U.S. states whose residents have more conservative religious beliefs on average tend to have higher rates of teenagers giving birth, a new study suggests.
The relationship could be due to the fact that communities with such religious beliefs (a literal interpretation of the Bible, for instance) may frown upon contraception, researchers say. If that same culture isn't successfully discouraging teen sex, the pregnancy and birth rates rise.
The objective of this study? To convince college-educated middle-class people that religious faith is the No. 1 force for evil in the modern world. "OMG! If we let our daughter go to church, kiss Vassar good-bye!"
I must have missed the meeting that covered ways to blame others on the short fallings of your own beliefs. Perhaps that was the week my secret decoder ring was broken and I couldn’t get into the secret meeting where we all plan on ways to destroy the right. Will someone email me the minutes? Encode them in the obamasparentsplannedonhimbeingpresidentandstarteddecievinganationabouthisbirthalmost50yearsago format.
It is amazing how we always here that "Christianity is under attack" in this country. These claims are always made by the right wing radicals like James Dobson or John Gibson. This is something that they would hold up as proof of this attack:
Is there discrimination practiced in the Watertown church?
First he dismissed 81-year-old Mary Lambert from the Diaconate Board of the First Baptist Church along with two members, claiming there were attendance issues.
Now the Rev. Timothy LaBouf has dismissed Mary Lambert as a Sunday School teacher for an adult class after she's been on the job for over 50 years, claiming that his interpretation of the Bible is that a woman is prohibited from teaching men.
Lambert has been a church member for 54 years and a long time Sunday School teacher but got a letter dated Aug. 9 from LaBouf and the board saying that the Bible says a woman can perform any job, as long as its outside of the church.
While the article says nothing about Mrs. Lambert's plans, if she did decide to pursue this in court and ultimately win the case (which she would), it would be another of the radical right's "examples" of religion being under attack. Christian leaders around the country have come under this assumption that our nation should revolve around them. Nothing could be further from the truth. They have a right to follow and preach their religion, but they must also follow the laws of this nation. Of course asking them to follow these laws is the same to them as religious discrimination.