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Revealing Statistics: America in Decline

An ongoing extensive online collection (20+ sections below) of statistics. Press F11 to view in full screen in most browsers. This is the latest version (9-8-12) and a recent PDF file is available HERE (best for printing, though it currently runs about 85 or more 8.5x14'' legal size pages in it's PDF format). Thanks be to God. To contact web master email here (referenced new stats will be reviewed for inclusion). Home page: www.peacebyjesus.net

Subtitle: Present Costs of the War against God

As this page helps to show, an undeclared war is being waged against God which has and is costing America (and the world) mightily in souls, lives and money. While these statistics mainly help to quantify the earthly expenses of such, those who war against the Almighty will also realize a cost that is far, far worse and eternal, as souls that reject the Lord Jesus Christ demonstrate they love darkness over light, sin over Him, and cannot be allowed into Heaven. Rather, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God" (Ps. 9:17) While 81% of Americans in a recent poll said this nation is on the wrong track (New York Times/CBS News poll April 2008), few realize that what is most critical is our relationship and obedience to almighty GOD.

Statistics which help reveal the spiritual, moral, physical, and economic condition of America

The LORD does not need statistics, for “the eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Prv. 15:3), and all of our works are recorded by Him, from the first to the last. But followers of Christ are to love righteousness and hate evil, as He does (Heb. 1:9), (and which I come short in) and repent of our failures do to so, and love of God includes warning the wicked (Ezek. 33:8; Jn. 7:7; Eph. 5:11), and seeking to turn many to righteousness (Dan. 12:3). And as every soul and nation shall answer for their faith and deeds (2Chr. 26:11; Mt, 25:31-46; 2Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11-15) — and as Hell is real — it is my prayer that this study may help awaken this nation to “seek the LORD while He may be found,” that as Christians we may be holy ourselves and may intercede for this nation as well as for others, that as many as possible may turn in their hearts from sin to the risen LORD Jesus, and find salvation through faith in Him who died for us and rose again. To God be the glory!

If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2Chr. 7:14).

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Notes on this compilation

This compilation of statistics (stats), began around 1999 as an informal collection of statistics for my household, by an inexperienced researcher – me! So this is not a professional-type compilation, and my source attribution methodology was/is unorthodox, yet I think it provides more immediate access to the source. The statistics primarily cover from 1992 to 2012, though a few stats go back further, and I have listed the source (and or the link) from which i found the statistics (or their source) directly after the the first listing from such. For many consecutive statistical listings from the same source I place an up arrow (^) to the aforementioned source, usually along with the source number which corresponds to the bibliography (^1) at the end of each section. For such there is also a master list after section 16. However, newer consecutive listings from the same source will just place an up arrow to the source.

All statistics, unless otherwise noted, are for the United States and should allow for at least a small degree of error (i think pollsters usually allow for up to 5% error margin). You might want to do your own research, such as through an online search engine like Google for more information. While the URLs of sources are usually provided, mostly are not live, or deep linked, due to their or my concerns. Links were valid when listed, though some may be "dead" at a later time. See special note here on Barna.org links.

As regards copying and use, it is my understanding that statistics themselves may not necessarily be copyrighted, but compilations can be, and (outside those from the Government) permission may need to be granted when using many quotes from one source (such as Barna Research, which i originally did). Otherwise the "Fair Use" clause would apply, in which, the best i understand it (feel free to correct me), some copyrighted material may be used for educational or commentary works, or critical reviews, and wherein only a small percentage of the entire work is quoted (and proper accreditation is provided). This work itself is not to be used for commercial enterprise, and any republishing of these statistics should be credited to their listed or their most original source, if found.

Disclaimer: I do appreciate being able to find as well as provide these statistics, but links to other sites DO NOT IMPLY that I recommend or agree with all of the content that a site may offer, or the conclusions of that source, and with some here I am sure I would not, especially as regards their advice on sexual morality, but I simply reference them as sources. All advice or moral positions are to be examined in the light of the Word of God, the Bible (1 Thessalonians 5:21), by faith in which we find true liberty, with it's necessary and beneficial limits. Praise the Lord!

Commentary

This collection is commented on from a Christian perspective, helping to reveal the spiritual condition of America, and the cost of spurning the right ways of the Lord to follow our own lusts. Overall, it indicates how the “mighty are fallen,” and warns of where America is surely heading, with the intent that we “search and try our ways and turn again to the Lord” (Lam. 3:40). And again, it is my prayer than all souls will give their sins and their life to the LORD Jesus, the Son of the living God, who gave Himself for our sins and rose again. For more on that most important decision, click HERE

TABLE OF CONTENTS (click TOC to return

Sections:

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Drinking

10

U.S. Teens Spiritual Statistics

1

Drugs and Mental Health

11

General National Spiritual Stats

2

General Health

12

US Faith Beliefs + Effects (including liberalism and atheism)

3

Crime and Punishment

13

Differences Between Denominations

4

Education and Media

14

Marriage versus Divorce

5

Finances

15

Adultery, Fornication, and Sodomy

6

Population

16

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

7

Miscellaneous

17

Deleterious Effects of Sodomy

8

1960 + Beyond

18

Abortion

9

Application

19

Suggested links on this issue (note disclaimer above):

General Spiritual Statistics

Most statistics in this next section are copyright from THE BARNA GROUP, LTD.1957 EASTMAN AVE. SUITE B VENTURA, CALIFORNIA 93003 UNITED STATES VOICE: (805) 639-0000 FAX: (805) 658-7298. NOTE: As of at least 7-15-09, Bara.org changed their site so that the older links (which most are) listed here no longer link to their pages. That was unexpected, and while an employee I contacted stated they were working on rectifying it, the situation remains unchanged. I tracked down some of the pages referenced here and differentiated these links as well as for newer stats from them by making them live. You can search Barna or maybe try the WayBackMachine of the Internet Archive for the missing pages if you want.

