Survey: China, Sweden Least Religious Countries In The World

According to a recent survey, China is the least religious country on earth, while Sweden is the least religious country in the Western World. Nations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are among the most religious.

A survey of 63,898 people in 65 countries was conducted by Gallup International and the WI Network of Market Research between September-December 2014 and released this week.

They simply asked “Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not would you say you are: a. a religious person, b. not a religious person, c. a convinced atheist, d. do not know/no response.”

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

61 percent of Chinese said they were convinced atheists, making the communist nation the least religious on earth according to the data. 78 percent in Sweden identified as not religious or are convinced atheists.

The Nordic country officially cut ties with the Church of Sweden, an Evangelical Lutheran denomination, 15 years ago. Its government even predicts a drop in church membership on its website.

Sixty-six percent of the Swedish population are members of the Church of Sweden. It is only since 2000 that Swedes don’t automatically become a member at birth and record numbers of Swedes have left the church in recent years.

A continued decline in membership is predicted as young Swedes fail to take the place of older members. Surveys also indicate that only eight per cent of Swedes attend any religious services regularly.

Thailand is the most religious country in the world at 94 percent. Armenia, Georgia, and Morocco are next at 93 percent.

65 percent of Israel’s population said they were not religious or are convinced atheists, while only 30 percent said they were religious. This is compared to 70 percent of Russians who considered themselves religious, 56 percent of Americans, and 30 percent of residents of the United Kingdom.

Overall, 63 percent of the world population considers themselves religious.

h/t: The Washington Post

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Breaking: Her Campaign Only Days Old, Hillary Clinton Flip-Flops On This Constitutional ‘Right’

In what is very likely a well-researched and thoroughly opinion-polled move to appeal to younger voters, Hillary Clinton has just let it be known that she has changed her mind on whether the legality of same-sex marriage should be left up to the individual states.

NBC News is reporting that Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has confirmed the candidate is taking a page out of the playbook of another failed presidential contender, John Kerry the noted flip-flopper. In this case, Mrs. Clinton is strategically flip-flopping on a major social issue in America.

“In an apparent shift from comments last summer, Hillary Clinton is urging the Supreme Court to rule to allow same-sex couples nationwide to marry, calling it a ‘constitutional right.’”

The NBC News story references a statement from a Clinton campaign spokesperson:

“Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right.”

In less than two weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to begin hearings on whether gay marriage is, in fact, a right guaranteed under the Constitution.

And in a public opinion poll conducted by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal in early March of this year, 59% of the respondents indicated they strongly or somewhat favor “allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into same-sex marriages.”

In a similar poll sponsored by CNN/ORC and reported in mid-February, the vast majority of younger Americans indicated they’re in favor of gays and lesbians having a constitutional right to get married and have the union recognized by law. Of 18-34-year-old respondents, 72% said they favored what Hillary Clinton just said she’s now supporting.

As an article on the far-left website The Daily Beast just noted of Clinton’s need to greatly enhance her political attractiveness to younger voters:

She stumbled in her 2008 campaign when she failed to convince these voters to come out for her in a big way, and could easily be challenged by a younger, more liberal, more human-seeming candidate.

Clinton was a terrible, sluggish candidate in 2008, and young voters famously compared her to their nagging mothers.

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No Matter Who Wins The White House, The New Boss Will Be The Same As The Old Boss

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“What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms, and killing people. It’s not good at much else.”—Author Tom Clancy

The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us. Yet no matter who wins this next presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will be the same as the old boss; and we—the permanent underclass in America—will continue to be forced to march in lockstep with the police state in all matters, public and private.

Indeed, as I point out in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, it really doesn’t matter what you call them—the 1%, the elite, the controllers, the masterminds, the shadow government, the police state, the surveillance state, the military industrial complex—so long as you understand that no matter which party occupies the White House in 2017, the unelected bureaucracy that actually calls the shots will continue to do so.

Consider the following a much-needed reality check, an antidote if you will, against an overdose of overhyped campaign announcements, lofty electoral promises and meaningless patriotic sentiments that land us right back in the same prison cell.

FACT: For the first time in history, Congress is dominated by a majority of millionaires who are, on average, fourteen times wealthier than the average American. According to a scientific study by Princeton researchers, the United States of America is not the democracy that it purports to be, but rather an oligarchy, in which “economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy.”

FACT: “Today, 17,000 local police forces are equipped with such military equipment as Blackhawk helicopters, machine guns, grenade launchers, battering rams, explosives, chemical sprays, body armor, night vision, rappelling gear and armored vehicles,” reports Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. “Some have tanks.”

