CNN posted an article about a fundamentalist preacher who, after 25 years, ‘came out’ as an atheist. Jerry DeWitt is now an avowed atheist, and his audiences are made up of religious “nones,” the growing number of Americans who are atheist, agnostic, humanist or just plain disinterested in identifying with a religion. Today, DeWitt preaches a gospel of disbelief.
During his speeches, he talks about the process of leaving his preacher job. “If you don’t believe, then you will be like me – you’ll suddenly find yourself where you only have two choices,” DeWitt told a group in Johnson County, Kansas, earlier this year.
“You can either be honest that you don’t believe … or you can pretend that you do,” he said. “Which is what so many people are doing and that is called faith.”
Yesterday there was an article about the Millennial generation ‘believing in God’ at a rate much lower than previous generations. About 68 percent of Millennials say they never doubt the existence of God, a decline of 15 points since 2007.
The Pew Forum released a study last week that distinguishes the ‘belief systems’ of Republicans from Democrats. In 1987, for example, 91% of Republicans said they never doubt the existence of God, as did 88% of Democrats and 86% of independents. Today, 92% of Republicans continue to say they never doubt God’s existence, but the numbers of Democrats and independents saying this have fallen (to 77% among Democrats and 76% among independents).
Is this why the GOP is referred to as God’s Own Party? Is this why so many Republicans believe crazy stuff? Isn’t it odd that God’s Own Party works hard to take money from the poor and the disadvantaged and give it to those who already have?
I must be nuts!