For clarification within Barna surveys, the term “Christian” is applied to those whom Barna (in italics) says

..consider themselves to be Christian but either do not have a 'personal commitment to Jesus Christ' or do not believe that they will experience eternal favor with God based solely on His grace and mercy.”

““Born again' Christians are those who say they 'have made a personal commitment to Christ that is important in their life today and also say that when they die they know they will go to Heaven solely because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.''Evangelicals' are a subset of born again Christians in Barna surveys.

In addition to meeting the born again criteria, Evangelicals also meet seven other conditions. Those include saying the Bible is totally accurate in all that it teaches; their faith is very important in their life today; believing they have a personal responsibility to share their religious beliefs about Christ with non-Christians; believing that Satan exists; believing that eternal salvation is possible only through grace, not works; believing that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and describing God as the all-knowing, all-powerful, perfect deity who created the universe and still rules it today. Being classified as an Evangelical has no relationship to church attendance or the denominational affiliation of the church they attend. Respondents were not asked to describe themselves as “Evangelical.”' See Barn's criteria here

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U.S. Teens Spiritual Statistics

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General national spiritual and moral stats (demographics; general beliefs)

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Faith Beliefs + Effects (more specifics; includes liberalism and atheism)

    Liberalism

  • 94 percent of political conservatives, and 94 percent of Americans who regularly attend religious worship services believe there is such a thing as sin, versus only 77 percent of political liberals and 80 percent among those who do not attend services. Ellison Research, March 11, 2008

  • Only 19 percent of political conservatives were likely to be unchurched versus 47 percent political liberals. http://pewforum.org/newassets/images/reports/multiplefaiths/multiplefaiths.pdf

  • 59% of Americans polled said religion is very important in their lives (75% in 1952). By categories: 52% of men, 66% of women, Whites 66%, Blacks 82%, Hispanics 66%. 68% percent of self-identified conservatives, 56% of moderates, and 49 percent of liberals said religion was very important to them. Gallup survey 1999.Copyright ©2004 The Gallup Organization; http://www.mfc.org/contents/article.asp?id=139 See also Steve Crabtree, “Black Churches: Has Their Role Changed?” Gallup Tuesday Briefing; Religion & Values, May 14, 2002

  • Political conservatives were almost three times as likely as political liberals to identify God as their most important relationship (33% vs. 12%, respectively). Barna, 2008 http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/13-culture/44-americans-identify-their-most-important-relationships

  • n 2009, 57% of Americans opposed homosexual marriage [which is contrary to the word of God, and seldom monogamous], versus 40% in favor of doing so. (75% self-identified liberals versus 19% of conservatives; and 59% of 18-29 year olds, versus 32% of those 65 years and older) May 7-10 2009 USA Today/Gallup poll; http://www.gallup.com/poll/118378/Majority-Americans-Continue-Oppose-Gay-Marriage.aspx

  • Beliefs reincarnation, yoga, the existence of spiritual energy in physical things and astrology are more common among Democrats and independents than Republicans, and are more widely held by liberals and moderates than conservatives, especially as concerns belief in yoga as a spiritual practice, with 39% of liberals expressing this belief (39%), in contrast to only 15% of conservatives. Conservatives and Republicans also report fewer experiences than liberals or Democrats communicating with the dead, seeing ghosts and consulting fortunetellers or psychics. http://pewforum.org/newassets/images/reports/multiplefaiths/multiplefaiths.pdf

  • Some 71 percent of [those classified as] conservatives say you have an obligation to care for a seriously injured spouse or parent versus less than half (46 percent) of liberals. Peter Schweizer, “Makers and Takers,” Doubleday, June 3, 2008. http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=16895

  • Liberals are two times more likely to say it is okay to cheat the government out of welfare money you don’t deserve. Peter Schweizer, “Makers and Takers,” Doubleday, June 3, 2008. http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=16895

  • Liberals are approx. twice as likely than conservatives to have received treatment for a mental health problem at some point in their lives. Based on data from GSS 1972-2008 Cumulative Datafile http://sda.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/hsda?harcsda+gss08; http://anepigone.blogspot.com/2011/11/conservatives-are-mentally-healthier.html

  • Among 5 groups, American atheists and agnostics were the segment most likely to describe themselves as being politically liberal (32%) and were the group least likely to describe themselves as being conservative (4%) http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/66-american-faith-is-diverse-as-shown-among-five-faith-based-segments?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page=

  • 61% of Americans have a positive image of capitalism, and of 95% of small business, versus 36% seeing socialism positively, while 33% have a negative image of capitalism, and 58% of socialism. 53% of Democrats have a positive image of socialism, compared to 17% of Republicans. 61% of liberals say their image of socialism is positive, compared to 39% of moderates and 20% of conservatives. http://www.gallup.com/poll/125645/socialism-viewed-positively-americans.aspx February 4, 2010

