People with ‘no religion’ gain on major denominations — But as with most polls, you have to dig to determine what is really going on.  This does not mean that the % claiming to be atheists has increased:

The percentage of atheist Nones — who say there’s no such thing as God — hasn’t budged in years. “It’s not as though dozens of people at the Methodist Church read (atheist Richard) Dawkins and suddenly decided God doesn’t exist,” says Kosmin.

“There are so many misconceptions about who the Nones are. They’re not New Age searchers or spiritual or even hardened atheists,” says Kosmin.

“They’re a stew of agnostics, deists and rationalists. They sound more like Thomas Jefferson and Tom Paine. Their very interesting enlightenment approach is like the Founding Fathers’ kind: Skeptical about organized religion and clerics while still holding to an idea of God.”

Hat tip: Stand to Reason

Coming soon to a country near you: Woman gets police visit after writing letter protesting gay pride parade

After witnessing a gay pride march, committed Christian Pauline Howe wrote to the council to complain that the event had been allowed to go ahead.

But instead of a simple acknowledgement, she received a letter warning her she might be guilty of a hate crime and that the matter had been passed to police.

Playing the What if Bush had done it? game that highlights media inconsistencies is easy.  But it isn’t just the normal media bias, it is the pressure to prop up their creation.

. . . the press has a story line that they have to defend.  If Obama gets exposed as a flop, and worse as a typical Chicago pol, then it makes their failure to properly vet Obama during the primaries that much more clear.  In a sense, they created Obama, and his collapse would be their collapse as well.

Victory: Abortion/Obama graphics displayed at liberal bastion Berkeley — very effective displays shown at a wildly Liberal campus.  Hopefully it wakes some people up to what abortion really does.  Caution: Very graphic.

As if we needed more proof, President Obama lied about abortion not being in the health care “plan.”  Turns out he was playing a Clintonian game where he was referring to a plan that didn’t exist, rather than the real plan.  And why is is that I should trust him?  Hat tip: Verum Serum

You have got to be kidding me: Democrats Vote To Give ACORN Regulatory Authority Over Financial Institutions ?!?!?!

These are the same organizations that pressured banks to make subprime mortgage loans and thus bear a major responsibility for the collapse of the housing market.

In light of recent evidence linking ACORN to possible criminal activity, Democrats took an unprecedented step today to give ACORN a potential role alongside bank regulators in overseeing financial institutions.  This is contrary to recent actions taken by the Senate and House to block federal funds to ACORN.

A recent inquiry into bank funding of ACORN activities by three House Committees found that institutions that would be regulated by the CFPA have provided millions of dollars to the organization in the form of direct donations, lines of credit, cash, and other assets over the last 15 years.

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  1. But instead of a simple acknowledgement, she received a letter warning her she might be guilty of a hate crime and that the matter had been passed to police.

    Um, have these people never heard of the First Amendment? Unless the contents are directly threatening, writing letters to one’s government is protected under not one, but two clauses in the Constitution: free speech and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances. Crikey.


  2. The President’s teleprompter was probably picking up a signal from an alternate reality where his plan does exist.

    If he can just find a way to get money from there our problems will be over.

    But wait, in the alternate reality the plan already exists, so they won’t have any money.


  3. Random question, Neil (and anyone else to whom this applies).

    I see you cite Hot Air, and I presume you check on the site every so often.

    Am I the only one who would prefer Ed Morrissey to blogging solo again, if only because Allahpundit’s an insufferable anti-Christian bigot?


    1. Most of AP’s atheist posts are just baiting the combox to gin up traffic, that’s his style.

      He has a really dry sarcastic sense of humor.


      1. I’m not sure that the insincere baiting of Christians is any better than earnest bigotry. WFB once expressed his doubts that those who “despise God and feel contempt for those who believe in Him” could honestly be considered politically conservative.


      2. I think you’re reading too much into AP’s sarcasm. He has a really good sense of humor, but it takes a lot of getting used to and is tricky to pick up on if you don’t know what to look for.

        I’ve been following him since his blogging days at “Allah is in the house”, it’s not that he despises God or has contempt for Christians… it’s more that he just doesn’t ‘get what the big deal is.’

        He knows his atheism doesn’t always mesh with conservativism, and that’s why he uses it to bait. If you want some fascinating insight into the man-behind-the-mask, you might find his account of 9/11 worth reading:


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