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Keillor Column Outrages Others

November 29, 2006

Whoa, it looks like I wasn’t the only one to take umbrage at Garrison Keillor’s last column at Salon. Dozens of others wrote in to express sentiments similar to mine.

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  1. I really don’t think Keillor cares if “dozens” of others wrote to him. The latest numbers (give or take a percent or two) I could find on US religious demogrphics are:

    Christian – 76.5%
    No Relgion/Secular 13.3%
    Agnostic/Atheist -.9%
    All Other Non-Christian – 3.7% (includes 1.2% Jewish)
    Refuse to Identify Religious Affiliation – 5.6%

    Get over it, the great majority of the people in this country most likely agree with him. It’s your blog and your right to disagree, but don’t make the “umbrage” sound bigger than it really is.

    I thought the Jewish population statistically was much larger based on all you hear about Chanukah, but I’m not complaining or taking umbrage about the disproportionate exposure. I agree with Keillor when he writes in his article:

    “Complaint is an American art form, and in our time it has been raised to an operatic level. To which one can only say: Get a life. When you go to France, you don’t expect a stack of buckwheat pancakes for breakfast or Le Monde to print box scores. You’re in France. Now you’re in America. It’s a Christian culture. Work with it. “


  2. The problem, Bill, is that he seems to think there are throngs of people who are simply offended by the pervasive existence of Christmas in American. And these people simply do not exist. If they do, I haven’t met any and I most certainly am not one of them.

    Perhaps he and others misinterpret my complaints about church and state separation as a “sensitivity” to living in a majority Christian nation – and he’s quite wrong about that.

    And I’m guessing we nonreligious number over 20 million and constitute well over 10% of America.

    Work with it.


  3. I hate guessing so I found some data: 29.4 million of us That’s over 14 percent of America.

    “the greatest increase in absolute as well as in percentage terms has been among those adults who do not subscribe to any religious identification; their number has more than doubled from 14.3 million in 1990 to 29.4 million in 2001; their proportion has grown from just eight percent of the total in 1990 to over fourteen percent in 2001”

    Still, it’s more than just us nonreligious folks who have a problem with church/state entanglements. Plenty of religious folks are bothered by it, too.

    My problem with Keillor – and others – is that simplistically paint us as being “against Christianity.” And they suggest we are trying to prevent people from publicly displaying their religious beliefs. Which is utter nonsense. And they should know better.



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