10 March 2009

A prayer for banality

It seems that the pathetic can’t do anything without prayer. Sadly, President Obama is not any different than his predecessors, if not worse. The Washington Post reports that “Prayer has become more common at presidential appearances under the Obama administration, including at nonreligious events such as stimulus rallies.... Historians note that there is no clear record of prayers before presidential appearances, but they could not remember prayers being said as routinely as they are now.”

The Post is also reporting that according to the results of a new survey, people without a religion now make up 15% of the U.S. population; the only group that grew in every U.S. state since 2001. At the same time, the percentage of Americans identifying themselves as Christians has dropped to 76% of the population, down from 86% in 1990.

The harder they pray the deeper they will sink.


Deniz Bevan said...

I think you mean "President Obama's adminsitration is no better than its predecessors" - English, unlike German, doesn't have a neuter "it" to refer to people :-)


Thanks for noticing that. I've corrected the text. I was thinking of Obama himself, but then wanted to write the Obama Administration, but obviously got myself confused.

beetlesinthebush said...

I believe that the absolute and relative percentage of Christians who identified themselves as "evangelical" also rose, while those identifying themselves as Catholic or Protestant dropped.

In short, more people are either not choosing religion or are choosing its more radical elements - the country is becoming more polarized!


as an ironic postscript to my message, your word verification asked to enter the words 'cushol' - cuss hole?

JT said...

On the other hand, Obama seems to believe in science and is encouraging his policy makers to do so as well.

My word verification is . . . ovesaca. Sounds vaguely biologic and/or sexual.

Jannavi said...

It is an interesting observation. And this from someone who did not embrace a religion in his formative years, at least according to some of his interviews.