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Watch it and that mark may end up on your forehead

The Pew Forum has done it again with their latest in a series of polls that show the dumbification of America.

Just when we think this country is full of Kumbaya singers, universal proselytizers and everyone reading the same page on religion, we discover that people of faith, in essence… can’t friggin’ read!

Or if they can, their rote memory skills need some serious prayer, as seen in USA Today by the great Cathy Lynn Grossman.

The new U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, released today by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that although 86% of us believe in God or a higher power, we don’t know our own traditions or those of neighbors across the street or across the globe.

There lies the rub. The words “God” and “Christian” are about as homogenized as anything on the dairy shelves. Any schmo with a lick of scruples and an inkling of interest in you know, not burning in a liquid furnace of lava, hell flames and demonic drones, says they believe in God.

And that, by proxy, makes them a “Christian.” Unfortunately, it means nothing to more than half of the people with that card in their pockets. More about that in a moment. First, the key findings from the 3,412 dolts surveyed who know nothing about religion:

Doctrines don’t grab us. Only 55% of Catholic respondents knew the core teaching that the bread and wine in the Mass become the body and blood of Christ, and are not merely symbols. Just 19% of Protestants knew the basic tenet that salvation is through faith alone, not actions as well.

Basic Bible eludes us. Just 55% of all respondents knew the Golden Rule isn’t one of the 10 Commandments; 45% could name all four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).

World religions are a struggle. Fewer than half (47%) knew that the Dalai Lama is a Buddhist; 27% knew most people in Indonesia are Muslims.

This is a problem. You have to study for a drivers license, to pass a spelling test and to learn how to operate any one of your kids’ toys, but anyone can be a “Christian.”

There’s no connection to Christ, no relationship with the Lord and absolutely no personal zeal to tell people about why being a Christian is so important to them. And why? Because they aren’t one.

What would happen if God has a computerAnd that’s why them taking this test is stupid. Where’s the litmus test? Oh yeah, in the answers of this survey.

Moreover, it’s the who in the survey that’s more telling. It seems if you have an angst against this “God” guy everyone loves to follow like some hack on Twitter, you research the most about him to debate his sheep. Example A: Atheists and agnostics did the best on the survey with 20.9 correct.

There’s more than power in the blood of the Lamb, there’s a lot of ignorance too. Example B: Black Protestants only got 13.4 correct, second to last to… wait for it… Hispanic Catholics at 11.6 percent.

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.'” (Matthew 4:4 NLT)

Sure, it’s nice to go to church and see your friends then go to Luby’s. But there is a world dying out there while some of us are busy taking surveys. What happened to the passion of learning God’s Word? How far have we departed from the Bible and into the country club known as “Church Lite”?

I suppose as long as there are surveys, we will continue to find out. Unfortunately for those of us who mean it when we follow… um, what’s his name again?


This is a story with the happiest ending of all.

Once upon a time there was a man named Jesus who came to this jacked-up place to sacrifice his life for mankind.

You see, his Daddy determined a perfect sacrifice is what was necessary to redeem the lives of the rest of us. So, there he was. Resting on the cross, burdened with the sins of every nasty person on earth, asked by the masses, “How much do you love us?”

And he opened his arms t…h…i…s much… and he died.

It was a gift to all of us, but like with any coupon, you have to redeem it in order to reap the rewards. You know, that implies a choice. As in, a choice all of us have to make in order to experience what happened those more than 2,000 years ago.

Fast forward to today and we meet a boy named Barack who completely lied through his grape Kool-Aid stained lips and pearly whites to every child of God he met in order to win their vote. He told them he would go to church for a vote. And that he would talk about Jesus for a vote.

But… not so much. Just ask him, like this chic did.

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Seriously. Anyone catch that dazzling epiphany?

I am a Christian by choice,” Obama began, standing beneath a blazing sun, when asked why he is a Christian. “I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead,” Obama said.

“Being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper. Treating others as they would treat me. And I think also understanding that, you know, that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility that we all have to have as human beings.”

Man, that’s deep. He may be calling on Jesus, but I call B.S.

Doesn’t he understand this didn’t fool a soul?! He is a Christian… wait for it… by choice. Oh. Oh. Wait. One other thing. He is also subject to… wait for it… by the forces of gravity.

Yes, sports fans. As much as Barack Obama is compared to the Messiah, he really can’t walk on water, doesn’t encounter stigmata or get offended when folk cuss using his name. Yet when confronted by a mild-mannered victims of his romancing swoons of deceit regarding his faith, he issues two half-baked verses and connected them to some universal thought that would make Carlton Pearson shout for joy.

“This is a country that is still predominantly Christian, but we have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists” and others, he said, adding that “their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own, and that is part of what makes this country what it is.

Country? Yes. Kingdom of God… you know, heaven? No way.

Someone needs to get a memo to our betrothed president and let him know that Jesus Christ is not a politician. In fact, he could care less. So while Barack Obama is wailing on and on about how folk in this country are singing Kumbaya, he still isn’t any closer to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ unless he stops farting around and gets real.

