Thanks to Agto for pointing this out: a fascinating article by Sara Robinson on how Christians have become a noisome smell in the collective nostril. A Christian organization, the Barna Group, polled 16- to 29-year olds, and found:

  • Just 16% of non-Christians had a favorable impression of Christianity. This is down from over half a decade ago. Only 3% view Evangelicals in particular favorably. 
  • They view Christianity as judgmental (87%), hypocritical (85%), old-fashioned (78%), and too political (75%). 
  • Half of young churchgoers have the same negative impressions of Christianity. 
  • 91% of non-Christians and 80% of Christians describe Christianity as “anti-homosexual”. 
  • A quarter of both groups complained that “Christianity is changed from what it used to be” and “Christianity … no longer looks like Jesus.” 
  • The non-Christians are well acquainted with Christianity: they have an average of five Christian friends, and more than 80% have regularly attended church.

As Robinson points out, the authoritarian reponse to bad news is to become more authoritarian, more radical, more uncompromising. But this survey is one of several signs that this reflex has become counter-productive.

And here’s more good news: the super-rich are abandoning the Republicans. One clue: Democrats are raising more funds than the Republicans: $390 million to $290 million in the first half of 2007. Commonly cited problems: the bungled war in Iraq, fiscal irresponsiblity, and poor disaster management.

People are stupid… they may yet decide they want Rudy Giuliani as president. But just maybe, the country is finally getting sick of bottom-crawling judgmentalism, hypocrisy, and incompetence.

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