In fact, the growing percentage of Americans who claim to be Christians, but who do not believe in a personal God, thus defining themselves as Deists, puts them right in line with the beliefs of one of the major drafters of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence --- Thomas Jefferson.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
The Makeout Hobo is real, and does indeed travel around the country in his van and make out with ladies... If you meet the Makeout Hobo, it is customary to greet him with a shot of whiskey and a high five (if you are a dude) or passionate makeouts (if you are a lady).
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
"No religion" grew by 15 million in the first 11 years, and only 5 million in the next 7 years. That's in total number, not percentage (percentage wise, the difference is much greater), so immigration does not play into it.
There are also some other Christian sects that either grew between 2001-2008, or shrunk less rapidly than between 1990-2001. Very few sects declined as rapidly or more rapidly in the latter 7 years than in the fist 11.
I do not know why, but from the looks of it the 1990s in general was just a bad decade for Christianity in the U.S. Unless we have another decade like it soon, though, it seems like the percent of the country that is Christian will level out at about 75%.
And the last sentence of the quote is irrelevant, because every single time Jesus talked about helping the poor, he was talking about private charity; we can only speculate on what his views on government-mandated wealth redistribution would be, and it would be useless to even do that since there's nothing to go on.
In many ways, they are in the same position as the cartoonists who lampooned Bush. When Bush left, their gravy train went with him. If there is a revolution against the alleged immorality of the times (Which many of their leaders partake in willingly and with great enthusiasm) then their gravy train is gone as well.
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