We covered the weekend Buzz Question at kmjnow.com, and I’ve come to the conclusion that if we stop buying gas, they’ll stop hiking prices. Also, a tough story to do justice, what with the point of the story being an un-airable name: “Fashion brand 'FUCT' seeks trademark help from Supreme Court”
A good-news palate cleanser from the South Valley, “Hanford police help man fake arrest, pop the question”
And the main thrust of the show “As many Americans claim no religion as there are evangelicals, Catholics”
A little more upbeat stuff to close out the program, too…
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I’m not sure I totally believe the “Americans becoming increasingly non-religious” interpretation of the survey. I think ORGANIZED RELIGION is taking a hit, and I think the Vatican and the Protestant Mega-Church trend bear the majority of the responsibility. In my lifetime I’ve never been more sure people are looking for a connection to God (however you specifically define the idea). But change is scary, and blaming communism is easier than examining a lifetime of belief.
I don’t think the species requires a total theological makeover, but a little more flexibility in certain circles would probably restore the church’s popularity.
I guess the questions is really whether we use church to justify what we want to be true or if we use it as a path to knowing God better.
Discussing this story as an agnostic on a conservative-leaning station worried me. People can be terribly defensive, but everyone who called kept it respectful (although one guy was clearly unhappy with one local congregation’s use of resources) and I think the KMJ audience represented all sides with class. Certainly I was outnumbered!