Choose that… then you’re a Christian. And not one second sooner. That’s no story, Mr. President. That’s real life. Brother.

Have you ever been watching TV and see a report from an oil magnate, like the CEO of “Big Oil, Inc.” who is issuing an apology to his investors for being down in the first quarter… yet that company still made $3.4 billion?!

This appalling story of resounding bad form and complete disregard for anyone is like that.

Meet ‘Cordoba House’, as the story details in the Christian Post.

"Never Forget". How about "Anyone Still Remember?"

Anyone remember that cataclysmic event known solely for its infamous date? 9/11? You know, Islamic terrorists? Airplanes? National hysteria?

So in the “What the what” department, a few Imams and a gaggle of militant Muslims who dig this “free speech” thing in America have decided to petition a New York community board to build a $100 million mosque, Islamic community center and basketball court practically in ‘Ground Zero’, the site for the devastating attacks.

Yeah, I know. And even worse, it was approved with a vote of 29 to 1.

To kick this tirade off, props to whomever was the only person on that board with the temerity to say, “You know, this may not be such a good idea.” And the rest of those dolts who are either so blindsided with P.C. or wetting their britches to say what they should have, shame on you. Idiots.

“I couldn’t believe that this is really true,” wrote Sabatina James to The Christian Post in an e-mail. “Building the mosque where thousands of people died because of Islamic terror is just indecent.”

James, whose book My Fight for Faith and Freedom is a bestseller in Germany, is currently living under police protection in Germany because of death threats against her for converting to Christianity. She said her German friends were shocked when they heard that a mosque might be built near the site of the 9/11 terror attacks.

I mean, seriously. What is anyone thinking in the Big Apple… with a worm in it?

What do you think would happen if when Louis Farrakhan dies, Mosque Maryam (the warm, national confines of the Nation of Islam) goes belly up and is vacated. This is site is historic, but a few rabbis think that is some prime real estate would be a great location for a Jewish school and gets the party started with a sweet Bat Mitzvah.

You think the kerfuffle that would proceed would make headlines? Possibly a guest appearance on ‘Americas Most Wanted’? MEMO to New York City: Two words for ya’, “Never Forget.”

Yeah, apparently you did because that was a cutsy, marketing phrase your beloved city concocted to plaster on everyone’s bumper this side of the Mississippi. You know, kind of a tribute thing for all those natives that um, DIED in your friggin’ town.

I know 2001 seems like a land in far, far away but believe me, it’s still too soon for this. This is much more than a religious issue; it’s a national one.

Community Board 1 member Rob Townley who called the plan a “seed of peace.”

Yeah, that’s nice there Bobby. Only it’s not so much a seed as it is a wheelbarrow full of fertilizer, if you know what I’m saying. Although it’s tragically unfair for all Muslims in this country to be painted with the “that religion” brush, it’s the 800-pound gorilla in the room.

Cordoba House is not a tribute or a memorial. It’s a reminder of that gorilla flinging poo at the memories of the 2,700 people who were murdered on that fateful day.

If you want to honor those victims, build a park, do community service or help clean that mess. But do not build a house of worship toward your god where so many still need to feel a touch from theirs.

“Indecent?” That’s the understatement of the year. The only problem is that we can’t seem to find anyone in New York who is willing to overstate the obvious.

Noah's Ark supposedly found on Mount Ararat in Turkey

And you thought crop circles were out of this world? (Source: ArkDiscovery.com)

13,000 feet in the air, resting on a crescent of Turkey’s Mount Ararat, is possibly one of the most sought-after biblical relics of all time – Noah’s Ark.

Is this it?

Many archaeologists believe that boat-shaped wall is the boat that housed each animal 2 x 2 and sailed the torrential oceans for 40 days and 40 nights.

Genesis 6 – 9 chronicles Noah’s plight in full detail, down the last cubit. And now, so does the South China Morning Post and FOXNews.com:

Led by a team of 15 evangelists and archaeologists from Hong Kong and Turkey, new evidence, including wood specimens dating back 4,800 years, may suggest the existence of the biblical Noah’s ark.

This age-old search from Noah’s Ark is right up there in ecumenical lore with the Shroud of Turin. Is it real? Is it fake? Does it matter if this many people around the globe are not only engrossed in the story, but also catching themselves thinking about God as a result?

Nonetheless, these modern-day Indiana Joneses believe they found the real deal:

Yeung Wing-Cheung, from the Noah’s Ark Ministries International research team that made the discovery, said: “It’s not 100 percent that it is Noah’s Ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it.”

As many of you know, I am a proud seminarian. And I not only went to post-graduate school, but I minored in history. Noah’s Ark, unlike many stories in the Bible, is known and learned by the world’s “Big 3” – Christianity, Judaism and Islam. So, needless to say, this story has my hermeneutic pants going crazy.

