‘Can You Name a Book? Any Book?’ (2018)

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Naturally, as a writer, I find this to be very bad news. Never read? There are millions and millions of people out there who never read? Who haven’t read a single book since high school?

‘Can You Name a Book? Any Book?’

I admit, there were times in high school when I thought they were purposely trying to get you to hate reading so that you’d never do any more of it. The stuff on our required reading list was dull enough to know birds out of the sky.

But to cut ourselves off from the entire wisdom and experience of the past, to strand ourselves in a kind of perpetual toddlerhood because we don’t freakin’ know anything–!

No wonder our civilization is dying.

Are They Winning the War on Christmas?

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A word to live by: No one can do very wrong by going against the trends.

Somehow I missed this Pew Research report that came out last month (http://www.pewforum.org/2017/12/12/americans-say-religious-aspects-of-christmas-are-declining-in-public-life/), claiming “Shrinking majority believes the biblical account of the birth of Jesus depicts actual events,” etc.

At the heart of this report we have this. “Most U.S. adults believe–” the word “observe” would be more accurate–“the religious aspects of Christmas are emphasized less now than in the past.” Duh! Really! You mean, after a decades-long, concerted effort to mock and vilify Christians who believe the Bible, some people have either turned away from that belief or else keep quiet about it? Gosh, who’da thought it? Propaganda really works! Thank you, teachers’ unions, noozies, and lawsuit-happy lawyers.

You can be sure the nooze media were popping their buttons over this one, just like they do with every year’s just-in-time-for-Christmas “Christmas stinks” report.

Pew sez belief in the historical accuracy of the Biblical account of Christ’s birth is 57%, down from 65% in 2014. That’s just three years.

I take this with a boulder of salt. I don’t know how Pew phrased the questions, how they decided who to ask, and other details that can dramatically skew the outcome of a poll.

What to do?

Like a wise lady once said, “When things get darker and harder–sing louder!”

God’s will shall be done, no matter what people think. Actually, I don’t think He spends a lot of time worrying about trends in popular opinion. God will keep His promises, He will do what He has said He’ll do. And if people don’t want eternal life, forgiveness of sins, the healing of all hurts, and the restoration of the world… I guess that’s their lookout.

Dems: The Party of ‘No Religion’

William Jennings Bryan–if he were alive today, they’d kick him out of the Democrat Party.

Not enough attention has been paid to this news story.

Did you know that, according to the Pew Research Center, the most numerous religious affiliation within the Democrat Party is “No Religion” at all? ( http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/for_first_time_those_who_have_no_religion_are_largest_group_in_democratic_party ).

Pew defined “No Religion” as atheists, agnostics, and drips who describe themselves as merely “spiritual.” So this “No Religion” group accounts for 28% of Democrats. Roman Catholics are the runners-up with 21%.

I don’t know why I’m surprised. After all, this is the party that booed God at its national convention, that’s head-over-heels in love with abortion, and enthusiastically allied to Organized Sodomy. But still–well, Al Smith or William Jennings Bryan would certainly be unable to understand what came over their beloved Democratic Party.

So, the next time some self-righteous individual proclaims to you that “there’s no difference” between the two national parties, please treat them to this information. The Republican rank-and-file are overwhelmingly Christian, even if their party’s leaders are skunks and weasels.

Meanwhile, I’m gonna sit here and shake my head.

How did it ever come to this?