  • The population of Massachusetts ranks as the most liberal, with Boston and Cambridge being the most liberal large cities (100,000 or more), followed by California. http://www.epodunk.com/top10/liberal/index.html

  • Those who identify themselves as being conservative on social and political matters lower divorce rates (28%) than those liberal on social and political matters (37%). http://www.barna.org/family-kids-articles/42-new-marriage-and-divorce-statistics-released

  • 30% of Roman Catholic priests described themselves as Liberal, 28% as Conservative, and 37% as Moderate in their Religious ideology. Los Angeles Times (extensive) nationwide survey (2002). Arthur Jones, 2002 National Catholic Reporter. Gale Group. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1141/is_2_39/ai_94129129/pg_2

  • A poll of conservative and progressive religious activists showed 48 percent of conservatives activists believe the Bible to be the literal word of God, versus only 3 percent of “progressives”, otherwise known as liberals. This contrast was also seen in other issues, with 95 percent of conservatives opposing legalization of abortion, and 82 percent opposing both same-sex marriage and civil unions, while 80 percent of liberals support some form of legal abortions (54 percent in most cases), with 59 percent support same-sex marriage. The study also found that Evangelical Protestants composed 54 percent of conservatives, Roman Catholics 35 percent, and mainline Protestants 9 percent, while liberal activists were made up of 44 percent mainline Protestants, 17 percent Roman Catholics, 10 percent Evangelical Protestants, and interfaith bodies and groups (12 percent). 2009 Religious Activist Surveys conducted by the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron in partnership with Public Religion Research. http://www.christianpost.com/article/20090916/u-s-religious-activists-have-widely-divergent-views/index.html

  • A (disputed) study showed that 50% of American college faculty identified themselves as Democrats and only 11% as Republicans (with 33% being Independent, and 5% identifying themselves with another party). 72% described themselves as “to the left of center,” including 18% who were strongly left. Only 15% described themselves as right of center, including only 3% who were “strongly right.” North American Academic Study Survey (NAASS) of students, faculty and administrators at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada 1999. The Berkeley Electronic Press http://montages.blogspot.com/2005/04/conservatives-underrepresented-in.html http://www.bepress.com/forum/vol3/iss1/art2 http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/17963/liberal_bias_in_our_schools.html

  • Extensive surveys by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, conducted in 2006 and 2007 of 14,000 college freshmen and seniors at fifty colleges nationwide, indicated that college education results in little advance in knowledge of American history and institutions, which is already poor among non-college graduates, but an often significant increase in favoring liberal ideology was seen over those who were not college graduates. In addition, those with the highest degrees were the most liberal. Intercollegiate Studies Institute, ‘’The Shaping of the American Mind.’ http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/2010/major_findings_finding1.html

  • Analysis of Federal Election Commission data regarding the 2010 midterm elections showed that college professors and administrators donated heavily and overwhelmingly is support of Democrats over Republicans. This included 77 percent of total donations from employees of Harvard university and 86 percent of all donations from employees of University of California’s network of colleges going to Democrats, with pro abortion Sen. Barbara Boxer being the top recipient of academic donations, while no donations from Princeton went to a Republican. Analysis of Federal Election Commission conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics, reported by Capitol News Company, 9/22/10

  • Of 100 colleges and universities graded on their general education requirements by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), 42 institutions received a D or F for requiring two or fewer core subjects, while 25 of them received an F for requiring one or no subjects. Only 5 institutions received an A for requiring six general education subjects. Average tuition and fees at the 11 schools that require no subjects was $37,700; average tuition at the five schools that require six subjects is $5,400. Walter E. Williams , professor of economics at George Mason University. http://townhall.com/columnists/WalterEWilliams/2009/08/26/what_will_they_learn http://whatwilltheylearn.com/criteria

  • In a 1996 poll of 1,037 reporters at 61 newspapers, 61 percent identified themselves as Democrats, 15 percent as Republicans. The respondents also identified themselves as liberals 4 times more frequently than as conservatives. American Society of Newspaper editors 1996 survey of 1,037 reporters at 61 newspapers of all sizes nationwide. http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=32928

  • n a 2001 Kaiser Family Foundation poll, media professionals were nearly 7 times likelier to call themselves Democrats rather than Republicans, with the ratio of self-identified liberals to conservatives being 4.2 to 1. Kaiser Family Foundation 1996 poll of 301 “media professionals,” 300 “policymakers,” and 1,206 members of the general public.

  • In a 2007 Pew Research Center study of journalists and news executives, the ratio was 4 liberals for each conservative. Pew Research Center’s 2007 survey of 222 journalists and news executives at national outlets.

  • All told, White House correspondents during the late ’80s and early ’90s voted for Democrats at 7 times the rate at which they voted for Republicans. U.S. News & World Report writer Kenneth Walsh’s 1995 study of 28 White House correspondents. 1996 Freedom Forum survey of 139 Washington bureau chiefs and congressional correspondents.

  • On the subject of welfare and related issues, liberal experts were quoted in the news 75 percent of the time, conservatives 22 percent. On consumer issues, the liberal-conservative ratio was 63 percent to 22 percent. On environmental issues, the ratio was 79 percent to 18 percent. And regarding nuclear energy, the ratio was 77 percent to 20 percent. Robert Lichter, Stanley Rothman, and Linda Lichter, The Media Elite: America’s New Power Brokers (New York: Hastings House, 1990).