Of course, there are the contrarians who are spouting off about this “discovery,” as seen in the Christian Post:

“To make a long story short: this is all reported to be a fake,” reported Dr. Randall Price, president for World of the Bible Ministries, in an e-mail to his ministry’s supporters following last week’s Ark announcement. “While he (Price) has reservations about the nature and procedure of the Chinese-Turkish expedition and the artifacts related to it, he believes that a decision concerning this matter must wait until independent examinations of the site and the structure can be made and published,” Price’s ministry stated this past week.

I love that… “independent examinations.” The discovery isn’t enough unless this dude says so? That’s rich.

People are so quick to jump to validation when it comes to the Bible that they miss the opportunity to celebrate confirmation. The mere fact folk spend their day looking for this ubiquitous boat – and the rest of the world have cause this topic to trend to the top of most search engines – should tell us all something: Folk care about God!

And although now it appears this team of “Ark enthusiasts” may have been led astray by some entrepreneurial (AKA scam artists) Kurdish guides, let’s not discount the story in the hearts of folk who need to believe it.

This discovery (I suppose air quotes should be inferred because of this guy now) provides a little bit of faith to those who may been scorned in a church because, to them, it could show the reality of God outside of one. But to be fair, note the aforementioned scam:

“I think we can’t rule out the possibility that this is a hoax, because a lot of the things that happen in that region of the world, and especially with the Kurdish guides that are involved, are designed to try to extract money from gullible people,” Price said.

Cubits or not. Flood or not. The quest for this prized archaeological legend keeps people traipsing back to Mount Ararat because it is much more than finding a boat and some century-old horse hair. This is about faith, and man’s constant desire to confirm it.

I’m sure there will be more teams of discovery, just as there will be more stories to debunk those teams. However, one thing is certain:

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. (Hebrews 11:1-2 MSG)

As long as there are folk who need to believe, there will always be explorations to help promulgate that belief. And no matter how high those journeys take us, the fact that we are climbing is good news to me.

So, it’s been a few days since I last dawned a bottle of spray paint and got busy on the Wall. Let’s see God… how do I get my mojo back?

Sleezy televangelists? Nah, been there recently. Done that. What about a God Sighting of the Month? I did miss a month but still managed the bruised for our iniquities line. Anything new and desperate about Ed Young? Meh.

Courtesy: AP

What could it be? Oh yeah… it’s been eons since we pointed our pentecostal finger at Louis Farrakhan.

And then, without further adieu, he’s back like that bad rash you get when your mama buys the generic detergent? The one that itches like sandpaper up and down the whole crack of your behind. No… just me?

Anywhoo, here he is bashing Whitey again and standing up for the president he believed was a one-trick pony… er, one-term guy. (Never mind that editorial there).

The 76-year-old leader said the “white right” was conspiring to make Obama a one-term president, and pointed to his stalled efforts to introduce health care legislation as proof. He said those opponents and lobbyists were trapping him into a future war with Iran that could lead to mass destruction.

See? That’s what I adore about narrow-minded folk. Whenever a man or woman fails to win an important debate, these dolts make it into an argument about race because that’s all they got to stand on. Farrakhan may as well call Obama a “house negro” and go about his way.

This is the leader of the free world, and you mean to tell me, he has to worry about the ubiquitous Whitey? Never mind the president’s political misgivings, the bad counsel and that fool he’s got running things as chief-of-staff. Oh no, it’s white folk that will be his demise.

Dressed in ornate creme robes, he addressed the president directly: “Your people are suffering. You can’t ease their plight, but you can use your bully pulpit. Speak for the poor. Speak for the weak… Put some money on back of us,” he said. “We can reform our people.”

If you mean the American people, then you would be right? MEMO to the Good Humor man wearing the Ice Cream suit: Unemployment, the economy, health care and overall despair even affects Whitey.

We are all in this together, but since you are so focused on sending us back to the bridge in Selma, Alabama, I suppose you will never get that through your heavily decorated fez, huh?

Moreover, the Farrakhan festivities at Saviour’s Day (A.K.A. W.D. Fard’s – founder of the NOI – birthday), lasted nearly four friggin’ hours. With that kind of leash, you knew some non-Kosher hambone would come thrashing out of his gullet, right?

Farrakhan said Obama’s current political difficulties began when he stood up to the Jewish lobby during an Oval Office meeting.”When they left the White House, his problems began,” Farrakhan said [in a recent Chicago Sun-Times article]. “The Zionists are in control of the Congress.

The Jews are coming. The Jews are coming. Dear Lawd Almighty, the Jews are coming. What a twit. Take it away Anti-Defamation League guy:

Anti-Defamation League Director Abraham Foxman responded: “Anybody who thought the old Farrakhan was gone: He never was. It’s the same Farrakhan: ugly and anti-Semitic. With age, he doesn’t get milder, he gets uglier.”

In other words, the more things change… the more they stay the same. Pity people can’t figure that aphorism out when it comes to this dude. His hatred has been the denigration of many a person – white, black, brown and all hues in-between. But as long as folk pay to hear this guy rant, rave and spew his vitriol for four hours, it will never stop.

Kinda like listening the extremists on either side of the aisle on Capitol Hill go at it. Ah, America. Ain’t it great? Same song, different verse. NEXT?!