Religious Statistics

25 01 2008

As a follow up to this post, here are some more interesting statistics:


Top 10 Largest National Christian Populations

Rank Nation Number Percent
1 USA 224,457,000 85%
2 Brazil 139,000,000 93%
3 Mexico 86,120,000 99%
4 Russia 80,000,000 60%
5 China 70,000,000 5.7%
6 Germany 67,000,000 83%
7 Philippines 63,470,000 93%
8 United Kingdom 51,060,000 88%
9 Italy 47,690,000 90%
10 France 44,150,000 98%
11 Nigeria 38,180,000 45%

World Religions:

  1. Christianity: 2.1 billion
  2. Islam: 1.5 billion
  3. Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion
  4. Hinduism: 900 million
  5. Chinese traditional religion: 394 million
  6. Buddhism: 376 million
  7. primal-indigenous: 300 million
  8. African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million
  9. Sikhism: 23 million
  10. Juche: 19 million
  11. Spiritism: 15 million
  12. Judaism: 14 million
  13. Baha’i: 7 million
  14. Jainism: 4.2 million
  15. Shinto: 4 million
  16. Cao Dai: 4 million
  17. Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million
  18. Tenrikyo: 2 million
  19. Neo-Paganism: 1 million
  20. Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand
  21. Rastafarianism: 600 thousand
  22. Scientology: 500 thousand

More statistics after the break —> Read the rest of this entry »


Chris Dodd Speaks Out Against Telecom Immunity

24 01 2008

The Raw Story has a video of Senator Chriss Dodd giving a speech:

Senator Dodd threatened to filibuster a bill that would give immunity to the Telecommunications companies that broke FISA wiretap laws.Continuing his battle against retroactive immunity for telecommunication companies, Senator Dodd gave an impassioned speech against what he referred to as a “5-year concerted effort contrary to the law of the land.”

You can watch the video here.

Bush Lied, People Died

23 01 2008

A new report by the Center for Public Integrity details the lies put forth by the Bush administration before the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

President George W. Bush and seven of his administration’s top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an exhaustive examination of the record shows that the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.

On at least 532 separate occasions (in speeches, briefings, interviews, testimony, and the like), Bush and these three key officials, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (or was trying to produce or obtain them), links to Al Qaeda, or both. This concerted effort was the underpinning of the Bush administration’s case for war.

You can read the full report here.  I wonder if this report will actually affect anything – I’m guessing no, simply because no one has the backbone to stand up to the President and arrest him.

Josh Bolton & Harriet Miers Above the Law

23 01 2008

From Glenn Greenwald:

Back in July of last year — more than six months ago — the Senate and House Judiciary Committees were investigating the U.S. attorneys scandal and, as part of that investigation, they issued subpoenas to current Bush Chief of Staff Josh Bolton and former White House counsel Harriet Miers, “compelling” them to appear before the Committee to answer questions. While some Bush officials testified but cited “executive privilege” as a grounds for refusing to answer specific questions, both Miers and Bolton simply refused to show up at all — literally just ignored the subpoena as though it were an invitation.

He goes on to point out the fact that congress is doing nothing to enforce their subpoena and probably never will.

Small Plastic Fetuses

18 01 2008


A right to life group in Racine is under fire after mailing controversial material to 44,000 people.

It included an informational letter, a fundraising envelope and a small plastic fetus.

 Sending out a small plastic fetus seems to me an invitation for people to hon their aborting skills.  I recommend large metal hammer.

Mike Huckabee Against Man-Beast Marriage

17 01 2008

I never set out to write a blog solely about how awful Mike Huckabee is as a person, but recently it seems hard not to.  From TPM:

QUESTIONER: Is it your goal to bring the Constitution into strict conformity with the Bible? Some people would consider that a kind of dangerous undertaking, particularly given the variety of biblical interpretations.HUCKABEE: Well, I don’t think that’s a radical view to say we’re going to affirm marriage. I think the radical view is to say that we’re going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal. Again, once we change the definition, the door is open to change it again. I think the radical position is to make a change in what’s been historic.

I always knew that being gay was like fucking a sheep.  It’s also like pedophilia.  If we allow gay marriage we might as well allow people to marry inanimate objects – I mean my god it is a slippery slope.

Or, more reasonably, they’re all completely different things and Mike Huckabee is a sick fuck.  Yeah, that’s probably it.

Huckabee’s Christian Nation

15 01 2008

From The Raw Story:

“I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution,” Huckabee told a Michigan audience on Monday. “But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that’s what we need to do — to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view.”

Holy fuck.  What is going on in this country that this man has supporters?  Why isn’t he being laughed out of the race?  Here’s another thought: if elected president, this man will have access to the largest stash of nuclear weapons in the world.  I’m afraid of the Christians.  I really am.