In the last two days I’ve heard religious people proclaim that the survey was false and not-so-religious people say that it’s about time someone took note of their intelligence in matters of religion.
If you look at the test results, you’ll see the even the top scorers (those being the atheists/agnostics) only got a measly 20.9 out of 32 questions correct.
The New York Times article that ran on this yesterday begins, “Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.”
What it should say is “Americans are by all means a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant.”
I took the Times test offering a sampling of the questions (it’s fun, you should too) and I read a few of the other questions. And yeah, sure, these questions are in some way related to religion. But they’re also related to history, other country’s cultures, and modern politics.
It’s not that Americans are short on our knowledge of religion. It’s that we are short on our knowledge of EVERYTHING. These aren’t facts that should have been taught in a church or a synagogue. They’re facts that should have been learned in school.
So yeah. I’m going to leave you with that little piece of BRAND NEW NEWS: We need a better education system.
Lund said that the increased crash rates were due to drivers responding to the ban by moving their phones lower down and out of sight when they sent a text — increasing the risk of a crash because their eyes are diverted further from the road and for a longer time.
Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters—sometimes very hastily—but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.”
Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.”
That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.
The amount of time that passes when I start to regret that I “liked” or commented on someone’s facebook status. Also known as: the amount of time that passes before I start getting notifications of new comments.
With Get Low already skedaddling out of the theaters and Passion Play getting such badreviews at Toronto that one wonders if it’ll be properly released at all, it may be some time before we get another Bill Murray fix on the big screen. His only other forthcoming credit on …
“I guess my life hasn’t always been happy, or easy, or exactly what I wanted. At a certain point, I just have to try to not think too much about certain things , or else they’ll break my heart”—Jonathan Franzen, FREEDOM (via whiskeyandgoatsmilk)
”Arthur” may indeed be a king, an aardvaark, creator of Sherlock Holmes and one of Marilyn’s husbands. BUT! When a customer says they don’t know the Arthur, what they MEAN is that they don’t know who wrote the book they need.
Me: Oh cool, it sounds like a remix of that Missy Elliot song, The Rain.
A: Um, I think Missy Elliot actually kind of remade this song.
(For the record, I should have already been sent home to go to bed and start the day over. This happened about two minutes after I dropped my glass of water and spilled it all over the table, and my waiter brought me a sippy cup.)