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Faith Worldwide

John on June 6, 2005 at 1:16 pm

A survey was done which examined the role of religious faith in several nations around the world. The results are interesting. America turns out to have the highest percentage of people who say they beleive in God. This always surprises me.

Look at it in terms of other groups and the percentage of society they represent. Best estimates are that 2-3% of the population is gay, yet you can’t turn on the TV without seeing a gay theme or character. Gay marriage has been in the news for a year and was a big issue in the last election. Looking around at the American conversation, you’d never suspect gays are such a relatively small group.

If 40% of Americans say they are born again Christians, that means we represent 15-20 times as big a group. Do you get that looking at TV, movies, the internet. The only area where I might say that seems accurate is book publishing and music, where we’ve had a real impact over the last few years.

I think the thing this story fails to take into account is this. 80% of Americans may believe in God, with 20% either aetheists or confirmed agnostics, but these figures are almost certainly reversed when it comes to the NY-LA elite who decide which movies and TV shows get made. We are a Christian nation in which the public tone is consistently set by an agnostic elite. So what if 4 out of 10 people you see on the street are “brothers and sisters in Christ” we don’t talk about that. We never talk about that. It’s weird. It’s out of bounds. Anyone who wants to bring it up must be a…a fanatic!

Now if you want to talk about homosexuality, well, that’s just fine…

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