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Atheists/Agnostics Have Lower Divorce Rates

Posted by coventryrm on Sunday, June 29, 2008

Barna report: Variation in divorce rates among Christian faith groups:

 

Denomination (in order of decreasing divorce rate)

% who have been divorced

Non-denominational **

34%

Baptists

29%

Mainline Protestants

25%

Mormons

24%

Catholics

21%

Lutherans

21%

Variation in divorce rates by religion:

 

 

Religion

                                                    % have been divorced

Jews

                                                 30%

Born-again Christians

                                                  27%

Other Christians

                                                  24%

Atheists, Agnostics

                                                   21%

 

 

Ron Barrier, Spokespersonn for American Atheists remarked on these findings with some rather caustic comments against organized religion. He said:

“These findings confirm what I have been saying these last five years. Since Atheist ethics are of a higher caliber than religious morals, it stands to reason that our families would be dedicated more to each other than to some invisible monitor in the sky.  With Atheism, women and men are equally responsible for a healthy marriage.  There is no room in Atheist ethics for the type of ‘submissive’ nonsense preached by Baptists and other Christian and/or Jewish groups.  Atheists reject, and rightly so, the primitive patriarchal attitudes so prevalent in many religions with respect to marriage.”

StopTheReligiousRight.org had some scathing comments as well:

“We hear an awful lot from conservatives in the Bible Belt and on the TV about how we all should be living. Certainly a culture that teaches the conservative religious values of the Christian right must have clean living written all over it. And lots of ripe fruit from their morally superior lives abounding.”

“It doesn’t. Far from it. People that talk the loudest may be the ones walking the slowest. Joining its history of Biblically correct bigotry and discrimination, it is an area with the highest divorce, murder, STD/HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, single parent homes, infant mortality, and obesity rates in the nation. As a region, the Bible Belt has the poorest health care systems and the lowest rates of high school graduation.”  

 

 
Link to Article

http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_dira.htm

Posted in agnostic, atheist, christianity, LDS, morality, mormon, religion | 16 Comments »

Gay Mormons object to church decision

Posted by coventryrm on Saturday, June 28, 2008

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25432122/

Link to the letter

http://www.bycommonconsent.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08028_00.pdf

Posted in LDS, morality, mormon, religion | 4 Comments »

Study shows Mormons and JW’s least TOLERANT!

Posted by coventryrm on Monday, June 23, 2008

Massive study finds most Americans devout, tolerant

“As Americans rub shoulders with people of other religious traditions, they are less judgmental, and less likely to offer pronouncements about other people’s eternal life.”

The most striking exceptions are Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2008/06/pew_study_finds.html

Posted in agnostic, atheist, christianity, LDS, morality, mormon, religion | 35 Comments »

Teacher accused of burning cross on student’s arm

Posted by coventryrm on Saturday, June 21, 2008

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/20/teacher.cross/

Posted in atheist, christianity, morality, religion, science | 1 Comment »

Utah announces ‘major dinosaur fossil discovery

Posted by coventryrm on Tuesday, June 17, 2008

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080617/ap_on_sc/sci_dinosaur_find

Posted in agnostic | 4 Comments »

Joseph Smith: a Zelph Made Man

Posted by skiutah on Monday, June 16, 2008

Joseph Smith received this vision from God about Zelph:

“I discovered that the person whose skeleton we had seen was a white Lamanite, a large, thick-set man, and a man of God. His name was Zelph. He was a warrior and chieftain under the great prophet Onandagus, who was known from the eastern sea to the Rocky mountains. The curse was taken from Zelph, or, at least, in part-one of his thigh bones was broken by a stone flung from a sling, while in battle, years before his death. He was killed in battle by the arrow found among his ribs, during a great struggle of the Lamanites and Nephites. (History of the Church 2:79-80).

The official translation of the Book of Zelph can be found at this website: The Book of Zelph

If you take the Melph challenge, you can come to know of the truthfulness of the Book of Zelph, another testament of the Book of Mormon.

Indeed, Zelph was a white Lamanite who lived in Illinois. If DNA analysis could be done on General Zelph’s bones, they would conclusively show his ancestors are from Israel and certainly not from Asia.

Ask yourzelph, Joseph Smith could not have made this up, right?

Posted in LDS, mormon, war | 14 Comments »

Utah town may revise ban on bikinis at city pool

Posted by coventryrm on Thursday, June 12, 2008

But town probably won’t allow ‘thongs or string bikinis,’ councilwoman says

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25114566/?GT1=43001#storyContinued

Posted in agnostic, LDS, morality, mormon | 4 Comments »

LDS Funerals Plant Seeds of Confusion

Posted by skiutah on Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I recently attended a funeral of a young LDS teenage girl who had died in a car accident. This girl was full of life, athletic, and admired by everybody in the community. The funeral was held at a large Mormon church building. Many non-mormons attended this ceremony.

The funeral lasted for two hours. The young girl’s name was hardly mentioned during the service. Almost nothing was said about her life, who she was, and how much she had accomplished in a few short years.

The LDS bishop high jacked the meeting to expound on Mormon doctrine. Others that spoke focused on sharing that the Latter Day Saint church was true and how Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. They mentioned how this young girl also believed in these LDS teachings, almost implying at times that the young girl should be happy to be dead.

After the meeting my wife was approached by many non-LDS people (because they knew she had once been a Mormon). The non-LDS crowd was bewildered and appalled as to what had just happened. They thought it was creepy and weird that a family would hold a funeral at which there was hardly a word mentioned about the person who had just died. There was no closure.

The LDS people gathered around and congratulated themselves on a beautiful ceremony and how the Mormon seed had been planted in the hearts of so many non-believers.

Post-mortem: I think this is another case of “the emperor’s new clothes”. If the LDS members repeat and tell themselves something enough times, they will eventually believe it to be true.

Posted in LDS, mormon | 5 Comments »

Obama Resigns From Church, Should Mitt Romney Resign From LDS Church?

Posted by skiutah on Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Barack Obama has resigned from his church because of controversial statements made in the past by various preachers within his church.

I think Obama has done the right thing. He has recognized that his ministers and pastors have taught destructive and divisive concepts, and he should not associate with such people.

Should Mitt Romney follow Barack’s lead and resign from the Mormon church?

Previous LDS prophets and leaders have taught and preached far worse things than Obama’s pastors. For example, the LDS prophets have claimed to be in direct communication with God when espousing many flawed doctrines such as polygamy, racism, Book of Abraham, and so on…

Posted in LDS, mormon | 29 Comments »