Archive for the 'Religion' Category

20
Jul
14

What Political Lean Will Today’s Kids Have?

I am the oldest kid in my family. On my mom’s side I am the oldest cousin too. On the “big two” subjects that will surely ruffle feathers, religion and politics, I have been all over the board and never fit neatly into any one group. Furthermore, I’ve openly discussed these things despite my mother’s advice to keep those subjects off the radar. With that said to some people they know that I am political, or at least politically-minded. I have been surprised to hear so many people discuss their political beliefs with me that I felt were right-leaning. Or more specifically, Libertarian-leaning. Maybe the next generation’s political beliefs are swinging back towards Conservatism. More interesting is what these kids use to judge their beliefs – how big of a role do their parents, demographic groups, or media play in making those decisions?

The conclusion of the article to me is interesting to me. It states, “What if the Republican party starts to promote candidates who simply can’t be painted as sexually repressive, oil-crazed religious freaks?” I find this interesting because I’ve long since said that the GOP needs to ditch its religious cloak. Religious affiliation is the number one complaint I hear for people who I think are clearly Republicans but vote Democrat.

Could the next generation of Republicans already be here? by Kyle Smith.

There’s probably never been a time when humanity wasn’t collectively in a torment and uproar about what its young folk were up to. (Gur to Urp, 10,000 B.C.: “Can you believe how short the girls are wearing their bearskins these days?”)

But in contrast with our image of decadent, self-centered, pleasure-craving youth, in many ways today’s youngsters are throwbacks — spurning drugs, crime and disorder, being sexually responsible and making sound choices about education. They might be the least disaffected, least rebellious kids since the Kennedy years. And that might have surprising political implications down the road.

A July 12 Economist piece reviewed some surprising data, finding that (contrary to popular belief) teen drinking and binge drinking have fallen sharply in recent years. The percentage of high-school seniors who have ever taken alcohol, for instance, fell from 80% to 71% from 2000 to 2010. In 1980, that figure was 93%. Asked whether they’d had a drink in the last 30 days, only 41% said yes in 2010. In 2000, it was 50% and in 1980, 72%. Similarly, the teen pregnancy rate is slightly more than half what it was in the mid-1990s, and teens are waiting longer to have sex than they did then.

Violent-crime arrests for people from 10 to 24 are half what they were in 1995 (for males) and down 40% for females. Juvenile incarceration is at its lowest rate since 1975. Teen smoking peaked around 1997 and is now, at an all-time low of 17%, less than half of what it was then. (Pot use is an exception to the trend: 23% of high-school seniors regularly get high. But weed is still less widely used than it was in the 1970s, or even in 1999, when 26.7% reported regular use.)

What’s behind all these surprising numbers? I can’t say, but it’s hard not to notice that a decline in destructive behavior associated with peer pressure has happened at the same moment that the US became a fully wired nation.

Now that broadband access is nearly universal — 78% of homes, and that’s not counting all the schools and library and Wi-Fi hotspot connections available to most kids with minimal effort — restless youth don’t have to go along with whatever the local knuckleheads are up to.

They can find their community of likeminded souls online, and an unintended consequence of their tinkering with YouTube videos or playing “Call of Duty” with a buddy in Mexico City, they’re staying in. As a frustrated barman in England, where pubs have been closing in huge numbers, put it to The Economist, “Kids these days just want to live in their f- – – ing own little worlds in their bedrooms watching Netflix and becoming obese.” That sounds right, but at least no one ever got pregnant from eating Cheetos.

How are young people turning out politically? They’re liberal Democrats . . . who sometimes sound an awful lot like conservative Republicans.

According to a Pew survey, the “next-generation left” has a huge, generational disagreement with older, traditional left-liberals. Among the older liberals, for instance, 83% identify “circumstances” as the cause of poverty. Nexties are almost evenly split on this, with 47% blaming circumstances and 42% blaming “lack of effort.”

Fifty-six percent of the older Democrats think Wall Street does more harm than good, whereas 56% of the younger ones think the reverse. When asked whether blacks are primarily responsible for their condition or victims of discrimination, 80% of the older liberals said discrimination. Sixty-eight percent of the nexties said blacks are mostly responsible for their status, with only 19% blaming discrimination.

Less surprisingly, next-generation liberals tilt hugely left on social issues, and this, they say, is the reason they vote Democrat, in many cases against their stated economic beliefs. A commenter on a New York Times piece on the Pew survey ticked off a list of economic beliefs that placed him to the right of center, then concluded, “The Democrats hold onto us only because of the Republic[an] obsession with religion, sexual repression and environmental denial.”

Another way to spin that idea is that the Democrats hold onto young voters because of the media’s successful bid to paint Republicans as obsessed with these things. (Or was 2001-2009 America a Puritan theocracy?)

Libertarians (most notable among them the ever-hopeful crew over at Reason magazine) are forever claiming that their moment is about to arrive. They’ve never been right before, but their case is starting to look more compelling.

