Afternoon Edition: May 18, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 11.37.48 AMCHARLIE BLOWHARD II

New York Times columnist Charles Blow, whose logic almost always confuses us, has done it again, with an argument that Christians play a less significant role in government.

Mr. Blow cites a Pew poll that portrays a decline in the number of people who classify themselves as Christian, mainly as a result of the increase in millennials who don’t go to church. In fact, the poll states that the percentage has dropped from nearly 79 percent to about 71 percent since 2007. We think that’s still a rather sizable group. Mr. Blow notes that the Congress includes 92 percent Christians. He fails to note that people tend to return to religion as they grow older.

Then, in a rather incredible stretch of logic, Mr. Blow asks, “[H]ow long can this overrepresentation of Christianity and underrepresentation of the unaffiliated last in government?”

The columnist said he believes “unaffiliated” politicians, citing Abraham Lincoln as one, should play a far more significant role in government.

We wonder if Mr. Blow would like a revision of the Declaration of Independence? The second paragraph states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

We think the First Amendment, which protects freedom of religion, would have to go, too. We won’t link to Mr. Blow’s column because it is stupid.

CHARLIE BLOWHARD III

Mr. Blow tweeted about the shootout among gang members that left nine dead in Waco, Texas.

“When are we going to start asking how many of the (people) in the Waco slaughter grew up in single-parent homes? Oh, that’s right,” Blow wrote on Twitter.

We don’t understand that one at all. Maybe someone could explain. For details on the Waco shootings, see http://nydn.us/1FmLYOH.

GEORGIE BOY CAN’T GET A BREAK

Columnist Michael Goodwin does a brilliant takedown of George Stephanopolous. “His track record of secrecy, partisanship and dishonorable behavior blows up his claim that he made an honest mistake. He engaged in a prolonged and brazen act of dishonesty,” Mr. Goodwin notes.

A great read at http://bit.ly/1Fk4fuy.

Please send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu

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