Many Democrats are disturbed right now because they sense a resurgence by Republicans and Mitt Romney that they find insufferable. Such makes Democrats feisty.
In one instance I said, “I enjoy hearing how you think, even though I don’t agree with your views.” That is as aggressive as I wanted to be.
Perhaps that is how President Obama felt the night that he was to debate Mitt Romney. What is the point of it? “When Republicans lose their capacity for compassion and tolerance, they subject their freedom to usurpation by necessity,” I thought.
Greedy people are not compassionate. That is not a possibility. Compassion is an option even though the need for it is a societal necessity.
Could it be that political conservatism has undermined protestant values such that the two cannot coexist? Could it be that humanity is maturing to the point at which personal accountability and self-determination and self-understanding escapes dependency on mythology?
What is the pecking order in society today?
- Me-first or we-first
- Loyalty to party or loyalty to humanity
- None of the above
“As Protestants decline, those with no religion gain
FEWER THAN HALF IN USA ARE PROTESTANT
As Protestants decline, people with no religion, “Nones”, are rising in number. Protestants are less than half of Americans, while Nones are one in five.
Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY
“Protestant” is no longer America’s top religious umbrella brand. It’s been rained out by the soaring number of ‘Nones’ — people who claim no faith affiliation.
- Protestants are no longer a majority in the USA
- ‘Nones’ are second only to Catholics as a category
- One in five Americans (19.6%) are ‘Nones’
9:55 AM EST October 9. 2012 – For decades, if not centuries, America’s top religious brand has been “Protestant.” No more.
In the 1960s, two in three Americans called themselves Protestant. Now the Protestant group — both evangelical and mainline — has slid below the statistical waters, down to 48%, from 53% in 2007
Where did they go? Nowhere, actually. They didn’t switch to a new religious brand, they just let go of any faith affiliation or label.
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released an analytic study today titled, Nones on the Rise, now that one in five Americans (19.6%) claim no religious identity.
This group, called “Nones,” is now the nation’s second-largest category only to Catholics, and outnumbers the top Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptists. The shift is a significant cultural, religious and even political change.”