FACT: Thanks to an overabundance of 4,500-plus federal crimes and 400,000-plus rules and regulations, it is estimated that the average American actually commits three felonies a day without knowing it. In fact, according to law professor John Baker, “There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime. That is not an exaggeration.”

FACT: The number of violent crimes in the country is down substantially, the lowest rate in forty years, while the number of Americans being jailed for nonviolent crimes such as driving with a suspended license is skyrocketing.

FACT: Despite the fact that women only make up 8 percent of the prison population, they are more likely to be strip searched, though not more likely to carry contraband.

FACT: Despite the fact that we have 46 million Americans living at or below the poverty line, 16 million children living in households without adequate access to food, and at least 900,000 veterans relying on food stamps, enormous sums continue to be doled out for presidential vacations ($16 million for trips to Africa and Hawaii), overtime fraud at the Department of Homeland Security (nearly $9 million in improper overtime claims, and that’s just in six of the DHS’ many offices), and Hollywood movie productions ($10 million was spent by the Army National Guard on Superman movie tie-ins aimed at increasing awareness about the National Guard).

FACT: Since 2001, Americans have spent $10.5 million every hour for numerous foreign military occupations, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. There’s also the $2.2 million spent every hour on maintaining the United States’ nuclear stockpile, and the $35,000 spent every hour to produce and maintain our collection of Tomahawk missiles. And then there’s the money the government exports to other countries to support their arsenals, at the cost of $1.61 million every hour for the American taxpayers.

FACT: It is estimated that 2.7 million children in the United States have at least one parent in prison, whether it be a local jail or a state or federal penitentiary, due to a wide range of factors ranging from overcriminalization and surprise raids at family homes to roadside traffic stops.

FACT: At least 400 to 500 innocent people are killed by police officers every year. Indeed, Americans are now eight times more likely to die in a police confrontation than they are to be killed by a terrorist. Americans are 110 times more likely to die of foodborne illness than in a terrorist attack.

FACT: Police officers are more likely to be struck by lightning than be made financially liable for their wrongdoing.

FACT: On an average day in America, over 100 Americans have their homes raided by SWAT teams.There has been a notable buildup in recent years of SWAT teams within non-security-related federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Education Department.

FACT: The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) facial recognition system, which is set to hold data on millions of Americans, will include a variety of biometric data, including palm prints, iris scans, and face recognition data. The FBI hopes to have 52 million images by 2015. NGI will be capable of uploading 55,000 images a day, and conducting tens of thousands of photo searches a day.

FACT: Comprising an $82 billion industry, at least 30,000 drones are expected to occupy U.S. airspace by 2020.

FACT: Devices are now being developed that would allow police to stop a car remotely, ostensibly to end police chases.

FACT: Everything we do will eventually be connected to the Internet. By 2030, it is estimated there will be 100 trillion sensor devices connecting human electronic devices (cell phones, laptops, etc.) to the Internet. Much, if not all, of our electronic devices will be connected to Google, which openly works with government intelligence agencies.

FACT: In 2015, mega-food corporations will begin rolling out high-tech shelving outfitted with cameras in order to track the shopping behavior of customers, as well as information like the age and sex of shoppers.

FACT: If knowledge is power, it’s no wonder Americans are in hot water. According to a study by the National Constitution Center, 41 percent of Americans “are not aware that there are three branches of government, and 62 percent couldn’t name them; 33 percent couldn’t even name one.”

FACT: The United States is one of the highest TV viewing nations. According to a Nielsen report, the average American over the age of two “spends more than thirty-four hours a week watching live television . . . plus another three to six hours watching taped programs.”

FACT: Only six out of every one hundred Americans know that they actually have a constitutional right to hold the government accountable for wrongdoing, as guaranteed by the right to petition clause of the First Amendment.

FACT: According to a Gallup poll, Americans place greater faith in the military and the police than in any of the three branches of government. However, when asked to name the greatest problem facing the nation, Americans of all political stripes ranked the government as the number one concern. In fact, almost eight out of ten Americans believe that government corruption is widespread.

Perhaps the most troubling fact of all is this: we have handed over control of our government and our lives to faceless bureaucrats who view us as little more than cattle to be bred, branded, butchered, and sold for profit.

If there is to be any hope of restoring our freedoms and reclaiming control over our government, it will rest not with the politicians but with the people themselves. When all is said and done, each American will have to decide for themselves whether they prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

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Obama Helps Clarify What Christianity Is And Is Not

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One of my friends in Scotland commented that Christianity in America is a mile wide and an inch deep. After returning to America from living overseas twice as an adult, I would say this is a fair assessment.

