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Another reason why I am happy to be a Canadian…

According to Gallup, 40% of Americans believe that humans were created by a “god” in the past 10,000 years while this number is only 14% north of the border.

I love Americans. I truly do. They are an amazing people. But I just don’t understand them sometimes. They voted in Dubya twice. Indebted themselves into oblivion. And 4 out of ten of them, like our own Stockwell Day, think that humans played with dinosaurs.

A cousin of mine who is an ex-pat Québécois living in Tennessee, once remarked to me on Facebook that in the States, unlike Canada, religion and faith is everywhere. You can’t get away from it. With data like these, I think I understand what he said a bit better.

But still – wow. What a difference.

And I bet that if you removed the Alberta respondents, the 14% would drop into the single digits.

But if we’re so smart, why:

  • Do we keep voting in the ReformCons?
  • Have Ontario voters not pushed governments to abolish the separate schools system?
  • Do we have voting rates in the 50’s?
  • Does our weather suck so much?

OK – the last point is just me whining.


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  1. Some time ago I was working in the USA, down in Bloomington, IL.

    At lunch one day, I was in the cafeteria with a bunch of the US staff on our project team. They all got their food, and then simultaneously cast a spell, er, invoked some magic words to thank their deity.

    I sat quietly, minding my own business. I didn’t even start eating, not wanting to disturb their little ritual.

    When they were done, someone remarked to me “Oh you don’t say grace?”, and someone else replied “He’s Canadian, it’s different up there.”

    I thanked them for their concern and told them that it was not required that I say grace before a meal… this was a mistake, I should have kept my mouth shut, but they were after a response and that seemed harmless.

    So someone asked “oh, what church do you go to in Canada?” and I replied that I didn’t go to church as I do not believe in any gods.

    From that point, I might has well have taken a dump right there on the table. Despite being at a table of university educated, technically inclined people, I was an instant outcast because I didn’t share their bronze-age superstitions.

    It was definitely among the weirder situations I’ve been in.

    1. trashee says:

      Amazing, isn’t it?

      There was a back and forth on my distant cousin’s (the one I mentioned in the post) FB page a while back and I threw out some flippant remark about religion or church or something… just a throwaway comment. But man, one American who was following the exchange took real exception. To keep the peace, I offered a mumbled apology but she just tuned out in a huff.

      Like I said, I just don’t get it.

      1. In general,I try to keep religious fights off my FB page. This is because about 1/3 of my living relatives are JW, although none are very rabid about it any more. Still others are various degrees of god-whalloper and I just don’t want to get into it. I am disappointed that some of my friends whom I once considered logical and rational have turned out to be superstitious yobs of some sort.

        Still, I find the new-agey, hippie pagan types to be easier to take than the Christians. Maybe because there’s booze and sex with the pagans, and naught but guilt and conformity with the Christians.

        In any case, I made a category called “highly religous” and people on my FB who get that rating can’t see anything but the most wholesome stuff on my FB page 🙂

        1. trashee says:

          I was fortunate to grow up in a very secular household. My parents left it up to the kids to decide on their religious views and didn’t really push us one way or the other. Neither I nor any of my sibs adopted a religion – no baptisms, etc. And my wife and I are bringing up our kids in much the same fashion.

          I do, however, take on a “live and let live” approach because my wife – while now very much a non-believer – has several family members who are RC. And, in spite of this, I like several of them and really don’t want to diss something that for them is very important… Tho’… I don’t really hold back too, too much!

          1. Not being one to stir up shit at family gatherings, i generally keep my mouth shut about such things at those venues. My wife’s family says grace, and I keep quiet. It’s their thing and it’s not hurting me.

            I draw the line when relatives start preaching to me though, or spouting new-age crap. Homeopathy has come up a few times and I think nobody in my family will dare mention that subject around me any more. When they bring up religion I usually try to leave or ask them to take it elsewhere.

            That said, there are a fwe religious people I know with whom I love to discuss and debate religion. They’re educated, well read, and have a deeper understanding of their superstition than most people. In one case, he’s an apostate catholic (i.e. claims to be a catholic but doesn’t buy in to a lot of the bullshit, choosing instead to cherry pick the more supportable lessons from the whole box of dogma), the other is a protestant minister with a background in archaeology.

    2. Pete Brown says:

      ‘Ritual’, it’ll get you every time!

      Bites your ass in the hood too and even the ol’ Parliament Hill has ’em!

      Knock ’em down or get with the gig, I guess…

  2. MoS says:

    If you think our American cousins are a tad weird with this creationist business, add to that the “intelligent design” brigade. Subtract that from 100 and you have a frighteningly small segment that backs evolution.

    1. trashee says:

      Yeah. I did the math too. About 3 in 20 believe that a supreme deity had nothing to do with our being here… amazing.

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