Its dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.
When asked by Gallup, “Is religion an important part of your daily life?”, 65 percent of Americans indicated that it was.
Positive responses to the question indicated that the top ten most religious states were: Mississippi (85%); Alabama (82%); South Carolina (80%); Tennessee (79%); Louisiana (78%); Arkansas (78%); Georgia (76%); North Carolina (76%); Oklahoma (75%); Kentucky (74%) and Texas (74%).
On the other side, the ten least religious states were: Vermont (42%); New Hampshire (46%); Maine (48%); Massachusetts (48%); Alaska (51%); Washington (52%); Oregon (53%); Rhode Island (53%); Nevada (54%) and Connecticut (55%)
As I viewed the results I could not help but visualize the states as red states vs. blue states. An interesting correlation seems to be apparent.
What were the religious affiliations of U.S. presidents?
– Episcopalian (11)
– Presbyterian (8)
– Baptist (4)
– Methodist (4)
– Unitarian (4)
– Disciples of Christ (2)
– Dutch Reformed (2)
– Quaker (2)
– Catholic (1)
– Congregationalist (1)
– United Church of Christ (1)
Three U.S. presidents — Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson — were unaffiliated with a specific religious tradition.
According to recent research conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 54% of Americans believe that abortion should be legal in most (37%) or all (17%) cases, and 41% believe it should be illegal in most (26%) or all (15%) cases.
It is interesting to note how religious affiliation influences views on abortion. For example, members of the following groups believe that abortion should be legal in most or all cases:
* Jewish — 88 percent
* Mainline Protestant — 62 percent
* Catholic — 48 percent
* Muslim — 48 percent
* African American — 47 percent
* Evangelical — 33 percent
* Mormon — 27 percent
* Jehovah’s Witness — 16 percent
What do you think this says about the belief communities listed above?
The election is a thing of the past, but as I make the transition from annotatedbookmarks.info to annotatedbookmarks.com I want to make sure that I do not lose my list of those bloggers who did what they could to support Mike Huckabee’s bid for the White House. I post them here to make sure I don’t lose them during the transition…
While the Republican primaries were in full swing, I heard talk radio hosts say some of the most inane things I have ever heard. Not that radio talk show hosts don’t say some pretty stupid things on a continuing basis, but these were things so outrageously idiotic that I would not expect them even from such people as Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Levine (all of whom must be taken with about 32 grains of salt).
Among the many misstatements of fact and inconsistencies in reason were [Read more…]
But he who is unable to live in society, or who has not need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
~ In Politics, bk. I, ch. 2, 1253a
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.
~ In Politics
That which has become habitual becomes, as it were, a part of our nature; in fact, habit is something like nature, for the difference between “often” and “always” is not great, and nature belongs tot he idea of “always,” habit to that of “often.”
~ in Rhetorica 1.11
All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature.
Every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.
One who throws a stone has power over it until he has thrown it, but not afterwards.
Reason is a light that God has kindled in the soul.
Anybody can become angry — that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises to give even his life- knowing that under certain conditions it is not worth while to live.