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Religion Finally Dead?

The New York Times, the Washington Post, USAToday and the rest could not wait. Even the non-news TV news had a big story to “celebrate” preparing for the holidays. A new Pew Center study proved Americans were abandoning religion, finally fulfilling the enduring leftist hope that this anachronism would soon die out completely in the last advanced nation holding these old superstitions. So the headlines and TV tags celebrated the “declines” in religious attachment in the U.S. as the good news for that day.

Mass media, of course, do not have time for the details. What the Pew study actually reported was that the percentage of Americans saying they were atheistic, agnostic or “nothing in particular” religiously had increased from 15% in 2007 to almost 20% this year. That this meant 80% still identified themselves as religious somehow did not receive much play from our media friends. Almost invisible was that actual atheists were only 2% and agnostics only 3% of the public, which has remained constant for decades. The growth was almost all among the “nothings” or what Pew labeled the “unaffiliated.”  Click here to continue reading this story.

Government Gone Bad

Politicians claim they make our lives better by passing laws. But laws rarely improve life. They go wrong. Unintended consequences are inevitable.

Most voters don’t pay enough attention to notice. They read headlines. They watch the Rose Garden signing ceremonies and hear the pundits declare that progress was made. Bipartisanship! Something got done. We assume a problem was solved.

Intuition tells us that government is in the problem-solving business, and so the more laws passed, the better off we are. The possibility that fewer laws could leave us better off is hard to grasp. Kids visiting Washington don’t ask their congressmen, “What laws did you repeal?” It’s always, “What did you pass?”  Click here to continue reading this story.

Union Thugs Shout “I’ll Kill a Mother F***** With a Gun!” While Assaulting Opponents

Steven Crowder is in Michigan recording the protests that are taking place. At some point, as Moe Lane noted earlier, the crowd started tearing down the AFP tent that was there. When Crowder attempted to intervene, he was assaulted by multiple protestors with one protestor even shouting that he would “kill a mother f__ker with a gun.”  Click here to continue reading this story.

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