Significant Decline in Christian Affiliation. Pew Research Center

This study, released today, has significant finding about the decline of Christian affiliation but does not provide explanations for the declines discovered in their surveys. I would suggestion the following reasons:

Personal rather than political reasons

The breakdown of families, which normally have held people in churches

Church-life feeling more hurtful than helpful

Social norms that caused people to say they were religious in the past are fading. People are more comfortable admitting they are unaffiliated.

America’s Changing Religious Landscape | Pew Research Center.

The Crusades in Political Speech. Obama

This article Edward B. Driscoll, Jr. opened by taking Obama to task for criticizing the Crusades. The article continues by describing an eight-part video on the Crusades in The Western Story. A criticism one might provide is that the facts and perspective in the article are definitely western in perspective. The Byzantine and Eastern Christians saw things different as did, of course, the Muslims. Broadening the perspective would help.

The truth about the Crusades.