  • In 2011, 38% of voters believed that when most reporters write or talk about Pres. Obama, they are trying to help him pass his agenda (down from 48% a year ago). 26% feel that most reporters are politically biased, 46% think the average reporter is more liberal than they are, while 26% say they are merely interested in reporting the news in an unbiased manner. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/media/61_are_still_angry_at_the_media

  • Since the liberalization of immigration policy in 1965, the number of first-generation immigrants living in the United States has quadrupled, from 9.6 million in 1970 to about 38 million in 2007. “Immigration Worldwide: Policies, Practices, and Trends”. Uma A. Segal, Doreen Elliott, Nazneen S. Mayadas (2010). Oxford University Press.

    Atheists

  • Atheists and agnostics comprise 9% of adults nationwide (2007); 6% of souls over 61, 9% of those ages 42-60, 14% of those 23-41, and 19% of those 18-22. Indications from the past indicate that these beliefs stay fairly constant through life. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdateNarrowPreview&BarnaUpdateID=272

  • In 2008, 70% of Americans believed in a personal God, roughly 12% of Americans are atheist (no God) or agnostic (unknowable or unsure), and another 12% are deistic (a higher power but no personal God). The American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) 2008. http://www.americanreligionsurvey-aris.org/reports/ARIS_Report_2008.pdf

  • Protestants constitute 51% of the total US adult population, with Catholics being 24%, and Jewish, Mormon, Atheist and Agnostic all being 2%. Total Unaffiliated: 16%. Orthodox, “Jehovah's witnesses(so-called) and Buddhist were at 1%, while “Other Christian, Hindus and Other World Religion were 0.5%. All figures rounded off. http://religions.pewforum.org/pdf/report-religious-landscape-study-full.pdf '

  • 42% of American atheists and agnostics (who make up approx. 8% of the American adult population) claimed to be stressed out,and 14% said they were lonely. 68% were concerned about the moral condition of th country, versus 98% of evangelicals, and 4% describe themselves as being conservative, versus 64% of evangelicals, but 71% of the former said they have traditional or family-oriented values., with 96% of the latter group concurring. http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/80-peoples-faith-flavor-influences-how-they-see-themselves

  • Evangelicals averaged 6% participation in each of eight behaviors, (exposure to pornography, using profanity in public, gambling, gossiping, engaging in sexual intercourse with someone to whom they were not married, retaliating against someone, getting drunk, and lying.) http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/16-teensnext-gen/25-young-adults-and-liberals-struggle-with-morality Note : unlike other pollsters, Bara evangelicals, being a movement, are not identified by religious denomination or self-identification, but according to responses to basic criteria: See http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/13-culture/111-survey-explores-who-qualifies-as-an-evangelical?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= and http://www.peacebyjesus.net/RC-Stats_vs._Evang.html

  • Skeptics (atheist or agnostic) averaged five times the level (29%) of evangelicals. Common acts among skeptics included exposure to pornography (50%), gossip (34%) and drunkenness (33%) http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/16-teensnext-gen/25-young-adults-and-liberals-struggle-with-morality

  • While only representing 10% of the population, the segment of the prison population which self-identifies as non-religious is approximately twice as large as found in the general population.” http://www.adherents.com/misc/adh_prison.html

  • Among 5 groups, American atheists and agnostics were the segment most likely to describe themselves as being politically liberal (32%) and were the group least likely to describe themselves as being conservative (4%) http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/66-american-faith-is-diverse-as-shown-among-five-faith-based-segments?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page=

  • 70% of self-proclaimed atheists and agnostics affirmed abortion should be legal in all or most circumstances, while 60% approve of clergy performing gay marriages, and 90% approve of cohabitation.

  • More than three out of four of self-proclaimed atheists and agnostics embrace pornography as a moral behavior; and 66% deem drunkenness and using profanity to be morally acceptable acts. ^

  • 75% of the above say that all moral truth is relative to the person and circumstances; only 10% believe in absolute moral truth. ^

  • Self-proclaimed American atheists and agnostics were the group that is least concerned (41%) about the moral condition of the nation. ^

  • 30% of atheists and agnostics grew up regularly attending Christian churches. Just 10% believe that the Bible is totally accurate in all that it teaches; only 25% say their religious faith is very important in their life; and 15% reject belief in the existence of Satan; 13% do not believe in the reality of the Holy Spirit, and 20% reject that Jesus led a sinless life. ^

  • A major survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that only 14% of atheists and 10% of agnostics believe that homosexuality is a way of life that should be discouraged by society, versus 51% of of Protestant churches (64% of Evangelical) and 30% of Catholics. http://religions.pewforum.org/pdf/report2religious-landscape-study-key-findings.pdf

  • Just 13% of atheists and 14% of agnostics believe abortion should be illegal in most cases, versus 49% of Protestant churches (61% of Evangelical) and 45% of Catholics. ^

  • Only 19% of atheists said their values are threatened by Hollywood, versus 53% of those in evangelical churches , 46% of Protestant churches and 43% of Catholics. ^

  • Atheists and agnostics religious skeptics were also much less likely to be driven to have a clear sense of purpose in life (55%, compared to 77% of all American adults) or to want just one marriage partner for life (58% versus an 80% U.S. average). They were also less interested in making a difference in the world (45%, versus 56% nationally) and in having close friendships, http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/18-congregations/29-survey-reveals-the-life-christians-desire (2008) and the least likely to look forward to spending time with friends http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/13-culture/145-americans-just-want-a-good-night-of-sleep?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page=