The gay-marriage debate is winding down and may be over by 2016. Some Republicans are outflanking the Hobby Lobby decision, and making a huge step in a libertarian direction, by calling for over-the-counter birth control. What if the Republican party starts to promote candidates who simply can’t be painted as sexually repressive, oil-crazed religious freaks?

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01
Oct
12

Touchdown Jesus resurrected as Incomplete Pass Jesus after 2010 lightning strike

In June 2010 the infamous Football Jesus was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. I blogged about it here in my post entitled, ohio’s “football jesus” burns down: a sign from god?.

I just don’t quite get it. I know that the Solid Rock Church‘s goal is to remind people of Jesus as they pass by (Jesus faces the highway in Ohio) but all I can think of when I drive by is “why are you building idols” and “with the money that statue cost, how many people could you have fed?”

So I guess today Touchdown Jesus has been resurrected as Incomplete Pass Jesus.

PS – Is that a lightning rod on top of Jesus’ head to prevent a second Jesus burn-down?

21
Sep
09

RaptureAlert on Christians and Politics

I was watching my weekly NewsBusted when I saw the following comment. I found it interesting.

Christians are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, according to Christ. In Christ’s day, salt was used both as a seasoning and to PREVENT SPOILAGE, the latter being what Christans are supposed to be trying to accomplish. Light dispels darkness, as we all know. I think it’s clear what Christ wanted us to be doing when He said we were to be the light of the world! Could we be doing better? YES!

Liberalism of the WAY LEFT variety and political correctness is killing our nation, both spiritually and morally.

Jesus Christ didn’t get crucified for rolling with the flow! Where He saw corruption and immorality, He took a bold stand as did all of the Apostles. Only one Apostle wasn’t killed for standing up for what’s right. Many Christians today don’t even VOTE!!!!

Pretty cool I think.

(Original comment here)

17
Jan
09

The Solution Is Found Within Each Of Us

So, all we hear is how crappy the economy is anymore and how the US is spiraling into some sort of black hole of which we will never recover from. And for all this psycho babble talk (and with the help of my new friend Liz), I say BULLSHIT.

Of course, my optimism is not due to Messiah Obama coming into the big chair here in a few days. No. I could care less about him. He isn’t magical and he surely isn’t my Messiah. No, my optimism is rooted in the belief that Americans are a different breed. In the history of our country we have never laid down in the face of a problem, adversity, or even a big bully throwing torpedoes at our ships. Hell no. We were build on the notion that WE THE PEOPLE had the power here in this land – not only control of our government, but also to fix whatever happened in the economy. During the Revolution war we rode our horses around and flipped the bird at England. We told her to shove off and go find some other people to rule.

For the first time in the history of the world a group of people decided they wanted to be free of tyranny and live their lives how they wanted.  They didn’t want to be told what religion to practice. They didn’t want to work hard just to give someone “tax” money. They didn’t want to have the government come in their house and dig around. And so much more. And with those thoughts, we made this country.

Continue reading ‘The Solution Is Found Within Each Of Us’

11
May
08

Yeah, Just Like Jesus Taught…

I don’t submit to or buy into Scientology… however, yeah, like the video says…. love one another… just like Jesus said…

Edit: So they took the video down. I guess I need to save the movie and upload it on my own account if I want to preserve videos I put on my site…

01
May
08

Hello May

It’s May already. I can’t believe it is May already. And guess what? Today is the National Prayer Day – a day to pray for our leaders.

I feel weird even mentioning something religious in nature. Long gone are my Bible Thumping days. For that matter, long gone are the days that I had “prayer time.” A lot seems to have happened to me in the last few years religiously. I’ve had [Christian] friends boogy on out to become Atheists. I’ve had multiple religious debates that went  “beyond debates” (unfortunately). I’ve doubted my faith. I’ve doubted God. I’ve doubted Jesus. I’ve questioned my sanity. I think I’ve even questioned my existence. But that is all personal stuff.

Prayer Day. I won’t be praying today for any political leader. Actually, I think it is kind of… wrong. Jesus never wanted us to pray for leaders to “make the right decisions.” In fact, he seemed to want nothing to do with politics. His mission was with people. So, why are we so interested in politics as Christians? (Don’t get this confused with being Christian and being interested in politics).

I don’t really care if this nation was founded by “Christians” or not. Personally, I think that this country was founded on religious tolerance – a place where the State couldn’t and didn’t mandate religion into people’s lives. Today though, we can’t even talk to a political candidate without raking their religious beliefs over hot coals. Why do we need to know their beliefs anyways? I know many conservatives may disagree with me on this whole issue, but really, I don’t even want to know what religion you are if you are running for political office. Your religion, to me, has nothing to do with how good of a political leader you will be and how well you will listen to the people that elected you.

Anyways, just a few random thoughts as we enter into May.




Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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