Yes, Christianity is Dying, and Conservative Leaders Are Avoiding the Most Obvious Solution

Over the past week, we’ve seen a lot of Christian leaders try to spin the Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape numbers into something positive… which I’ve said is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

The study showed that the percent of Americans who are “unaffiliated” with any religion has jumped from 16.1% in 2007 to 22.8% today. Meanwhile, every major Christian tradition is losing some ground.

In one example, Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, claims this is a good thing because Christianity isn’t losing the die-hards… they’re losing the wishy-washy:

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Two 12-Year-Old Girls Just Began the First Catholic Elementary School Gay-Straight Alliance in Canada

Last year, Quinn Maloney-Tavares and Polly Hamilton, two sixth grade students at St. George Catholic School in Ottawa, were assigned a project where they had to talk about a social justice issue. Naturally, they decided to focus on gay rights:

“A lot of people, they don’t know they’re being rude, but they make being gay a bad thing,” said [Maloney-Tavares]… “They need to know that it’s not a bad thing.”

That’s a great point — and one well worth making at a Catholic school, since Catholic doctrine states that homosexuality is “ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil” and therefore an “objective disorder.”

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In Embarrassing Editorial, Oklahoman Staff Claims Decline in Christianity is Bad for Society

The Oklahoman editorial board isn’t happy with the recent numbers showing a decline in organized religion and an upswing in non-religious Americans.

But why is that such a bad thing? Because, according to the writers, we’re all better off when people just say they’re religious.

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Sex Ed Pamphlet Used in New Zealand School Says Women Who Cohabitate Are “Cheap Prostitutes”

So this is what sex education looks like in a Christchurch, New Zealand school:

A common practice today is cohabitation, or “living together.” This is just a sinful grown-up way of “playing house.” A couple who lives together without marriage is a couple who has become habitual and irresponsible fornicators. She thinks he’s a wonderful man, yet he’s such a coward he can’t even ask her to be his wife. He thinks she’s a fine lady, yet she’s nothing more than a cheap prostitute who allows herself to be used for his sexual gratification in exchange for what seems to be a stable and secure home life. This make-believe game may fool people, but it doesn’t fool God.

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Why Science and Religion Are Not Compatible

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses why science and religion are not compatible.

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