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Friday, April 18, 2014

The "Nones"

Damon Linker (photo), a journalist for announces the death of religion this Easter season by grossly changing the numbers to help his cause. He writes in part . . .

"This week millions of Jews in America and around the world celebrate the holiday of Passover. Meanwhile, millions of Christians are preparing to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and rejoice in his resurrection on Easter Sunday three days later.

"And then there's everyone else.

I don't mean Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists and adherents of many other smaller faiths around the globe. I'm talking about the growing number of people, mainly in the U.S. and Europe, who couldn't care less about religious holidays and rituals. These are the "nones" — the roughly one fifth of all Americans, and 32 percent of those under 30, who profess no religious affiliation at all. For these tens of millions of people, religion is largely a matter of indifference."

[Actually there are 1.3 billion Catholics and 1 billion Protestants (he's only off by a couple of billion) celebrating Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  When Damon gets the facts correctly, there is no story.  In the 1600s, a French Atheist and philosopher-intellectual by the name of Voltaire predicted the end of religion within 100 years.  Damon should take note.]

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