JABbering Stooge

Monday, January 02, 2006

Gimme some of that Auld Lang Syne

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I know I've been remiss in posting - especially since I promised a reaction to recent events (forthcoming in a future post about the state of democracy in America).

In the meantime I just wanted to wish everyone (even the NSA spies) a happy new year, or in Japanese, 明けまして おめでとう ございます(Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu)!

One of my biggest hopes for the new year is that the Democrats win back the House and/or the Senate so that we can finally start putting some checks on this criminal administration and cleaning out the crooks in congress (starting with Tom DeLay).

Furthermore, I would like to start seeing liberal Christians like those in the Christian Alliance for Progress taking back their religion from the whackos in the Taliban Wing of the Republican Party. From what I can tell, they're already off to a good start.

And while we're on the subject of religion, I recently took the "Belief-o-Matic" quiz linked to by our firends at the Clue Factory. Here are my results:
  1. Unitarian Universalism - 100%
  2. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants - 92%
  3. Liberal Quakers - 91%
  4. Secular Humanism - 89%
  5. Neo-Pagan - 79%
  6. New Age - 69% (W00t!)
  7. Theravada Buddhism - 68%
  8. Reform Judaism - 65%
  9. Nontheist - 62%
  10. Baha'i Faith - 62%
  11. Taoism - 56%
  12. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) - 56%
  13. New Thought - 55%
  14. Mahayana Buddhism - 50%
  15. Scientology - 48% (Apparently, I don't know the history of psychology like Tom Cruise does)
  16. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) - 43% (Orson Scott Card's religion - more on that later)
  17. Orthodox Quaker - 40%
  18. Sikhism - 38%
  19. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant - 36%
  20. Orthodox Judaism - 30%
  21. Jainism - 28%
  22. Islam - 23%
  23. Jehovah's Witness - 22%
  24. Seventh Day Adventist - 18%
  25. Hinduism - 16%
  26. Eastern Orthodox - 15%
  27. Roman Catholic - 15%


Okay...I'll accept that on the face of it. However, I do have one complaint. The quiz does not seem to distinguish among branches of Islam the way it does Christian, Jewish or even Buddhist sects. If Iraq's demographics are any indication, Islam is hardly as monolithic as its detractors make it out to be.

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