Once again, Americans show the world what kind of people we are. I only wish they had added belief in the Easter Bunny, Santa and selfless politicians to round out the poll.

A new Pew religious poll, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that many practicing American Christians believe in ghosts, astrology and reincarnation.

White evangelicals appear to be more or less an exception. For example, only ten percent of white evangelicals believe in reincarnation while 24% of mainline Protestants and 25% of white Catholics believe in it. Likewise, 13% of white evangelicals believe in astrology, that the alignment of the stars and planets influence the lives of people and events on earth, while 25% or more of other religious people believe in astrology. The highest level of belief in “the evil eye” is found in black Protestants where it is at 32%.

  1. Gary, the dangerous infidel says:

    #29 Mr. Fusion, isn’t there an old song by The Who about the Magi Bus? 😉

    Of course, youngsters and whippersnappers probably never heard it.

  2. Somebody says:

    Of course they believe in spirits etc. they are obliged to.


  3. Gary, the dangerous infidel says:

    #32 Somebody, do you suppose that the witch of Endor from the Bible was the inspiration for the name of Samantha’s mother “Endora” from the old TV series Bewitched?

  4. Somebody says:

    That would be my guess.

    Also, Pharaoh’s magicians could do just about everything Moses could do.

    Turning sticks into living snakes etc.

    The explanation would be that the Devil made them do it.

    And then there’s one of my favorites, the talking ass.

    But I think that that has been over-shadowed by all the posting asses.

    (You freedom haters know who you are.)

  5. Uncle Patso says:

    # 17 Proud Alien:
    “Well, well, well. Laugh as you wish…”

    When I told my friends I wanted to be a comedian, they laughed at me.

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    The tax which will be paid for [the] purpose [of education] is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.
    –Thomas Jefferson to George Wythe, 1786.


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