hardly news anymore that a growing number of Americans
are checking the box “none” on
surveys of religious belief. According to Pew Research
Center polling, one-fifth of the public and a third
of those under thirty are unaffiliated with any
Among those left who still report
being affiliated, the percentage of fundamentalists
and other conservatives is increasing. It's the
pie that's shrinking and leaving the right-wing
to have a bigger share.
Relying on figures publicized
by denominations is problematic. There are convenient
ways for memberships to be counted.
But even the granddaddy
of right-wingers, the Southern Baptist Convention,
reported this year that it's losing members and baptizing
fewer people. Their response, of course, wasn't to
question their teachings but to assume they needed
Those who are religiously addicted
never question what they're teaching. They're so
invested in it that to do so would be a real downer
for their high of righteousness...
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Minor on July 13, 2014, again responds to
Journal World "Faith Forum"
Is Your Opinion on People Getting Ordained
Online to Perform Weddings?"
Read Past "Faith Forum"
"Arguing About Families
- Gay, Straight or Neither"
Dr. Minor's keynote address,
"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight
given at the Symposium "Legally Gay" at
the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona
State University on March 9, 2012, is now available
in print and online in the Law Journal for
"A lot of very
bad arguments take place using the word 'family.'
By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods
about the history and psychology of families.
They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming
mythology, and void of what we historians call
data. And they are found in every sphere, from
religion to politics to law...."
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I Had Time to Read Only One Article This Week,
Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
Zoe Williams: "George
Lakoff: 'Conservatives don't follow the polls,
they want to change them..Liberals do everything
(February 1, 2014)
"The left, Lakoff argues, is losing the political
argument – every year, it cedes more ground
to the right, under the mistaken impression that
this will bring everything closer to the centre....This
is what he believes it would take
to refashion the progressive mindset: the abandonment
of argument by evidence in favour of argument by
moral cause; the unswerving and unembarrassed articulation
of what those morals are; the acceptance that there
is no "middle" or third way, no such
thing as a moderate (people can hold divergent
views, conservative on some things, progressive
on others – but they are not moderates,
they are "biconceptual"); and the understanding
that conservatives are not evil, unintelligent,
cynical or grasping..."
Wlliams: "George Lakoff: 'Liberals Do
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