Wednesday, February 4, 2009

So Which State of the U.S. Does God Love The Most? Which One Does God Frown Upon?

Just how do you measure the holiness of a state? The one with the most crucifixes in windows? The most square footage of stained glass? The one with the most Our Fathers said in a single day? Not any of these, but if holiness came in quantity of any sort, it would be what people said about themselves and their beliefs.

O.K., if holiness can be quantified on what people say, Gallup has the latest on "holy" states and one that are sliding into the abyss of brimstone. The simple question was "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" Seems rather vague, but in this country, people tend to think about Christian churches, going to churches, praying Christian prayers, etc.

So let's look at each state's "holiness rating," shall we?
(Courtesy U.S.A. Today)

Mississippi: 85%
Alabama: 82%
South Carolina: 80%
Tennessee: 79%
Louisiana: 78%
Arkansas: 78%
Georgia: 76%
North Carolina: 76%
Oklahoma: 75%
Kentucky: 74%
Texas: 74%
West Virginia: 71%
Kansas: 70%
Utah: 69%
Missouri: 68%

Virginia: 68%
South Dakota: 68%
North Dakota: 68%
Indiana: 68%
Nebraska: 67%
New Mexico: 66%
Pennsylvania: 65%
Florida: 65%
Maryland: 65%
Ohio: 65%
Iowa: 64%
Minnesota: 64%
Illinois: 64%
Michigan: 64%
Delaware: 61%

Wisconsin: 61%
District of Columbia: 61%
Idaho: 61%
Arizona: 61%
New Jersey: 60%
Wyoming: 58%
Colorado: 57%
Hawaii: 57%
California: 57%
Montana: 56%
New York: 56%
Connecticut: 55%
Nevada: 54%
Rhode Island: 53%
Oregon: 53%

Washington: 52%
Alaska: 51%
Massachusetts: 48%
Maine: 48%
New Hampshire: 46%
Vermont: 42%

Hmmm. So California's not quite as Godless as Ann Coulter(geist) thought! And despite Ben & Jerry's ice cream and largesse to charities, it didn't seem to make the grade. Sarah Palin's gonna be pissed that Alaska ranked so low. Gottsa get Rev. Thomas Muthee there in a hurry to hunt down all the witches!


Maybe Darwin Really WAS The Anti-Christ, Because Latter-Day Christians Are STILL
Fighting Him!

February 12th will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth date of Charles Darwin while the entire year marks the 150th anniversary of On The Origin of Species, the book which changed forever the way Western man looks at himself. There promises to be hoopla galore (see a list of events in England here ) especially at universities like Harvard. There are currently 424 events scheduled in 36 countries for Darwin Day 2009*.

There also promises to protests and name-calling galore as well: the world's Christofascists will be coming out of the woodwork! It makes no difference that Darwin believed in God:

(From wikipedia):

[After his voyage on the HMS Beagle]
He still viewed organisms as perfectly adapted, and On the Origin of Species reflects theological views. Though he thought of religion as a tribal survival strategy, Darwin still believed that God was the ultimate lawgiver.

But to Creationists, Young Earthers, Fundamentalists, Inerrantists, Literalists and all of the world's most staunch Christofascists, Darwin will always be synonymous with atheism and humanism - and therefore (put in Biblical terms) an abomination.

Then there's Intelligent Design:

*The Darwin Day Celebration (DDC) promotes public education about science and encourages the celebration of Science and Humanity throughout the global community. DDC is administered by the Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS).