Present Costs of the War against God
Those who do "war against the Almighty" will realize an eternal cost that is far, far, worse - and eternal! "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God" (Ps. 9:17).
STATISTICS WHICH HELP REVEAL THE SPIRITUAL, MORAL, PHYSICAL, AND ECONOMIC CONDITION OF AMERICA
The LORD does not need statistics, but as “the eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Prv. 15:3), and shall judge men and nations (Mt, 25:31-46), so all of our works are recorded, from the first to the last (2Chr.26:11; 2Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11-15).
Please read first:
This is the text compilation of statistics (stats), which began around 1999 as an informal collection of statistics for my household, by an unexperienced researcher (me!). So this is not a professional or wholly authoritative compilation, nor is it entirely up to date. The primary version should be found at http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/RevealingStatistics.html.
This work covers statistics primarily from 1995 to 2005, though in some studies it goes back further. In the beginning of this collection, i did not always note the source. Here, i have mostly eliminated stats for which i cannot give the source, and have tried to list the original source of statistics. After the statistics, i have carefully listed my sources first, either directly or through a numbered bibliography which is at the end of each section. In addition there is a master list of sources at the end of the entire statistical section of this page. For consecutive multiple stats from the same source, i usually give the source directly, then place an up arrow (^), meaning the source (or subsource) is the same as that which is directly above it, along with the number denoting the source. In the case of Barna research (which, along with the US Government, is the largest source for these stats), their main source information is given before the statistics in the 1st section, with the actual web pages listed afterwards according to the aforementioned manner.
All statistics, unless otherwise noted, are for the United States and should allow for a small degree of error (i think pollsters usually allow for up to 5% error margin). You might want to do your own research, such as online through Google, for more information. Also, words in brackets [ ] represent supplementary information that is not from the original site.
All statistics here, outside those from the Government, are copyrighted, and (without permission) can only be used in "Fair Use" applications. That is, the best i understand it (feel free to correct me), for educational or commentary works, or critical reviews, and wherein only a small percentage of the entire work is quoted (unless permission is granted otherwise). I believe statistics themselves are not necessarily copyrighted, but their compilation is. This work is not to be used for commercial enterprise, and any republishing of any statistics should be credited to their most original source, if found. Permission needs to be granted from such sources when using many of their quotes (such as Barna.org).
This collection of statistics is done and commented on from a Christian perspective, helping to reveal the spiritual condition of America, and the cost of spurning the right ways of the Lord to follow our own lusts. Overall, it indicates how the “mighty are fallen,” and warns of where America is surely heading, with the intent that we search and try our ways and turn again to the Lord (Lam. 3:40).
I appreciate being able to find as well as provide these statistics, and thank many who offer them, but i need to say that links to other sites in no way implies that I necessarily recommend all of the content, or conclusions of that source. All advice or moral positions are to be examined in the light of the Word of God, the Bible (1 Thessalonians 5:21), by faith in which we find true liberty, with it's necessary and beneficial limits. Praise the Lord.
GENERAL CHURCH STATISTICS
MOST statistics in this next section are copyrighted from BARNA RESEARCH ARE FROM THE BARNA GROUP, LTD.1957 EASTMAN AVE. SUITE B VENTURA, CALIFORNIA 93003 UNITED STATES VOICE: (805) 639-0000 FAX: (805) 658-7298 They are recognized by an URL beginning with http://www.barna.org. You need to get their permission to publish them.
For clarification within Barna surveys, the term “Christian” is applied to those whom Barna (in italics) says
consider themselves to be Christian but either do not have a 'personal commitment to Jesus Christ' or do not believe that they will experience eternal favor with God based solely on His grace and mercy.
“Born again” Christians are those who say they “have made a personal commitment to Christ that is important in their life today and also say that when they die they know they will go to Heaven solely because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.”
'Evangelicals' are a subset of born again Christians in Barna surveys. In addition to meeting the born again criteria, evangelicals also meet seven other conditions. Those include saying the Bible is totally accurate in all that it teaches; their faith is very important in their life today; believing they have a personal responsibility to share their religious beliefs about Christ with non-Christians; believing that Satan exists; believing that eternal salvation is possible only through grace, not works; believing that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and describing God as the all-knowing, all-powerful, perfect deity who created the universe and still rules it today. Being classified as an evangelical has no relationship to church attendance or the denominational affiliation of the church they attend. Respondents were not asked to describe themselves as “evangelical.” www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=119
U.S. TEENS SPIRITUAL STATISTICS
For application and commentary see end of study, as well as here
34%of U.S. teens are defined as “born again” (1999).1http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=Topic&TopicID=37 See also http://www.josh.org/notes/file/Internet13-Religion.pdf
Only 4% of U.S. teens are defined as real “evangelicals” (1999). ^1
82% say they are Christian (1999). ^1
26% said they are “absolutely committed to the Christian faith. ^1
83% of teens believe that moral truth depends on the circumstances. ^1
Only 4% of teens in general and 9% of born again teens actually believe in moral absolutes (2001). ^1
(65%) say that the devil, or Satan, is not a living being but is a symbol of evil. (2000). ^1 (He sure has them fooled! Rev. 20:10).
30% of teens believe that all religions are really praying to the same God. ^1[There are “god's many”, but only One True God and Lord. (Acts 14:15; (1 Cor. 8:5; Titus 2:13).]
61% agree Heaven is gained by personal merit. (2000). ^1 [A false gospel. Only on Christ's merit and expense, can we be saved, not on ours or a churches: Eph. 1:8-10]
53% ( blasphemously) say that Jesus committed sins while He was on earth.^1
Just 22% of those ages 25 to 29 attended church in the last week.^1
Only 9% of “born again” teens believe there moral absolutes." ^1
Only 57% of teens live in the same home with both of their natural parents. (1999).^1
65% of teenagers believe music piracy is not a moral issue. (2004) ^1
80% of teenagers have engaged in some type of music piracy in the past six months ^1
39% do not believe that the Bible is the Word of God. ^1
63% do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God ^1
51% deny Jesus resurrection ^1
Over 60% do not believe Christianity can be proven to be true ^1
68% believe that all religions teach EQUALLY valid truths. ^1
Only 4% believe that the Bible is true in every circumstance.^1
Less than 50% of teen "Christians" assent that salvation is by grace alone though faith in Christ alone. . ©The Gallup Organization www.gallup.com/poll/tb/religValue/20030819.asp?Version=p)
There is a 58% decline in church attendance between the ages 18 to age 29 .www.barna.org/cgi-bin/PagePressRelease.asp?PressReleaseID=149&Reference=B)
Less than 5% of the nation's churches have youth groups that attract 100 or more teenagers. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=103
Teens who are not raised in a family which holds to absolute Biblical truths are 600% more likely to attempt suicide. Barna Research https://give.ccci.org/give?Action=ViewDetail&Desig=2737811&SeqNo=33&pp=Browse+Fund+Appeals
300% of the above are more likely to experiment with drugs. ^
75% of America’s youth (73%) have engaged in at least one type of psychic or witchcraft-related activity, beyond mere horoscope usage or media exposure (such as Harry Potter movies i assume). 3 http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdateNarrow&BarnaUpdateID=216
More than 75% of teens have played a game featuring sorcery or witchcraft elements, 30% of teens have had their palm read, 27% had their fortune told, 14% were physically present when someone else used psychic powers, 10% participated in a séance, 9% visited a medium or spiritual guide, with the same figuring going for consulting a psychic, and 1 out of 12 had tried to cast a spell or mix a magic potion.^3
Only 26% of evangelical teens had experimented had engaged in witchcraft or psychic activities, nearly three times less than the norm. 69% of non-evangelical born again teens and 66% of youth group attenders reported having experimented with or engaged in witchcraft or psychic activities. Denominationally, the figures were Baptists 60%, non-mainline Protestants 62%, Catholics 77%, and mainline Protestants 81%.^3 (see Rev. 18:2).
The most common types of witchcraft behaviors were using a Ouija board and reading a book about witchcraft or Wicca, each of which had been done by more than one-third of teenagers. More than one-quarter of teens have played a game featuring sorcery or witchcraft elements. One-tenth of teens had participated in a séance and 1 out of 12 had tried to cast a spell or mix a magic potion.^3
More than two million teens say they have communicated with a dead person (10%). Nearly two million youth claim they have psychic powers.^3
Only one-quarter of churched teenagers (28%) recall receiving any teaching at their church in the last year that helped to shape their views on the supernatural world!^3
Conclusion: this generation largely has been, and is being, brought up in a way they should not go. A much smaller percentage of teens in born again churches are saved and going to Heaven than is often presumed.
1 http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=Topic&TopicID=37 See also http://www.josh.org/notes/file/Internet13-Religion.pdf
MISCL. NATIONAL SPIRITUAL STATS.
85% of Americans identify themselves as Christians. (2002). 2 http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=Topic&TopicID=2
Only 7% of US adults classify as evangelicals (2004) [see defintion under first section]^2
38% of US adults classify as born again, but not evangelical. (2004).^2
Atheists and agnostics comprise 12% of adults nationwide. (2004)^2
11% of the US population identify with a faith other than Christianity (2004)^2
91% of all households own at least one Bible. 3Barna Research: 1998 Barna Research: 1998 http://webminister.com/growth01/plan0031.htm
38% read the Bible during a typical week, not including when they are at church. Barna Research: 1998 http://webminister.com/growth01/plan0031.htm
The King James Version is more likely to be the Bible read during the week than is the NIV by a 5:1 ratioBarna Research: 1998 http://webminister.com/growth01/plan0031.htm
48% of all shoppers who set out to buy a Bible leave the bookstore without buying one. Often because they are overwhelmed by hundreds of study, devotional and specialty Bibles. Zondervan Publishing study, USA Today, February 21, 2000 http://youthtools.ibelieve.com/content.asp?SID=12&CID=247
59% of Americans "say they read the Bible at least on occasion [down from 73% in the 1980's]. The most likely readers are women, nonwhites, older people, Republicans, and political conservatives." 16% say they read the Bible every day, 41% of Americans say they rarely or never read the Bible. Gallup Poll 2000 Copyright © 2004 -- The Gallup Organization http://www.gallup.com/content/login.aspx?ci=2416
80% of Americans polled said the Bible was the most influential book in history. Barna Research 1998. Printed in USA Today, May 27, 1998
48% think that the United States has had special protection from God for most of its history. http://people-press.org/reports/print.php3?PageID=386
44% of Americans says they go to church at least once a week. . http://www.religioustolerance.org/rel_rate.htm
Nearly 60% of Americans say they hold their current religious beliefs because of their parents. U.S. News & World Report, April 4, 1994, pp. 48-59
Church attendance in Canada has fallen from 58% in 1955 to 26% in 2003 © 2004 The Gallup Organization www.gallup.com/poll/tb/religvalue/20030812.asp?Version=p
59% of Americans polled said religion is very important in their lives (75% in 1952). By categories: 52%of men, 66% of women , Whites 66 %, Blacks 82 %. Hispanics 66% 68% percent of self-identified conservatives, 56% of moderates, and 49 percent of liberals said religion was very important to them. Gallup survey 1999.Copyright ©2004 The Gallup Organization http://www.mfc.org/contents/article.asp?id=139 See also Steve Crabtree, “Black Churches: Has Their Role Changed?” Gallup Tuesday Briefing; Religion & Values, May 14, 2002, Copyright © 2004 -- The Gallup Organization http://www.gallup.com/poll/content/login.aspx?ci=5998
87% of Americans polled said that "their religious faith is very important in their life today." 4 http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=160
Only 50% of Christians say they are absolutely “absolutely committed” to the Christian faith.^4
77% of Americans are associated with the Christian faith.12% claim to be atheist or agnostic, with the remaining 11% being aligned with some other faith group.^4
Though upwards to 38% of Americans are classified as "born again," a more precise analysis shows only 7% of the adult U.S. population being "evangelical" (John 3:3:-7: see descriptions above in first section). This is down from 12% in 1992. The two must be synonymous to be Biblical.^4
99% of those in the camp of evangelicals said they were happy, with 91%saying they were satisfied with their present life Only 8% said they were "lonely," "in serious debt" (9%) or "stressed out" (16%).5 http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=119
94% of the above described themselves as "absolutely committed to Christianity. 96% of evangelicals say they possess "traditional or family-oriented values," and 64% say they are "mostly conservative on political and social issues."Only 8% said they were lonely, "in serious debt" (9%), or "stressed out" (16%). ^5
57% of those who are affiliate themselves with a non-Christian group say they are "deeply spiritual." 87% of such non-Christian religious [in America] claim to be happy with their life . 56% said they were concerned about the future and 68% about the moral condition of the U.S.^5
42% of atheists and agnostics (who make up slightly less than 8% of the American adult population) claimed to be stressed out , 14% said they were lonely, and 68% concerned about the future. 4% describe themselves as being conservative, 2% as being politically liberal, and 71% as having traditional or family-oriented values. 60% were concerned about America's moral state.^5
92% of Americans says they believe in God; 85% in Heaven and 82% in miracles.^5
87% of Americans say the universe was originally created by God. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=Topic&TopicID=2 (2000)
Evangelism: 23% of church – going born again persons said they shared their faith in Jesus Christ with a non-Christian during the past year. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=147
70% Americans perceive God to be "the all-powerful, all-knowing, perfect creator of the universe who still rules the world today." This view received near universal adoption among Assemblies of God attenders (96%). http://www.vny.com/cf/News/upidetail.cfm?QID=198421
80% say the Bible specifically says that God helps those who help themselves [it doesn't] Barna Research 1998. Printed in USA Today, May 27, 1998 http://webminister.com/growth01/plan0031.htm
27% say they believe that the Bible represents the actual word of God in all instances. In 1963 the comparable figure was 65%. Gallup Organization conducted for the American Bible Society in October 2000. Copyright © 2004 -- The Gallup Organization
60% say they believe the Bible to be accurate in all that it teaches. 4http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=160
60% of adults contend that Satan does not exist but is merely a “symbol of evil.”^4
44% of Americans blasphemously believe that Jesus Christ committed sins during His time on earth.^4
40% of Americans [sadly] do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.^4
55% of all adults say that a good person can earn a place in Heaven.^4
60% of adults belive that Satan is not a living being but is only a “symbol of evil.”^4
69% [2003?] of those who attend church ‘nearly weekly’ say premarital sex is morally acceptable (Gallup Poll) Copyright © 2004 -- The Gallup Organization. www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/2003-07-23-zelizer_x.htm
45% of “born again” Americans says gambling is a “morally acceptable behavior.” http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=152
More than 30% of so-called "born again" adults say that "co-habitation, gay sex, sexual fantasies, breaking the speed limit or watching sexually-explicit movies are morally acceptable behaviors.” Barna Research 2001. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=103
33% of so-called "born again" adults support the legalization of same-gender sexual relations. Barna Research 2001. ^
80% of adults classified as “born again” have been married. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=170
34% of born again adults have been divorced after their conversion. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=170
More than 55% say Heaven can be earned by good works. Barna Research 1998. Printed in USA Today, May 27, 1998, http://webminister.com/growth01/plan0031.htm
47% percent of the respondents replied that they believed in a special, recent creation of man by God. Gallup Poll November 28, 1991 reported in http://www.icr.org/pubs/btg-b/btg-038b.htm Copyright © 2004 -- The Gallup Organization
39% say all religions teach equally valid truths. Barna Research
27% of Christians and 23% of non-Christians have been divorced. Statistics Concerning the State of America. http://freedomministries.com/outlinestats.htm
79% of Americans agreed with the statement “every person has a soul that will live forever, either in God’s presence or absence.” 6 http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=150
24% admitted that they have ”no idea” what will happen after they die. ^ (Those who felt their eternal future is undefined were most likely to be Hispanics, singles, men, atheists and agnostics, residents of the West, and 18- and 19-year-olds). ^6
Only one-half of 1% expect to go to Hell upon their death.^6
Of those who expect to go to Heaven, 43% believe they will go to Heaven because they have “confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. ” 15% felt they will get to Heaven because “they have tried to obey the 10 Commandments” while 15% hope to go because “they are basically a good person”. 6% believed their entrance to Heaven would be based upon the fact that “God loves all people and will not let them perish.”^6
34% (and increasing) believe that it is possible to communicate with the dead^6
48% of adult Americans believe God is a Spirit or power that can take on a human form, 27% believe He cannot. (USA Today, October 24, 2003, pg. A1)
44% of Americans say that Islam is more likely to encourage violence than other religions, up from 25% in the March 2002 poll.” The Pew Research Center and The Pew Forum, July 24, 2003, www.people-press.org).
Yet favorable views of Muslim-Americans have risen from 45% in March 1991 to 59% in December 1991. Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
The the number of Islamic mosques in America has increased 25% since 1994. Council on American-Islamic Relations
By 2010, Islam is expected to be the second-largest faith in the U.S., after Christianity. http://www.iiie.net/Opinions/IslamInUSFactSheet.html
By 2050, Muslims is expected to be the outnumber Protestants in the U.S (includes “Nation of Islam” Muslims). Secrets of Islam: US News and World Report
Adherents to Buddhism has increase 170% from 1990 to 2001. (Science and Spirit, September/October 2002. Discipleship Journal, March/April 2003, pg. 14).
More than 60% of adult Americans claim to belong to a church or synagogue. The same number believe religion "can answer all or most of today' questions, although well under half of Americans attend church regularly." Copyright © 2004 -- The Gallup Organization http://www.gallup.com/content/login.aspx?ci=1804
The number of Americans who do not attend church has increased 92% since 1991 http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=163
67% of adult Americans "used at least one of three forms of religious media - radio, television or books." "Overall more than half of the nation's adults said they had tuned in to a Christian radio program of some type during the past month." In addition, 43% of adults polled "said they had watched some Christian programming on television during the past month." (Barna Research Group of Ventura, California. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=116)
4http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=160 5http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=119 6http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=150
DIFFERENCES AMONG DENOMINATIONS
Of all specific religious denominations world wide, the largest evangelical Christian denomination is the Assemblies of God (#7 overall), followed by the Southern Baptists (#12). http://www.adherents.com/adh_rb.html#Evangelische
The largest religious denomination bearing the name Christian is the Roman Catholic system, followed by the Eastern Orthodox Church (#3), the Anglican Communion (#5), the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (#6), the Watchtower Society (so-called Jehovah's Witnesses) at #11. http://www.adherents.com/adh_rb.html#Evangelische
Among churches polled, the highest percentages of born again believers were found in the Assemblies of God (81%), then other Pentecostal/Foursquare churches (80%), non-denominational Protestant churches (76%), and Baptist churches (67%). 7 http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=92
Catholics**, at 25%, represented the the lowest number of born again believers among the 12 largest denominational groupings in America. ^7
Only 1% of Catholics fit the definition (see first section) of evangelical. ^7
Protestants remain the largest religious segment of America, claiming 56% of the adult population. Catholics represent about 22%, atheists and agnostics are about 7%, and Mormons are just under 2%. 8Barna Research 2001 8 http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=93 See also http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=Topic&TopicID=15
Weekly Church attendance (12 denominations polled): Outside of Mormon Temple worshipers at 62%, Church of Christ churches were the highest with 37% reporting they attended every Sonday (Pentecostal/Foursquare and Assemblies of God (AG) churches were close behind at 37% and 35% respectively. The lowest figure for weekly Sunday attendance was that of 6%for Catholics, and 11% for the Episcopal church (Watchtower disciples were not polled in any of these surveys).^8
Bible Reading: the highest was 75%, by those going to a Pentecostal/Foursquare church who reported they had read the Bible during the past week (besides at church), while the lowest was among Catholic at 23%.^8
Volunteer church work (during past 7 days): Mormon Temple adherents reported the highest at 40%, then Assemblies of God at 30%, with the lowest going to Catholics at 12%.^8
Donating Money (during the last month): Church of Christ churches were the highest at 29%, with Catholics being the lowest at 12%.^8
By denomination, 61% of the those associated with an Assemblies of God church said they had shared their faith at least once during the past year, followed by 61% of those who attend a Pentecostal/Foursquare church, and ending 14% among Episcopalians and just 10% among Roman Catholics.^8
Evangelism , 23% of church – going born again persons said they shared their faith in Jesus Christ with a non-Christian during the past year. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=147
The highest percentage of those who strongly agree they have a personal responsibility to share their faith was found among believers in Pentecostal/Foursquare churches (73%) [Independent Fundamental Baptists, who usually are the most committed in this, were grouped with other baptists]. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=147
Only 8% of Senior Pastors say they have the gift of evangelism, just 12% the spiritual gift of leadership; but 66% say they have the gift of teaching or preaching. Barna Research 2001.http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=103
Only 8% of born again adults give a 10th of their income to their church. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=52 http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=147
81% of Pentecostal/Foursquare believers strongly agrees that the Bible is totally accurate in all that it teaches , followed 77% by Assemblies of God believers, and ending with 26% of Catholics and 22% of Episcopalians. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=92
73% (highest) of Pentecostal/Foursquare believers strongly affirm that Christ was sinless on earth, with Catholics, Lutherans and Methodists being tied at 33%, and the lowest being among Episcopalians with justn 28% 7http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=92
64% of those in Assemblies of God churches strongly disagree that if a person is generally good, or does enough good things for others they will earn a place in Heaven. Only 9% (the lowest percentage) of Catholics agree.^ (See Romans 3-5, Eph. 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5, etc.). ^7
56% of Assemblies of God of strongly disagree that Satan is just a symbol of evil [rather than a real being]; only 17% Catholics concur. ^7
88% of Catholics believe that they can practice artificial means of birth control and still be considered good Catholics. New York Times/CBS News poll, Apr. 21-23, 1994, subsample of 446 Catholics, MOE ± 5%.
70 % of all Catholics in the age group 18 to 44 believe the Eucharist is a "symbolic reminder" of Jesus (it is, of His death), indicating they do not believe it is Jesus actual body and blood (as Rome erroneously teaches). New York Times/CBS News poll, Apr. 21-23, 1994, subsample of 446 Catholics, MOE ± 5%
Only 30% of Catholics said believe they are really and truly receiving the body, blood, soul and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ under the appearance of bread and wine. 1992 Gallup poll
Age 65 and over, 51% of Catholics said they believe in the Real Presence. New York Times and CBS poll of Catholics tp://www.catholicapologetics.com/ba3.htm
66% of Catholics support women's ordination to the priesthood, and 73% approve of the way John Paul II leads the church. Surveying the Religious Landscape: Trends in U.S. Beliefs by George Gallup, Jr. and D. Michael Lindsay (Morehouse Publishing, 1999). Copyright © 2004 -- The Gallup Organization www.gallup.com
80% of Catholics believe it is possible to disagree with the pope on official positions on morality and still be a good Catholic. Time/CNN nationwide poll of 1,000 adults, conducted by Yankelovich Partners, Sept. 27-28, 1995; subsample of 500 Catholics, MOE ± 4.5%
77 % of Catholics polled "believe a person can be a good Catholic without going to Mass every Sunday, 65 percent believe good Catholics can divorce and remarry, and 53 percent believe Catholics can have abortions and remain in good standing. 1999 poll by the National Catholic Reporter. http://www.catholictradition.org/v2-bombs14b.htm
31% of Faithful Catholics (those who attend church weekly) say abortion should be legal either in "many" or in "all" cases. Copyright © 2004 -- The Gallup Organization Gallup Survey for Catholics Speak Out: 802 Catholics, May 1992, MOE ± 4%
Catholic women have an abortion rate 29 percent higher than Protestants. Alan Guttmacher Institute http://www.catholicleague.org/research/catholic_women_and_abortion.htm
59% of all Catholic women of childbearing age practice contraception—a rate of usage statistically equivalent to that of the general population: 60% 1Calvin Goldscheider and William D. Mosher, "Patterns of Contraceptive Use in the United States:
10 percent of Protestants, 21 percent of Roman Catholics, and 52 percent of Jews do NOT believe in God. Harris Interactive Poll, Copyright © 2003 CompuServe Interactive Services, Inc. All rights reserved. http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/JewsDontBelieve.htm
16 percent of Jews said they go to synagogue once a month or more. Harris Interactive Poll, Copyright © 2003 CompuServe Interactive Services, Inc. All rights reserved. http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/JewsDontBelieve.htm
8Barna Research 2001 http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=93
See also http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=Topic&TopicID=15
HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE
Marriage and Divorce
The overwhelming majority of married men (94 percent)say that they are happier being married than being single. 9 THE STATE of OUR UNIONS 2004 marriage.rutgers.edu/Publications/SOOU/TEXTSOOU2004.htm
73% percent say that their sex life is better since getting married, and 68% say that marriage has helped them become more financially stable.^9
In times past and up to the present, almost all persons who were married did so by age 45. In every generation for which records exist, going back to the mid-1800s, more than 90% of women have married eventually By 1960, 94 percent of women then alive had been married at least once by age 45.^9
BETWEEN 1960 AND 2002, the number of unmarried couples [otherwise known as fornicators, living in sin] in America (couples who are sexual partners, not married to each other, and sharing a household, increased by over 1100 percent.^9
Since 1960, there has been an 850 percent increase in the number of cohabiting couples who live with children.^9
Only 51% of people between the ages 18-34 agree with the statement “those who want children should get married.” (2002).^9
While in 1960 only nine percent of all children lived in single-parent families, a figure that had changed little over the course of the 20th century, by 2003 the percentage had jumped to 27 percent.^9
70% percent of the children in unmarried-couple households are the children of only one partner.8 8 Larry Bumpass, J. A. Sweet and A. Cherlin, “The Role of Cohabitation in Declining Rates of Marriage,” Demography 53 (1991):913-27.^9
64% of boys and 55% of girls "Agreed" or "Mostly Agreed" With the Statement That "It Is Usually a Good Idea for a Couple to Live Together Before Getting Married in Order to Find Out Whether They Really Get Along."^9
Since 1960, the percentage of babies born to unwed mothers has increased more than sixfold.^9
An estimated 40% of all children today are expected to spend some time in a cohabiting household during their growing up years. Larry Bumpass and Hsien-Hen Lu, “Trends in Cohabitation and Implications for Children’s Family Contexts in the U.S.,” Population Studies 54 (2000) 29-41
Between 1960 and 1990, there was a 41% decline in marriage. Larry L. Bumpass, "What's Happening to the Family? Interactions Between Demographic and Institutional Change," presidential address to the Population Association of America, Demography, Vol. 27, No. 4 (November 1990), pp. 483-498, and Janice S. Crouse, "Strengthening American Families: What Works and What Doesn't Work," World Congress of Families II, Geneva, November 1999, Figure 9; http://www.josh.org/notes/file/Internet8-Divorce.pdf.
About 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. 10 T.D. Eddins; http://www.geocities.com/tdeddins/CHAPTER01.htm
85% of one-parent families in 1999 were mother-child families.^10
Nearly 60 percent of all children born in 1986 may be expected to spend almost a year, or longer, in a one-parent family before reaching age 18.^10
Until the early 1980s, most of employed women(outside the home) were those with no children under age 18. Today, married women whose youngest child is between 6 and 17 years of age constitute the largest sector of female employment. 64% are also employed whose youngest child is under age 6.^10
Estimates are that approx. 66% of the people who divorce will eventually remarry.^10
The divorce of parents also reduces the likelihood that a child will attain a college education. The college attendance rate is about 60 percent lower among children of divorced parents compared with children of intact families. Janet B. Hardy et al., "Self-Sufficiency at Ages 27-33 Years: Factors Present Between Birth and 18 Years that Predict Educational Attainment Among Children Born to Inner-City Families," Pediatrics, Vol. 99 (1997), pp. 80-87. http://www.hispeace.org/html/artic27.htm
Almost 50 percent of households with children undergoing divorce move into poverty following the divorce. Julia Heath, "Determinants of Spells of Poverty Following Divorce," Review of Social Economy, Vol. 49 (1992), pp. 305-315. http://www.hispeace.org/html/artic27.htm
In 2002, 72.9 million children under age 18 lived in the United States and represented 25 percent of the population, down from a peak of 36 percent at the end of the baby boom in 1964. Children are projected to be 24 percent of the population in 2020. http://www.childstats.gov/ac2004/pdf/pop.pdf.
In 1998, 26% lof America's children, lived in single - parent, “maintained by mother” households; 6% in “maintained by father” households.” U.S. Census Bureau; US Statistical Abstract, Table 76,
In 1998, only 68% of American children live with “two parent family groups” (down from 77% in 1980). U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, (estimated) http://www.prcdc.org/summaries/children/children.html
Only 57% of teens live in the same home with both of their natural parents. (1999) http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=Topic&TopicID=37
Between 1960 and 1990, the percentage of children living apart from their biological fathers more than doubled, from 17 percent to 36 percent. http://mensightmagazine.com/Articles/Popenoe/nofathers.htm
Children who are raised without their fathers account for 63 percent of youth suicides, 71 percent of pregnant teenagers, 90 percent of homeless and runaway children, 85 percent of behavioral disorders exhibited by children, and 71 percent of high school dropouts, in the United States. House Concurrent Resolution 147; [2001?] https://fatherhood.safeserver.com/legislative.htm
A child born to a single mother is twice as likely to drop out of high school, twice as likely to have a child before age twenty, and one and a half times as likely to be out of school and out of work in his/her late teens and early twenties. U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, (estimated) Executive Summary:Status of Children in America http://www.prcdc.org/summaries/children/children.html
The general health problems of children from broken homes increase by 20 to 30%, even when adjusting for demographic factors (economic status, etc.). Studies cited in "Twice as strong," The Christian American, March/April 1996, p. 28 http://www.leaderu.com/marco/marriage/gaymarriage5.html#ref221
70% of children in state reform institutions grew up in single-parent or no-parent homes. "Be glad for the undoing of no-faults," Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, February 15, 1996, p. B-5. http://www.leaderu.com/marco/marriage/gaymarriage5.html#ref224
9THE STATE of OUR UNIONS 2004 marriage.rutgers.edu/Publications/SOOU/TEXTSOOU2004.htm
10.T.D. Eddins; http://www.geocities.com/tdeddins/CHAPTER01.htm
ADULTERY, FORNICATION, SODOMY
(extra martital, pre martial, and homo - sexual relations)
In this section and subsections, in addition to giving Biblical names to some sinful practices, i left out of the stats related to schools, and only reluctantly provide many others, as they (sadly) read more like an advertisement for brothels rather than places of education.
"I am much afraid that schools will prove to the great gates of Hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.
See the the commentary relating to the Bible, Education and the present Conditions here
60% of all adults consider living with someone of the opposite gender without being married (sometimes called co-habitation, but which morally is "living in sin"), a morally acceptable behavior.” 11 http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=Topic&TopicID=2
30% of all adults consider having a sexual relationship with someone of the same gender a morally acceptable behavior.” (2004). ^11
38% of adults consider it morally acceptable to look at pictures of nudity or explicit sexual behavior ^11
45% of adults consider having a abortion morally acceptable ^11
36% think it is OK to use profanity. ^11
34% say people are born gay (they are not, and it is irrelevant even if they were, as far as validating behavior goes. For being born with a sinful nature, which we alll have, does not justify yielding to sin). ^11
From 1970 to 1996 the number of "never married" persons increased from 21 million to 46 million in 1996. ^11
Those who live in sin before marriage have a 50% higher divorce rate than those who do not. In addition, 40% of cohabitors break up before marrying.^11
Since 1960 there has been an almost 800% increase to 4.3 million in the number of unmmarried couples people cohabiting. Angela Bayer of the Population Resource Center in May 2001; http://www.childstats.gov/ac2000/pop1.htm
The number of unmarried couples living together grew 72 percent between 1990 and 2000, reflecting a significant change in lifestyle. US Census Bureau.Wetzstein, Cheryl, “Unmarried-couple households increase,” The Washington Times, March 13, 2003), www.washtimes.com/national/20030313-37131544.htm). http://www.josh.org/notes/file/Internet9-Cohabiting.pdf
Approx. 40% of "single parent households" consist of two persons sexually cohabiting [living in sin]. The State of our Unions. http://moralissues.hp.infoseek.co.jp/mi/SOOU2004.pdf.
About 25% (est.) of unmarried women between 25-39 are living in sin, with about 50% having previously done so. U. S. Bureau of the Census. 1998. Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March, 1997
Over 50% of all first marriages are begin with living in sin. [compared with approx. 10% overall in 1965.] Larry Bumpass and Hsien-Hen Lu. 1998. "Trends in Cohabitation and Implications for Children's Family Contexts." Unpublished manuscript, Madison, WI: Center for Demography; .University of Wisconsin.
The most likely to cohabit are people aged 20 to 24. http://www.josh.org/notes/file/Internet9-Cohabiting.pdf
“Four times as much infidelity is reported among cohabiting men and among married men. Moreover, 1% of married woman reports having had an affair in the past year, compared to 8% of cohabiting women.”(Warren, Dr. Neil Clark, “The Cohabitation Epidemic,” Focus on the Family, June/July 2003, pg. 10-11) http://www.josh.org/notes/file/Internet9-Cohabiting.pdf
From 1976 to the 1990's reported child abuse in the U.S. has risen from 670,000 to nearly 3 million. FBI statistics; http://www.newsherald.com/archive/religion/bl112198.htm
A survey published in the book Sex in America found that 90 percent of wives and 75 percent of husbands claimed never to have committed adultery. Michael Foust, www.lifeway.com
The most comprehensive recent study of Americans' sexual practices, the 1994 National Health and Social Life Survey, found that 75 percent of married men and 90 percent of married women had been sexually faithful to their spouse. http://www.history.pomona.edu/vis/05h21/readings/frc_Q&A.html
In 1900 only about 6% of 19- year- old white unmarried women had engaged in premarital fornication. pbs.org. http://www.quchronicle.com/media/paper294/news/2004/01/29/Lifestyles/PreMarital.Sex.Sparks.Controversy-590821.shtml
Since 1960 there has been over a 400% increase in illegitimate births. The Wall Street Journal,Monday, March 15, 1993 Quantifying America's Decline by William J. Bennett http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/arch/usadecline.html
By age 17, 50% (conservative number) of teenagers have committed fornication (premarital sexual relations). Alan Guttmacher Institute: AGI, Sex and America's Teenagers, New York: AGI, 1994, pp. 19-20.
Only 20% of teens are still virgins by the time the leave their teens Singh S and Darroch JE, Trends in sexual activity among adolescent American women: 1982- 1995, Family Planning Perspectives, 1999, 31(5): 211- 219; special tabulations by The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) of data from the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth; and Sonenstein FL et al., Involving Males in Preventing Teen Pregnancy: A Guide for Program Planners, Washington, DC: The Urban Institute, 1997, p. 12; http://www.agi-usa.org/pubs/fb_teen_sex.html
40% of today's fourteen-year-old girls will become pregnant by the time they are 19. http://www.hi-ho.ne.jp/taku77/papers/vc/vc5.htm
25% 1 in 4 teens who have committed fornication acquire an STD. The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 1994 http://www.agi-usa.org/pubs/fb_teen_sex.html#14a
The primary reason for adolescents remaining (a virgin) is that it is against their religious/moral values. Moore, K.A., Driscoll, A.K., & Lindberg, L.D. (1998). A Statistical Portrait of Adolescent Sex, Contraception, and Childbearing. Washington, DC: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Approx. 80% of college students are guilty of having committed fornication. CDC and Zogby International for The Foundation for Academic Standards & Tradition.
80 percent of college students are given to fornication, 60 percent in non-committed relations. Substituting Sex For Love http://www.humanlife.org/publications/OutsideBox10.pdf
Among college students who live away from home, (at least) 56 percent were guilty of practicing fornication while attending college. http://www.hon.ch/News/HSN/514693.html http://www.colleges.com/Umagazine/articles/health/HN_000406sexabstinence.html.
A major Dutch study of homosexual men in "committed" relationships found that only 7 out of 156 had been sexually faithful, or 4.5 percent. The study cited above found that even homosexual men in "steady partnerships" had an average of 6 "casual" sodomite partners per year. Michael Foust, www.lifeway.com http://www.history.pomona.edu/vis/05h21/readings/frc_Q&A.html
In this study, 43% of white male homosexuals were guilty of having sodomite relations with 500 or more partners, 28% admitted to 1000 or more partners in a lifetime, and of these people, 79% said that half of those partners were total strangers. (Bell, A. and Weinberg, M. Homosexualities: a Study of Diversity Among Men and Women. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1978. http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS01B1
A 1997 study of 2,583 older homosexual men found the "modal range for number of sexual partners was 101-500." 10 to 15% said they had had more than 1,000 sexual partners. The Journal of Sex Research. Timothy J. Dailey, author, Dark Obsession. http://www.lifeway.com
At least 66% of homosexuals are guilty of regularly engaging in sodomy. Corey, L. and Holmes, K. "Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis A in Homosexual Men." New England J. Med., 1980, pp. 435-38.
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STD OR STI);
Physical effects of sin
25% of college students [or more] have been are infected with an STD. www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/1615.html
65 million or more Americans have an STD. American Social Health Association. (1998). http://www.ashastd.org/stdfaqs/statistics.html
More than 50% all people are likely to acquire an STD at some point in their lifetime. Koutsky L. (1997). Epidemiology of genital human papillomavirus infection. American Journal of Medicine, 102(5A), 3-8. http://www.ashastd.org/stdfaqs/statistics.html (Another study says 1 in 4: National Academy Press, Washington, DC, December 1996 http://www.ppct.org/facts/research/std_usa.shtml
It is estimated that approx. 20% of all Americans are now infected with an STD. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tracking The Hidden Epidemics:Trends in STDs in the United States, 2000 (Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2000). http://www.siecus.org/pubs/fact/fact0008.html http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/od/news/RevBrochure1pdfmag.htm
An estimated 10% of adolescent girls and 5% of women of reproductive age are infected with the STD Chlamydia. http://www.daybreakinc.org/health/std/common.asp http://www.thebody.org/cdc/stdoverview.html http://www.pelvicpain.com/facts.html
80% of women and 50% of men show no signs of having (incurable) chlamydia, after being infected. http://www.pcc-courieronline.com/042105/news/sex.html
80% of people who have a sexually transmitted disease experience no noticeable symptoms. (Moscicki, B., et al, "The Use and Limitations of Endocervical Gram Stains...," American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 157:1, July, 1987)
In a national survey of US physicians, less than one-third routinely screened patients for STDs. American Journal of Public Health, 92, 1784-1788. http://www.ashastd.org/stdfaqs/statistics.html
1960 there were 2 known Sexually Transmitted Diseases (syphilis and gonorrhea); today there are more than 25. http://www.kidscouncil.org/cgi-bin/display.pl?article_id=18&action=newsArticle
In the summer of 1900 the major causes of death were 1. Pneumonia and influenza; 2. TB; 3. Diarrhea; 4. Heart disease; 5. Stroke; http://www.bitoffun.com/Funfacts.htm
It is estimated that up to 25% of Americans [33% of all women] have genital herpes , an incurable (but “manageable”) infection, yet up to 90% of those with herpes are unaware they have it. Fleming DT et al. (1997). Herpes simplex virus type 2 in the United States, 1976–1994. New England Journal of Medicine, 337, 1105–1111. http://www.ashastd.org/stdfaqs/statistics.html
Approximately 75% of women at some time in their lives (usually soon after the onset of sexual activity), become infected with HPV, (a group of more than 100 viruses, two types of which, HPV 16 and HPV 18, are said to cause more than 90% of all cervical cancers). © 2001-2005 GlaxoSmithKline - All Rights Reserved ; http://www.gsk.com/ControllerServlet?appId=4&pageId=402&newsid=251 Updated May 19, 2004
50 to 75% of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. Kaiser Family Foundation http://www.kff.org/content/2003/3345
A teenage woman has a 1% risk of acquiring HIV, a 30% risk of getting genital herpes and a 50% chance of contracting gonorrhea thruogh single act of unprotected fornication with an infected partner. The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 1994 http://www.agi-usa.org/pubs/fb_teen_sex.html#14a
1 out of every 75 men and 1 out of 700 women in the United States were HIV positive in 2001. St Lawrence JS et al. (2002) World Health Organization. http://www.redribbon.com/what-is-hiv-aids.htm
Over 50% of adults aged 18 to 44 have never been tested for an STD, other than for HIV / AIDS. http://www.ashastd.org/stdfaqs/statistics.html
THE DELETERIOUS PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF THE SIN OF SODOMY (HOMO-SEXUAL RELATIONS)
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” (Lv. 18:22).
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly [perverse and unnatural], and receiving in themselves [in their own bodies] that recompense [punishment] of their error which was meet [fitting]” (Rm. 1:27).
30% of all adults consider having a sexual relationship with someone of the same gender a morally acceptable behavior. www.Barna.org. Beliefs: General Religious (2004)
In 1979, 73% of homosexuals admitted to having sex with boys. In The Gay Report by Jay and Young,
50% of homosexual males have the Human Papilloma Virus. The Ins and Outs of Gay Sex: A Medical Handbook for Men
1.5 - 2% of the US total population are estimated to be homosexual. http://www.straight-talk.net/gay/facts.shtml (1 – 3% - The Centers for Disease Control).
Approx. 60% of men infected with HIV contracted it thru the practices of sodomy (men lying with men as with women), 25% through illegal drug injections, 15% through heterosexual contact. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): HIV Prevention Strategic Plan Through 2005. January 2001. http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/aidsstat.htm
Because semen contains virtually every germ carried in the blood stream, ingesting it is fairly equivalent to ingesting raw human blood. Corey, L. and Holmes, K. "Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis A in Homosexual Men." New England J. Med., 1980, pp. 435-38.
Sperm readily penetrates the anal wall (which is only one cell thick) and gains direct access to the blood stream. This causes massive immunological damage to the body's T- and B-cell defensive systems. Manlight, G. et. al. "Chronic Immune Stimulation By Sperm Alloantigens." J. American Med. Assn., 1984, 251(2), pp. 237-438.
A 1982 study showed 78% of homosexuals were affected by STDs. Rueda, E. "The Homosexual Network." Old Greenwich, Conn., The Devin Adair Company, 1982, p. 53.
Homosexual men accounted for 42 percent of new HIV cases in 2000 and 60 percent of all cases among all men. The Centers for Disease Control. Michael Foust, www.lifeway.com
Among all new cases heterosexuals accounted for 33 percent, and injection drug users 25 percent. The Centers for Disease Control
Homosexuals account for 60% of all syphilis cases, and 17% of all hospital admissions (other than for STDs) in the United States "Changes in Sexual Behavior and Incidence of Gonorrhea." Lancet, April 25, 1987.
"Forty percent of the children adopted have gone to gay and lesbian families," according to Democratic state Sen. Therese Murphy. WorldNetDaily on July 1; http://www.massnews.com/2004_editions/07_july/070804_kids_given_to_gay_parents.htm
About 850,000-950,000 people in the United States are living with HIV infection, 25% of whom are unaware they have it . http://www.msm.edu/EXPORT/HIV_fact.htm
AIDS is now the number 1 cause of death among adults 24-44 years old in Baltimore, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. http://www.redribbon.com/what-is-hiv-aids.htm http://www.msm.edu/EXPORT/HIV_fact.htm
-AIDS is the leading cause of death among African Americans aged 24 to 44, while HIV is the third leading cause of death among Latinos and fifth leading cause among whites in the same age group. Kaiser Family Foundation http://www.kff.org/content/2003/3345
A Canadian revealed that homosexuals can expect a reduction in life expectancy of 8 to 20 years. R.S. Hogg, S.A. Streathdee, K.J. Craib, M.V. O'Shaughnessy, J.S. Montaner, and M.T. Schechter, "Modelling the impact of HIV disease on mortality in gay and bisexual men," International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 26, 657-661, 1997.http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS01B1 http://www.narth.com/docs/correctionletter3.html
The life expectancy for a gay male in the United States is estimated to be lower than the normal life expectancy for a man living in Vietnam, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Somalia. http://www.arthurhu.com/index/gay.htm#lifeexpect
The number of people infected with AIDS in the US is doubling approximately every 5 years. http://www.redribbon.com/what-is-hiv-aids.htm
Globally 15,000 people acquire AIDs every day, 40,000 each year in the US. www.thebody.com/amfar/pdfs/microbicides.pdf..
Overall, AIDS has already killed over 16 million people www.thebody.com/amfar/pdfs/microbicides.pdf..
As of the end of 2001, an estimated 40 million people worldwide – 37.1 million adults (50% being women) and 3.0 million children younger than 15 years – were living with HIV/AIDS. More than 70 percent of these people (28.5 million) live in Sub-Saharan Africa; another 14 percent (5.6 million) live in South and Southeast Asia. UNAIDS. Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic, 2002: "The Barcelona Report" http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/artic/hiv_aids_statistics_niaid_fact_sheet_niaid.htm
Worldwide, approximately one in every 100 adults aged 15 to 49 is HIV-infected. In Sub-Saharan Africa, about 9 percent of all adults in this age group are HIV-infected. In 12 African countries, the prevalence of HIV infection among adults aged 15 to 49 exceeds 10 percent. UNAIDS. Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic, 2002: "The Barcelona Report." http://www.aegis.com/factshts/niaid/2000/niaid2000_fact_sheet_aidsstat.html
In 2001, approximately 6,000 young people aged 15 to 24 became infected with HIV every day – that is, about five every minute. UNAIDS. Report on the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic, 2002: "The Barcelona Report." http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/artic/hiv_aids_statistics_niaid_fact_sheet_niaid.htm
Excluding HIV, more than $8 billion is spent each year to diagnose and treat STDs and their complications. Institute of Medicine. (1997). The hidden epidemic–Confronting sexually transmitted disease (edited by Thomas R. Eng and William T. Butler). Washington, DC: National Academy. Press.http://www.ashastd.org/stdfaqs/statistics.html
The overall cost treating AIDS in the United States was $16 billion in 2002. http://www.redribbon.com/what-is-hiv-aids.htm
Treatment cost (in money) of a patient with AIDS from diagnosis until death in western countries was $130,000 in 2003 and continues to escalate. http://www.redribbon.com/what-is-hiv-aids.htm
1.51% [and increasing] (representative) of the total U.S. population identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, or 4.3 total million Americans The Social Organization of Sex: Sexual Practices in the United States (1994). See http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IF04A01
43 percent of white male homosexuals estimate they have had sex with 500 or more different partners, and 28 percent report more than 1,000 partners.Authors Bell and Weinberg http://www.leaderu.com/issues/fabric/chap11.html
86 percent of offenders against males described themselves as homosexual or bisexual" (W. D. Erickson, M.D., et al., in Archives of Sexual Behavior 17:1, 1988).
55% of adults are against legalized abortion in all or most circumstances, while 42% support it. Barna research 2001 http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=103
37%. of Americans say abortion is morally acceptable. http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=Topic&TopicID=2
7 out of 10 U.S. women are sexually active but do not want to become pregnant. (AGI 2000). 12 Alan Guttmacher Institute ,http://www.agi-usa.org
At current rates, an estimated 43 percent of American women will have at least one abortion by the age of 45. 12Facts in Brief: Induced Abortion, 2000. http://juneauchoice.com/whohasabortions.htm
40% of women ages 15 to 44 have had at least one abortion. ^12
America leads the world in abortions performed. Since abortion was legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe vs. Wade, more than 30 million babies have been killed. This now amounts to one eighth the population of the entire United States. Statistics Concerning the State of America.
