Friday, May 19, 2017

New poll shows that now only 24% of Americans believe that the Bible is the "literal word of God."

Courtesy of Gallup: 

Fewer than one in four Americans (24%) now believe the Bible is "the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word," similar to the 26% who view it as "a book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man." This is the first time in Gallup's four-decade trend that biblical literalism has not surpassed biblical skepticism. Meanwhile, about half of Americans -- a proportion largely unchanged over the years -- fall in the middle, saying the Bible is the inspired word of God but that not all of it should be taken literally.

From the mid-1970s through 1984, close to 40% of Americans considered the Bible the literal word of God, but this has been declining ever since, along with a shrinking percentage of self-identified Christians in the U.S. Meanwhile, the percentage defining the Bible as mere stories has doubled, with much of that change occurring in the past three years. 

Okay that's progress, but there are still WAY to many Americans buying into this superstitious nonsense.

Our gullibility makes us easy marks for frauds and charlatans, and that gullibility is fed into and nourished by these primitive books of fairy tales.

You would think in the days of Google, where computers are built into our mobile phones, and information about EVERYTHING is only a button click away, that we would stop clinging to stories of miracles and ancient demigods.

And yet here we are, still pathetically unable to shake off the shackles of ignorance and the desperate need to believe in the impossible.


  1. Anonymous6:26 AM

    Everything contained in the Christian book of fiction in from 40 delusional men with a twisted idea of life and how one should live and nothing else.

    1. Anonymous7:43 PM

      Not so twisted in their day and time. Absolutely ludicrous in the 21st century,

  2. Anonymous6:58 AM

    I knew the 'christians' in America had dropped substantially in numbers. I know too many (to include me) that once were and are no longer. We are a massively changing country and it's all for the good.

    Now, we just need to get Trump impeached!

  3. Anonymous6:59 AM

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    1. Anonymous8:08 AM

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      "The reason Flynn was seeking immunity from Congress is also TO derail a federal grand jury investigation, which is a different process and very unpredictable"

      James Henry, a corporate lawyer-turned-financial investigative reporter who has been investigating Trump’s money laundering deals with Russians, said Comey’s recent congressional testimony confirmed that grand juries were active."

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      “The Kazakh Gangster and President Trump,”
      “organized crime figures and his business activities in Kazakhstan,” which involve “dealings in the post-Soviet metals industry there.”
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      "“The international financial fraud perpetrated by Ablyazov, Viktor and Ilyas Khrapunov, and their associates is as large and far-flung as they come,” Schwartz says. “It involves billions of dollars and has touched at least two dozen different countries—from Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine to the United States, England, and France—and just about everyplace else.”Schwartz adds: “We’ll follow the money stolen by these fugitives wherever they may try to hide it.” In October, the Financial Times revealed that three Trump Soho condos in Manhattan were bought in 2013 with $3.1 million that came from the alleged Khrapunov laundering caper. Trump Soho was 18% owned by Trump at the time. There is no evidence that Trump was involved or knowledgeable about the Khrapunovs. But HE seems to have benefitted."Sater and Ridloff worked closely with Kudryashova in 2012.

      “They agreed to serve as directors of a company through which she would pour $3 million into a business venture as part of her efforts to secure a U.S. investor visa,” has obtained an audio recording in which three of Bayrock’s top four executives can be heard discussing coal and oil projects involving Bayrock and Sater, in which the name “Khrapunov” and “his son” are mentioned. The recording was made in Bayrock’s offices in the Trump Tower in 2008."he pled guilty in 1998 to racketeering. Specifically, he helped run a huge pump-and-dump stock fraud with members and associates from four of New York’s five Italian mafia families—including the brother-in-law of Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, the Mafia hitman turned Gotti-informer."

    2. Anonymous7:51 PM

      And wasn't it investor visa's Kushner's sister was touting to the Chinese?

  4. Anonymous7:17 AM

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    "Thoughts and prayers to all those GOP lawmakers concerned about Trump’s behavior"

  5. Anonymous7:26 AM

    “When we met on April 27, 2017, you requested that he be excused from providing this certification.” “President Trump welcomes the opportunity to provide this optional disclosure to the public, and hopes to file it shortly,”
    "Personal financial disclosures include an accounting of a person’s personal income, assets and liabilities. Trump’s 2016 form will span his general election candidacy, election and transition to power — potentially shedding light on the immediate impact his Republican nomination and election had on his Trump Organization."

  6. Anonymous8:20 AM

    That 24% is a bigly portion of the reason we have Agent Orange in the WH. And they will be backing Dominionist Pence even moreso, if he survives the hammer coming down on the dRUMPf administration. He 'didn't know anything about it' is no excuse, and I believe a BIGLY lie.

  7. Anonymous8:22 AM


    1. Anonymous9:11 AM

      HELL YES!

    2. Anonymous1:57 PM

      ryan is guilty too. he should fear that.

  8. That is still way too many.

  9. Anonymous1:52 PM

    I don't mind if someone believes or whatever. But it becomes confusing to people when it is on money and it is interjecting into our elections. One big mess. Separation of Church and state. Certain so called church cult groups must pay taxes on donations. It is too obvious that they are not helping society and poor.

  10. Anonymous1:56 PM

    I saw a nova nasa documentary recently. And it was said that we may have come from dust and rocks from mars. Well ok. I bet the fanatics went nutso on that while the scientologist were clapping. To each their own but keep your hands off of my cheese.

  11. Anonymous1:58 PM

    Religion is basically a severe case of OCD wherein adherents practice ritualistic behaviors in an attempt to please a "god" and thereby achieve immortality in an imaginary place.

    Religious people are no different than regular old OCD folks that ritualistically wash their hands repeatedly or touch door knobs or other objects in a ritualistic behavior. Just like regular OCD doesn't change any outcome in a person's life, neither does religion and both only result in a major waste of time and an unhealthy dose of anxiety.

    We humans are still in our infancy as a species and it's expected that stupid shit like this takes hold in our nascent brains, but damn, I wish that I could have been born in a more enlightened time.

  12. Randall2:21 PM

    Careful... no one is meaner or more dangerous than someone who believes that the Bible is the literal word of God.

    1. You're not serious, Randall. You think the readers of this blog know nothing about history?

      How much death and suffering were inflicted by Kim Ilsung, Mao Zedong, Stalin, Hirohito, Pol Pot? Lust for power and resources, together with a lack of conscience, causes great evil. The Bible played no role in the destruction wrought by these dictators.

  13. Paul In Minnesota4:17 PM

    No wonder I got depressed in my youth (in part) as so many people believed in biblical literalism.

    Ugh. Scary to think at one time, when I was a teen into my mid-twenties, that:

    quote: From the mid-1970s through 1984, close to 40% of Americans considered the Bible the literal word of God...

    Thankfully it's been declining ever since. I feel better having read your post. Thanks Gryphen.

  14. Anonymous7:42 PM

    Our gullibility makes us easy marks for frauds and charlatans, incompetent, stupid "celebriticians" cheeto haired, loofah faced shitgibbon types in particular.


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