicals or Catholics who did best - it's atheists and agnostics.


Now, that doesn’t surprise me at all. It’s the atheists and agnositcs who’ve actually read the Bible and therefore know how inaccurate and full of holes it is, therefore opting out of religion.

[O]nly about one in three know that a public school teacher is allowed to teach a comparative religion class - although nine out of 10 know that teacher isn't allowed by the Supreme Court to lead a class in prayer.


Jews and Mormons were close behind atheists and agnostics as the group who did best overall on the religion questions.

I think their religions require them to read.

Obama said he was not raised by a family that frequently went to church, but said that he came to his Christianity late in life, saying it was the teachings of Jesus Christ that inspired "the kind of life I would want to lead."

"I think, also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the kind of humility we all have to have as human beings."

  Raw Story

Oh, yes. When I think of Obama, I immediately think ‘humble.’ The teachings of Jesus inspired him. Because Jesus would so call for a hit on a fellow citizen and deny the man’s father the right to appeal to the courts.

I wonder how Obama would have fared in that poll.

Here's all the religion you'll ever need. Get yourself some spirit.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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