The U.S. has the highest rate of teen pregnancies and births among western industrialized nations. http://www.coolnurse.com/teen_pregnancy_rates.htm
Approximately 4 in 10 young women in the U.S. become pregnant at least once before turning 20 years old. 12 Facts in Brief: Teen Sex and Pregnancy, 1996.
4 out of 10 teen pregnancies end in murder by abortion. 12 (1999)
The United States has one of the highest abortion rates among developed countries -- 26 abortions in 1992 for every 1,000 women aged 15 - 44. (Facts in Brief, 12 September, 1995). http://www.californiaprolife.org/abortion/aborstats.html
Almost 1 out of every 3 of all pregnancies in the U.S. end in murder by abortion (1.4 million abortions each year). http://tennesseerighttolife.org/human_life_issues/human_life_issues_abortion_lies_and_myths.htm
At current rates, an estimated 43 percent of American women will have at least one abortion by the age of 45. 12
Since abortion was legalized by our Supreme Court in Roe vs. Wade, more than 30 million babies have been killed. This now amounts to one eighth the population of the entire United States. Statistics Concerning the State of America http://freedomministries.com/outlinestats.html
Approx. 80% of all abortions are among never-married women. Centers for Disease Control WWW.CDC.org
Only 8% of women having abortions have never used a method of birth control; 12 Facts in Brief: Induced Abortion,in the United States http://www.agi-usa.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html
Only about 1 percent (13,000 abortions) each year are attributed to rape and incest- 12Facts in Brief: Induced Abortion, 2002, (9 August 2002). Approx. 2% in “Why Do Women Have Abortions?" A. Torres & J.D. Forrest, Family Planning Perspectives, Jul/Aug 1988
58% of women committing murder by abortion say they used birth control during the month of conception. 12 http://www.noelforlife.org/resources/readfacts.asp?number=45&topic=&display=
50% of such say that abortion is their only means of "birth control." 12
40 % of women who had abortions in the U.S. had no other children; 12
45 % of women who had abortions in the U.S. had at least one previous abortion; 12
52% of U.S. women having abortions are younger than 25 years old. 12
Over 93% of abortions are performed for social reasons. "Why Do Women Have Abortions?"A. Torres & J.D. Forrest, Family Planning Perspectives, Jul/Aug 1988
1% of abortions are performed due to life or health threat to the mother: "Why Do Women Have Abortions?"A. Torres & J.D. Forrest, Family Planning Perspectives, Jul/Aug 1988
Women who have had abortions face a 58 percent greater risk of dying during a later pregnancy. Reardon, Aborted Women-Silent No More, (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1987).
The likelihood of having breast cancer is [up to] 150% greater for women who had an abortion before the age of 18. Having an abortion before the age of 30 increases the risk 110%. Before the age of 45 = 50%. Study by Dr. Janet Daling in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, November 2, 1994, (pp. 1584-1592). http://www.abortionfacts.com/breast_cancer_connection/studies.asp See also http://www.leaderu.com/ftissues/ft9705/opinion/brind.html http://www.pregnantpause.org/safe/abckahl.htm
Breast cancer risk increased 140% following a abortion.(British Journal of Cancer 1981; 43:72-6 )
Black women of age 50 and above who had at least 1 induced abortion have an increased breast cancer risk of 370%. Study by Howard University study December, 1993 issue Journal of the National Medical Association. http://www.abortionfacts.com/breast_cancer_connection/studies.asp
4% of abortions are performed due to health of the baby: "Why Do Women Have Abortions?"A. Torres & J.D. Forrest, Family Planning Perspectives, Jul/Aug 1988
After 1 or more abortions, 48% of women experienced abortion-related complications in later pregnancies, with over 2 miscarriages for every live birth. 12.5% of first trimester abortions required stitching for cervical lacerations. Wilke, Handbook on Abortion, (Cincinnati, Hayes Publishing Co., 1979). Lacerations occurred in 22 percent of aborted women."Abortion in Hawaii", Family Planning Perspectives (Winter 1973) 5(1):Table 8.
Cervical damage from previously induced abortions increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, and complications of labor during later pregnancies by 300 - 500 percent. Hogue,"Impact of Abortion on Subsequent Fecundity", Clinics in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (March 1986), vol.13, no.1. (premature birth is the #1 cause of infant mortality and mental retardation).http://www.abortionfacts.com/reardon/after_effects_of_abortion.asp , from David C. Reardon pamphlet. See also http://www.letusreason.org/Curren12.htm and http://www.family.org/cforum/fosi/bioethics/facts/a0027728.cfm
Abortion increases the rate of suicide upwards to 600%. Shelton JD, Schoenbucher AK. Death after legally induced abortion. A comprehensive approach for determination of abortion-related deaths based on record linkage. Public Health Rep. 1978; 93(4):375-8. http://www.messengers2.com/articles/science/abortion_effects.htm
Women who had an abortion are 2.6 times more likely than delivering women to be hospitalized for psychiatric treatment in the first 90 days following abortion or delivery. Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) David Reardon, Ph.D. http://www.afterabortion.org/news/inpatient_CMAJ.html
Women who elected to murder their babies by abortion (“elective terminations”) had 6.5 the risk of suicide, and 14 times the risk of being a homicide victim. 1997, Scandinavian medical journal, Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 1997;76:651-657 http://togetherforlife.ca/stats/stats2.htm
1 out of 6 women had an abortion were identified as "evangelical Christians." 12
Catholics have abortions at a rate 29% higher than Protestants, even after standardizing for age and excluding nonwhites and Hispanics 12Stanley K. Henshaw and Katheryn Kost , Family Planning Perspectives, vol. 28, no. 4 (July/Aug. 1996), based on an AGI survey of 9,985 women obtaining abortions in 1994-95.
68% of American children live with two parents. This is down from 77% in 1980. 24% of children live with only their mother, 4% live with only their father, and 4% live with neither of their parents. Statistics Concerning the State of America http://freedomministries.com/outlinestats.html
Almost 80% of teen mothers end up on welfare. Overall monetary cost to tax payers: $120 billion+. http://www.theodora.com/teddy/newyork/teenage.htmlCalculations based on the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (1979-1985) in Congressional Budget Office. (1990, September). Sources of Support for Adolescent Mothers. Washington, DC:
12Alan Guttmacher Institute, 120 Wall Street, 21st Floor, New York, N.Y. 10005; http://www.agi-usa.org/
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About 50% US adults report a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking. Grant B, Harford TC, Dawson DA, et al. Prevalence of DSM-IV alcohol abuse and dependence, United States 1992. Alcohol Health & Research World 18(3). 1994. http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/alcohol/factsheet.htm
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