  • 56% atheists and agnostics believe that radical Christianityis just as threatening in America as is radical Islam. http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/12-faithspirituality/102-atheists-and-agnostics-take-aim-at-christians?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page=

  • 22% of those who self-identified as having No Religion in 2001 were living together with a partner outside marriage (fornication), versus 6% or less of those in Catholic or Protestant denominations. ARIS 2001, p. 27 http://www.gc.cuny.edu/faculty/research_briefs/aris.pdf However, the 2008 Pew study shows the first category as 10%: http://religions.pewforum.org/pdf/report-religious-landscape-study-full.pdf

  • 51% of atheists and 42% of adults who associate with a faith other than Christianity had co-habited. http://atheismexposed.tripod.com/atheists_divorce.htm

  • Based upon the percentage of single adults from the The American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) 2001, atheists are 58.7 percent more likely to get divorced than Pentecostals and Baptists, the two born-again Christian groups with the highest rate of divorce, and more than twice as likely to get divorced than Christians in general. Stated in “The Irrational Atheist," by Vox Day, (Dallas, TX: BenBella Books, Inc., 2008). http://www.scribd.com/doc/7682654/The-Irrational-Atheist-by-Vox-Day based upon (ARIS) 2001 http://www.gc.cuny.edu/faculty/research_briefs/aris.pdf

  • The percent currently divorced or separated varies from a low of 6% (Jehovah’s Witnesses) to a high of 14% (Pentecostals), with Catholics and No Religion being 9%.

  • At 19%, the No Religion group showed the lowest incidence of marriage of all twenty-two groups. In sharp contrast, those identifying with the Assemblies of God or Evangelical/Born Again Christians showed the highest proportions married, 73% and 74% respectively. ^

  • In the U.S. population as a whole, 48 percent of adults are male, as are 47 percent Catholic adults. By comparison, males account or 56 percent of the no-religion group, 70 percent of Atheists, and 75 percent of Agnostics. ^ Also, the Pew Research Landscape study finds 70% of atheists and 64% of agnostics are male, and 30% and 34% respectively, are female. http://religions.pewforum.org/pdf/report-religious-landscape-study-full.pdf

  • While Pentecostals, Baptists, and Mainline Christians are 56%-58% female, those who profess no religion or self-identified as atheists or agnostics have a ratio of 60 males to 40 females. (ARIS) 2001 http://www.gc.cuny.edu/faculty/research_briefs/aris.pdf

  • 37 percent of all Americans, and 55 percent of atheists are are under age 35. Only 20 percent of the latter are 50 and over. http://www.gc.cuny.edu/faculty/research_briefs/aris.pdf ^

  • As regards voter registration (2001), those with No Religion were 43% Independent, 30% Democrat, and 17% Republican. Those identifying as Evangelical/Born Again were 58% Republican, 20% Independent and 12% Democrat. ^

  • Self-proclaimed American atheists and agnostics were the group most likely to define themselves as mostly liberalon current issues in 2002. They were also least likely to donate any money to a religious center or non-profit organization. Among those who did donate funds to non-profits, atheists and agnostics gave away the least amount of money during the year. 5 http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/66-american-faith-is-diverse-as-shown-among-five-faith-based-segments?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page

  • 78% of atheists and agnostics were registered to vote, versus 89% of active-faith Americans. 20% of the former volunteer to help a non-church-related non-profit, and 41% of said they personally helped or served a homeless or poor person versus 30% and 61%, respectively, of active-faith Americans. http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/12-faithspirituality/102-atheists-and-agnostics-take-aim-at-christians?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page=

  • The typical no-faith American donated $200 in 2006, versus $1500 contributed by the prototypical active-faith adult. Even when church-based giving is subtracted from the equation, active-faith adults donated twice as many dollars last year as did atheists and agnostics, and only 7% of active-faith adults failed to contribute any personal funds in 2006, versus 22% among the no-faith adults. ^

  • 12% of atheists and agnostics were focused on living a comfortable, balanced lifestyle, versus 4% of Christians in general. to be 10% of the former class were focused on acquiring wealth, versus 2% of the latter. ^

  • 25% of atheists and agnostics said the phrase "deeply spiritual" accurately describes them, while 67% described themselves as being "at peace,” a state 90% of Christians affirmed. ^

  • About 40% of skeptics were registered as Democrats, 40% as independents and just 20% as Republicans. 76% of atheists and agnostics gave their vote to Sen. Obama, while only 23% backed Sen. McCain. That is a step up from the level of support Democrats have previously received from skeptics. In 2004, 64% of atheists and agnostics voted for Democratic challenger John Kerry. http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/13-culture/18-how-people-of-faith-voted-in-the-2008-presidential-race?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page=

  • On average, weekly churchgoers donate 3.8% of their income to charity, compared to 0.8% for those who never go. Independent Sector (charitable clearing house): Atheists won’t save Europe by Don Feder; http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=27937

  • Religious citizens who make $49,000 gave away about 3.5 times as much money as secular citizens with the same income. They also volunteered twice as often, are 57 percent more likely to help homeless persons, and two-thirds more likely to give blood at their workplace. Arthur C. Brooks' Who Really Cares. http://www.christianitytoday.com/bc/2008/001/8.11.html

  • On questions about Christianity in 2010, which included various questions about the Bible, Mormons (7.9 out of 12 right on average) and white evangelical Protestants (7.3 correct on average) showed the highest levels of knowledge. Jews (7.9 out of 11) and atheists/agnostics (7.4) had the best grades on questions about other world religions, including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism. White mainline Protestants scored 5.8 and 4.9 respectively, and white Catholics scored 5.9 and 5.1. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, “U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey,” Spet. 28. 2010

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Differences among Denominations

For a more recent, fuller, and better organized comparison of mainly Catholics and Evangelicals, see HERE

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LIVING IN SIN, MARRIAGE versus DIVORCE, and CHILDREN

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Pornography, Adultery, Fornication, Sodomy - Practices

(extra martial, premartial, and homo - sexual relations)

For mature eyes only

Sec. 7

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD or STI);

Physical effects of sin

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1Cor. 6:9, 10).

