Those Darned Millennials

TO HOLD ONTO YOUR FLOCK
YOU HAVE TO FEED THE SHEEP

Last week the Pew Research Center released findings that show an accelerating slide in traditional Christianity. No surprise there. Christianity has been on the slide for a long time — at least by the measure of opinion research.

CNN gave a conventional take on the shrinking numbers of self-identifying Christians from 78.4 percent of the U.S. population in 2007 to the current 70.6, noting that…

“almost every major branch of Christianity in the United States has lost a significant number of members … mainly because millennials are leaving the fold. More than one-third of millennials now say they are unaffiliated with any faith, up 10 percentage points since 2007.”

(My, my, my — those darned millennials. So hip, so detached, so cynical. Seen it all, done it all. No one seems able to please them.)

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Focus on the Terrorists

AN ATTACK IN TEXAS MAKES US
ASK WHAT FREEDOM IS WORTH

The South-Central Michigan Poverty Law Center [that is to say…me] has released its first index of dangerous radical organizations. Heading the list is the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, a known extremist group that specializes in slandering individuals and organizations that support traditional Judeo-Christian moral values and laws conforming to constitutional principles.

So, whaddaya say? You like my description of the SPLC? Think I have the kind of credibility that would get it into the lead paragraph of an Associated Press report?

Well, why not? Here’s how AP opened a story about the abortive attack on Pamela Geller’s anti-Islamist gathering in Garland, Texas…

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Déjà Vu All Over Again

MEMORIES OF RIOTS PAST AND
CONSEQUENCES REPEATED

It’s like “déjà vu all over again.”

Yogi BerraYogi Berra’s famously mangled line is often quoted to describe the feeling that not only has something happened before, but that it’s happened repeatedly.

The chaos in Baltimore evokes Los Angeles’ Watts Riot of 1965, the Detroit Riot of 1967, the second L.A. outbreak in 1992, and of course, last year’s mayhem in Ferguson, Missouri. And others. So many others.

I remember most vividly the multi-city violence that broke out after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968. A student at Temple University (which, to this day, remains an integrated island located in the middle of a predominantly black urban ghetto), I was doubly saddened at King’s assassination — first, for the blind, persistent hatred that should strike down a man of principle and courage, and second, at the rapidity with which righteous anger was translated into the very kind of wanton lawlessness King preached against so fervently.

Had the nation learned nothing from the Civil Rights Movement? Had whites and blacks made no progress at all?

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Packin’ Heat with Fr. Ed

A MICHIGAN PRIEST SPARKS
DEBATE ABOUT SELF-DEFENSE

The gag lines are predictable…

“Pistol-packin’ padre”
“Shoot-from-the-hip preaching”
“Communion lines to firing lines”
“Go ahead, Satan, make my day”

Dirty HarryI’m sure you can think up as many as I can.

The Detroit Free Press story about how Fr. Ed Fride (pronounced: “FREE-DEE”) is planning to hold concealed-carry firearms instruction sessions for his parishioners is a natural for full-viral circulation. And the pastor of Ann Arbor’s Christ the King Parish is a perfect candidate for the great online smear.

“Is this priest some kind of right-wing nut?”

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Hillary’s Logo

GRAPHIC CONCEPTS DON’T ALWAYS
CONVEY THE INTENDED MESSAGE

New Facebook friend Cary Michael Bogue spotted a typo in the headline on my Facebook cover photo. He messaged me to inquire whether I was attempting to promote my “blog” or my “bog.”

I had left out the “L,” and hadn’t realized it all these weeks since putting up this shot at the beginning of the year. Apparently no one else caught the mistake either, as no one had pointed it out.

“Good grief, Cary,” I wrote him back, “you’re right. I hadn’t noticed that. Well, perhaps reading my opinions is like slogging through a marsh.”

Clinton Campaign LogoI hope that isn’t the case, of course. But I do know that type and graphic errors are so easy to make. I can attest to that after a long career in advertising and communications. And it seems to be a law of nature that the more prominent the mistake — whether a misspelling or a flawed photo — the easier to overlook.

I once ordered three months worth of publication inserts with the wrong “there” displayed prominently. A real estate ad I wrote went out with “excitment” in the headline, when it should have read “excitement.”

Of course, not everything that goes awry in the world of words and images is a mistake, as such. But sometimes what seems like a perfectly clear idea can harbor unintended suggestions.

Hillary Clinton’s new campaign logo appears to carry implications her political consultants might not have intended. At the least, it raises questions.

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Silence of the Lambs

A CLEVER LGBT PROPAGANDA EFFORT
IS INVADING THE NATION’S SCHOOLS

The Gender Left seems to have taken to its heart the old admonition that…

Children should be seen and not heard.

Silence-Rainbow FlagIn case all you parents of school-age children haven’t heard, this Friday is to be the Day of Silence in our nation’s public schools — as proclaimed by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

Writing on Breitbart News, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, explains…

“On the Day of Silence, GLSEN encourages students to go to school and remain silent all day. Their website says the day seeks to ‘call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.’”

Good luck with keeping kids silent. If GLSEN has figured out how to do it, I’m sure the nation’s teachers would be eager for the group to share its secret.

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Back Home Again in Indiana

BACKLASH OVER THE SHOTS AT INDIANA
SUGGESTS A CHANGE IN PUBLIC ATTITUDE

Indiana Song SheetIndiana has really been taking a beating.

But Hoosiers can thank God for bringing the Final Four to Indianapolis just as a storm was breaking over the “crossroads of America.” Only our national sports mania would have been sufficient to disrupt the tidal wave of hypocrisy building since passage of the infamous Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

With all the fuss and bluster, you’d think Indiana’s new law restricted LGBTs from shopping outside of San Francisco or Greenwich Village.

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