I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man

Orcinus (Roosting Chickens) takes a look at a study by The Barna Group of the declining reputation of Christianity – A New Generation Expresses its Skepticism and Frustration with Christianity

A study released last week by the Barna Group, a reputable Evangelical research and polling firm, found that under-30s — both Christian and non-Christian — are strikingly more critical of Christianity than their peers were just a decade ago. According to the summary report, Barna pollster David Kinnaman found that the opinions of non-Christians, in particular, had slid like a rock in that time frame. Ten years ago, “the vast majority” of non-Christians had generally favorable views of Christianity. Now, that number stands at just 16%. When asked specifically about Evangelicals, the number are even worse: only 3% of non-Christian Millennials have positive associations with Evangelicals. Among the Boomers, it’s eight times higher.

Ann Coulter alone is hardly responsible for this trend, but when she says things like this it is another straw on the camel’s back as it were, in why so many people are developing a poor opinion of organized religion and Evangelicals in particular, THIS IS SPINAL TAP THE NEW ANN COULTER BOOK TOUR

Later in the discussion, Deutsch said to her: “[Y]ou said we should throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians,” and Coulter again replied, “Yes.” When pressed by Deutsch regarding whether she wanted to be like “the head of Iran” and “wipe Israel off the Earth,” Coulter stated: “No, we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say. … That’s what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express. You have to obey laws.” …( Ironically as NMM notes Coulter writes om occasion for Jewish World Review).

Unless Coulter is a Catholic she isn’t on the Fed Express to haven according to the Pope, Pope: Other denominations not true churches

It restates key sections of a 2000 document the pope wrote when he was prefect of the congregation, “Dominus Iesus,” which set off a firestorm of criticism among Protestant and other Christian denominations because it said they were not true churches but merely ecclesial communities and therefore did not have the “means of salvation.”

In the new document and an accompanying commentary, which were released as the pope vacations here in Italy’s Dolomite mountains, the Vatican repeated that position.

“Christ ‘established here on earth’ only one church,” the document said. The other communities “cannot be called ‘churches’ in the proper sense” because they do not have apostolic succession — the ability to trace their bishops back to Christ’s original apostles.

Maybe organized religion (a separate issue then simply believing in a divine creator) is suffering because it engages in so much eliminationism. The Coulters, Dobsons, conservative Catholics, fundamentalist Muslims and others all declare that they are the only true believers. If you’re not with them then get ready for eternal damnation.

There is just something genuinely funny about Republicans running to hide behind their lawyers. Even more so when its a conservative lawyer hoping and praying that other conservative lawyers can some how find enough legalistic wiggle room for them to once again avoid being held accountable, Gonzales Gets A Lawyer

According to the report, Gonzales is said to be worried that Glenn Fine, the Justice Dept. Inspector General, who has been carrying out a probe, may refer the case for ethics violations or even perjury before Congress for Gonzales’ actions and subsequent statements regarding the incident.

They [the clergy] believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: and enough, too, in their opinion.

-Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Benjamin Rush, Sept. 23, 1800