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:8).

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God(1Cor. 6:9, 10).

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:8).

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The Deleterious Physical Effects of the Sin of Sodomy

"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination" (Lv. 18:22).

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly [perverse and unnatural], and receiving in themselves [in their own bodies] that recompense [punishment] of their error which was meet [fitting]" (Rm 1:27).

"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination" (Lv. 18:22).

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly [perverse and unnatural], and receiving in themselves [in their own bodies] that recompense [justice] of their error which was meet [fitting]" (Rm 1:27). An extensive examination of attempts to negate the Scriptural injunctions against homosexual relations, and even to assert sanction for the same, can be seen here, by the grace of God.

    In addition to below, The Negative Health Effects of Homosexuality provides more information on the physical effects of perverting the created order of God, and yielding to the sinful desires of fallen man rather to to the risen Lord Jesus. God has given us good laws and good things and which are to our benefit when we obey Him, while breaking His good and thus misusing His good things is ultimately done to our own hurt, and that of others.

  • Statistics for the end of 2009 indicate that around 33.3 million people are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, [chiefly caused by the sins of sodomy and heterosexual promiscuity]. Each year around 2.6 million more people become infected with HIV and 1.8 million die of AIDS. UNAIDS (2010) 'UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic

  • Worldwide, nearly 25 million people have died from AIDS since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic approximately 30 years ago. UNAIDS, World Health Organization, 2009 AIDS epidemic Update

  • During the same period, approximately 30 years ago, an estimated 1,077,972 people have been diagnosed with AIDS in America, and an estimated 597,499 [over a half a million] people with AIDS in the U.S. have died. avert.org/usa-statistics.htm

  • The CDC estimates that by the end of 2007 there were 470,902 people living with an AIDS diagnoses in the United States, approximately 20,000 more than 2006. ^

  • Almost two-thirds of adults and adolescents living with AIDS in 2007 were infected with HIV through male-to-male sexual relations (the sin of sodomy). Slightly over 75% of adults and adolescents living with an AIDS diagnosis are male. ^

  • The CDC estimates that at the end of 2007, there were 599,819 people living with a diagnosis of HIV infection in the 37 states and five U.S. dependent areas. However, the total number of people living with an HIV infection in the U.S. is thought to be around 1.1 million. One in every five people living with HIV has not even had their infection diagnosed, let alone reported. ^

  • The number of deaths of persons with an AIDS diagnosis has stabilized in recent years at around 17,000-18,000 per year. (Deaths of persons with an AIDS diagnosis may be due to any cause). ^

  • 19 percent of gay and bisexual men in 21 major U.S. cities are infected with HIV, and 44 percent of them do not know it, according to a CDC Press Release, reporting results from the 2008 National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System. 59 percent of black men, 46 percent of Hispanic men and 26 percent of white men were unaware of their infection. Among 18 to 29-year-old men, 63 percent did not know they were infected with HIV, compared with 37 percent of men aged 30 and older. http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/ngmHAAD2010PressRelease.html

  • August 2011: Transgender communities in the United States (US) are among the groups at highest risk for HIV infection. Findings from a meta-analysis of 29 published studies showed that 27.7% of transgender women tested positive for HIV infection (4 studies), but when testing was not part of the study, only 11.8% of transgender women self-reported having HIV (18 studies). In one study, 73% of the transgender women who tested HIV-positive were unaware of their status. Newly identified HIV infection was 2.6% among transgender persons compared with 0.9% for males and 0.3% for females. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8-11-2011 http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/transgender/pdf/transgender.pdf

  • Approximately 90% of MtF and FtM people newly diagnosed with HIV infection were black or Hispanic. 50% of transgender women had documentation in their medical records of substance use, commercial sex work, homelessness, incarceration, and/or sexual abuse as compared with 31% of other people who were not transgender. ^

  • 2011: Men who have sexual relations with other men, including gay and bisexual men, have an HIV infection rate 60 times higher than that of the general population. They have an infection rate 800 times higher than first-time blood donors and 8,000 times higher than the rate of repeat blood donors. National Journal, based upon FDA reports. http://www.nationaljournal.com/healthcare/u-s-to-take-another-look-at-gay-blood-donation-ban-20110726

  • While only constituting an estimated 4 percent of the U.S. male population aged 13 and older, Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) account for 53 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S., (more than 44 times that of other men) as well as 48 percent of people living with HIV. (Cntd. below)

  • MSM is the only risk group in the U.S. in which new HIV infections are increasing. While new HIV infections have declined among both heterosexuals and injection drug users, infections among MSM have been steadily increasing since the early 1990s. Nearly 18,000 people with AIDS still die each year in the U.S. CDC: HIV and AIDS in America: A Snapshot, http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/HIVandAIDSinAmericaSnapshotFINAL70710508COMP.pdf

