Michele Bachmann

For the Bible Tells Me So

Michele BachmannThe Pew Research Center conducted a poll to determine the issues on which evangelical leaders agree and disagree:

  • The Bible is the Word of God.  (98% agreed)
  • Christianity is the one, true faith leading to eternal life.  (96% agreed)
  • Abortion is usually or always wrong.  (96% agreed)
  • Society should discourage homosexuality.  (84% agreed)
  • Men have a duty to serve as the religious leaders in the marriage and family.  (79% agreed)
Thinking became a little more diverse in other matters:
  • The Bible should be read literally, word for word. (50% agreed)
  • OR:  Not everything in the Bible should be taken literally.  (48% agreed)
  • It is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person.  (49% agreed)
  • OR:  It is not necessary to believe in God to be a moral person. (49% agreed)
  • Drinking alcohol is compatible with being a good evangelical (42% agreed)
  • OR:  Drinking alcohol is not compatible with being a good evangelical (52% agreed)

Source:  Pew Research Center.

More data from the survey’s executive summary can be read here.  Frankly, it’s alarming to me.  In my humble opinion, especially after witnessing the recent terrorist attacks in Norway spawned from the ideology of this nation’s extremist, right-wing, religious fundamentalist movement, religion remains the largest source of divisiveness and hatred the world has ever seen.  Ironic.  Pathetic.

This thinking fuels the hatriotism that has swept this nation and is now spilling over into Europe and Africa.

Somehow I missed the arrest of members of the Hutaree in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.  I didn’t even know this, or other organizations in the US  similar to it, even existed. These, and all like them, are dangerous people that spread hared and intolerance born of a religious zealotry no less dangerous than Al Qaeda.  They kill doctors.  They blow up federal buildings.  They want to force everyone to live by their rules.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has nailed this, identifying 1,002 active hate groups in the United States in 2010.  You can see their map of listed hate groups at this link.