Alexis de Tocqueville observed in the 1820s that 'there is no more religious
country on Earth than the South of the United States.' It is amazing how many
churches small communities in the South can support. One after the other as you
drive the rural highways - some large, some tiny. A bit like Broken Hill and pubs,
I guess! Mainly Southern Baptist in those parts.
Listening to the radio as we drove along, we heard that the Southern Baptists had
their convention recently, and are considering a resolution directing their 16 million
members to take their kids out of public schools and home-school them instead.
The reason being that the public schools are allegedly godless and indeed hostile to
They have already adopted resolutions recommending this in the past; the difference
being that the new resolution would strengthen the wording so that it becomes your
Christian duty to remove your kids from public school.
The Catholic hierarchy is giving Kerry a hard time on account of his past votes in
favor of abortion rights in Congress. The new line from Rome is that a politician who
calls himself a Catholic is bound to vote in accordance with the Church's teachings.
If he does not, then he is to be punished. Some bishops have said they will refuse Kerry
Communion if he visits their diocese during the campaign.