  • March 10, 2010: The rate of new HIV diagnoses among men who had homosexual relations (MSM) is more than 44 times that of other men and more than 40 times that of women. The rate of primary and secondary syphilis among MSM is more than 46 times that of other men and more than 71 times that of women, the analysis says. CDC press release, http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/Newsroom/msmpressrelease.html

  • The sin of male-to-male sodomy contact accounted for 53% (28,700) of estimated new HIV infections in 2006. CDC’s historical trend analysis indicates that HIV incidence has been increasing steadily among gay and bisexual men since the early 1990s. These more accurate figures are the result of new technology developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be used to distinguish recent from long-standing HIV infections. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/resources/factsheets/incidence.htm http://www.cdc.gov/NCHHSTP/newsroom/docs/FastFacts-MSM-FINAL508COMP.pdf

  • Although only a small percentage of American men report having sex with other men, at the end of 2006, men who had homosexual relations accounted for 64 percent of all men in the United States living with HIV. CDC. 2008. HIV prevalence estimates—United States, 2006. MMWR 57(39):1073–1076. HI Hall et al. 2008. Estimation of HIV incidence in the United States. JAMA 300(5):520–529.

  • In 2008, 63 percent of syphilis cases were among men who have sex with men. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reuters, “Sex infections still growing in U.S., says CDC”, Nov 16 2009

  • Approx. 60% of men infected with HIV contracted it thru the practices of sodomy (men lying with men as with women), 25% through illegal drug injections, 15% through heterosexual contact. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): HIV Prevention Strategic Plan Through 2005. January 2001. http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/aidsstat.htm

  • 54% of HIV infections among males, aged 13-29, were caused by homosexual contact in 2006. 34% of HIV infections were caused by heterosexual contact in the same demographic. 77% of HIV positive homosexual men between the ages of 15 and 29 do not know that they are infected. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/sexualbehaviors/pdf/hiv_factsheet_ymsm.pdf http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jun/09061813.html

  • Men who had homosexual relations (MSM) accounted for approximately 42% of all new AIDS diagnoses in 2003 in the U.S. and 57% of new AIDS diagnoses among men that same year. Twenty-Five Years of HIV/AIDS --- United States, 19812006 www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5521a1.htm http://www.knowhivaids.org/facts_stats.html See also http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparebar.jsp?ind=507&cat=11&sub=118&yr=1&typ=2&sort=820

  • In 2004, 4.9 million people were diagnosed as being HIV positive, the most ever reported in a year. That brings the number of worldwide HIV-infected individuals alive today to approximately 39 million. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/rxforsurvival/series/diseases/hiv_aids.html

  • HIV-positive men who have sex with men are up to 90 times more likely than the general population to develop anal cancer." Study by University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) CARE clinic who had anal cytology screenings (similar to a pap smear) between February 2002 and December 2004. The UCLA authors of the study are: Ross D. Cranston, Steven.D. Hart , Jeffrey A. Gornbein, Sharon L. Hirschowitz, Galen Cortina, and Ardis.A. Moe. This rate is understood by some as being due to E.Coli from stools entering into lesions and suppressing the immune system, which some contend sperm does as well. http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/mar/07032205.html

  • Homosexuals account for 60% of all syphilis cases, and 17% of all hospital admissions (other than for STDs) in the United States "Changes in Sexual Behavior and Incidence of Gonorrhea." Lancet, April 25, 1987.

  • Because semen contains virtually every germ carried in the blood stream, ingesting it is fairly equivalent to ingesting raw human blood. Corey, L. and Holmes, K. "Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis A in Homosexual Men." New England J. Med., 1980, pp. 435-38.

  • Sperm readily penetrates the anal wall (which is only one cell thick) and gains direct access to the blood stream. This causes massive immunological damage to the body's T- and B-cell defensive systems. Manlight, G. et. al. "Chronic Immune Stimulation By Sperm Alloantigens." J. American Med. Assn., 1984, 251(2), pp. 237-438.

  • A 1982 study showed 78% of homosexuals were affected by STDs. Rueda, E. "The Homosexual Network." Old Greenwich, Conn., The Devin Adair Company, 1982, p. 53.

  • Homosexual men accounted for 42 percent of new HIV cases in 2000 and 60 percent of all cases among all men. The Centers for Disease Control. Michael Foust. www.lifeway.com

  • Between 2003 to 2008 men who fornicated with men in France had an infection rate that was 200 times higher than in the heterosexual population. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Sept. 9, 2010

  • Among all new cases heterosexuals accounted for 33 percent, and injection drug users 25 percent. The Centers for Disease Control

  • The number of people infected with AIDS in the US is doubling approximately every 5 years. http://www.redribbon.com/what-is-hiv-aids.htm

  • Globally 15,000 people acquire AIDs every day, 40,000 each year in the US. www.thebody.com/amfar/pdfs/microbicides.pdf..

