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October 10th, 2012:

Atheism rising in prominence in the U.S.

Is this is good news from south of the border? You betcha!

Young Americans in particular are beginning to think for themselves and critically analyse the belief systems held by their parents and grandparents. I think this may be a function of better education but it is also the fault of the in-your-face evangelicals whose fanaticism turns off a good segment of the population; especially people who are turned off by moral ultimatums.

Scholars have long debated whether people who say they no longer belong to a religious group should be considered secular. While the category as defined by Pew researchers includes atheists, it also encompasses majorities of people who say they believe in God, and a notable minority who pray daily or consider themselves “spiritual” but not “religious.”

Still, Pew found overall that most of the unaffiliated aren’t actively seeking another religious home, indicating that their ties with organized religion are permanently broken.

It is the bolded phrase that strikes me as being the most significant of these findings.

The religiosity class of ministers, priests and evangelic extremists should be afraid. Very afraid.


Did Quebec separate overnight?

Nope. Just looked out the bus window and the Gatineau Hills are still there.

I guess Marois’ scheme to pry her province from the RoC using bars and pulleys didn’t succeed.

Anyone in O Dot feel the quake last night? Happened around midnight and was centred around Montreal.