Hope you're happy with yourselves.
Splendid news, everyone! Or terrible news, everyone! You know, depending on your perspective. This story came out in the Christian Post last week, so technically it's old news, but we figured all y'all have probably been playing hooky from your Christian Post reading for ... ever ... so it's new news for you.
Anyway, in honor of Christmas, we regret/are thrilled to inform you that the most common category of religious belief among American youngs is now "nope." Indeed, according to the American Enterprise Institute's new study from its Survey Center on American Life, the most common religious affiliation among those 18-29 in America is "none."
YOU DID IT, KIDS! YOU KILLED GOD! Or at least 34 percent of the youngs, who picked "none."
Did you know there is a pandemic? Because there's a pandemic.
Hey! I don't know if you've noticed or not, but there's like a whole pandemic happening. It's been going on for practically a year now. One of the things people definitely need, in the middle of a pandemic, is healthcare. Not only do individuals need healthcare for themselves, they also need other people to have healthcare. Because there's a virus and we don't want the virus to spread. We want people to get treated for the virus and also to get the vaccine, so we can all go back to sorta normal.
Now, sure, that could be said for healthcare in general — that we actually all benefit from everyone having it, even when there isn't a pandemic, because we live in a society — but let's not start a riot here.
California is having a difficult time. It's had more cases of COVID-19 than any other state in the country, and trails only New York and Texas in total deaths. In fact, just two days ago, the state confirmed more than 61,000 cases in a single day.
Billy Graham's Biggest Mistake Just Grateful Trump Ended Death Penalty For Saying 'Merry Christmas!'
Franklin Graham has Christmas Thoughts. They are very stupid thoughts.
And now it's time for a
holiday CHRISTMAS DAMMIT message from Franklin Graham, the unfortunate thing that happened one time when Billy Graham jizzed CHRISTMASSED DAMMIT in the direction of a human woman.
You see, Franklin Graham is reaching the acceptance stage of grief, more than a month after his loser president lost really hard in the election. He's not angry about the result, and he's not disappointed either. He's grateful. And here is why, as he explained on Facebook:
I'm thankful that the president stood against the secularists who wanted to take Christ out of Christmas and that he brought back the greeting "Merry Christmas!"
We cannot imagine what it's like to go to bed at night so scared and stupid that you really think Christmas was under attack and that you were not allowed to say "Merry Christmas" before Donald Trump was president. That somehow you have been liberated from these chains.
SPOILER, Franklin: Christmas, and wishing someone a merry one, has always been fine, but in the free market, companies have always been free to make decisions about which seasons' greetings to offer. The same companies that insist on it today were insisting on it before Trump was president. Likewise, the companies that were trying to move in a more ecumenical direction, encouraging more inclusive greetings like "May the elves on your shelves 69 all night long!" are doing the exact same thing today. Trump did nothing, besides performative bullshit meant to fool our Lord's dumbest faithful into believing he was doing something for them. You know, folks like Franklin Graham.
Church leaders have compared the attacks to cross burnings. Which is accurate.
If there is anything the Right loves, it is churches and religion — by which they mean Christian churches and the Christian religion. They are always trying to save America from us godless liberals who won't let them say Merry Christmas, ever, and they are always standing up for the rights of religious people to use their religion to justify discriminating against other people. Conveniently, it seems as though the Bible can be used to justify just about anything — but mostly discrimination. Especially as it concerns cake, slavery or other people's bodies.
The one thing they will not defend, however, are those who use their religion to fight discrimination rather than embrace it. Because that's just wrong.
This weekend, during the big MAGA March To Continue Pretending Donald Trump Won The Election, there was no small amount of violence, mostly related to the Proud Boys. There were four stabbings — though it's not clear who got stabbed, counter-protesters or Proud Boys — and at least one reported gunshot. Thirty-three people were arrested.