The Sad State of Religion in the U.S. | iNewp.com
Now, according to this article, it seems that among non-christians (ie: muslims, jews, buddhists, atheists, etc), the general opinion of evangelicals ranks very low. So low in fact, that only prostitutes rank lower.
Don't get me wrong. That sounds pretty danged funny, and I'd like to be able to absorb it as a factoid to remember when I need a laugh. But here's the problem - where the hell is this guy getting his data? From a book, which can't possibly be the actual source. What are the odds that if I go buy that book and check out his reference, I'll get a similar blurb devoid of all context? What were the other categories? Were all options other than "evangelical christian" or "prostitute" comprised entirely of categories like "astronaut", "Batman" or "Neil Patrick Harris"? If so, that's gonna throw the curve a little. Who conducted this survey? What were the survey details? What was the exact question/questions, and how was it conducted? In order to know if this guy is on the level, I need to know these things.
As much as I really wanna rail on the guy, I know I shouldn't. It's a bit of an odd situation, really. Here's an article about something that I desperately want to be true because if so, I'd find it hysterical. But I know that it's situations like these - where I want something to be true - that I need to demand a higher standard of evidence to try to overcome my bias. So normally, I'd rip this guy apart for lousy, un-sourced writing. On the other hand, most articles of this nature wouldn't even give the lousy source this author did - I'd be lucky to get a casual mention of "a recent survey found".
So yeah, this is just a rant on the lousy state of journalism and how our standards for quality writing have been lowered to the point where we have diminished expectations. And it made me sad, and I needed to vent a little.
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Nevermind, just found the study that the book was referencing. At least, I think it is:
The Barna Group - Surprisingly Few Adults Outside of Christianity Have Positive Views of Christians
Interesting. I'll have to read over this tomorrow morning. I would have ranked "prostitutes" above politicians of any party - the prostitutes are honest about their whoring. They're also cheaper.