The majority of Americans identify as Christians; however, their response to Gallup and Barna polls reveals there’s a disconnect, and even a contradiction, between what self-ascribing Christians actually believe and claim. Sadly, poll results indicate that most self-ascribing American Christians, while they state they would like to read the Bible more, are unfamiliar with fundamental Biblical facts; they misunderstand or have no knowledge about what Jesus says about himself, salvation, heaven, hell, or death.

Some self-ascribing Christians claim that “born-again Christians are disturbing.” (Such a claim either represents ignorance or the rejection of Jesus Christ’s teachings recorded in the four gospels as true. Clearly explained in John 3:1-21 and elsewhere, Jesus himself declared that salvation from sin/separation from God requires that one “must be born again.”)

Some self-ascribing Christians either support abortion now, or had the opportunity to prevent it or did nothing after the Supreme Court’s final ruling in 1973. Some self-ascribing Christians have expressed “horror” over abortion practices (like Gosnell’s) but voted for and continue to justify their support of leaders who advocate for infanticide and sex-selective abortions.

Still, others support same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue, unable to understand its spiritual and biblical origin, while also whining about religious rights issues. Such claims–that completely ignore, reject, and/or misinterpret Biblical truth clearly articulated by the God they claim to worship–obviously mislead and confuse non-Christians.

To be sure, many Christians make mistakes, misunderstand, and/or disagree about scriptural interpretation. Christians aren’t saints. Some have committed crimes.

But straightforward falsehood guised as Christianity is dangerous. If one does not know what is true, it will be exceedingly difficult to identify what is false.

This is falsehood: a person who claims to be a Christian–yet, both in word and deed:

  • Claims: “I will stand with Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
  • Claims: “The future does not belong to those who slander Islam.”
  • Claims: “America is no longer a Christian nation.”

This is truth: a genuine, born-again, Bible-believing-and-following Christian is first known by their confession, witness, and testimony that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He is the only son of God, and that He and the Father are one. Jesus claimed that only through Him can anyone know God, and that through Him alone can one have eternal life. Either Jesus is who he says he is, or he isn’t.

True Christian belief is evidenced in the out-workings of one’s faith: repentance, obedience, sacrifice, service, and evangelism (highlighted in Acts 2; 1 Cor. 15; 2 Cor. 5; Gal. 5; Hebrews 11; James 2; 1 John 1:3; Luke 10, 15; Matt. 28, and Romans).

Those who claim to be a Christian, but persecute Christians and shield persecutors from justice, are what Jesus’ disciple Peter describes as:

“springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved” (2 Pet. 2:12-19).

Timothy also clarifies: “If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain” (1 Tim. 6:3-5).

Easter is not only the most important date of the year for Christians— but it presents the opportunity for everyone to understand the consequence of rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord: death (Romans 6:23).

As is the consequence for those who make false claims. Jesus said of them, “I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matt. 7:21-23). He also warned, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

This column was originally published by The Washington Times.

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New Poll: 66% Believe Unborn Are People; 76% Believe Attack Killing Unborn Is Murder

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Two-thirds of Americans believe that babies in the womb are people; and 76 percent believe if babies are killed in the womb, due to an attack on the mother, the perpetrator should be guilty of murder.

These are two of the findings of a new poll by YouGov released this week. Views concerning life in the womb varied by party, with 56 percent of Democrats believing the unborn are people while 80 percent of Republicans do. Only 16 percent think that babies in the womb are not people.

Additionally, 52 percent say that life begins at conception, with an additional 20 percent saying it starts when the baby is able to survive outside the womb. Just 18 percent thought that life begins when the baby is born.

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Twenty percent believe abortion should be legal in all circumstances, while a majority–56 percent–hold it should only be allowed in certain special circumstances (39 percent) or not allowed at all (17 percent.)

When asked, “If a violent physical attack on a pregnant woman leads to the death of her unborn child, do you think prosecutors should be able to charge the attacker with murder for killing the fetus?” 76 percent of Americans answered, “Yes.” The party breakdown was: 72 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of Independents, and 89 percent of Republicans.

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The poll comes out in the aftermath of the gruesome attack in Longmont, Colorado, last month, when a knife-wielding female assailant cut open the stomach of a pregnant woman. The baby initially survived the attack, but died later at the the hospital. The mother survived and has since been released from the hospital.

The Boulder County District Attorney determined that no murder charges would be filled, since Colorado does not protect the life of the unborn child. Currently, 38 states have fetal homicide laws.

h/t: Rightwingnews.com

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