Thanks goodness for the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and its on-going series of surveys and reports about various aspects of religion in America.
We often learn distressing things about ourselves from the center, but they're things we need to know. For instance, a study released Thursday called "Religion, Politics and the President" revealed that a growing number of Americans believes President Barack Obama is a Muslim.
A modern version of Know-Nothingism lives, apparently. How sad and embarrassing for the U.S.
Another sad finding: A plurality of the public says they do not know what religion Obama follows. Well, Obama may not being very public about going to church, but my guess is if he were he'd take criticism for that, too.
It's worth nothing that this new survey was conducted before Obama spoke out on the question of locating an Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York, though it's impossible to tell how the public's reaction to all that (see my blog posting from yesterday) might have affected this study.
If you'd like a pdf copy of the study to download and save, click on this link:
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IS THIS A PROPHETIC VOICE?
Susan Boyle certainly has come a long way from a quiet beginning singing in her church choir to being an overnight TV sensation. And now she's going to sing for Pope Benedict XVI on his upcoming visit to the U.K. No doubt a better choice that some other pop culture sensations I can think of, starting with Alvin and the Chipmunks, who would have to be renamed Chipmonks for this gig.