  • As of the end of 2001, an estimated 40 million people worldwide - 37.1 million adults (50% being women) and 3.0 million children younger than 15 years - were living with HIV/AIDS. More than 70 percent of these people (28.5 million) live in Sub-Saharan Africa; another 14 percent (5.6 million) live in South and Southeast Asia. UNAIDS. Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic, 2002: "The Barcelona Report" http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/artic/hiv_aids_statistics_niaid_fact_sheet_niaid.htm

  • Over 25 million people around the world have died of AIDS-related diseases. http://www.avert.org/aroundworld.htm

  • Since the disease was first recognized in the early 1980s, more than 487,000 gay and bisexual men in the United States have been diagnosed with AIDS, and more than 274,000 have died. CDC. 2009. HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, 2007 19:15. http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/topics/HIVAIDS/

  • It is estimated that about 500,000 (half a million) Americans have died because of AIDS, and nearly 1 million people in the United States are presently living with HIV/AIDS. Twenty-Five Years of HIV/AIDS --- United States, 1981--2006 www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5521a1.htm. http://www.knowhivaids.org/facts_stats.html; Kaiser Family Foundation (2004?)

  • Death rate extrapolations for USA for HIV/AIDS: 15,244 per year, 1,270 per month, 293 per week, 41 per day . http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/h/hiv_aids/deaths.htm

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 850,000 to 950,000 U.S. residents are living with HIV infection, one-quarter of whom are unaware of their infection Fleming, P.L. et al. HIV Prevalence in the United States; http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/artic/hiv_aids_statistics_niaid_fact_sheet_niaid.htm; http://www.msm.edu/EXPORT/HIV_fact.htm

  • AIDS is now the number 1 cause of death among adults 24-44 years old in Baltimore, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. http://www.redribbon.net/what-is-hiv-aids.htm http://www.msm.edu/EXPORT/HIV_fact.htm

  • Among Middle and Low-income countries AIDS was the number 5 and number 3 cause of death, respectively, in 2007: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310.pdf

  • AIDS/HIV was the 4th leading cause of death for Black men and 3rd for Black women, ages 25–44, in 2006, ranking higher than for their respective counterparts in any other racial/ethnic group. The number of Black Americans living with AIDS increased by 24% between 2003 and 2007, compared to an 18% increase among whites.

  • Blacks account for more new HIV infections, people estimated to be living with HIV disease, and HIV-related deaths than any other racial/ethnic group in the U.S. Although Black Americans represent only 12% of the U.S. Population, they account for 45% of new HIV infections (Figure 1) and 46% of people living with HIV disease in 2006. Blacks also account for almost half of new AIDS diagnoses (49%) in 2007. Kaiser Family Foundation, Fact Sheet: September 2009 http://www.kff.org/hivaids/upload/6089-07.pdf

  • In 2001, HIV/AIDS was among the top three causes of death for African American men aged 25-54 years and among the top 4 causes of death for African American women aged 20-54 years. CDC, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP)

  • AIDS is a leading cause of death among African-American men ages 25-44, and African American women ages 25-34 years (2003). CDC, NCHS, National Vital Statistics Report, November 7, 2003 http://www.cdc.gov/omh/Highlights/2005/HDec105.htm

  • Average life years lost from HIV/AIDS: 35.7 years; 37.9 for HIV in North Carolina. Years of Potential Life Lost in North Carolina, NCMJ March/April 2002, Volume 63, Number 2; http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/h/hiv_aids/deaths.htm

  • A Canadian revealed that homosexuals can expect a reduction in life expectancy of 8 to 20 years. R.S. Hogg, S.A. Streathdee, K.J. Craib, M.V. O'Shaughnessy, J.S. Montaner, and M.T. Schechter, "Modelling the impact of HIV disease on mortality in gay and bisexual men," International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 26, 657-661, 1997. http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS01B1 http://www.narth.com/docs/correctionletter3.html

  • The life expectancy for a gay male in the United States is estimated to be lower than the normal life expectancy for a man living in Vietnam, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Somalia. http://www.arthurhu.com/index/gay.htm#lifeexpect

  • it is not unusual for a member of the gay community to have "buried 10, 20, and as many as 50 friends with AIDS." (Ray Billar and Susan Rice, "Experiencing Multiple Loss of Persons with AIDS: Grief and Bereavement Issues," Health and Social Work, 15:4 (November 1990): 285.

  • Worldwide, approximately 1 in every 100 adults aged 15 to 49 is HIV-infected. In Sub-Saharan Africa, about 9 percent of all adults in this age group are HIV-infected. In 12 African countries, the prevalence of HIV infection among adults aged 15 to 49 exceeds 10 percent. UNAIDS. Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic, 2002: "The Barcelona Report." http://www.aegis.com/factshts/niaid/2000/niaid2000_fact_sheet_aidsstat.html

  • In 2001, approximately 6,000 young people aged 15 to 24 became infected with HIV every day - that is, about five every minute. UNAIDS. Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic, 2002: "The Barcelona Report." http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/artic/hiv_aids_statistics_niaid_fact_sheet_niaid.htm

  • Federal budget funding for AIDS treatment and care in America in 2009 totaled 24.8 billion. Medicare spending on HIV totaled $4.5 billion in 2008, with four in ten people who were living with HIV and who were receiving care being covered by Medicaid. Kaiser Family Foundation (2009, February) ''Medicaid and HIV/AIDS Fact sheet''. The numbers of people living with HIV grows by around 56,000 every year. Hall, H.I. et al (2008, 6th August) 'Estimation of HIV incidence in the United States' JAMA 300(5)</ref><ref>http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18677024

  • In 1998 the annual cost of treating advanced AIDS in a hospital was estimated to be $100,000 per year. Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council; http://www.phc4.org/reports/issue_briefs/docs/pharmcom.pdf

  • The lifetime cost of tr